Murchison Falls also referred to as Kaberaga Falls; why name change?..It’s an interesting little story but you may not want to go there now. Its Uganda's largest park that offers a perfect Safari to track animals, see birds, take a wildlife - birding cruise on the Nile up the bottom of Murchison Falls itself.
The Park has four of the "big five". Buffalos, elephants, lions, leopards are best to be seen in the northern part (above the Nile). Due to excessive hunting and poaching, Rhinos became extinct by 1983, but were re-introduced into Uganda in 2005 by Rhino Fund Uganda. White rhinos are now being bred again in the 7000ha Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 70 km south of the park and their mission is to reintroduce small herds of rhinos (around five at a time), whilst retaining a nucleus breeding herd in the sanctuary.
Other mammals include; giraffe, baboons, antelopes of various kinds, warthogs, hyenas, hundreds of species of birds, including migratory ones, storks of various kinds such as the elusive shoebill stork, reptiles, butterflies and a savannah that is beautiful, forests that just make you want to take a hike, and then there are the falls, absolutely fantastic, plus fishing the Nile for the huge Nile Perch. If you have only three days to spare, Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda is the place for you to go and experience your African Safari.
In terms of concentration and variety for safari enthusiasts, I personally think MFNP far outstrips any other park in Uganda... well, could be wrong but it needs you to come and attest. African Wildlife, Birding, Stunning Scenery, Murchison Falls, Nile River Cruise viewing animals, game, hippos all included in your Murchison Falls Park Safari.
72 mammal species including Giraffes, Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Hippos, warthogs, baboons, over 460 different kinds of birds including the elusive Shoebill Stork and 53 kinds of raptors. Reptiles such as the Nile Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Rock Pythons all call Murchison Falls their home.
Day One: Depart Kampala at 6:30 am heading for the largest game park and reserve in Uganda. Drive through the lovely andverdant countryside, dotted with farms, banana gardens, along the roadside will be vegetables and fruit for sale, once in a while you will see Uganda's version of a drive through fast food joints, except they run up to the windows selling meat or chicken on a skewer, water, drinks, hot cassava, roasted bananas etc.
We drive through the town of Masindi where we will have lunch on the return trip and then turn off for our journey to Murchison Falls National Park. You can still find it on maps like the one from Microsoft referred to as Kabarega Falls. Idi Amin gave us that name change and it reverted back to Murchison Falls soon after he was gone in 1979.
Arrive at your choice of lodging: Basic budget is Red Chilli Camp, Mid-range Fort Murchison lodge and Up-Market Paraa Safari Lodge. Settle into your room and take a break from the journey with a nice lunch. At Paraa Lodge and Nile Safari Lodge there is a pool for to enjoy.
After lunch we are off for the first game drive in search for lions, elephants, giraffes, antelopes of all types, warthogs, buffaloes. Explore more of Murchison Falls here .
There is nothing to be hurried, the vehicle stops at your beckon and you are escorted by an expert guide who is fully familiar with were to find lions, elephants, giraffe, explain the trees, birds.
Back to your lodging, in some cases it means crossing the Nile by ferry, but there is nothing like a sunset over Nile. Enjoy dinner, listen to the sounds of Africa in distance and sometimes nearby.
Day Two: Early morning breakfast and off you are for another game drive across the savannah, along Lake Albert Delta, abundant wildlife as you move slowly as the sun rises. Welcome to Africa. What you are sensing and feeling, seeing around you cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, this is Murchison Falls with its birds, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, humorous appearing warthogs. This is Africa and you are on safari in the heart of it - Uganda.
After lunch it is one of the highlights of your Murchison Falls National Park Safari, the boat launch trip up the Nile River. Slowly moving along the river bank viewing crocodiles, an abundance of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, lots of birds including the fish eagle, storks and so much more. The boat moves gently up the river and stay on the left hand side so that you see most of the animals who come to the river. Herds of Elephants cooling off, Hippopotamus frolicking, crocodiles just dozing in the African sun.
Then there are the Murchison Falls which are an awesome display of the power of nature. The river is 50 meters above the falls, moves down through a 6 meter gorge and falls down 43 meters, the sound is deafening and the sight makes one realize how forceful nature can be. The water at the bottom of the falls is churning, any vegetation is literally is mulched by the force of the water resulting in large sheets of foam, not from pollution but from the power of the river.
Close by there is a bank on the river filled with Nile crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun, just down from there you can see a group of hippos frolicking in the water of the Nile. There are literally thousands of hippopotamus to be found here, birds in abundance.
The journey down river slowly begins and more opportunity for viewing animals before you return to your lodging for dinner and an evening of rest and relaxations, don't miss spotting some storks, eagles, egrets and many other birds, there are also a variety of primates to be found on the shores. Enjoy the Nile.
Dinner and another night in the wilds of Africa with its peculiar night sounds that are quite different from Berlin, London or New York.
Day 3: Morning and breakfast and then we get ready for the return to Kampala stopping first at the top of the falls where there earth literally shakes from the power of the falls, where you can see a rainbow generated by the mists of the fall. There is a path down and it certainly is an experience that you will remember for a long time.
Then we head for Masindi and we stop at the Masindi Hotel where Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn stayed while making "The African Queen", for lunch and continue afterwards to Kampala arriving around dinnertime. The hotel was built in 1923 and is the oldest hotel in Uganda.
The 3 Day Private Safari includes:
It does not include Tips, alcoholic beverages and sodas, laundry, or any other purchases you might make.
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