Murchison Wildlife Tour & Rhino tracking 3 days

By Calah Moira

(Uganda wildlife safari to Murchison falls and Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)

This is a 3 days Uganda Safari involving rhino tracking and a wildlife safari. The safari will include a boat trip, a hike to the top of the falls, a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and game drives.

It will begin and end in Kampala, taking you through Uganda’s Largest National Park – Murchison Falls National Park. The park was named after the spectacular 43 meters high Murchison Falls that were formed due to an outburst of water from world’s longest river rising through a 7 meter gorge into the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. This river that flows through the park has attracted hundreds of different species of animals and birds to the park, thus making it an ideal platform for wildlife safari.

Uganda safari

Dominating the vegetation in the northern region of the park is the flourishing borassus grassland, which has attracted various animals like buffalos, giraffes, different types of antelopes and elephants. South of the park is the Rabongo Forest a renowned sanctuary for primates such as chimpanzees and many more rain forest monkeys. The flowing Nile is a haven of Africa’s largest crocodile and hippopotami population, and a variety of stunning water birds like the rare shoebill stork.

Tour Itinerary:  Uganda Wildlife safari. 3 days

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park.

300km North West of Kampala (approx. 6 hour drive).

After an early breakfast, you will drive to the northern part of Murchision Falls National Park, making a stop at Ziwa Rhino shelter located in Nakasongola to marvel at the rhinos. This sanctuary was established for breeding white and black rhinos and to reinstate the once endangered species which faced a lot of poaching in the 1980’s. On your way north you will see the skillfully level tea estates and on arrival, you will be ferried across the Nile to Paraa Safari Lodge. There you will unwind marveling at the beautifully flowing waters of river Nile, the largest and longest river in the world. You will dine and sleep at the Luxurious Nile Safari Lodge or Budget Red Chilli Rest Camp. Full Board or Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 2: Murchison Falls Wildlife safari

On having breakfast, you will set out on an early game drive through the plains of the park to see the many animals inhabiting there such as Elephants, Buffalos, Lions and Giraffes to mention but a few. The Black Chested Snake Eagle, Marshal Eagles Carmine, Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters and the Secretary Bird are some of the many bird species that are in this park.

Driving across the savanna grassland and Borassus Palm Forest to the point where the Albert Nile flows into Sudan, you will then have lunch. After lunch you will have a boat ride to the point where the Nile pours out into Lake Albert or alternatively cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls to view the thunderous waters of the Nile burst out of a 7 meter gorge. On the banks of the Nile you will see big hippos and giant crocodiles in the water and many other animals lazily grazing.

Dine and slumber at Luxury Nile Safari Lodge or Budget Red Chilli Rest Camp. Full Board or Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 3: Murchison Falls – Kampala. (Approx. 6 hours drive).

Enjoy an early drive to the peak of the Murchison Falls to have a closer view at the 7 meter wide gorge through which the waters of the Nile burst before making a 43 meter drop. On a cool sunny day you will be able to see the stunning rainbows resulting from this waterfall. Return to Kampala where you will arrive in the evening for your further travel plans.