5 Day Uganda Safari Murchison Falls & Kibale National Park

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Murchison Falls National Park

This 5 day Uganda safari combines Uganda’s largest wildlife reserve – Murchison Falls National Park with Kibale National Park, the best place for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. The tour begins and ends in Kampala/ Entebbe Airport.

The trip explores Uganda’s best national parks and begins with a visit to the Murchison Falls National Park, home to one of the most powerful stretches of white water in the world: Murchison Falls.

Murchison Falls National Park derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty river Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, and buffaloes.

It is a beautiful park with a variety of wildlife includes; elephants, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kob, chimpanzees, and home to over 450 bird species such as the great blue turaco and dwarf kingfisher and the rare shoebill stock.

After spending 2 nights at the Murchison Falls we proceed to our next destination – Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is the primate’s capital of the world that harbors the greatest variety and concentration of primates not found anywhere else.

It is an extensive National Park, protecting a large block of a rainforest that offers some exceptional opportunities for Chimps trekking and bird watching which makes this forest ideal for primate watching safaris in Uganda.

The local community plays an important role in the conservation of the park. It’s also ideal for a nature walk due to the Bigodi wetland sanctuary home of different bird species especially the great blue turaco and the other aquatic life found in the wetlands.

On the 5th and final day of this Uganda wildlife safari, we return to Kampala where our African adventure of a lifetime comes to a close in the early evening.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 2: Explore Murchison Falls National Park on Game drives & Boat Safari
Day 3: Murchison Falls – Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park Chimpanzee Tracking
Day 5: Kibale Forest – Drive to Kampala/ Entebbe

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast at your hotel in Kampala/ Entebbe, we depart and drive through the famous Luwero triangle. A stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary enables you to have a brief tour of this Rhino restoration project.

Following the extinction of Uganda’s Rhino in the early 1980s during the period of civil unrest and heavy poaching, a sanctuary was established to breed black and white rhino and restore rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas.

Our journey continues and we make another stopover in Masindi for Lunch. After lunch, we proceed to Murchison Falls National Park through the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and make a stop at the top of the falls.

It is here that the river Nile explodes through a narrow gorge to create a fall and flows down to become a placid river with rainbow colors.

After, we proceed to our accommodations for the night.

Travel Time: About 6 Hours.

Accommodation

Luxury Accommodation: Nile Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge
Mid-range Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp, Fort Murchison, Sambiya River Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Rest Camp, Global Village Guest House, Budongo Eco Lodge

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Explore Murchison Falls National Park on Game Drives & Boat Safari

After breakfast, we proceed to the northern part of the park in search of birdlife and enjoy a safari game run to looking out for leopard, Hartebeest, lion, giraffe, elephant, and buffaloes, etc.

We return back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, we proceed for a 2-hour boat cruise on 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.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury Accommodation: Nile Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge
Mid-range Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp, Fort Murchison, Sambiya River Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Rest Camp, Global Village Guest House, Budongo Eco Lodge

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Murchison Falls  Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will depart with our packed lunch to Kibale National Park. This scenic drive takes approximately 8 hours. Drive via Masindi and Hoima past Lake Albert.

On a clear day, the view on the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. We continue towards the legendary ‘Mountains of the moon’ (Rwenzori Mountains) traversing the scenic tea plantations to Fort Portal in the foothills of the mountains.

Then continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest reserves. We arrive at our accommodations in time for a hot shower, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Super Luxury Accommodation: Kyaninga lodge
Luxury Accommodation; Primate Lodge, Mountains of the Moon, Ndali Lodge
Moderate Accommodation: Chimps Nest Lodge, Bush Lodge, Kibale Forest Camp
Budget Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guest House, Ruwenzori view Guesthouse

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking, Bigodi Birding, Nature Walk

After Breakfast, we drive into the Forest, for Chimpanzee tracking and other primate viewing but before the activity starts you will be briefed by a park ranger.

The activity starts early in the morning at 0800 Hours. A half-day search for chimps and monkeys including phoestes, bush babies, pottos, Red-Colobuses, Blue, Red-tailed, and grey-cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the impenetrable forest.

You will also see varieties of birds like the yellow-spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and butterflies, small insects, etc.

Mammals like Elephants can be seen on this walk. The ranger will provide detailed explanations on not only the primates but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable.

After lunch, a visit to Bigodi wetland an eco-tourism site is incredible as you shall encounter rare and beautiful aquatic life. birds likely to see include the great Blue turaco and other animals like the blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs, and others.

Accommodation Options:

Super Luxury Accommodation: Kyaninga lodge
Luxury Accommodation; Primate Lodge, Mountains of the Moon, Ndali Lodge
Moderate Accommodation: Chimps Nest Lodge, Bush Lodge, Kibale Forest Camp
Budget Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guest House, Ruwenzori view Guesthouse

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5: Kibale Forest – Drive Kampala

Have an early breakfast and drive through the great rift valley region for beautiful scenery due to the many crater lakes found there, and later proceed to Kampala having our packed lunch en route. We arrive back in Kampala late afternoon.

Travel Time: About 7 Hours

Meal Plan: {Breakfast and Lunch}

5 Day Uganda Safari Murchison Falls & Kibale National Park Prices

5 Day Uganda Safari Murchison Falls & Kibale National Park Prices Include:

Boat rides/ Cruise + Chimpanzee viewing permits + Bottled mineral water while on Safari + English speaking & experienced driver/ guide + Meals as described in the itinerary (Full Board) + All entrance and ranger fees for the national parks + 4 Nights Accommodation as described in the itinerary, based on a double room sharing & Ground transport in a private 4WD safari vehicle from Kampala to Murchison – Kibale Forest and back to Kampala

Dates From Dates To Adult Rate  Child Rate
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Notes

* There is a minimum age limit of 16 years to partake in the Chimpanzee trekking
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African Spice Safaris can provide you with the following services at an extra fee;

– Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala, Kampala-Entebbe
– Booking accommodation for you (Night before the safari and after a safari in case your flight is on the next day)


5 Day Uganda Safari Murchison Falls & Kibale National Park Prices Exclude:

* International flights
* Visa Fees to Uganda
* Accommodation in Kampala
* Personal Insurance/ Medical/ travel Insurance
* Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, Gratuities/ tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities

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