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THE NILE AT MURCHISON FALLS

The “Jewel In Uganda’s crown” has been a destination for the discerning traveller since the days of Livingstone and Speke Murchison falls national park offers everything you would expect of a top class African holiday and much, much more. Here you would be able to experience enthralling game drives to see lion, elephant, giraffe and antelope, you’ll be able to take enchanting jungle walks to see chimps and baboons among the ten species of primates, you’ll be able to see the amazing birdlife (over 250 shoebill stork) and constantly glimpse the wonderful and prolific butterflies. But, more importantly, you’ll be able to enjoy the Victoria Nile herself, as, on her journey from her source at Lake Victoria to join with Lake Albert, she provides a unique and spectacular showcase of the enormous diversity of Uganda’s wildlife. Here, pods of Hippos languish on sandbanks, crocodile rest in riverside vantage points, water buffalo stand watching at the edge of water, baboons play in groups on the shore, families of elephant trundle to the water for a drink. And, to say the least, the birdlife is extravagant, in the course of a short boat trip along the river you’ll see dozens of fish eagles, hundreds of pied kingfishers, scores of bee-eaters and even, maybe a lone Shoebill Stork.

1We’ll leave after breakfast to take the journey from Kampala through Uganda’s beautiful green undulating countryside to Masindi, where lunch will be available at the local colonially designed Masindi Hotel.
After lunch we’ll travel to the Nile, spotting game en route. The ferry trip takes us to Paraa for arrival at the Paraa Safari Lodge, The Nile Safari camp or the Sambiya River Lodge in the afternoon.
Relaxing dinner and overnight close to the Nile.

2After a substantial breakfast, we’ll make the amazing launch trip to the Murchison Falls, describing by Churchill as being like Regent’s Park Zoo and Kew Gardens combined. We’ll pass pods of hippo, crocs, vast number of exotic birds and butterflies (in Murchison, there are over 300 varieties) and myriad wildlife coming to the water to drink (often including herds of elephants). We’ll maybe see the legendary Shoebill Stork. The fall itself is one of Africa’s wonders, the whole of Victoria Nile bursting majestically through a six metre gap to an awesome forty metre drop. In the afternoon, we’ll experience our first game scenic drive in the park. Our ranger will help us to view variety of wildlife living here, including Uganda Kob, elephant, lion, giraffe, antelope, a vast variety of eagles and much more.

3A pre-breakfast “Sunrise Game Drive” starts the day after which, we’ll view the awesome falls from another angle-the top. We’ll have the opportunity to experience this massive rush of water at close quarter by taking the pathway to the base of the falls- and back!
Afternoon free
If time permits there will be an opportunity to take an optional launch trip along the Nile and through the delta to Lake Albert where we’ll visit the typical local fishing village of Wanseko

4After breakfast we’ll take a uniquely Ugandan experience- primate tracking in a tropical forest. The Budongo Forest (Uganda’s largest tropical hardwood forest) is home a vast abundance of wildlife. 350 species of birds, over 250 species of butterfly, and the forest is almost alive with primates- Colobus and Red-Tailed monkey are easily seen and we’ll hope to meet one of the forest’s groups of habituated chimpanzee. This guided forest walk is a simply amazing way of seeing the profusion of Uganda’s wildlife riches.
Afternoon free. Dinner at lodge.

5We’ll leave after breakfast for our return journey via Masindi to Kampala.

Trail Accommodation:

The riverside Nile Safari Camp must be one of the most romantic lodges in the world. Accommodation is in beautifully designed waterside log cabins each with its own internal tent, terrace, and bathroom and outside shower. There is an al fresco restaurant and small gift shop. Watching a stunning sunset from the friendly bar is a must.

In an elevated position the north side of the river, guests at the Paraa Safari Lodge benefit from simply massive views. This historic lodge which, before its restoration, was host to many dignitaries is now central to Paraa reclaiming its former glory. The site, service and ambience which so impressed Britain’s Queen Mother has been recreated to great effect for the enjoyment of modern tourists. Each room has full facilities and a remarkable view. There is an impressive restaurant, swimming pool and bar.

The Sambiya River Lodge presents a unique African experience. A traditionally designed thatched hotel is surrounded by thatched bungalows all in a very special setting. The ambience is relaxing, warm and friendly and lodge provides a restaurant, bar and gift shop. Watching a stunning sunset from the friendly bar is a must.

Weather

Kampala
May 26, 2017, 11:40 pm
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
18°C
current pressure: 1020 mb
humidity: 95%
wind speed: 1 m/s SSW
sunrise: 6:43 am
sunset: 6:51 pm
 

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