Safari Van (3 days)
'Discovering Africa' in a 4x4 van designed with a folding roof for the perfect safari experience, with an experienced driver/guide called Peter.
DAY 1: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. This drive takes about 6 hours departing from Entebbe. We plan a stop over at the top of the falls before we cross the park to arrive in the evening at Fort Murchison.
DAY 2: Early morning game drive & afternoon boatcruise.
DAY 3: Drive back to Entebbe through the park, with a stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Murchison Falls National Park
PARK AT A GLANCE
Murchison Falls became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952. Universally regarded as one of East Africa's most compelling national parks. By then, the main conservation issue was environmental destruction caused by the overpopulation of elephants and hippos.
During Idi Amin's regime, the park became an easy prey for poachers from the seventies to the nineties due to political turbulences... Numbers of mammals went down drastically; rhino and African hunting dog had been hunted to local extinction.
From the early nineties most large mammal populations have increased.
Today the park faces new challenge due to ongoing oil exploration and a human wildlife conflicts.
At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the "Devil's Cauldron", creating a trademark rainbow
The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals.
Fort Murchison (Nature Lodges) (2 nights)
Set on the Eastern banks of the slow flowing Albert Nile, Fort Murchison revokes the idea of a well maintained isolated outpost from times where Arab traders frequented the African hinterlands and legendary explorers led expeditions in search of the source of the Nile. Built in the right spot and inspired by the historical background, Fort Murchison is unlike any other in Uganda. The massive tower, the earth colored walls, the touch of Swahili style… will impress you from your arrival up to your departure!
Fort Murchison offers a variety of comfortable accommodations to suit budgets from the mid to lower market: Be it in the beautiful rooms or our comfortable thatched tents a great value for money is guaranteed.
Fort Murchison is situated in the former Aswa Lolim Game reserve, just outside the northern park boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park. It is set in a beautiful surrounding and looks out on the majestic Albert Nile.
Early Morning Game Drive
Wake up very early, enter the park and look out for the predators we hope to see.
During the early hours you hope to spot hyena, lions and maybe even a leopard can come across.
In the meanwhile, don't forget to enjoy the beauty of the scenery, the birds, the antilopes, elephants, giraffes etc...
Boat Cruise On the Nile
he launch trip upstream from Paraa presents an astonishing display of wildlife and culminates with the memorable frontal view of the Falls.
The launch trip upstream from Paraa presents an astonishing display of wildlife and culminates with the memorable frontal view of the Falls. The launch departs at 9am and 2pm daily and takes three hours.
As you sleep in Fort Murchison you will have another evening game drive on the way to your accommodation!