8 Day Murchison, Kibale, Semliki Safari

Uganda Safari - Murchison Falls National Park Safari

Adventurous Uganda Safari – Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Semliki Safari – 8 Days

Overview

This safari takes you to the renowned Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s spectacular heritage, proceeding to some of unique geographical gifting along the Albertine Rift Valley, with breathtaking scenic allure, and landscapes. It will take you on a trek to see chimps and other primates and for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for birding opportunities.  Another fascinating experience will be the Sempaya Hot Springs where you can participate in the rare experience of boiling eggs in the bubbling pools of hot water. 

Safari Highlights

  • Track Rhinos in Zziwa Rhino sanctuary
  • Game drives in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • Launch cruises on the Nile River and Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Nature walk in the Bigodi swamp for bird Watching
  • Visit to a hot spring
  • Visit to a pygmy village
  • Cultural tour of the Karambi tombs
  • Equator experience
  • Royal drums crafting experience

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

You will be met at the airport by our safari guide who will transfer you to the hotel reserved for you in Kampala. Dinner and overnight will be at this hotel.

Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park (5-6hrs)

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National Park via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to trek the Rhinos. The sanctuary houses Uganda’s Rhino reintroduction project. There are 9 white rhinos and tracking is done on foot for 1 and half hours. You will continue to Masindi Town for lunch and later drive to Murchison Falls National Park. The entire journey takes 6-7 hours. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Safari Accommodation

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge
  • Mid range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge 
  • Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili 
  • Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 3: Game drive and Boat launch on the Nile

You will have an early start (6.30am) and set off at for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork. The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge
  • Mid range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge 
  • Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili 
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit to the top of the fall and travel to Kibale Forest National Park

You will after your breakfast visit the “top of the thunderous Murchison falls”, where you will observe the River Nile squeezing itself in a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. You will thereafter set off on a 9 hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park.  The drive is through verdant countryside interpassing traditional homesteads and farms and via the towns of Hoima and Fortportal which rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking

  • Luxury: Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge                                                   
  • Moderate: Mountains of the moon/Kibale forest camp
  • Budget: Rwenzori travelers/kibale forest camp/Chimpanzee forest guest house
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Chimp trek and Bigodi swamp walk

After breakfast you will go for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park, where the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa is exceptionally represented. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee known to be a delightful ape. It is also a home of species like the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon among others. The walk takes 2-3 hours after which you will return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch you will go for the Bigodi swamp walk where you will see a variety of rare bird species and other smaller mammals and return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Luxury: Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge                                                   
  • Moderate: Mountains of the moon/Kibale forest camp
  • Budget: Rwenzori travelers/kibale forest camp/Chimpanzee forest guest house
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Visit to the Crater Lakes

This day you head for an exploration of the crater lakes to enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes surrounded by gentle hills, and stunning views. You take a hike at Lake Nkuruba to see different species of primates and birds and to visit the Mahomet Falls. You meet the local people as you walk through their villages, learn about the customs of the Batoro tribe and enjoy the panoramic views.

  • Luxury: Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge      
  • Moderate: Mountains of the moon/Kibale forest camp
  • Budget: Rwenzori travelers/kibale forest camp/Chimpanzee forest guest house
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Visit to the Hot springs and Pygmy encounter

You travel to Semliki National Park, for another but different experience! You take a nature walk to the Hot Springs where you can participate in the rare experience of boiling eggs in the bubbling pools of hot water. You also visit the Pygmy village to meet these unique people and learn about their culture. In the late afternoon you travel to Fort portal for overnight stay at the hotel of your booking.

  • Accommodation: Mountains of the moon
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cultural tour and return to Kampala

You have an option to either visit the Karambi tombs (burial sites for the former Toro kings and other royals of the Kingdom) for a cultural experience or transfer to Kampala with stopovers at interesting tourism attractions, arriving in the evening. Among the attractions will be a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for dinner and overnight.

This safari package includes;

  • Transportation (type of car ) 4WD min van with pop up roof for excellence safari view.
  • Chimp permit
  • Boat launch
  • All fuel for the trip.
  • Driver / guide.
  • Game drive
  • Guide ranger fees.
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • All activities are described in the itinerary.
  • Park fee is according to the program.
  • Meals are according to the program.

However, the package excludes:  Personal Expenses like:, tobacco, telephone, drinks, laundry, porter fee, personal insurance, Visa , and tips to guides

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