Murchison falls national park derived its name from the Murchison falls that it hosts. This park that is bisected by the Nile river lies at the northern end of the Albertine rift valley and road trip takes about 4 hours travelling from Kampala. The park hosts about 76 mammal species like elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles plus numerous bird species. Top activities include game drives, nature walks, bird watching, hike to top of falls plus boat cruise to bottom of falls.
DAY 1–Transfer from Kampala to Murchison
This day being the first, not much will be done as it starts with being picked up either from the airport or hotel you are staying in. The journey to the park that takes about 4 hours is an amazing experience as the clients can enjoy the beautiful environment along the journey and can also decide to have a stop at the Zziwa rhino sanctuary. This place hosts the endangered white and black rhinos. After this pleasant view, you will embark on the journey to Masindi town where you will have a mouth watering lunch and rest a bit for some minutes before proceeding to Murchison Park. This park has various accommodation sites to suite all clients. It has luxury lodges like Paraa safari lodge, Nile safari camp, Chobe safari lodge and moderate lodges like Sambiya river lodge, Murchison falls river lodge plus budget lodges like Red Chilli camp. All these offer comfort t the clients. There will be checking in at the preferred lodge and a night spent.
DAY 2– Game Drive & Boat Cruise to bottom of falls
This park is the largest with a huge concentration of mammals. On the 2nd day, you will wake up early and have breakfast and get ready for your 1st activity. A guided game drive will be conducted to the northern bank of river Nile that has a bigger concentration of wildlife. Here, one stands a chance to see numerous mammals that are unique to the African savannas like the giraffe, buffalo, lion, hyena, elephant, Uganda kob and leopard and many more. In this section, you may also enjoy impressive bird species like the African fish eagle being one of the prized sightings and with luck, the rare shoebill stork. Awesome scenery is also enjoyed with a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad savannah. Later, you will be driven back to the lodge for a lunch break.
After lunch, you will be taken to your next adventure. Here is a boat cruise upstream the Nile River to the falls. On this trip, you might also spot numerous birds like the yellow billed stork, African fish eagle, Egyptian goose, egrets plus many more drinking water at the river bank. Water animals like schools of hippos, elephants, huge crocodiles and buffalos can also be seen on a good day as the cruise goes close to the falls base. After this activity, day two is well spent as you will be driven back to the lodge to have dinner and spend the night.
DAY 3– Transfer back to Kampala
After breakfast, you will be requiring to sign out of the lodge and prepare for the return journey to Kampala. In case you dint have a stop at the Zziwa rhino sanctuary, you can still use this opportunity to stop for some minutes and look around at the black and white rhinos here before embarking on the journey.