Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift where the bounding escarpments fade into the anonymous expanse of northern Uganda. The park protects a chunk of untamed wildlife in its 3.840 sq Km and is bisected by the Victoria Nile as it flows west from Karuma Falls, crashing in a thundering roar as it squeezes through the narrow gorge at the Murchison falls on its way to the Albert Nile.
Day 1 - The marvelous Murchison Falls
Leave Kampala early in the morning and drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda. Lunch in Masindi. Continue to the par with a stopover at the top of the falls and arrive in time for dinner and overnight at the Lodge of your choice between classic, midrange and budget accommodation.
Day 2 - The boat cruise on the river Nile
After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning game drive on the Northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, Oribis, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, if you are lucky, leopards. Return to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just a few metres from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat for many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hornbills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. The boat leaves you near the falls and you will hike to the top. It is an exciting experience that brings you very close to the rushing whitewater as it squeezes itself through the narrow crevice below. Relax a bit at the top where you can enjoy the Nile’s beauty. The ground can be felt trembling from the 43 metre drop of the falls and the resulting mist from the turbulence often produces a rainbows. Your driver will be waiting for you here and return to the lodge.
Return to Kampala at leisure. Lunch in Masindi.
a) On Day One, take a nature walk in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on your way to Murchison Falls Park.
b) On Day three, Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest.
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