Location Covered: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park,

If you seek to see the best of Uganda's big game and combine it with a thrilling encounter with the Chimpanzees, then this is the perfect safari for you! We visit Murchison Falls, Uganda's biggest game park where we do game drives to observe diverse savannah wildlife, do a boat cruise on the mighty River Nile which offer sights of plenty of animals and birds lined along its banks such as elephants, crocodiles, buffalos, and many more, and eventually hike to the top of the spectacular Murchison Falls. We then leave Murchison Falls, driving along the scenic escarpment of the Albertine Rift Valley and visit Kibale Forest National Park the home of Uganda's largest population of Chimpanzees and world's biggest concentration of primates. 

We give you a range of accommodations to choose from, ranging from budget, moderate to luxury.

Day 1

Murchison Falls

Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park with a Stopover at the Top of the Falls (depending on accommodation choosen)

  • Journey time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Bakers Lodge (Luxury), Murchison River Lodge, Kabalega Wilderness Lodge or Fort Murchison (Midrange), Murchison River Lodge or Fort Murchison (Budget)
  • Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner

  • Have early breakfast and set off at 7am for the trip to Murchison Falls National Park located in northern Uganda. You will stopover in Masindi town for a lunch break. On getting to the park you will visit the spectacular Murchison Falls, arguably the strongest waterfall in the world! The Nile squeezes through a small gorge of about 7 meters wide resulting into a thunderous explosion, falling into a whirlpool 42 meters from the gorge. It is a spectacular sight!. After the visit to the falls you will proceed to check into your accommodation for the overnight.

Day 2

Game Drive

Boat Cruise

Game Drive through the Northern Side of the Park in the Morning & Boat Cruise on River Nile to teh Bottom of the Falls in the Afternoon

  • Accommodation: Bakers Lodge (Luxury), Murchison River Lodge, Kabalaega Lodge or Fort Murchison (Midrange), Murchison River Lodge or Fort Murchison (Budget)
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Wake up to an early cup of tea/coffee before heading out for the Game Drive at 6:30 that will expose you to a plethora of wildlife. The northern side of the park near the Lake Albert delta point is the main area for the game drive. You will observe animals such as: Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Leopard, Buffaloes, Antelopes, and Warthogs. You spend up to 4 hours explore the game tracks after which you shall return to the lodge for breakfast and relax. Later after lunch, you go for the afternoon Launch Cruise on the Nile. It offers sightings of several water and land animals as well as birds. Your animal list shall include among others: Hippos, Crocodiles, Buffaloes, and lots of water. The Launch Cruise is three hours long, return and transfer to your accommodation for the rest of the day, dinner and overnight

Day 3

Leisure Time

Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale Forest National Park & Afternoon at Leisure

  • Journey Time: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge or Papaya Lake Lodge (Luxury), Isunga Lodge or Kibale Forest Camp (Midrange), Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Budget)
  • Meal Plan: Breafast, Lunch (en-route), Dinner

  • After breakfast check out and embark on the journey to Kibale National Park. Travel along the Albertine Rift Valley as you enjoy the wonderful views of the rift valley escarpment and the lush countryside. You will stopover in Hoima town for lunch. Continue to Kibale, travelling through Fort Portal town and enjoy good views of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. Check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Chimpanzee Tracking

Bigodi Swamp Walk

Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest in the Morning & Nature Walk through Bigodi Wetlands in the Afternoon

  • Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge or Papaya Lake Lodge (Luxury), Isunga Lodge or Kibale Forest Camp (Midrange), Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Budget)
  • Meal Plan: Breafast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Wake up for early breakfast at 7:00am, and at 7:30am transfer to the park offices to meet the rangers for briefing. Set off into the forest to track the Chimpanzees and observe plenty of nature in this ever green forest. You will already hear the chimpanzees screams from a distance which will lead you straight to them. After you reached them, you are allowed to spend 1 hour observing them. Thereafter we return and transfer back to the lodge for lunch. In the evening you do nature walk in Bigodi Wetland to observe different species of monkeys, birds and a variety of other wildlife. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Transfer from Kibale Forest National Park to Kampala/Entebbe

  • Journey Time: 8 hours
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (packed, en-route)

  • After breakfast, check out and transfer back to Kampala/Entebbe. Drop off at your hotel or at the airport.

General Tips:

  • Please note the age limit of 15 years and above for chimpanzee tracking.
  • Book your permits well in advance as permits are limited.
  • You should be free from infectious diseases such as Flue which can be passed to the gorillas since humans share 99% DNA with gorillas. If you are found to carry an infectious disease you will not be allowed to track.
  • Every participant has the chance to hire a trekking assistance (porter) who will help carrying the bags and support whenever it is needed. For the trekking assistant an additional fee of US$ 15 is charged.
  • OPTIONAL: As an optional activity we highly recommend a HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI to make your safari at Murchison Falls NP to a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
  • OPTIONAL: BIG 5 SAFARI: If you want to do a Big 5 Safari, request for a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a memorable Rhino Trekking on foot(!) on your way to the park or when returning to Kampala. 

What to bring:

  • Walking boots, long trousers and rain gears as you will be hiking through Kibale Forest.
  • Sun screen is recommended.
  • Mosquito repellant is advisable.
  • At least 1-2 liters of drinking water per person during the trekking.
  • Binoculars are always useful, especially when booking the Hot Air Balloon Safari.