2 Days Murchison Falls Safari Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Tour

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Murchison Falls National Park

This 2 day Uganda Safari is an overnight wildlife tour that combines a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest park and home to one of the most powerful stretches of white water in the world: Murchison Falls.

The tour departs from Kampala or Entebbe, where you drive north-west taking a scenic drive through the renowned Luwero Triangle area. We make our way to Masindi via the Ziwa Rhino Project, stopping to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. At the sanctuary, we go rhino trekking – a highlight on our Ugandan Safari.

The sanctuary is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda and is popular with tourists; for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks, and relaxation. Rhino trekking takes about 2 hours in the company of well-trained and knowledgeable local guides.

After lunch, we visit a community project, empowering the Boomu women, and then we head to Murchison, set at the top of the Murchison Falls with panoramic views of the Victoria Nile River section of the White Nile. At the Falls the river plummets 45 meters into the gorge below!

We admire the Nile River as it passes through a seven-meter canyon at the roaring falls, forming rainbows in the misty spray above. Murchison Falls National Park is one of Uganda’s oldest conservation areas and the largest game park in Uganda, covering 3,893 km².

The national park consists mostly of untamed African Savannah bushveld and lies in the northern Albertine Rift Valley, where the Bunyoro escarpment meets the vast plains of Acholiland. The Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the mighty River Nile with its impressive Murchison Falls. From the falls we drive to our accommodation, admiring the sunset as we drive.

Day two of our short Uganda Safari takes you in search of Africa’s wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park, home to Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Hyena, and numerous Crocodiles and Hippos. The national park is also home to various Antelopes, such as Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, and Reedbuck.

If we are lucky we may even spot the elusive Leopard in the park.  Included is also a boat cruise on the calm waters of the Victoria Nile. Along the way, we keep an eye out for wallowing Hippos and Crocodiles from our boat.

We may also sight other wild animals as we go, including elephants, waterbuck and Ugandan Kob, found along this 17 km stretch of river. This riverine area also hosts numerous bird species, from the Goliath heron, rare shoebill stork and pelican bee-eater, to the kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and Egyptian goose.

Our boat cruise takes us to the base of the Murchison Falls, stopping tens of metres away from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. We get to see the falls from a new perspective, admiring the world’s longest river as it courses through the narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment.

Later we proceed back to Kampala/ Entebbe where our 2 Days Murchison Falls Safari Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary tour come to a close.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park – Drive to Kampala

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park

After your breakfast, we drive through the famous Luwero triangle. On our way, we visit and track White Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white Rhino, and restore the Rhino population in Uganda’s protected areas at a later stage.

We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters.

From here we will continue onto our accommodation located along the Nile River.

Luxury Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge
Midrange Accommodation: Fort Murchison Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Heritage Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}
(Driving time ± 5 Hours on mainly surfaced roads)

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park – Drive to Kampala

0600 Hours: Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, or Hot chocolate then proceed for an early morning safari game drive Murchison Falls National Park looking for Giraffes, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Crocodiles, etc.

0930 Hours: Breakfast at the lodge then head to the Delta in search of birdlife enjoying a game drive to looking for elephants, the Cape Buffalo, Jackson’s Hartebeest, the Lion, the Rothschild Giraffe, the Oribi, Uganda Kob, Leopard, etc.

1230 Hours: We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls.

This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 Hippos in addition to some enormous Nile Crocodiles.

The birdlife is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur.

The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness. Later, proceed back to Kampala.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast & Lunch}

2 Days Murchison Falls Safari Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Tour Prices

2 Days Murchison Falls Safari Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Tour Prices Includes

Ferry crossings + Game drive on the northern bank + Bottled drinking water on safari + Tour to the top of Murchison Falls + Cruise on the Nile to the bottom of the Falls + English speaking professional driver/ guide + Murchison falls Park National Park entry fees + Rhino trekking permit at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary + Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof for excellent wildlife viewing & Full board accommodation for one night at your choice of hotel at the Murchison falls National Park (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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* Avoid dressing in blue, white and black these clothes attract tsetse flies

2 Days Murchison Falls Safari Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Tour Prices Exclude:

* International airfares
* Entry visa into Uganda
* Accommodation in Kampala
* Extra Meals that are not mentioned above
* Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/ guide, hotel staff, etc
* All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)

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