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August 18, 2018

7 Day Exploration of Kidepo and Murchison Falls

Written By Richard Kabazzi

This safari tour is designed to take you to discover the wonders of nature in Uganda’s tourist destinations of Jinja, North eastern and Northern Uganda. This Safari is designed to enable you reach the source of the Nile River, visit Sipi Falls, conduct game viewing in Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Game Park. On return, it is intended that you conduct Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Highlights of the Safari

  • Exploration of the Source of the Nile River
  • Hiking to Sipi falls
  • Game viewing in Kidepo National Park and Murchison Falls National Game Park
  • Social interaction with the Karamojong people
  • Boat cruise while at Murchison Falls National Game park
  • Hike to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary



Day 1: Arrival and travel to Jinja town

Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, You will begin this memorable expedition whilst taking the Eastern route of Uganda with Jinja as your destination for this day. Your day’s first Safari activity will be visiting the Source of the Nile in Jinja. It is intended that you spot where the Nile waters start to flow out of Lake Victoria. This will be done while having a boat ride along the waters of the Nile River .Enroute to Jinja you will go through Mabira Forest-the largest natural forest in central Uganda. Overnight at Nile Village Lodge.

Day 2: Travel to Mbale and Hiking to Sipi Falls

After breakfast, proceed with your safari to Mbale to explore Mount Elgon and hikeSipi Falls.

You will enjoy the beauty and scenery of the flow of the falls. You will also sight fauna and different floral species including Elgonensis lobelia and dotted clusters of peculiar groundsels.

Accommodation at Sipi Falls Resort

Day 3: Travel to Kidepo Valley National Park

The third day of this Safari will be spent traversing the vast plains and semi-arid savannah of North Eastern Uganda with a motive of reaching Kidepo Valley National Park. Observing that this is quite a long journey, you will reach the park in the evening and spend your night at Kidepo Savanna Lodge.

Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the wildest and most spectacular reserves in Africa with a landscape of small hills, rocky outcrops and inselbergs. The temperatures in Kidepo are usually high, and this will certainly give you a good taste of adventure! While in Kidepo you can get stunning panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and wildlife such as Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson’s Hartebeest, and Klipspringer among others.

The park is renowned for its exceptional variety of birds of prey. While there it is likely that you can spot Ostriches, Kori Bustards, Pygmy Falcons, Verreaux’s Eagles, Egyptian Vultures, Abyssinian ground Hornbills among others.

Accommodation:  Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Day 4: Game drive and social interaction with the Karamajong people

This day will start with a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring area. It is intended that you bisect the park such that you obtain more chances of encountering animals like the Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox and other animals endemic to Kidepo National Park like the cheetah and the striped hyena.

After the game drive, you will have a cultural interaction with Karamajong people at Karenna and Kapedo. You will meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them as they show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items used by them.

Accommodation at Kidepo Savannah lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

You will travel from Kidepo Valley on this day and head southwards to Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest national park and is a home to over 400 birds’ species. The park is also endowed with several attractions including mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes.

Other species include bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas, hippos and crocodiles among other resident creatures. You will start the day in the morning and transfer through Gulu-Uganda’s biggest town in the North.

You will continue the drive through the flat scenic landscape with local villages while enjoying the Ugandan countryside. You will arrive at Murchison Falls National Game Park in the afternoon and check in at Para Safari  lodge.

Day 6: Game drive and Boat Cruise to the base of Murchison falls

You begin your exploration of the park with a game drive in the northern circuit of the park. There you will encounter beautiful rolling plains. While in these plains you may view Lions, Giraffes, Hartebeest, Buffalos, and Elephants, Bushbuck, Spotted hyenas, Wild cats, leopards as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders, this area supports the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters among others.

In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls where you will view the Nile as it thunders through a small 7-meter gap down to the delta. This experience is breath taking and should not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from this mighty river. You may see the pre-historic shoebill, saddle-billed stork and many other birds.

Accommodation at Paraa safari lodge

Day 7: Visit to the top of Murchison falls, visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary and transfer to Entebbe

The day will begin with a visit to the top of Murchison falls. While at the top you will as well experience the Nile as it is pushed through a small gap of rocks with a lot of force; the sight of the power of the rushing water is impressive. You will then drive out of the park to Masindi town for lunch en route and then continue to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for an encounter of the white Rhinos. After this activity you will drive back to Kampala targeting your flight.

Tour fees include;

  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat rides
  • Ferry crossing
  • Vehicle entrance fees
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • Accommodation
  • Tour guide services
  • Vehicle park fees
  • Game drives

Tour fees excludes,

  • All extras at the accommodation that is, drinks, telephone, laundry among others
  • Tips to the tour guide
  • Insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Visa

NOTE: This tour can depart at any day.

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About Author

Richard Kabazzi

Richard Kabazzi

Am a Ugandan tour operator and very passionate about taking people to see amazing places in Uganda. I manage a safari company with a team of professional guides and we work diligently to ensure excellent service delivery. When you travel with us, we take you to places that enable you appreciate the beauty that lies within Africa.

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