6 Days Uganda Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley Safaris is an ultimate Uganda wildlife safari tour package designed for those who are interested in viewing all the big five mammals in two of Uganda’s top largest national park. However, Uganda is blessed with remarkable wildlife species and scenic landscape. The best way to come up with incredible wildlife viewing and cultural encounter is by visiting both the remote Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Park. In the entire world Kidepo Valley National Park is considered as untouched wilderness on African continent. Although, the Kidepo inhabits diversity of animals than any other national park in Uganda. Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the remote northern part of Uganda at the border between Uganda and South Sudan.
The park is relatively less explored because of its remoteness and past insecurity in the surrounding areas. Currently, Kidepo Valley National Park was described by CNN as one of the very best Africa has to offer.
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest game parks that harbors variety of wildlife mammal and the best place to see all the big five mammals. While on visit, it is possible to combine game drives with tracking chimpanzee in Budongo forest of take a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
The 12 Days Uganda Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley Safari starts and ends in Kampala or Entebbe International Airport.
Brief of the Safari
Visiting the top of the Murchison Falls
A launch cruise
Day 1: Visiting the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary –visit the top of the Murchison Falls
On the 1st day of your 6 Days Uganda Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley Safaris, Depending on your point of location, our driver guide will come for you and brief you about the tour. You will then start the journey to the Murchison Falls National Park and the traveling journey is gainful as you will be passing through interesting countryside through observing the locals working in their farms. Along the way you may ask the guide to stop at Luwero market to buy some of the tasty local fruits very fresh and nutritious because they are exposed to direct sunlight.
The moment you reach Nakasongola, you should prepare for a long stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and it’s the only sanctuary in Uganda where a traveler can track Rhino in Uganda. Unfortunately, Uganda once had more than 1000 Rhinos roaming freely in the open plains but were being poached thus leading to reduced number of rhinos in the park. Currently the sanctuary has about 30 individuals. You will go for Rhino tracking in the company of researchers and game rangers who will share with you all that you need to know about Rhinos. After tracking, transfer to the Murchison Falls National Park with a stopover in Masindi for lunch en-route. After lunch, continue to drive your journey to the park where you will drive to the top of the Murchison Falls. Have dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Game Drive at the Northern end of the park – Boat Cruise at the bottom of the Murchison Falls.
On the 2nd day of your 6 Days Uganda Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley Safaris, Wake up early enjoy heavy breakfast and then prepare for a game drive at the northern side of the Murchison Falls National Park. While on game drive expect to sight see animals like giraffes, Uganda kobs, elephants, lions, topi and other antelopes. Game drive can take about three hours and after you will drive back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. The boat ride on the river Nile is in the afternoon where you will spot various number of animals like herds of elephants bathing in the river, water bucks, bush bucks, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and countless water birds among others. At the bottom of the Murchison Falls, you will have clear view as the Nile River drops 50 meters down from a narrow gorge that produces a thunderous roar. Then after, you should return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
Meal Plan; FB
Day 3: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park
Wake up have early morning breakfast and prepare for the next adventure as you wait for the guide-driver to start the journey to Kidepo Valley National Park. You will stop in Kitgum to have lunch. Proceed a drive but with hope of getting amazed with the countryside and landscape as you pass through pockets of diminishing forest, savannah grasslands and water bodies.
Arrival in the evening, check in at the booked safari lodge or may choose to sleep in tents, then you will have to visit the park headquarters and check your tents as you prepare for the night game drive. If you opt to do night game drive in the park, you will have a chance of seeing hunting lions, leopards and night bird species. After your night game drive, you will drive back to your tent for dinner and overnight stay.
Meal Plan: FB
Day 4: Game Drive in the morning at the Narus Valley –Visit the local Karamojong
On the 4th day of your 6 Days Uganda Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley Safaris, Wake up early and take breakfast as you wait for the guide to take you for the game drive. The game drive is best done at the Narus Valley before the sun comes up. The Narus Valley was named after its permanent water source-the Narus River. This valley is home to the largest concentration of herds of buffaloes in the world and other animals to see includes leopards, cheetahs and lion before they go into secluded area to escape the suns heat as well as cheetahs, wild dogs and Ostriches only seen in Kidepo Valley National Park among others. Game drive also offer a chance to view waterbucks, zebras, jackals, zebras, bushbucks, hyenas, jackals, Klipspringers, elands and Jackson’s hartebeests many more other antelopes. Along your visit o Kidepo remember to carry camera and binoculars for a truly impressive birding experience because the park is a birders paradise especially large number of Ostriches, secretary birds, Bustards and Karamoja Apalis among others.
After game drive you drive back for lunch as you prepare for the next activity.
Later on, you will go for cultural experience with one of Uganda’s most unique indigenous tribes in Karena and Kapedo. The Karamojong are known as nomadic pastoralists whose lives are centered around their cattle and you visiting the Karamojong people will learn about their ancient culture and their love for their animals, Visit the craft shop where you can buy beautifully made beads and souvenir from them or even take part in their amazing traditional dances. Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 5: Morning Game Drive –Visit Hot Springs
On the 5th day of your 6 Days Uganda Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley Safaris, Wake up have your breakfast and embark for the second game drive in another section of Kidepo to the missed animals in the first game drive. You will then go visit Kidepo’s famous hot springs where you expect to see Ostriches around the area. You can opt to go for a nature walk in the company of a ranger to discover the beautiful landscape of the Kidepo Valley National Park.
After game drive and nature walk, you will checkout of the park drive to Kitgum from where you will spend the night. Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 6: Departure for Kampala or Entebbe
Wake up on leisure morning and take your breakfast as you get ready for your flight schedule back to your home country. You will start the journey back to Kampala passing through different districts Nakasongola, Masindi and Luweero.
End of the 6 Days Uganda Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Park
Acknowledged English Speaking guide
Full board accommodation for five nights
Fuel for the vehicle throughout the safari
Rhino tracking fees
Park entrance fees
Air booking and tickets
Extra luxurious alcoholic drinks