7 Days Murchison Falls & Queen Elizabeth NP Wildlife Safari

A Quick Overview

The 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari is one of the magical wilderness encounters that takes you to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track white Rhinos, Murchison Falls National Park for wild game viewing including the Big Four, the Nile launch cruise with possible sightings of Nile crocodiles and Hippos, not to mention the Shoebill stork, and the Kibiro salt gardens, an ancient historical site dating back to the pre-colonization period.

Safari overview

Move to Murchison Falls National Park on Day 1. En route, stop by the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Day 2: Morning game drive, afternoon boat ride, and climb to the top of the falls.

Day 3: Transfer to Hoima, stopping en route to see the Kibiro Salt Gardens.

Day 4: Move to Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping en route to do the Bigodi wetland walk.

Day 5: Morning game drive followed by an afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga Channel.

Day 6: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi via the Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions.

Day 7: Take an early morning lake tour (boat ride and island walk) before returning to Entebbe.

Itinerary Day by Day

Move to Murchison Falls National Park on Day 1. En route, stop by the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

The driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel at 7 a.m. and drive you 247 kilometers (about 4 hours) to Murchison Falls National Park. On the way, you’ll stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where white rhinos thrive in their natural habitat. Branch off at Nakitooma for 7km to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Headquarters. You are on the lookout for white rhinos that are living in a natural savannah thicket marked by tall grass. The enormous species is one of the Top Five Land Animals and will undoubtedly make your experience satisfying. After trekking rhinos in Ziwa, stop for lunch before continuing on to Murchison Falls National Park, where you can arrive in the evening for rest, dinner, and overnight.
Accommodation
Luxury / Upmarket: Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers lodge
Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge /Pakuba Safari Lodge
Budget / Basic: Red chili Lodge / Heritage Safari Lodge
Meals: all meals

Day 2: Morning Nile boat ride, followed by a walk to the top of the falls.

Connect to the park after breakfast to begin the game drive at 7 a.m. in the northern section where the animals are known to flourish, with opportunities to see Rothschild giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Kobs, lions, leopards, and water bucks, among others. The tracks have been specifically designed to allow you to explore the park in depth. Retire from the three-hour operation and relax at the lodge before lunchtime, when you can meet at Paraa Jetty for an exciting boat ride at 2 p.m. The boat ride lasts three hours and allows you to see Nile crocodiles and hippos. Birds such as the sought-after Shoebill Stork can also be seen on the Nile River’s banks, enjoying the cool waters. Following the Nile River as it squeezes itself through a less than 7m gorge before falling 43m below to what has been dubbed the Devil’s Cauldron, you embark on the hike to the top of the falls, creating a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and signature rainbow. At the top of the drop, you rejoin the guide and the vehicle for the move to the lodge for rest, dinner, and overnight.
Accommodation
Luxury / Upmarket: Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers lodge
Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge /Pakuba Safari Lodge
Budget / Basic: Red chili Lodge / Heritage Safari Lodge
Meals: all meals

Day 3: Move from Murchison Falls National Park to Hoima, stopping en route to see the Kibiro Salt Gardens.

After breakfast, board the bus for Hoima. You stop en route to visit the Kibiro Salt Gardens, which date back over 900 years and have supported generations of the area’s inhabitants. The people depend on this salt because they trade it for food with the neighboring group and earn money by selling it. Local expert women extract the salt in a conventional and exclusive manner. The hike to the site is made more difficult by the footpath that connects to it. Retire from the operation and take the move to Hoima, where you can arrive in the evening for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Kontiki Hotel is a place to stay.

Day 4: Move to Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping en route to do the Bigodi wetland walk.

After an early breakfast, you can depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing through the impressive rural landscapes of Kyenjojo and Kagadi before arriving in Fort Portal for an early lunch and then proceeding to Bigodi Wetland Walk on the border of Kibale National Park. The Bigodi wetland is a rich haven that offers ideal ecotourism experiences in Uganda. In reality, it is Uganda’s most active ecotourism project, and the wetland is home to 138 species, including the Great Blue Turaco and gonoleks, among others. The swamp-dwelling sitatunga antelope can also be seen. Retire from the operation and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Rwimi road to Kasese. Arrive at the lodge in the evening for some rest, dinner, and sleep.

Accommodation
Luxury / Upmarket: Mweya Safari Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge /Elephant Hab Safari Lodge
Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Lodge

Day 5: Go on a morning game drive and an afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga Channel.

After breakfast, depart at 7 a.m. for a game drive in the Kasenyi district, where you may encounter elephants, waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, lions, spotted hyenas, leopards, and bushbucks, among other animals. The sight of the moist open savannah grassland is also breathtaking. After a 3–4 hour session, return to the lodge for rest and lunch. In the afternoon, you link to Mweya Jetty for a boat cruise that begins at 2 p.m. The boat ride through the Paradise of Hippos includes sights of Hippos and Nile crocodiles, as well as birds such as the African skimmer, Yellow-billed stork, and Kingfishers. On the channel side, you can even come across wild game. After the 2-hour session, take a game drive along the channel track before returning to the lodge for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation
Luxury / Upmarket: Mweya Safari Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge /Elephant Hab Safari Lodge
Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Lodge

Day 6: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi and go on a game drive in the Ishasha sector to look for tree climbing lions.

After breakfast, depart for a 289-kilometer (7- to 8-hour) drive to Lake Bunyonyi. You go on a game drive in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park to look for tree climbing lions and other wild animals. The Ishasha is one of only two locations on the planet where tree climbing lions can be found. During the day, they prefer to rest on the branches of fig trees. Continue your journey through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands until you arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the evening for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation
Luxury / Upmarket: Birdsnest Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Rock Resort safari Lodge /Arcadia Safari Lodge
Budget / Basic: Bunyonyi overland

Day 7: Early morning boat ride and island stroll, followed by transfer to Entebbe.

Begin your early morning lake tour with a boat cruise through the impressive waters of Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s second deepest lake. You also go for a stroll on one of the main islands to fully appreciate the beauty of the Lake of a Thousand Islands. Return from the 2-hour activity and begin the transfer to Kampala (437km, approximately 7 hours) driving through the impressive countryside landscapes of south western Uganda, making a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center for a typical African buffet and another stop at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots where one leg will be in the southern hemisphere and the other in the northern hemisphere. Arrive in Kampala in the afternoon to conclude the trip.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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