AVU027 – CLASSIC UGANDA SAFARI (5 DAYS)

Tour Overview

Murchison Falls National Park derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty river Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with Hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The Vegetation is characterized by savannah, Riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes; lions, leopards, chimpanzee giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda Kob, Chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill stock. Later you will en route to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world’s most biodiversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, and buffaloes, lots of small game and rare birds.

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
Day 2: Wildlife Viewing, Launch Cruise – Murchison Falls National Park
Day 3: Murchison Falls transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Game viewing, Launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5: Return Trip to Kampala

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

The guide will meet you and drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park. The drive takes you through Luweero district were inhabitants practice both commercial and subsistence farming. The route is punctuated by small trading centers and sometimes roadside markets. Have a lunch break at Masindi before proceeding to enter the park via Kichumbanyobo Gate.

Arrive in time before sunset for the sparkling view at the top of Murchison Falls, you will marvel at the breathing sight of the raging Nile, longest river, in the world as it forces its way through a rocky gap barely six to seven meters wide! This is the point where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2: Wildlife Viewing, Launch cruise – Murchison Falls National Park

Begin your day with a cup of African coffee ready for a game drive, bird watching and sight seeing across the open savannah dotted woodland and riverine vegetation along the Nile and Albert delta. Here expect to meet elephants, giraffes, buffalos, lions, leopards, waterbuck and a countless population birds, return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch.

After lunch, a three hour boat trip along the Nile gives you assured chance to see the falls from the bottom angle. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the River.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Murchison Falls –transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast. Depart by road to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This scenic drive will give you a view of the beautiful Blue Mountains of Congo across Lake Albert. Drive through vast tea plantations before arriving in Fort portal. Continue to Queen Elizabeth arriving in time for dinner. Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.

Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

azinga Cion – it is a marvel! V(Luxury),

Katara Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge (Mid-range)

Enganzi (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 4: Game viewing Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a cup of coffee, you will go for as sunrise game drive to the Kasenyi Area of the park. Expect to see the elephants, lions, buffaloes, kobs, the Python, hyenas, warthogs, birds’ hippos etc. Return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax by the side of the swimming pool.

In the afternoon, go for a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. The beautiful cruise will yield sighting hippos, buffaloes, watering elephants, warthogs and also a chance to see spectacular birds.
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

azinga Cion – it is a marvel! V(Luxury),

Katara Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge (Mid-range)

Enganzi (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 5: Return Trip to Kampala

Following a morning breakfast, you will depart to Kampala arriving in the afternoon.
OR There is an option of trekking the chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge. The guided walk may last 3-5 hours depending on weather conditions and the movement of these chimps. In addition to seeing chimps, the walk may yield sightings of colobus, vervet, red-tailed monkeys, baboons and other primates. Return to Kampala stopping at the Equator for a photographic opportunity as well as an informative talk.

Meal Plan: Full Board.

END OF MURCHISON FALLS AND QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (5 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

Park Entrance Fees.
Park Ranger Fees.
A 2 hour launch cruise along the Nile and Kazinga
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation and en route meals as indicated in the Itinerary (4nights).
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer provided your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Airfares
Personal Insurance
Visa Fees
Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

Extra Services:

Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$) Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and night after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)

The Lodge (Basic – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)

Airport Transfer fare: Entebbe-Kampala USD 30 and Kampala-Entebbe USD 40