Mix rhinos, lions, giraffes, chimps and beautiful nature during this Murchison Falls & Kibale Forest safari. Meet the rhinos at Ziwa rhino sanctuary, go for game-drive, boat-cruise & a visit to the top of the falls at Murchison Falls national park and explore the area of Kibale Forest national park with chimps trekking, a village walk & a walk at Bigodi wetlands.
Day by day itinerary for our Murchison Falls & Kibale Forest safari:
DAY 1: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK VIA ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
Your safari guide picks you in the morning and you start the journey to Murchison Falls national park for our Murchison Falls & Kibale Forest safari. Along the way we make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where rhinos are being reintroduced to Uganda. Here you make a trek to see the rhinos close up. You have lunch along the way and continue on to the lodge by Murchison Falls NP.
Overnight in Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 2: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT-CRUISE ON THE NILE
Take an early cup of tea/coffee at and then set off for a game-drive in the park. You have the chance of seeing Big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the Drive circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of Birds and mammals. Enjoy a relaxed lunch and then in the afternoon 3 hour boat ride to the base of the falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you)! Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. After the boat-cruise we head back to the lodge.
Overnight Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 3: TOP OF THE FALLS AND TRANSFER TO HOIMA
After breakfast we set of for a last drive through Murchison Falls NP and a visit to the top of the falls. This is a magnificent classic highlight during this Murchison Falls & Kibale Forest safari as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice. We then transfer on to Hoima for a relaxed afternoon at the hotel.
Overnight Kontiki hotel
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast transfer to Kibale forest, the second park during our Murchison Falls & Kibale Forest safari. It’s a long drive with our target to have lunch in Fort portal as the distance was cut yesterday the pressure and fatigue is lessened. A punctuation of stopovers at sceneries like the typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations along the drive ways offer us chances of stretching as we check in late afternoon.
Overnight Isunga Lodge
DAY 5: BIGODI WETLANDS & VILLAGE WALK IN LAKE NKURUBA AREA
In the morning we head for Bigodi wetlands to discover the special nature in this part of Magombe swamp. During the walk that takes around 3 hours you might spot monkeys like the black & white colobus or vervet monkey and an abundance of birds with the Great blue turaco being a highlight. In the afternoon we continue the Kibale Forest & Murchison Falls safari by going for a village walk in the beautiful area of Lake Nkuruba, learning about the Ugandan culture and life.
Overnight Isunga Lodge
DAY 6: CHIMPS TREKKING IN KIBALE FOREST & CRATER EXPLORATION
Your guide picks you at the hotel in the early morning to head for the chimps trekking in Kibale Forest. Kibale forest national park is a rainy forest and a home to over 1500 Chimpanzees. During your morning chimps trekking you will see them close and capture shots of our closest cousins in the Jungle in their frenzy exciting moods grooming! Besides the chimps 9 different species of Monkeys are found in this forest, for example red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies. In the forest canopy colored aviation creatures-butterflies and various bird species like the native Great blue Turaco, joyful greenbul, olive long tailed cuckoo and the superb black bee eater can be spotted. After the trek we have lunch and go for crater exploaration. This area has beautiful crater lakes, offering stunning views.
Overnight Isunga Lodge
DAY 7: TRANSFER TO KAMPALA
After a relaxed breakfast we start the drive back to Kampala. Enjoy the views and country side passing by the windows as the journey takes us to back to Kampala in the afternoon as we finish our Murchison Falls & Kibale Forest safari.
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Included: Accommodation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activities mentioned in the itinerary. Plus water in the car and a couple of fruits along the way.
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This short safari gives you the best of what Murchison Falls National Park has to offer. You will experience a boat cruise on the Nile spotting animals on the shores, two game-drives on the savanna and see the top of the impressive falls as well as visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary.
During this popular safari you’ll experience the amazing mix that Uganda can offer! This includes chimps trekking in Kibale Forest and Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest. As well as game drives on the savannas in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. As an extra you visit Mabamba Swamp to search for the Great Shoebill Stork.
Search for the Big 5 and trek for mountain gorillas as well as chimps. Four of the Big 5 roam freely in National Parks in Uganda, this is the lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. The 5th of the Big 5 is the rhino, that was hunted to extinction in Uganda in the 80’s, but is now being reintroduced thanks to the great efforts of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.
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