This 3 days Uganda safari to Murchison falls national park is a short Uganda safari that takes you to Uganda’s largest safari park and offers an opportunity to see all the big Five wild animals. Sighting the big five wild animals is each Uganda wildlife safari tourists’ dream since they are found in a few destinations. The big five are the Buffaloes, Lions, leopards, Rhinos and Elephants. The buffaloes, lions, leopards and elephants are seen in Murchison Falls National park and the Rhinos can be tracked on foot at the adjacent Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.

It’s the largest national park covering about 3,840sqkm (1,503sqmi) bisected by the Nile river. The Nile river squeezes through an 8m gorge cascading 45 meters over the rift valley wall creating the center piece of the park after which it is named. What to do in Murchison Falls National park is based on the desires of the tourist but on a 3 days Uganda safari here are highlights of how to plan and what to see;

3 days Uganda safari to Murchison Falls National Park itinerary overview

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National park

The drive starts as early as 6:00am from Kampala-Uganda’s capital. You stop at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district 164km from Kampala and 128km to Murchison falls national park via Kampala-Masindi road. Here you can track the only rhinos in Uganda on foot.

3 days Uganda safari to Murchison falls national park

Rhinos in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary

Day 2: Morning game drive, afternoon boat cruise and hike to the top of the falls

Wake up to a great breakfast at the accommodation in Murchison falls national park that was booked for your stay then set off for a morning game drive. The game drive lasts for about 2-4 hours then you return to the hotel for breakfast. A boat cruise is done at 2:00pm starting from paraa jetty and lasts about 3 hours to the bottom of the falls. The boat that goes upstream to the bottom of the waterfall offers the start for the hike to the top of the falls. The hike to the top of the falls starts from here and lasts about 40minutes. The top of the falls is a 43m (141ft) rift valley wall from the base.

3 days Uganda safari to Murchison falls national park

Game drive in Murchison falls national park

Day 3: Return to Kampala

You wake up to an early morning breakfast then return to Kampala. On this day, you can decide to do a short birding excursion downstream in search of the shoebill before return to Kampala.

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Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National park

You drive to Murchison falls national park with a lot of sightings with a stop at Ziwa rhino sanctuary.

Day 2: Morning game drive, afternoon boat cruise and hike to the top of the falls

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest

Your driver guide will transfer you to Budongo forest early morning after breakfast. The drive may start as early as 6:00am. The trek may take half of the day with sightings of primates including chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkey, Red-tailed monkey, baboons and Grey Cheeked Mangabey. You trek the chimpanzees and see several forest bird species in the forest before you embark on a return to Kampala.

End of 3 days Uganda safari to Murchison Falls National Park

Safari includes, Rhino tracking permit, park entry fees, boat cruise fees, hike to the top of the falls, bottled water, 4×4 safari vehicle, driver, accommodation and meals when planned by a safari company in Murchison falls national park

The safari package excludes International flight fares, Visas, Accommodation while in Kampala, Personal expenses like laundry, crafts, drinks, cigars, souvenirs and tips to any individuals.

The rushing waters of the Nile River are not worth missing, just plan to safari Murchison falls national park and have a great experience.