Overview of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

The 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda is one of the popular Uganda wildlife safaris to the vast savannah plains of Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park. Definitely the best wilderness in East Africa, this safari offers the perfect chance to set your eyes on beautiful dotted golden plains to as far as your eyes can reach. Exclusively tailored, the tour activities feature a nature walk during Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a game drive, boat cruise and hike to the top of the falls at Murchison Falls Park then game drives and community tours at Kidepo Valley national park.

Actually, a big five African wildlife safari, it starts with a pick up and ends with a drop off in Kampala. From an accommodation facility in Kampala, you are driven by a knowledgeable Uganda tour guide to Murchison Falls National Park. After about 2-3hours drive, you branch off for rhino tracking on foot at Ziwa rhino Sanctuary later on have lunch then continue to Murchison falls park arriving in the evening. The next day, you go for a morning game drive, have lunch, take an evening boat cruise and hike to the top of Murchison falls in the evening. On the third day you drive to Kidepo national park for more wildlife experiences with a full day game drive the next day. On the fifth day, you hike mount Morungole as you pay visit to the Ik people. On the sixth day of your trip, you go on a game drive then drive to Gulu town in the evening. From Gulu town, you are driven back to Kampala marking the end of your trip.

Highlights of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

Day 1: From your place of residence in Kampala, a safari driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Murchison falls national park making the first wildlife encounter at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking.

Day 2: Early morning, you go for a game drive, return to your lodge for lunch then after go for an evening boat cruise and a hike to the top of the falls where you meet your driver guide for a transfer back to your lodging facility.

Day 3: After breakfast, you are driven past the dotted savannah plains of northern Uganda, to Kidepo valley national park arriving in the evening.

Day 4: From morning, you spend the day in Kidepo valley national park on a full day game drive with picnic lunch.

Day 5: After breakfast, you have the chance to learn something about the Ik people on a hike to Morungole mountain where you spend the day.

Day 6: You take another morning game drive, check out, have lunch and then transfer back to Gulu town where you spend the night.

Day 7: From Gulu town, you are driven back to Kampala marking the end of your tour.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

Day 1 of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in UgandaEarly morning at about 7:00am, a knowledgeable Uganda safari guide picks you up from a lodging facility in Kampala for a drive to Murchison Falls National Park. A branch off to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for foot rhino tracking in the only habitat for rhinos in Uganda starts off your safari. After about 2 hours at the sanctuary, you have lunch then after be driven to Murchison falls national park arriving for check in, dinner and an overnight at a prior preferred accommodation in Murchison falls national park.

Accommodation options: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury/up-market), Pakuba safari lodge (Mid-range), Fort Murchison Lodge (Budget/basic)

 

Day 2 of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in UgandaRising early morning you are driven to Murchison falls park for the first game drive on your Uganda wildlife tour starting at 7:00am depending on your hotel of accommodation. Lasting 2-4hours, Elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and giraffes make the common sightings of the morning alongside other early risers and bird species.

You return to your hotel/lodge for lunch or have picnic lunch then go for an evening boat cruise at 2:00pm starting from Paraa jetty where you have a chance to listen and watch the local people play local instruments.

Just below the mighty waterfalls where the boat cruise takes you to is the starting point for the hike to the top of the Murchison falls that takes you about 40min to 1h where after you meet your driver guide ready to take you to your lodging facility.

Accommodation options: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury/up-market), Pakuba safari lodge (Mid-range), Fort Murchison Lodge (Budget/basic)

Day 3 of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

After gazing at the attractions in Murchison falls national park, following breakfast, you are driven for about 7-8 hours to the hidden gem of Kidepo valley far north eastern Uganda. Passing through the vast dotted savannah plains, you sight the scenic hills that distinct Acholi land from Kidepo, the traditional homes of the Karamojong known as “manyattas” and the towering Morungole and Moroto mountains. Arriving in the evening, you check in and spend a night at an accommodation in Kidepo valley national park.

Accommodation options: Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury/up-market), Nga’ Moru Wilderness Camp (Mid-range), Apoka Rest Camp/UWA Bandas (Budget/basic)

Day 4 of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in UgandaThis morning, expect to be at Kidepo valley park with your driver guide and game ranger for a morning game drive. Driving through a tranquil environment, you go to the Narus river (the permanent source of water in the biome) common for buffalo herds, elephants, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and numerous bird species. After lunch, you return to another biome of the Kidepo valley national park for another game drive where you spend the rest of the day.

Accommodation options: Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury/up-market), Nga’ Moru Wilderness Camp (Mid-range), Apoka Rest Camp/UWA Bandas (Budget/basic)

 

Day 5 of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

After a night of contemplating such a pristine wilderness, you are driven to Mount Morungole (2,479m above sea level) to visit the Ik people. This is one of the smallest tribes in Uganda found on this mountainous region of Karamoja and very diverse with unique cultures. You will spend the whole day with the Ik people and share lunch with the local people. In the evening, you descend from the mountain and return to your lodging facility for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation options: Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury/up-market), Nga’ Moru Wilderness Camp (Mid-range), Apoka Rest Camp/UWA Bandas (Budget/basic)

Day 6 of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

This morning again, you return to Kidepo park for a drive through the plains for more game viewing on a game drive with a chance to sight different species. You enjoy a meal at your lodging facility, check out then embark on a drive out of Kidepo to Gulu town in northern Uganda where you spend the night.

Accommodation options: Boma Hotel Gulu (Luxury)

Day 7 of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

On this last day of your safari, you wake up to a warm breakfast then be driven back to Kampala. A drive past the countryside offers a chance to sight the uniqueness that makes this place home to those who live here. You arrive Kampala in the afternoon after about 5-6 hours’ drive marking the end of your tour.

End of the 7 days Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley National Park wildlife safari in Uganda

If it about wildlife and having a feel of an African wilderness many tourists opt for safaris to these two parks. Many tourists also customize their 7 days tour to a Uganda birding safari within the same destinations alongside wildlife sightings. For Murchison falls national park, many tourists customize their trip to the park with a Uganda gorilla trekking safari or gorilla safari Uganda to Bwindi impenetrable national park in south west of Uganda.

Setting yourself on a beautiful spot and sighting golden plains dotted with fauna and flora in a unique destination is one amazing experience to undertake on an African safari of which this is the best option.