2 Days Murchison Falls National Park & Rhino Sanctuary Safari

Murchison Falls National Park

WHITE RHINOS & MURCHISON FALLS – 2 DAYS

This 2 Days Murchison Falls National Park & Rhino Sanctuary Safari is a comfortable, fully-escorted and guided safari tour to Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. this park lies in the northern end of the Albertine rift valley.

But First we visit the Southern white Rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. There are two subspecies of white rhino; the southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) and the northern white rhinoceros. As of 31 December 2007, there were an estimated 17,460 southern white rhino in the wild (IUCN 2008), making them by far the most abundant species of rhino in the world; the number of southern white rhinos outnumbers all other rhino species combined. South Africa is the stronghold for this species (93.0%), conserving 16,255 individuals in the wild in 2007 (IUCN 2008). There are smaller reintroduced populations within the historical range of the species in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, while a small population survives in Mozambique. Populations have also been introduced outside of the former range of the species to Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

Murchison is the largest in Uganda at 3840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap. The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos. Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty Biblical Nile. On the launch you may see schools of crocodiles and hippos basking on the river banks as well as a variety of birds.

Day 1: Start for Murchison Falls National Park tour,

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 Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.murchison-falls-np–
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 place along the Nile River.

(Driving time ± 5hrs on mainly surfaced roads)

Day 2: Safari game drives Murchison Falls National Park looking for giraffes, elephants, lions, leopard, hippos, crocodiles, etc

After breakfast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. 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 bird life 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.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Kampala.

Accommodation

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge
Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge
Low Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp

Accommodation is based on a standard double/ twin or single room in your choice of accommodation. This can either be budget, mid-range or high end. All accommodation options are selected by its location and service standard compared to its price. When you are with 1, 3 or 5 persons 1 single supplement is included. When you want more single supplements you can contact us at [email protected]

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Highlights

  • Mahogany Forest
  • Budongo Forest
  • Chimpanzee Tracking Experience
  • Birding

Seasons

  • January to March: Hot and dry, an excellent time of year to be on safari in Uganda.
  • April and May: Uganda’s long rainy season when many camps are closed. Rains tend to be in the morning and late afternoon.
  • June to September: Temperatures climb rapidly and this is a fantastic time of year for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • October to December: Another great time of year to be on safari, you can get some rain in November but temperatures are favourable and conditions are ideal for game viewing.

Inclusions

  • Transport in a 4wd safari motor vehicle for excellent safari view viewing
  • All fuel for the tour;
  • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
  • Full board accommodation with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Bottled drinking water on safari, private 4×4 ground transportation with an English
  • speaking driver guide, guides in national parks
  • Meals according to the program
  • Entrance to Lake mburo national Park including Vehicle

Exclusions

  • International air fares;
  • Entry visa Uganda;
  • Accommodation in Kampala
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, hotel staff, etc;
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).