3 Days Africa Big Five Uganda Safari

3 Days Murchison Falls

AFRICA BIG FIVE UGANDA SAFARI

The Africa big five are among the most dangerous, yet most popular species for big-game hunters to hunt and the safari tourist – these include the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros.

Africa Big Five was a term coined by the Big-game Hunters in the African hunting days to refer to the difficulty of hunting those animals on foot in the African jungles. The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size. Today the term is the term is used in most tourist and wildlife guides that discuss African wildlife safaris and usually the only hunting is with a camera.

Tracking down Africa BIG FIVE is always top on the list for every safari tour. From the King of the Jungle, the Lion and the cunning Leopard to the largest land mammal the elephants, the rare white rhinos and the aggressive buffaloes. Have your checklist ready, we will take you on the most sought after Safari in Africa. Your hunting gear is your camera, lets plan this trip now!

Overview

Unlike the other safaris, the Discover Uganda Safari takes you to walk the footsteps of John Speke, to the source of the mighty Nile and follow the Nile through to thundering waters of Murchison Falls. Here we’ll experience the Nile forcing its way through a gap in the rocks, only 7 metres (23 ft) wide, and tumbling 43 metres (141 ft), before flowing westward into Lake Albert. And of course there’s another highlight of the Discover Uganda Safari – and that is the thrilling unforgettable one-day gorilla trekking adventure in the misty Bwindi Impenetrable forest, home to almost half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas.

This thrilling 18 days discover Uganda adventure starts and ends in Entebbe where your driver/guide will pick you and your party from Entebbe International Airport and settle you into a hotel, brief you about the coming days expectations and guidelines before letting you settle into your slumber. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have your money changed on this day, and you may also have the chance to visit Kampala city, about one hour drive from Entebbe.

Your first discovery of Uganda takes you 3 hours east via the capital Kampala to Jinja, the old colonial town and source of the nile. On our way we will make a stop at Mabira Forest, one of the largest and most beautiful tropical forests in Uganda. A hike will enable you to stretch your legs and you will have a chance to see different species of primates, birds and colourful butterflies. If you are an adrenaline junkie, Bungee jumping and whitewater rafting are some of the activities on the nile in those parts but for everyone else, we’ll take boat ride tour to the Speke Monuments and the actual Nile source where flows from the ground up to form the nile.

That’s not all in the east, there’s Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa district that is a series of three waterfalls lying on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border. The Sipi falls area offers an astonishing cool environment with fresh air from the slopes of Mountain Elgon. It offers a magnificent place to wind down, relax and cool out. We depart Jinja in the morning, spend the day at Sipi falls and retreat to Jinja for the over night and the next day follow the nile to the thundering Murchison Falls.

Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the mighty Nile River, and home to some truly spectacular sights. As the Nile river squeezes through a seven-metre gap in a cleft of rock, it sets off sudden, violent explosions of white water, resulting in the dramatic Murchison Falls and the most powerful natural water flow on earth. The river is rich in wildlife, including hippo and some of Africa’s largest crocodile, but the rare shoebill stalk truly demands one’s attention. These metre-high birds are solitary and reserved, with large, strong beaks capable of crushing small crocodiles.

The Rest of the Discover Uganda Safari is wildlife, beautiful scenery and colourful adventure through Kibale Forest National Park home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates, Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes and Bwindi Impenetrable forest for the highlight, unforgettable gorilla trekking experience. Home to almost half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, the World Heritage-listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of East Africa’s most famous national parks. Set over 331 sq km of improbably steep mountain rainforest, the park is home to an estimated 360 gorillas: undoubtedly Uganda’s biggest tourist drawcard.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest contains 120 species of mammal – more than any of Uganda’s other national parks – though sightings are less common due to the dense forest. Lucky visitors might see forest elephants, 11 species of primate (including chimpanzees and L’Hoest’s monkeys), duiker, bushbuck, African golden cats and the rare giant forest hog, as well as a host of bird and insect species. For birdwatchers it’s one of the most exciting destinations in the country, with almost 360 species, including 23 of the 24 endemic to the Albertine Rift and several endangered species, such as the African green broadbill. With a good guide, sighting daily totals of over 150 species is possible. On the greener side of the aisle, Bwindi harbours eight endemic plants.

After that kal draining gorilla trekking adventure, we take you through the last wildlife experience to spot the zebras, elephants and giraffes in the only park you can stroll through, Lake Mburo National park before you return to Kampala on a sightseeing road trip through the hills and plains of the Pearl of Africa and a farewell dinner recounting all the special moments.

DAY 01 :To Murchison Falls National Park

DAY 01
Arrival at the Entebbe International Airport

Our Guide will warmly welcome you on arrival at the Airport or at your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala. For the former, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about you safari by the guide. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have your money changed on this day, and you may also have the chance to visit Kampala city, about one hour drive from Entebbe.

DAY 02
To the Source of the Nile, Jinja.

After breakfast we leave the busy Kampala city and head towards the East. Jinja is situated directly at Lake Victoria, where the Nile finds its origin. On our way we will make a stop at Mabira Forest, one of the largest and most beautiful tropical forests in Uganda. A hike will enable you to stretch your legs and you will have a chance to see different species of primates, birds and colourful butterflies. Continue to Jinja for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. After lunch we proceed to the source of the Nile for a boat ride before we retreat for dinner and overnight.

Driving time: ±2 hours

Budget Accommodation: Explorers Backpackers or Nile River Explorers.

Luxury Accommodations: Jinja Nile Resort or Source of the Nile Hotel

DAY 03
To Sipi falls.

Sipi Falls located in Eastern Uganda, Kapchorwa district is a series of three waterfalls lying on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border. The Sipi falls area offers an astonishing cool environment with fresh air from the slopes of Mountain Elgon. It offers a magnificent place to wind down, relax and cool out. We depart Jinja in the morning, spend the day at Sipi falls and retreat to Jinja for the over night.

DAY 04
To Murchison Falls National Park.

We begin our panoramic drive northwest early morning through the famous Luwero Triangle, and visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, then drive to Masindi Town for lunch. Thereafter, drive to Murchison Falls National Park. If time allows, we visit the top of the falls after which we travel to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Drive time: ±7 hours

Budget accommodation: Red Chilli Camp.

Luxury accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge, Nile safari Lodge or Sambiya River Lodge.

DAY 05
In Murchison Falls National Park.

Today we head for an early morning game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Animals you may see include; Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalo, Rothchild’s Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reed buck, Spotted Hyena and if you are lucky, the Leopard. After lunch, go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, an experience not to be missed!! Here you will see the River Nile said to be the 2nd longest river in the world crush through a narrow gorge and forming the magnificent Murchison Falls. While on the cruise you may see Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Waterbuck and Uganda Kobs among others. This is also the zone of many birds, with species like Goliath Heron, Egyptian Geese, Pelicans, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill stork. We then return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

DAY 06
In Murchison Falls National Park.

Today we head for an early morning game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Animals you may see include; Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalo, Rothchild’s Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reed buck, Spotted Hyena and if you are lucky, the Leopard. After lunch, go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, an experience not to be missed!! Here you will see the River Nile said to be the 2nd longest river in the world crush through a narrow gorge and forming the magnificent Murchison Falls. While on the cruise you may see Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Waterbuck and Uganda Kobs among others. This is also the zone of many birds, with species like Goliath Heron, Egyptian Geese, Pelicans, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill stork. We then return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

DAY 07 : In Murchison Falls National Park.

Today we head for an early morning game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Animals you may see include; Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalo, Rothchild’s Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reed buck, Spotted Hyena and if you are lucky, the Leopard. After lunch, go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, an experience not to be missed!! Here you will see the River Nile said to be the 2nd longest river in the world crush through a narrow gorge and forming the magnificent Murchison Falls.

While on the cruise you may see Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Waterbuck and Uganda Kobs among others. This is also the zone of many birds, with species like Goliath Heron, Egyptian Geese, Pelicans, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill stork. We then return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

DAY 08 : To Queen Elizabeth National Park

After our morning breakfast, we will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a savannah grassy plains, and volcanic craters and home to abundant wildlife. We will have a game drive enroute to the park headquarters. Watch out for lions, leopards, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, bushbuck, and a variety of birds among other wildlife. After checking in and having lunch, we could enjoy the unique 2-hour drive through a fishing village and head to the biggest salt lake in the country (Lake Katwe). Overnight at our accommodation

DAY 09 : In Queen Elizabeth National Park

We start with an extensive early morning game drive in the Park, while pursuing the most wildlife congested tracks including the Kasenyi Track. Expect to see; Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Bush bucks, Kobs, the rare Giant forest hogs, Hyenas and Waterbucks. Return and have breakfast at your accommodation. In the afternoon we’ll take a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel, an experience not to miss!! You will appreciate the scores of Hippos, Buffalos, and Crocodiles close to the waterside as well as if lucky, the rare Leopard prowling. There is a variety of bird species for example Pelicans, Cormorants, egrets, herons and Jacana amongst others. We then return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

DAY 10 : In Queen Elizabeth National Park

Take a morning rest, and after we proceed for a late afternoon game drive pursuing mainly wildlife congested circuits where we expect to see some of the big five; Elephant, Buffalos, Lions, and if lucky the Leopard. Also expect to see Bush bucks, Kobs, the rare Giant forest hogs, Hyenas and Waterbucks, and a variety of birds and magnificent sceneries!

DAY 11 : To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast, we do a second game drive before embarking on a journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Long-horned Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. We then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, famously known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

DAY 12 : In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We will head to the briefing point at the park headquarters and from here you will be briefed about the does and don’ts while in the jungle forest with the gentle Giants. You will be provided with walking sticks and you are also advised to have your lunch parked with enough drinking water. The Gorillas share with us humans 95% of their genes and staring into their pondering eyes is as overwhelming as it is awesome. After tracking we will travel back to our lodge, relax, dine and overnight.

DAY 13 : To Lake Bunyonyi

We will drive to Lake Bunyonyi, spending the night overlooking Uganda deepest lake, where you may try your hand at paddling a dugout canoe, eating freshwater crayfish, or simply just relaxing. Bunyonyi literally means “Place of many little birds” and is famous for the birds, otters and delicious crayfish. Dinner and Overnight at either White Horse Inn, Heritage Lodge Habuharo or Bunyonyi Overland Camp.

DAY 14 : In Bunyonyi

After breakfast we shall kick off with a canoe cruise paddling a dugout canoe! This is an optional activity hence you may also choose to just unwind and relax sunbathing, swimming or just chill out! Return for lunch and thereafter a community walk in the evening.

DAY 15 : To Lake Mburo National Park

Early in the morning embark on a 3 hours drive to Lake Mburo National Park. We will have an evening game drive or a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. Lake Mburo is the only park in Uganda where you can have a safari on foot! It particularly contains interesting Kopjes, Kilspringers and Topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankole cattle peacefully. Return for lunch which should be taken leisurely enjoying the view of the lakes in this park. Enjoy the boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the croc and hippos. Dinner and Overnight.

DAY 16 : To Kampala

After breakfast, we leisurely drive back to Kampala. Enroute, have two stopovers; one at the Equator where we will have an opportunity to stand between 2 hemispheres at the same time, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where we will have the opportunity to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations. We arrive Kampala in the afternoon for an overnight.

DAY 17 : To Uganda wildlife Education Centre and Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Early in the morning we visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and thereafter proceed to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. However, this will depend on the time for the boat. If the morning boat is available, then a visit to the centre will be done in the afternoon and Vice-versa. Return to the lodge for dinner, relaxing and overnight.

DAY 18 : Departure

Budget accommodation :Kibale Forest Camp (self-contained tents), Chimpanzee Guesthouse Bandas (self-contained Banda’s), Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco friendly self-contained tents), Airport Guest House, Entebbe Central Inn or Kampala Backpackers

Luxury: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge in Luxury Tents, Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Buhoma Lodge or Lake Kitandara tented camp, Boma Guest House, Imperial Botanical beach hotel, Acassia lodge, or Lake Victoria Hotel.

The 3 days Murchison falls Safari Cost Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • Transportation – 4×4 Safari Cruiser/Van
  • Accommodation – Budget/Luxury Lodging
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Park Fees & Guide Fees
  • Gorilla & Chimpanzee permit if included
  • Bottled Drinking Water en-route
  • Meals as specified in Itinerary

Our Safari cost exclude:

  • For short trips accommodation on arrival and departure are not included, but can be arranged on request
  • Flights
  • Visa fees (50 USD)
  • Sodas, beers, wines and other drinks
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical Insurance
  • And all kinds of personal nature
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