Murchinson Falls Safari
Murchison Falls National park, in the north-west of the country is Uganda’s largest national park. It is home to elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a healthy population of hippo and huge crocodiles on the River Nile. Chimp tracking in nearby Budongo Forest is also available. The park is well known for its bird life – Shoebill stork being a sought-after rarity. Murchison Falls is an exciting extension to our Classic Uganda Safari or any east Africa safari.
During your safari, you will be taken on game drives, as well as a memorable boat cruise up the Nile River to the foot of the Falls where the whole of the Nile River is forced into a gap only 30 feet wide, the immense force of the water and the views of the Falls are awe inspiring from the close up viewing points. Game viewing and bird-watching along the banks of the river is excellent, with many species coming to the water’s edge to drink, and we also include a Delta cruise downstream by boat to enjoy the game from the river.
If you are a keen fisherman, we have a fleet of boats, as well as professional gillies and experts to help you catch that monster Nile Perch. We employ a strict ‘catch and release’ policy on all our fishing safaris.
- Boat cruises on the Nile to the base of the Falls.
- Walking along the top of the Falls.
- Boat cruised to the Nile Delta entering Lake Albert
- Game Drives
- Optional chimp tracking experience
- Optional Nile River fishing trips
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Day 1 | Entebbe to Murchison Falls
You will be collected from your hotel in Entebbe (or Kampala) and transferred by private vehicle to Murchison Falls National Park, a journey of around 5-6 hours. Your 4 days will be spent at Baker’s Lodge, newly opened in January 2015. The Nile River views from the lodge are vast and magnificent with islands hosting nesting egret birds, elephants bathing and pods of hippos regularly viewed.
Days 2 & 3 | Murchison Falls
You’ll spend these two days exploring the wonders of this magnificent park, by safari vehicle, boat, and walking. Murchison Falls National Park is said to be the best game park in Uganda. Abundant game is found on the North bank of the river, including Rothschild's giraffe, lion, and elephant.
Several walking trails explore the area around the Falls, including one that goes all the way down into the gorge to Baker’s Rock and other fishing spots. For those who are fit, it is equally possible to disembark from a boat and climb up and out of the gorge to the top of the falls area from where a vehicle can collect you for the return journey.
With the Nile River bisecting the National Park, boat cruises along the river provide a unique view of the Falls and the prolific wildlife found along the river. Take a cruise to the base of the Falls or to the delta where the river enters Lake Albert. This is an excellent opportunity for viewing the large resident populations of hippos and crocodiles, as well as other wildlife and extensive birdlife. Along the way you’ll see a wide range of water birds, and a huge colony of cliff-nesting red throated bee- eaters and possibly the elusive Shoebill stork.
Depending on time and interest, chimp tracking and fishing excursions are also possible.
Day 4 | Return to Entebbe
Sadly, your safari ends this morning. You’ll return to Entebbe by private road transfer (5-6 hours) or you can choose to fly back at an additional cost.
There are no set departure dates for this safari. Simply let us know the dates you'd like to travel and we'll check on availability.
Baker’s Lodge currently boasts six beautifully appointed safari suites on decks, overlooking the majestic River Nile. Located on the south bank of the Nile, the lodge takes advantage of the cool breezes from the river and has spectacular views. The site has a good number of shady trees and is home to a large array of birdlife. Baker’s Lodge is eco-friendly using the most up to date technology available for solar power and efficient management of resources. Local materials have been used wherever possible to build the lodge, and it has a feeling of ‘Africa of old’ – that of the explorers’ era, when Mr. Samuel Baker first came to this region. In the late 1800’s he and his companion, Florence, spent time in this area during his expedition along the Nile river, where he was the first European to view and consequently name the Murchison Falls a little further upstream.
Transport: You'll travel in rugged, custom-built Land Cruisers. The vehicles are comfortable for cruising and excellent for game viewing with large sliding windows and a top hatch for ease of viewing. There are several long days of travel providing for a beautiful journey on the way to exciting and varied destinations.
PAYMENT: A non-refundable, 20% deposit is required to confirm booking. Balance is due 7 weeks before departure.
Other terms & conditions apply.
INCLUDES: Meet & greet service, transport in private vehicle throughout the safari, accommodation as stated in Baker’s Lodge with meals as above. Game drives and park entry fees in Murchison Falls. Scheduled boat cruise to the base of the Falls, and a scheduled boat cruise to the Delta area.
EXCLUDES: Visas, flights, personal travel insurance, drinks & tips, and any optional excursions.
- 2 guests (high) $2230
- 2 guests (low) $2010
- 4 guests (high) $1760
- 4 guests (low) $1570
*Rates are per person sharing. High season: Jan-Mar, Jun-Oct/Dec. Low season: Apr/May/Nov.
Length: 4 days/3 days
Route: Starts and ends in Entebbe
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