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6-Day Murchison Falls, Chimp Trekking and Big Game

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This safari takes you to the Murchison Falls NP. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park and big 5 sighting. You will thereafter transfer to Kibale – the primate capital. Expect to encounter human’s closest wild relation – the chimps firsthand. You will be fascinated by these awesome apes. Next, transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP. Expect boat trip along the Kazinga Channel and game drive. Exit queen for Entebbe.

Itinerary

Day 1- Transfer to Murchison Falls NP with detour rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Your safari starts from the hotel or Entebbe Airport where your guide/driver will pick you and hit the road to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include; the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others.

En route, make a stopover at Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for your first Big 5 experience where you will have an hour of rhino tracking. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your lunch. Continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the Evening.

Main Destination:
Murchison Falls National Park
Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Wildlife in Murchison Falls NP

Accommodation:
Pakuba Safari Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2- Go for morning game drive and the afternoon launch trip to the base of the falls

After an early breakfast; tour the Northern section of Murchison with a high concentration of savannah wildlife. Enjoy game viewing and photography of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, giraffes, Uganda kobs and lions, the leopards (if you are lucky) plus a variety of bird species. Return to your accommodation for lunch and then go for a launch trip to the base of the falls (which is the highlight of the safari in Murchison falls as it allows you to get up close to the animal species within the water). Cruise past huge hippo pods, crocodiles, bathing buffalo, and numerous aquatic birds adorning the north bank on the way to the mighty waterfalls. You will have an opportunity to take thousands of pictures, so carry your camera with you if you like.
Also, proceed for a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike is a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must! Return to your accommodation, relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation:
Pakuba Safari Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3-Exit Murchison and transfer to Kibale Forest NP

After breakfast at your accommodation, drive to the top of the falls (if you didn’t hike) where you will have spectacular views of the falls or else depart for Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip, which stands 1,590m above sea level. The lowest point is 1,100m on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south and covers 795km2 of beautiful forest. You will have lunch en route.
This park is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, red cheeked monkeys and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.

Main Destination:
Kibale National Park
Best Time to Visit December to February and June to July
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Wildlife in Kibale NP

Accommodation:
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

  • Mid-range guest house located inside Kibale NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4- Go chimp trekking in Kibale forest and later transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Today you will experience some serious primate business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning.
The activity begins at 8.00am with a briefing regarding the rules of trekking the chimpanzees after which you set off to search for them in the forest. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them. You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in the evening and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP

Accommodation:
The Bush Lodge (Banda)

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5- Morning game drive and launch trip along the Kazinga channel

On this day, you will have a game drive and launch trip (boat trip) on the Kazinga Channel. Early in the morning, you will go out for a game drive through the park, with magnificent views of the plains, valleys, terraced hills, and wild animals like reedbuck, bushbuck, kob, warthogs, elephants, lions, buffaloes, and so much more. Have a break and relax as you eat lunch served at the lodge.
The afternoon adventure entails a launch trip (boat trip) on the Kazinga Channel, a water stream joining Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel attracts a large school of hippos and Nile crocodiles, besides the variety of birds that flock the reed shores like the shoebill, pelicans, kingfishers, saddle billed stork, and sometimes the crowned cranes. Return to your accommodation in time for your dinner.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation:
The Bush Lodge (Banda)

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6- Exit Queen for your flight out in Entebbe

Depending on your departure time, you may opt to visit the Katwe salt lake or go for explosion crater drive before exiting Queen. Else, depart for Entebbe straight away after your breakfast. Your lunch will be en route. You will be dropped off in Entebbe Airport or taken to your preferred Hotel. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Ngoni Safaris! Uganda!

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Important Information

Price Includes

  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Price Excludes

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Terms & Conditions

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

Rates Per Person

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$2,461 $1,822 $1,716 $1,612 $1,582 $1,517 Get Quote
$2,461 $1,822 $1,716 $1,612 $1,582 $1,517 Get Quote

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Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .