5 DAY MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE SAFARI & KIBALE NATIONAL PARK CHIMPANZEE TRACKING TOUR
This 5 day Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari & Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Tracking Tour will take you to the most interesting destination in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park which is the only national park in northwestern Uganda and also features as the largest of all the ten National parks in the pearl of Africa. It is home to diverse lush savanna grassland dwellers thus memorable encounters with a variety of Wildlife Species including African bush elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, hyenas, giraffes, antelopes, over 451 bird species and many more.
Kibale National Park is the Primate Capital due to the presence of several primates species. The Park lies in the most dramatic and scenic western part of Uganda. The terrain rises above 4,000 Metres above the grassy floor of the Albertine Rift Valley to the snowy summits of the Rwenzori Mountain National Park and Pocketed by Crater Lakes and Covered with tea plantations, tropical Forests and Farm Land and features a prominent home to over 13 primate species including over 1500 chimpanzees, L’hoest’s Monkey and the Red Colobus. Birding is a rewarding Activity with a Total of 335 Species in the Park and the nearby Bigodi Wet Land Sanctuary which are home to birds and Butterflies. This 5 day Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari and Kibale National Park Chimpanzee tracking tour begins and ends in Entebbe or Kampala.
5 Day Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari & Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Tracking Tour – DETAILED ITINERARY
DAY 1: Travel from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park with a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route to track Rhinos.
You will be picked up from your Hotel in Kampala by a representative from MuAfrika Adventures after your breakfast at about 6:00 am to embark on the drive to Murchison Falls National Park 311km through the Kampala Gulu highway passing by Luwero. This is a 6-hour drive through impressive flat landscapes of central Uganda including the district of Nakasongola before branching off at Nakitoma connecting to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Upon arriving at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, you embark on a thrilling Rhino tracking to encounter the southern white Rhinos that comprise the adults and young ones. The trek can take anything from a few minutes to an hour depending on where the Rhinos are located within the sanctuary. You will receive a briefing from the ranger guide and start on your Rhino trek. Rhinos are part of the big five of land animals and exploring them on foot is a rewarding encounter that you can explore on this Uganda safari encounter. Continue on the drive to Murchison, arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight at;
Super Luxury Accommodation: Nile Safari Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge / Baker’s Lodge / Chobe Safari Lodge
Midrange Accommodation: Pakuba Game Lodge / Fort Murchison Lodge / Sambiya River Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Red chilli Rest Camp / Budongo Eco Lodge / Yebo Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 2: Morning Game drive, Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Nile and a Hike to the Top of the Falls
You will wake up early in the morning, have breakfast, and then go for a game drive in the Northern Bank. The Murchison Falls National Park wildlife includes giraffes, elephants, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, waterbucks, vervet monkeys, Olive Baboons, Patas monkey, Jackson’s Hartebeest and lions. After this 3 – 4 hour game drive.
Enjoy lunch and in the afternoon you connect to embark on the afternoon Nile launch cruise departing at 2 pm. It avails a great opportunity for you to view hippos, crocodiles, plus birds at the river banks such as the bee-eater, kingfisher, the rare shoebill stork plus the cormorants. Proceed for a Hike to the top of the falls which is the greatest natural landmark to ever happen on the Nile River on its course to the Mediterranean Sea. The Murchison Falls stand as the most powerful waterfall in the world and it is impressive to encounter the Nile River squeezing itself to pass through a less than seven meters ravine before 43m below what has been termed as the Devil’s Cauldron forming a plume of Spray and trademark rainbow. You will later meet your driver guide and connect to the lodge for dinner and overnight as above.
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DAY 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale National Park.
An early start after breakfast, depart by road from Murchison Fall National Park proceeding to Kibale Forest National Park. Enjoy lunch en route and on arrival proceed to your lodge for Dinner and overnight at
Super Luxury Accommodation: Ndali Lodge / Primates Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge / Aramaga Lodge / Papaya Lake Lodge
Midrange Accommodation: Turaco Treetops / Kyaninga Royal Cottages / Kibale Forest Camp
Budget Accommodation: Rwenzori View Guest House / Chimpanzee Guest House / Rweteera Safari Resort / Crater Valley Kibale (CVK) Lakeside Resort.
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park – Afternoon Swamp and Community Walk
After your early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the Chimpanzee tracking information office at 8 am for a briefing by the park warden and ranger guides, who will lead you into the rain forest in search of chimpanzees. The Ranger guide will make your walk informative and productive making it interesting by providing information on both flora and fauna. These primates are very mobile and viewing them is unpredictable but a forest walk is an enriching activity and takes about 4 to 6 hours. This forest is home to a large number of chimpanzees and other primates including L’hoestes, grey-cheeked mangabeys, Red-colobus, Red-tailed, birds, and butterflies. You will get back at the lodge on time for lunch and if you have energy in the afternoon, go for a Bigodi swamp and Community walk for yet more primates and bird watching with an opportunity to meet and interact with the local communities living here. Later return to the lodge for Dinner and Overnight as above.
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DAY 5: Transfer back to Kampala
After breakfast, check out of your lodge and drive back to Kampala. Enjoy the interesting Fort portal – Mubende – Kampala route which is well dotted with tea plantations and green forest canopies with a stop en route for lunch, arrive in the afternoon and continue with the drive to Entebbe international airport to catch your flight home.
End of your 5 Day Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari & Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Tracking Tour
The 5 Day Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari & Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Tracking Tour is Inclusive of:
- All Accommodation and Meals as Per the Tour Plan / Itinerary
- All Ground Transport and Fuel in a 4×4 wheel drive.
- An Experienced English speaking driver guide and all his Expenses
- Park Entrance fees
- Vehicle Entrance Fees
- Ranger Guide Fees
- Game drive
- Boat Cruise on the Nile Delta
- Hike to the top of the Falls
- Zziwa Rhino sanctuary
- Chimpanzee Permits for Kibale forest National Park
- Bigodi Swamp and Community Walk
- Bottled Mineral Water while on Game drives
The 5 Day Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari & Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Tracking Tour Excludes:
- International flight Fares and Visas
- Travel Insurance
- Expenses of personal nature
- Tips & Laundry
- Alcoholic Drinks
Time & Dates of Travel: This is a private tour, departure can be organised for any time throughout the year subject to availability of accommodation and transport.
Accommodation Booking: The Accommodations Mentioned in the Program depend on availability and Reservations are only made after your booking Confirmation. In case the mentioned accommodations are not available during the requested period, we will always do our best to book one for you in the same Class. This is done only after consulting you. While on a Safari always be sure to have all your belongings before checking out of the Accommodations to avoid losing things that may be important to you.
Transport: Our Safaris involve a lot of travelling on main Tarmac and Dirt Roads thus transport is provided in closed 4X4 Wheel drive Toyota Land Cruisers for all luxury Tours and the standard 4×4 Wheel drive Safari minivans for all Midrange – Budget Safaris. All Vehicles are provided with pop-top roofs for easy and excellent safari viewing. All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional English speaking and courteous driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.
For fly-in Tours/safaris / Private Charter flights: a combination of light aircraft and small plane Charters can fly you to all National Parks in Uganda Such as;
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Kisoro and Kihihi Airstrip) for your Gorilla Trekking Safari.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park (Mweya and Kasese Airstrip) to view the Park’s Big Five Game Safari.
- Murchison Falls National Park (Pakuba and Chobe Airstrip ) to view the Park’s Big Five Game Safari and the Murchison Falls.
- Lake Mburo National Park ( Mbarara Airstrip)
- Kibale Forest National Park ( Kasese Airstrip)
- Kidepo National Park. These Flights decrease the miles on ground needed to reach remote destinations. This is also Combined with the use of closed 4×4 Wheel Drive Vehicles with pop-top roofs that pick you up from the Airfields since they are located far away from the National Parks and Lodges that are usually in remote areas and this may involve some travelling on main tarmac or dirt roads to reach the final destinations.
What to bring with you for a wildlife safari
- Rain Jacket is essential as it could unpredictably Rain
- Light Clothes as the sun does shine pretty bright in Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
- Torch is essential for safety purposes
- Sunglasses to protect you from direct sun rays
- A zoom lens Camera for photographs
- A good insect repellent to keep those persistent Insects and Mosquitoes away.
NB: It is not a Guarantee to see all the Various Animals in the Parks, especially Cats but there is a great chance that you might see them during an Evening or Early Morning Game drive because it is less hot around that time and therefore the animals are freely roaming around as opposed to typical afternoon hours when it gets too hot for the animals and they go undertaking cover from the sun.
What to Wear and Carry with you on your Chimpanzee trekking Safari
- Hiking or Trekking Boots
- Long-sleeved Shirt or Blouse
- Long Trousers
- Water Proof Jacket
- Water Proof Day Pack or Bag
- Light Waterproof Jacket
- Cameras and Extra Batteries
- Sunglasses and Hat
- Wear a Poncho
- Insect Repellent.
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