• A Lioness and her Cub in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

The Kabalega Falls

Discover nature in luxury at Murchison Falls National Park and relax at the premier Paraa Safari Lodge. Seek out a host of savannah wildlife on private wildlife drives, cruise to the thundering base of Uganda’s iconic Kabalega Falls and watch the sun sink below the horizon on a sunset cruise. Immerse yourself in luxury, with top rate facilities and services at your lodge, unwind by the swimming pool, pamper yourself in the spa or sip a refreshing drink from the poolside bar as the sun sets across the river below. The perfect memorable family trip or romantic getaway with that special someone!

Destination: Murchison Falls National Park

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Itinerary - The Kabalega Falls [TACP011]

Day One

A Nile Sunset Cruise

Transfer from Kampala or Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park. Estimated journey time: 7 hrs

Enjoy some downtime relaxing at your exclusive riverside lodge, perched on the banks of the river Nile in the heart of Murchison Falls National Park. Refresh yourself by taking a dip in the swimming pool to escape the savannah heat and enjoy a cooling drink in the swimming pool bar. You can of course also unwind on the lodge’s communal terrace or retire to your room to relax on your balcony, offering views of the river Nile flowing by, to the sounds of hippo pods calling across the water.

Once the heat of the day recedes, unwind on a sunset water safari on the river Nile! Your skipper will guide you along the riverbanks as you relax to sounds of the savannah, with hippo pod calls echoing across the water and birds chattering amongst the swaying papyrus reeds. On the riverbanks you may spot elephants, waterbucks and crocodiles. While Pied Kingfishers hover and dive into the water around you and a flash of electric blue catches your eye from the Malachite Kingfishers darting along the river. As the sun begins to set the landscape will be lit with a beautiful warm glow, as you make way back to the docks. Estimated excursion time: 1 hr 30 mins

Day Two

A Game Drive and a Boat Cruise

Explore the Buligi game tracks which crisscross the savannah between the branches of the Victoria and Albert Nile in the northern sector of the park. These game circuits offer the highest density of wildlife viewing anywhere in the park. The landscape in the park is stunning offering views over the savannah, as you wind your way through Acacia scrub and grasslands dotted with palm trees. You’ll be joined by a knowledgeable Uganda Wildlife Authority guide, to give you your highest chance of tracking down the savannah predators. They will help you track down specific wildlife such as Rothschild giraffes, lions, hippos, elephants, herds of buffalo, Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kob, warthog, waterbuck and if you're lucky, you'll spot the elusive leopard. Towards the end of your game drive you’ll be able to stop off at the hippo pool on the Victoria Nile delta where you’ll see the hippos wallowing in the shallows and calling to each other across the water.
Estimated excursion time: 3 hrs

Embark on a water safari to navigate the course of river Nile to the thundering base of Murchison Falls waterfall.  Also known as Kabalega Falls, this waterfall is the most iconic feature in the park and the river cruise offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. As you meander upstream passing hippos pods lazing in the water, you’ll seek out crocodiles, buffalo, waterbuck and Uganda kob on the riverbanks. If you’re lucky you’ll also meet elephants bathing in the river to cool off from the heat of the day! A multitude of birds can be spotted including the Red-throated and Northern-carmine Bee-eaters nesting on the Nyamusika cliffs while performing a colourful display. On reaching the base of the falls you’ll marvel at the spectacle of the White Nile surging through a 7 metre wide gap in the rock face, cutting through Fajao Gorge and falling 43 meters into the river below, before it meanders off through the savannah plains of the park. Estimated excursion time: 2 hrs. *Please note that the water safari is 2 hours but if you do not partake in the falls hike at the end then it's an extra 1 hr for the boat to take you back downstream to the docks.

Day Three

A giraffe safari

Explore the Chobe sector on a wildlife drive, an area covering the northeast of the park sandwiched between the banks of the river Nile and the park boundaries. This landscape is covered by rolling savannah plains and dense Acacia tree woodland dotted with forest clearings. The woodlands are a prime spot to look for towers of Rothschild giraffes as they graze under the dappled light cast from the shaded tree canopy, offering you up close sightings and an intimate wildlife viewing experience. Away from the park boundaries the landscape gives way to a savannah landscape dotted with Palmyra palms, offering a pleasing backdrop to spot species such as buffalo, Uganda kob, Jacksons’ hartebeest, bushbucks, waterbucks, warthogs and of course herds of elephants! Explore these tracks at your own pace for some excellent wildlife spotting opportunities and enjoy the tranquility of this more secluded area of Murchison Falls National Park. Estimated excursion time: 3 hrs

Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Kampala or Entebbe. Estimated journey time: 6 hrs