Detailed itinerary

For wildlife lovers and safari enthusiasts looking for a diversified  park,time spent in Uganda's first conservation area far North of the country is unforgettable. Our three days wildlife and forest adventure tour will take you to Murchison Falls National Park,this palm dotted Savannah forest is the biggest of Uganda's 10 world classic national parks. Your three days tour is fully packaged to immerse yourself into the natural fabrics of rural and pristine Uganda taking the far northern conservation circuit. This defined tour is our shortest Uganda trip giving tourists ample time in the wild while being rewarded with great sights of the magnificent legendary Murchison falls.You will spend time discovering the forest on numerous game watching activities by driving within the Savannah forest, Boat cruising to the Mighty River Nile,standing at the top falls and looking beneath the cascading Nile waters to the bottom of the Falls.Tourists do nature walks to the top of the falls amidst wide natural views on a 45 M wall where Nile waters is forced through an 8 M gorge giving it a very scenic look. A thunderous roar of the waters before it continues on its course where Victoria Nile meets Lake Albert to be known as Albert Nile at the Nile Delta. You admire this place for best photo moments as its ahippo school and proceed to chase more safari memories with chances to encounter lions, warthogs, elephants, antelopes, Nile crocodiles and birds like Goliath heron, kingfishers, rare shoebill stork among others as you drive through this area scale of 3,80 sqkm. Murchison falls national park is home to over 460 bird and 76 mammal species. Your three days safari highlights includes time to explore the forest, visit at Ziwa rhino sanctuary tracking white Rhino tracking,Launch cruise and Hike to the top of the falls and Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Eco-forest before returning to Kampala.

Day 1 – Transfer to Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Your East African safari experience will begin with welcoming you at Entebbe international airport in the early morning hours or picking you at your favourite place in Kampala.After meeting and briefings the road trip will begin taking you out of Kampala on the Northern conservation circuit,after crossing luwero and nakasongora we will branch off from the main road to join  a 7km murram road to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. At this sanctuary you will have a great time to meet the Rhino conservation rangers for your first wild experience by tracking rhinos. Here the white Rhinos are being reintroduced into the country for the purposes of distributing them back into the wild after they had gone extinct in Uganda by 1982 heavy poaching. This role started again by 2005 after the establishment of this sanctuary. You will have lunch in Masindi and continue to the park entry gate, your driving will bring you to Budongo Eco-forest another home to Chimpanzees and many birds among other species of Monkeys. Absinian ground hornbill are the residents here and you will proceed to meet the ferry crossing from the southern bank to have your first game drive in the forest to your lodge for the first overnight in the southern bank of the forest at Pakuba safari lodge set amidst natural scenes.Here you will check in and relax for the overnight.

Day 2 – Whole day game watching experience inside the forest with an Early morning Hot air balloon ride, game drive, hike to the top of the falls.

Today we want to begin the game watching experience with an early morning float to the sky,at 5;00Am we will wake up and drive to meet the ballooning crew for this adventure. This starts with identifying aplace for the excursion in the forest,testing for winds and later you will witness the balloon preparation from the cold to hot inflation. You will be amazed by the level of silence amidst the whole natural view of the forest through your eyes above the palm dotted Savannah. Watch antelopes graze and African cape buffaloes running into their tracks, after one hour of the ballooning tradition world over into the space you will land to have a celebration,graduation and bush breakfast will be set for you in the forest. After this activity your guide will be ready to proceed with you on the game drive and later you will be transferred at Paraa to enjoy your safari in aquatic style. You will jet in the boat cruising to the bottom of the falls, watch waters of the mighty Nile flow above the 45 M gorge at the bottom of the falls. On the boat you will be able to see different bird species, animals like the Nile crocodiles, hippos, monitor lizards, elephants that quench their thirst from the waters. The boat will lead you to the base of these falls, where you will get out and start off on a 45 minute hike (basing on the speed of the person) to the top of the Murchison waterfalls, you will see amazing scenery right from the falls, vegetation among others. You will meet your driver guide at the top who will later transfer you back to the lodge .This walk is part of the long Ugandan ancient path taken by Great explorers like Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Samuel Baker etc from the Loyal Geographical society and doing this walk puts you into their foot prints. You will once again meet your guide at the top of the falls after this walk,together admire the natural wonders of the Nile waters at this spot of the forest and later drive for your second overnight in the southern part of the forest at Murchison River Lodge in the south.

Day 3 – Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Eco-forest and later prepare to get out of the park to be back in Kampala

After breakfast at the lodge, we head out for an early morning drive to reach Budongo Eco-forest for the chimpanzee tracking. With your packed lunch, we will meet the rangers, attend the activity safety briefing and enter the forest to track our closest relatives and members of this natural home. You will take some time walking into this forested part of Murchison conservation area, this forest is a birder's haven with endemic Northern and Congo bird species among many monkey species and Olive baboons. After this last activity you will meet your guide once again and transfer back for your drop-off at a place of your choice in Entebbe or Kampala.


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What is included?

VAT is included in the tour price - emergency air ambulance evacuation is included in your trip with us through a gold cover from AMREF Flying Doctors (www.flydoc.org) valid in Uganda - your full board accommodation in the specified lodges, hotels, and camps is included on a shared room basis - your secure transport is ensured by traveling in a fully safari-customized Toyota Land Cruiser - all other transportation included in your travel plan is on us - soft drinks, water, and endemic fruits are included in your safari. We support the local community by buying as much produce as possible from them rather than from large chains - park entrance fees to Murchison Falls National Park are included in your trip - a hot air balloon ride in Murchison Falls National Park is part of the price (US $380 value) - your boat launch at Murchison Falls is included - your visit at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is included (US $45 value) - your Instinct Safaris Foundation fee is included in the tour, supporting local vocational, health, and educational projects.

What is excluded?

Travel health insurance is not part of your safari price - all sorts of expenses of personal nature - souvenirs, drinks, laundry, and additional equipment - are not included - activities not stated in the itinerary are excluded - gratuities and tips to rangers, driver, guide, porter, lodge staff, or others, are not included - Instinct Safaris is not to be held responsible for the loss or damage taken to any object or piece of equipment taken in the wild.