Murchison Falls – BUDGET ITINERARY

Murchison Falls

 

Budget Itinerary

Duration:             3 days/2 nights
Highlights:           Cruise to Murchison Falls, the most powerful waterfall in the world, seeing hippos and crocs and more on the way /  Game drives through the park on the look out for lions, leopard, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, Uganda kob and more / The beautiful drive along the shores of Lake Albert with the Blue Mountains of the Congo as the back drop / Luxury lodge facilities, including pool, at a budget price.
Optional Extras:  Rhino trekking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Village or nature walks, hike to the top of the falls.

Group Safari / Fixed departure / Min total of 4 people / Can be booked as individual / comfort camping accommodation / Private safaris are also available.

Scheduled departures on the 1 st and 3 rd Friday of every month.

Price per person: $345

 

Day 1 (Jinja/Kampala to Murchison Falls NP +/- 6 hours)

Our journey begins through the fertile farmland of southern and central Uganda with its busy trading centres and roadside markets.  Gradually you will notice the scenery changing to Acacia woodland and papyrus swamps as we head north to the Kafu river.  After we cross the Kafu we turn left to Masindi where we will stop briefly to stretch our legs before heading off the tarmac road and onto the dirt roads of Murchison Falls NP.  After we enter the park we will first travel through the ancient Budongo forest with its baboons, chimps, colobus monkeys, birdlife and butterflies.  Once clear of the forest we will reach the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, with Murchison Falls NP before you, as far as the eye can see.  Gradually the forest thins to woodland and the woodland to scrub and there is a chance we will see Uganda kob, buffalo, hartebeest and elephant as well as many bird species, particularly the iridescent forest kingfishers. We arrive at Paraa in time for a packed lunch (full-board option) and the Wild Frontiers launch to take us to the foot of Murchison Falls. It take around an hour and a half to reach the falls and on the way we’ll scour the riverbanks, together with your first rate,highly experienced guide, for wildlife.  You will see hippos and crocodiles naturally and a wide variety of spectacular waterbirds and on the banks there’s a chance of seeing buffalo, warthog, elephant and various antelope.  Once at the foot falls we moor briefly to a large rock to wonder at the power of the mighty river before slowly drifting back down into the late afternoon sun, contemplating the explorers and adventurers who saw what we are seeing now.  We return to Paraa in the early evening where our driver will be waiting to take us to our campsite and the already erected tents.  The camp is set in peaceful Acacia woodland and has fantastic shared facilities as well as access to the spectacular lodge and swimming pool.  If you take the full-board option, dinner will be served at the lodge and if you self cater you are free to use one of the cooking areas.

Day 2 (Murchison Falls NP)

An early wakeup and full breakfast (full-board) before heading to Paraa (‘place of Hippos’) to cross the Nile for our morning game drive in search of lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hyena, hartebeest and more.  We will spend around 4 hours driving around the rolling savannah, riverine forest and marshland of the northern section of Murchison Falls NP before returning to Paraa.  For the self catering option you have the choice of your own food or taking at lunch at the Red Chilli restcamp and for full-board customers we will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch the afternoon is yours to relax. You can choose a shady hammock overlooking the river, a comfortable chair in the bar, or a cooling dip in the swimming pool.  If you are feeling more energetic you can choose to do a village walk in the local area (extra charge). For full board customers, dinner will again be served in the lodge, and for self catering you can again use the facilities on the campsie to cook or your driver will help you find some local food in the village. Please note: We will be camping outside the park but baboons, monkeys and warthogs do not respect either park boundaries or tent canvass.  If you leave food of any kind in your tent there is a chance that they will destroy the tent to get at it. In such an event you will be charged for the damage.

Day 3 (Murchison Falls NP to Jinja/Kampala via Lake Albert)

After breakfast and packing up camp we will leave Murchison Falls via Buliisa and the shores of Lake Albert.  Another aspect of amazing Uganda, this hot dry and sandy region offers views of the lake with the Blue Mountains of the Congo in the background as we climb the Albertine Rift Valley escarpment once more and into the farmland and forest of Biiso. We will stop for lunch in Masindi before heading back down south via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (optional extra), arriving in Jinja or Kampala in the evening.

Safari Price Guide

Safari Includes

  • 4×4 vehicles specially adapted for game viewing
  • English speaking guides
  • All accommodation costs on a twin share basis
  • All park fees and game drive fees as indicated
  • Gorilla tracking fees
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary

Recommended Daily Spending Allowance

USD $15 – 30 per day

The above is a guideline only.

Safari Package Excludes

  • Airfare to and from Uganda and/or Domestic Airfare
  • Visa’s
  • Airport transfers (we recommend Pineapple Express-www.entebbejinjashuttle.com)
  • Travel Insurance
  • First and last night’s accommodation in Jinja or Gulu
  • All beverages except tea, coffee or juice taken at breakfast where breakfast is included
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature like telephone calls
  • Any activity, meal or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary
  • Porters and other luggage service

What to bring?

Uganda’s parks and campsites are unfenced. You may need to leave your tent/room briefly in the night and to do so safely you will need a good torch.

Uganda is generally hot and sunny during the day so sunscreen and a hat are a good idea, but it does get chilly at night so a light jacket/jumper is also advisable.

There is no power supply in the wilderness so please charge you cameras and phones to the brim before departure.

Spending money for additional activities.  There are no banks where we’re going!

Basic Terms

This is the African wilderness, we do our very best to keep to the programme and timings but sometimes the weather/animals/roads get the better of us!

Payment. A deposit of 25% or $200 (whichever is the lower) is due at the time of booking, non-refundable from four weeks prior to the Safari. The balance is due one week prior to departure. From within Uganda, please pay in either US$ or UGX into any Equity Bank branch to:

Buffalo Rocks Limited
UGX a/c 1028200730610
US$ a/c 1028200730612