6 Days Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national parks Safari takes you to two of Uganda’s most visited and amazing wildlife conservation areas. Expect to spot all of the big 5 (Lions, Rhinos, Buffaloes, Leopards, Elephants), warthogs, giraffes and the Jackson’s hartebeests. Apart from the mammals, you will get a chance to visit the top of the great Murchison falls and also have stops at the equator for memorable photos. While at Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will track chimpanzees at the Kyambura Gorge. If you miss seeing some of the mammals during the game drives, expect to spot them during the boat cruise on Kazinga Channel.

Murchison Falls National Park is found in the northwestern part of Uganda. It is part of the wider Murchison Falls Conservation Area which includes Karuma and Bugungu Wildlife Reserves. A key feature of the park is the famous Murchison falls. The falls are formed when the Nile river flows through a narrow gorge before dropping down in a thunderous roar. The park consists of woodlands, riverine forests and savanna which are home to chimpanzees, giraffes, lions, elephants, hartebeests, leopards, Uganda Kobs, Oribis and other antelope species.

Queen Elizabeth National Park on the other hand is found in Western Uganda. The park is famous for its beautiful landscape including deep craters, crater lakes and salt lakes. Queen Elizabeth national park is home to chimpanzees, lions, leopards, crocodiles, hippopotamus, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, elephants and several antelope species. Queen Elizabeth national park is also famous for its tree-climbing lions.

Safari highlights

Day 1: Pickup – Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 2: Morning Game Drive – Launch cruise on the river Nile

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with stops for sightseeing and photography

Day 4: Morning game drive at the Kasenyi plains –  Boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge

Day 6: Spot tree climbing lions in Ishasha – Transfer to Entebbe or Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pickup from Kampala or Entebbe – Drive to Murchison falls National Park

Your safari driver will pick you early in the morning and then start the journey to Murchison Falls National Park. You will pass through Kampala city and then to the Uganda countryside as you observe the rural people going about with their daily lives. You will pass through several small towns as well as Luwero and Nakasongola districts. Luwero is famous for hosting the National Resistance Army (current government) during their guerrilla war with the government forces in the early 1980’s. Nakasongola is cattle keeping corridor and you should see a lot of long horned Ankole cattle grazing by the road side. Do not forget to ask the driver to stop for you briefly in one of the small markets to check out the local fruits.

You will stop at the Ziwa rhino sanctuary to track white Rhinos. This sanctuary was opened to protect the last remaining rhinos in Uganda after most had been wiped out of Uganda’s national parks by poachers. You will learn a lot about the mammals and what is being done to protect them worldwide. If all goes according to plan, the breeding programme at the sanctuary will help increase the number of rhinos to a point where they will be reintroduced back into the national parks.

After visiting the sanctuary, you will have lunch and proceed to the Murchison falls national park. First stop will be at the top of the Murchison Falls. You will watch as the river Nile squeezes itself though a narrow gorge before plunging itself into several hard rocks before making a final free fall and continuing its way to Egypt through South Sudan. Dinner will be at the Pakuba Safari Lodge/Tilenga Safari Lodge/Para Safari Lodge

Day 2: Game drive in the morning – Boat cruise on the river Nile

Wake up early in the morning and take breakfast as you wait for the driver to come and take you for the game drive. The game drive will be close to the banks of the river Nile. Here you will spot antelopes, lions, elephants, cape buffaloes, warthogs, jackals, Oribi, giraffes, hyenas, the Uganda Kob and leopards. Watch out for the nocturnal animals going back to their dens after hunting at night. There is a lot of bird activity in the morning, as they get excited in anticipation of a new day of feeding.

6 Days Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national parks Safari
Boat cruise in Murchison falls national park

After completing the game drive, the Driver/Guide will take you back to your lodge for lunch and refreshments before going for the afternoon boat cruise. The boat cruise goes upstream and ends at the bottom of the Murchison Falls close to a place named “Devils Cauldron”. The boat cruise at the river Nile offers opportunities to spot many of Africa’s famous creatures. This area has one of the greatest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Africa. You will spot elephants, Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, countless other antelopes and water birds. Birders will be impressed with the collection of birds on offer including the elusive Shoebill stork, Goliath heron, Pelicans, bee-eaters, Egyptian geese, kingfishers, cormorants and hornbills. The trip ends with a breathtaking view of the Murchison falls from the calm waters. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above

Day 3: Full day Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

On the 3rd day of your 6 Days Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national parks Safari, Wake up at your leisure and take breakfast before starting your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We don’t expect you to be bored with the journey. This is an opportunity to observe a developing country and let your opinion be known to the Guide/Driver of what needs to be done to make things better. That aside, take time to admire the naturally beautiful countryside in western Uganda.

Dinner and Overnight at Bush Lodge/Kikoronko Safari lodge/Elephant Plains Lodge

Day 4: Game drive at the Kasenyi Plains – Boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel

On the 4th day of your 6 Days Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national parks Safari, Wake up early and go for the morning game drive at the Kasenyi plains where you will see herds of elephants, hyenas, leopards, lions and various species of antelopes. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best birding spot. There are over 495 species of birds recorded in the park including falcons, eagles, raptors, Black-bee eaters and 11 species of Kingfishers.

After completing the morning game drive, you will be taken for lunch as you prepare for the boat cruise at the Kazinga channel. The Kazinga channel of Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places to spot wildlife in Africa. It has an incredible variety of marine animals. The channel connects Lake George to Lake Edward and is a perfect hangout area for many of the park animals. If you are a birder, you will find it hard to find a better place to spot birds. You will see the weird looking Marabou stork, the bronze-tailed starling, crowned cranes and fish eagles. The Hippo population at the Kazinga channel is one of the highest anywhere in Africa. While on the boat cruise you will spot buffaloes, elephants and other predators drinking or bathing in the water. Dinner and Overnight at lodge as above

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wake up early and take breakfast before beginning your journey to Kyambura Gorge. This underground forest is one of the most amazing features of Queen Elizabeth national park. A community of chimps were trapped here when the only forest corridor leading to other forests was destroyed by human activity. The chimps could cross to other forest through the savanna but that is too risky considering the dangerous predators roaming the plains.  There isolation has caused concern among researchers and conservationists alike because inbreeding could lead to mutations. The Kyambura Gorge is not only home to chimpanzees but also vervet monkeys, colobus monkeys and baboons.  The river flowing down the gorge is home to hippos and elephants. During the dry months of the year, several park animals enter into the gorge to look for water and food. Dinner and Overnight at lodge as above

Day 6: Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha – Transfer Back to Kampala

On the 6th day of your 6 Days Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national parks Safari, After all the amazing activities in the park, you should be exhausted. Wake up at your own leisure, take breakfast and prepare for the journey back to Kampala or Entebbe. You will pass through  the Ishasha plains to spot the tree climbing lions on your way to Kampala. You will be using a different route that will take you to different districts including Mbarara. Watch out for the beautiful scenery and physical features in western Uganda especially Kasese. You should stop for photos at the equator crossing in Masaka. While at the equator crossing, you will have lunch and visit the crafts shops. Drop off at Entebbe airport for your onward flight back. End of trip

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