3 Days Murchison Falls Safari

Experience 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari, big game, boat cruise on River Nile

This 3 days Murchison Falls safari tour itinerary includes game drives in the savannah grassland and a boat safari on the Nile, activities that will expose you to lots of animals such as lions, elephants, hyenas, giraffes, monkeys, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, buffaloes, lots of birds and wonderful scenery. The biggest highlight on 3 day Murchison Falls safari however will be the memorable hike to the top of the spectacular world’s strongest waterfalls, where the sight & sound of the Nile crashing through a wide chasm provide memorable and intrinsic realities that only those that experience them can access.

Paraa Safari Lodge
Paraa Safari Lodge accommodation on Murchison Falls Safari

The Victoria Nile, which bisects the park into two offers dales of hippos and busk ranges of crocodiles along the sandbanks, as well as large numbers of different species getting down to drink & bathe, something which makes the 3 day Murchison falls safari a platonic ideal of choice for any adventurer!

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Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sancuatry

  • Good for the whole family
  • Game drives
  • Watch the spectacular water falls
  • Boat cruise on the Nile River
  • Sundowners
  • Canoe ride
  • hike to the top of the Falls
  • scenic views as you drive to the park
  • When to Go


    DAY 1

    Pick up time for the safari is set at 7 am and location is either around Kampala or Entebbe.
    The tour guide shall pick you up from your hotel and set off to travel to Murchison Falls. You will take the Kampala – Gulu road, a smooth tarmacked (paved) road first to track the Rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. continue on your way to Murchison Falls with a stop over at the Kabalega diner for lunch.

    Check in with the park staff and continue into the park driving on the dirt through the dense Budongo Forest. You will be welcomed by hundreds of baboons lined along the road. However, endeavor to keep the windows closed as the baboons will be attracted to snatch items from the car. For bird lovers, be on the lookout for some species. Wood doves hoover in front of the car, and the Saddle-billed Stork is a common sight along the road. Enjoy panoramic views across the thick forest.


    DAY 2

    You should be up by 6.00am, take a quick cup of coffee or tea with a snack to warm your tummy and set out for the early morning game drive. The early start is a better time and offers more chances for the great sightings of the nocturnal animals and elusive predators such as Lions, Hyenas, Leopard and Jackal, as they are still out actively hunting in the morning hours and haven’t returned to their hideouts.

    Murchison Falls National Park is divided by River Nile into the south and northern region. The northern part is largely covered by savannah and woodland and supports a lot more volume and variety of animals compared to the southern region which is mainly covered by forest. Therefore, the game drives are done in the northern area of Murchison Falls. If your lodge is found in the southern section, you will thus get a ferry to cross to the northern section for your game drive.

    Explore the game trails towards the Lake Albert delta where big game such as the Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, and many Antelopes are seen. Murchison falls is the main stronghold in Africa for Rothschild Giraffes. Therefore, you’ll be blown away by these beautiful creatures as you enjoy the beautiful savannah landscape that is immersed with plenty of life and wonderful scenery. The game drive will last for approximately 3 hours. After the game drive, return to the lodge for breakfast.

    After lunch set out for a 2-hour Launch Cruise (boat safari) to the bottom of the falls on River Nile which sets off at Paraa, going upstream to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Boat ride offers an array of wildlife sightings – crocodile, hippos, and lizards are a common sight throughout the cruise. As you reach the falls, you notice a lot of huge crocodiles amongst the largest ever seen amassed together. The place is called “Croc Bar.” Big game such buffaloes, elephants and antelopes can also be sighted drinking and cooling off the heat by the river banks and with a little luck, you might even spot a leopard resting in a tree close by.

    It is easy to see the animals at a close and clear encounter for many animals come to drink, bathe, and as well to eat some grass. Herds of hippos can be witnessed playing in the waters, all of which offers a wonderful opportunity to take photographs of the various animals. Since the Nile is a bird magnet, it offers an opportunity for one to tune in and listen to the melodious twitters of various birds that find the river environment a haven of rest. This birdlife is very impressive, and keeps you constantly entertained, with a profusion of colours and species.

    You will also be totally blown away by a spectacle of sheer power and beauty with which the water squeezes through the devil’s cauldron.
    Reaching the bottom of the Murchison Falls, you will leave the boat and set out for a 45-minute hike on rocks adjacent the Murchison falls and thereby accessing great views of the falls at different spots along the trail. Once you have reached the top of the falls you will find the driver guide waiting to drive you back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. If the skies are clear, you will have the opportunity to watch the sunset over the River Nile at dusk.


    DAY 3

    Journey Time: 6 – 7 hours
    After breakfast, check out and leave for Kampala/Entebbe. The tour guide shall drop you off at the appointed place to mark the end of the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari.


  • transportation in 4 WD safari vehicle with opening roof hatches
  • fuel

  • services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • Rhino tracking
  • Canoe ride in Ziwa
  • Launch cruise to bottom of falls
  • hike to the top of falls
  • all park entrances
  • all excursions mentioned
  • meals and accommodation as stated
  • Excluded

  • medical or travel insurance
  • drinks (other than mineral water in the vehicle)
  • laundry
  • souvenirs and items of a personal nature like telephone calls
  • any activity no mentioned
  • meals or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary
  • porters and other luggage service
  • tips and gratuities to porters, waiters, guides and safari guide
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