Karagwe Tours & Safaris

5 Day Chimpanzee Tracking and Murchison Falls National Park

Tour the biggest National park in Uganda Murchison falls National park. Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.


Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

Today we will depart for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. En route we will make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The reserve was created to reintroduce rhinos to the country which have been extinct since 1982. Together with a guide you will track the rhinos and observe them in their habitat at a very close and safe distance. After this activity continue to Murchison Falls. Dinner and overnight at Fort Murchison. Accommodation: Fort Murchison Lodge

Day 2: Game drive and a Boat cruise

After an early breakfast, we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest, and different species of birds. In the afternoon the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the river Nile for game viewing at close quarters. Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls we will depart the boat and climb our way up to the Top of the Falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile. Accommodation: Fort Murchison Lodge

Day 3: Delta cruise

After breakfast, you will head out downstream to the delta point. A boat trip downriver from Para towards Lake Albert is favored by birdwatchers. Since it offers the best opportunity to see shoebills anywhere in Africa, particularly during the rainy season. Massive crocodiles can also be seen at the banks of the Nile, enormous school of hippos which are known to be Africa’s biggest killers if threatened, birds like the pied kingfishers, the rare shoebill, beautiful long Goliath Heron and papyrus Gonolek are a common sight downstream the Nile and best times are the morning hours. You will later return to the lodge in time for lunch. Later in the evening, you head out for an evening game drive in search of more games returning back to the lodge in time for your dinner. Accommodation: Fort Murchison Lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking Kanyiyo pabidi forest

After breakfast, you will head for chimpanzee tracking in Kanyiyo pabidi forest. The 268sqkm Kanyiyo pabidi forest, the second largest of the four forest blocks within the Budongo forest reserve. Kanyiyo pabidi forest harbors a similar though not identical fauna and flora to Budongo and because it has never been logged it contains a far higher proportion of large buttressed mahogany and ironwood trees. Common sights in this forest are: chimpanzee, Black and white colobus and Blue Monkey, large troops of olive Baboon, herds of elephants, buffalo’s and occasional wandering lion supplements the resident leopard populations. Chimpanzee tracking is the top priority and these guided walks can take from 30 minutes to a full day locating the chimps. The morning walks offer the highest chance of success, especially with an early start because the guides usually know where the chimps nested the previous night. Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Entebbe International airport

After your calm breakfast, you will proceed back to Entebbe in time for your flight or a drop off place within the city centre.