3 Days Murchison Falls National Park safari

Uganda Self Drive - 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park safari

Our 3 Days Murchison falls National Park Uganda safari takes you to the country’s largest and first to be established national park to see so much that it does have within her boundaries.

Murchison Falls National Park is situated in the North Western Uganda with various attractions including the Falls themselves, Para, Budongo forest among others. This 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park is the most popular among budget travelers coming to Uganda but we can as well tailor a luxury 3 days Murchison Falls National Park Safari.

On your 3 days Murchison Falls National Park Uganda safari, you will have a chance of spotting Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary- situated along the way that leads to Murchison and the other big four animals that can be seen inside the park. The other wildlife species you can see include; 76 different species of mammals, 400 bird species and of course the prestigious world’s most powerful waterfall – Murchison Falls among others.

The vegetation in Murchison Falls National Park is mostly Savannah grasslands although you can still find forests such as Budongo Forest which is home to Chimpanzees and famous for chimpanzee tracking.

Highlight of your 3 days Murchison Falls National Park Uganda Safari

  • Stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to spot Rhinos
  • 2 Game drives through Murchison Falls
  • Boat cruise
  • Hiking at the top of the falls

Detailed Itinerary

To be part of our 3 days Murchison Falls National Park you need to have either arrived in the country the day before or arriving in the country in the morning to start the trip. Arranging your accommodation a day before the trip and after your trip, will come at an extra cost.

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park – Stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Immediately after your breakfast, our driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel at exactly 7:00am and brief you about the 3 days Murchison Falls National Park Uganda Safari. After this, you will embark on a 6-hour drive to Murchison Falls National Park.

On your way expect to see big banana plantations, large farms, piled fruits for sale on the streets, people roasting beef and chicken along the streets. It is a rewarding experience and memorable seeing these vendors bring their goods for sale right on your window. A few kilometers along the Mubende route, you will branch off to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to spot the black and white Rhinos which are among the Big five Animals as they roam freely in their natural habitat

In Uganda, Rhinos had fully got extinct due to the poaching in the 1980’s. Later in 2005, the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was established with an intention of breeding Rhinos and then introduce them to Uganda’s National Parks.

After spotting Rhinos, you will then head to Masindi District to have lunch and then proceed to Murchison Falls National Park to check in to your lodge, have dinner and rest.

Accommodation options

 Luxury: Paraa Safari lodge,

Mid-range: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget: Red Chili Rest Camp

Meal Plan

Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Game drive, Boat cruise on River Nile and Hiking to the top of the Falls

You will need to wake up early and take your breakfast provided by your lodge. Right after, our guide/driver will transfer you to the wild for your first game drive along the delta of Lake Albert.

During this game drive, you will see the great savannah grassland, see a variety of animals such as warthogs, hyenas, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, topi, leopards, and several species of birds.

After this rewarding experience/activity, you will then head back to the hotel to have lunch and prepare yourself for an afternoon boat cruise along the Nile.  

This makes the best part of your Safari as it involves spotting most of the wildlife in the park. While on the river for a boat cruise, you will have an opportunity to spot almost 200 species of birds including shoebill stork, black-headed lapwing, great blue turaco, dwarf king fisher, African black crake, malachite, blue spotted doves and many more.

Many animals are seen on the river shores drinking water and freshening up especially during sunny days. Among the animas you can spot while boat cruising are hippos, Nile crocodiles, monitor lizards, elephants and many others.

The boat will lead you to the bottom of the great Murchison where you will hike to the top. Life at the Murchison falls is so unique and enjoyable as you will see the beautiful vegetation and the beautiful scenic views around these great falls. You will then head back to the hotel, relax and get ready for dinner.

Accommodation options

 Luxury: Paraa Safari lodge,

Mid-range: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget: Red Chili Rest Camp

Meal Plan

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Second Game drive – Transfer back to Kampala

Wake up early in the morning excited because this is another day to explore the Murchison on your Second game drive but before you embark on this activity, you will need to take breakfast.

After your breakfast you will head into the park for the game drive that takes only 5 hours starting from 7:00am-11:00am. You will check out of your lodge before you head into the wild for a game drive.

During this last activity, you will spot more of the animals and more bird species. At exactly 11pm, you will start on your 6-hour drive journey back to Kampala.

You will stop over at Masindi, have lunch and continue with your Journey to Kampala as you have a clear glimpse of the picturesque upcountry scenic views.

Arrive in Kampala in the evening at either at your lodge or straight to Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight. This marks the end of your 3 days Murchison Falls National Park.

Meal Plan

Breakfast and Lunch                                                              

What to expect in your safari on your 3 days Murchison Falls National Park

  • Full-time English-speaking driver
  • Transportation in a 4×4 vehicle and fuel
  • Drinking water
  • Rhino permits
  • Park entry fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • 3-hour boat cruise
  • Ferry crossing fees

This 3 days Murchison Falls National Park excludes:

  • Tips
  • Flights to and from Uganda
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry
  • Internet
  • Visa fees
  • Other purchases

Accommodation options in Murchison Falls National Park

Paraa Safari lodge (luxury)

Paraa Safari Lodge is a Luxurious lodge located in the Northern section of Murchison Falls National Park, near the ferry crossing point. Paraa Safari Lodge has different accommodation choices according to every visitor’s budget. These include; standard rooms cottages and suits.

Standard rooms have a simple safari atmosphere with a high level of comfort that will give you the best stay at this spacious lodge. While in the standard room, you will have a perfect view of the lodge’s swimming pool and the winding River Nile.

Queen’s cottage

The Queen’s cottage has a well-designed architectural design with a grand balcony that makes it very unique and gives it a clear view of the beautiful vegetation and wildlife.

Suits are the most perfect for the high-class visitors who want more comfort and relaxing space. The suits have a nice-looking living room with sofas, a mini bar for refreshments of the mind and body after long drives and hikes from the park.

 Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)

Pakuba Safari Lodge is a mid-range accommodation option located in the Eastern Bank of the Albert Nile in Murchison Falls National Park. All room in this lodge have a private veranda with a perfect view of the Albert Nile, Complimentary WIFI, room service, mosquito nets, reading corner and several charging points.

 Red Chili Rest Camp (budget)

Red Chili Rest Camp is a budget accommodation option located in the Southern Sector of Murchison Falls National Park. It includes, well-furnished safari tents and Banda (small individual houses and camping ground. While in this camp, Electricity is supplied by a Generator, three times a day, in the morning, afternoon and for four hours in the late evening. So, mind to charge you phones, camera’s and other electronic gadgets during the given time.

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