Murchison falls NP & Queen Elizabeth NP Safari in 7 days

7-Days Murchison falls NP, Queen Elizabeth NP

& Bwindi NP Safari

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Overview

The 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari is one of the magical wilderness encounters that takes you to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track white Rhinos, Murchison Falls National Park for wild game viewing including Big four, the Nile launch cruise with possible sights of Nile crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting Shoebill stork, the Kibiro salt gardens an ancient historical site that dates back to the pre-colonial Africa, Bigodi wetland walk – the most successful eco-community tourism initiative in Uganda, the remarkable Kazinga Channel boat cruise and viewing the tree climbing lions of Ishasha and the Island hopping experience exploring the main Islands out of the 29 Islands that mark Lake Bunyonyi.

 

Safari Highlight

Day 1:  Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Day 2:  Do game drive in the morning, afternoon Nile boat cruise & hike to the top of the falls

Day 3: Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Hoima & visit Kibiro Salt Gardens en route

Day 4: Transfer Queen Elizabeth National Park & Do Bigodi wetland walk en route

Day 5: Do morning game drive and afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi and do game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

Day 7: Do early morning lake tour (boat cruise & Island walk) & transfer to Entebbe.

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Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

The driver guide will pick you from your hotel at 8am to transfer you to Murchison Falls National Park 247km about 4 hours’ drive. On your way, you will pay a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – where white rhinos are thriving in a natural environment. Branch off at Nakitooma for 7km further reaching the Headquarters for Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You track white Rhinos thriving in a natural savannah thicket marked with tall grass. The gigantic species are among the big five of Land animals and would definitely make your encounter rewarding. After trekking Rhinos in Ziwa, settle for lunch and then continue on the drive to Murchison Falls NP arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge  

Meals:

Day 2: Morning, afternoon Nile boat cruise & hike to the top of the falls

Connect to the park after breakfast to start the game drive at 7am in the northern section where the animals are known to thrive with possibilities of meeting Rothschild giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Kobs, lions, leopards, and water bucks among others. The range of tracks has been specially designed to allow you explore the park in detail. Retreat from the 3 hour activity and relax at the lodge up to lunch time after which you gather at Paraa Jetty for a thrilling boat cruise at 2pm. The boat cruise lasts 3 hours and offers you possibilities of encountering Nile crocodiles and Hippos. Birds like the most sought after Shoebill Stork might also be seen on the river banks enjoying the cool waters of the Nile River. Upon reaching the bottom of the falls, you embark on the hike to the top of the falls following the Nile River as it squeezes itself to pass through a less than 7m gorge before falling 43m below to what has been termed as the devil’s Cauldron forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and trademark rainbow. You link up with the guide and the vehicle at the top of the falls and transfer to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge  

Day 3: Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Hoima & visit Kibiro Salt Gardens en route

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Hoima. You make a stop en route to visit the Kibiro Salt Gardens which dates back to over 900 years ago supporting the generations and generations of the area’s inhabitants. The people depend on this salt as they exchange it with the neighboring community for food and get income by selling it. The salt is extracted traditionally and exclusively by the local expert women. The footpath connecting to the site presents a challenging hiking encounter. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Hoima arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kontiki Hotel

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & Do Bigodi wetland walk en route

After an early breakfast, you embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving through impressive rural landscapes of Kyenjojo and Kagadi before approaching Fort Portal town about 5 hours for early lunch and then proceed for Bigodi wetland walk on the boundary of Kibale National Park. The Bigodi wetland is a rich haven presenting ideal ecotourism encounters in Uganda. In fact, it is the leading successful ecotourism initiative in Uganda and the wetland features a count of 138 species which include Great Blue Turaco, gonoleks among others. The swamp dwelling sitatunga antelope might also be encountered. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the Rwimi road to Kasese. Arrive at the lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Day 5: Do morning game drive and afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

After breakfast, embark on the game drive encounter at 7am stretching to the Kasenyi area where a range of wild game might be encountered including the elephants, water bucks, Uganda Kobs, Buffaloes, Lions, Spotted Hyenas, leopards, Bushbucks among other species. The view of the moist open savannah grassland is also impressive. Return from 3 – 4 hour activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation an lunch. In the afternoon, you connect to Mweya Jetty for an afternoon boat cruise commencing at 2pm. The boat encounter on what has been termed the Paradise of hippos features impressive sights of Hippos and Nile crocodiles, birds like the African skimmer, Yellow billed stork and Kingfishers.  The wild game can also be encountered during on the channel side. Retreat from the 2 hour activity and do a game drive along the channel track as you connect back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park with Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast at 7am, you embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 218km Ruhija and 309km Rushaga depending on the lodge selected. You undertake a notable game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of the famous tree climbing lions and other wildlife like water bucks, buffaloes, kobs and elephants. The fig tree branches of Ishasha present memorable day beds for the lions which derives a unique encounter with the Kings of the Jungle in the wilderness of Uganda. Retreat from the drive and continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge   / Buhoma Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp    / Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi and do game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 289km about 7- 8 hours’ drive. You undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions and other wild game. The Ishasha is one of the only two places in the world where tree climbing lions can be encountered. They tend to lie in fig tree branches in the day time. Continue on the drive passing through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands to arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Day 7: Do early morning boat cruise & Island walk& transfer to Entebbe.

the early morning lake tour by taking a boat cruise exploring the impressive waters of Lake Bunyonyi noted as the second deepest in Africa. You also take a walk on one of the main Islands to explore the beauty of the lake of a thousand Islands in detail. Retreat from 2 hour activity and embark on the transfer to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive driving through impressive country side landscapes of south western Uganda making a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center for typical African buffet and another stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots where one leg would be in the southern hemisphere and the other in the northern hemisphere. Arrive in Kampala in the afternoon to mark the end of the tour.

End of Safari

Inclusions;

  • Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary·
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Welcome package including a detailed map of Uganda
  • VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala

 

Exclusions:

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
  • Forest Walk Bwindi (USD $55 per person)
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above – Items of personal nature
  • Tips – Christmas supplement  

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refunded if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before arrival.
  • Balance should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Min: 2 Travelers
Start/End: Kampala
Duration: 7 Days
Activity: Game drives, Boat cruise, Chimpanzee tracking, cultural encounter, nature walk
Destinations: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park

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  • Accommodation and meals inclusive
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  • Life changing travel experiences

Best time to go

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

Uganda Gorilla Permits costs

Uganda gorilla permits cost $600 and Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.

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