A quick weekend away! Journey north to explore the plains of Murchison Falls National Park, on the savannah express safari. Seek out giraffes, elephant herds, prides of lions, buffalo and if you're lucky the elusive leopard on a game drive exploring the meandering tracks through the park. Take to the waters of the river Nile with a water safari to view crocodiles basking on the river banks, hippo pods calling to each other across the river and of course the thundering base of Murchison Falls waterfall.
Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Itinerary - Savannah Express [TACP6-013]
Day OneA Water Safari on The Nile
Drive from Kampala or Entebbe to Murchison Falls NP.
Estimated journey time: 7 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.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge, deluxe double room.
Day TwoA Game Drive on Buligi Tracks
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
Drive from Murchison Falls NP to Kampala or Entebbe.
Estimated journey time: 6 hrs
Meals included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch.
Accommodation: Not included.
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