• Murchison Falls National Park

    murchisonMurchison Falls National Park derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty river Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with Hippos, crocodiles, water bucks and buffaloes. It is a beautiful park with a very healthy wildlife population. Four of the Big Five can be seen, but rhinos are absent. Huge herds of elephants and buffalo are common and lions are easily spotted. Many antelopes can be seen including Jackson’s hartebeest, hyena, water buck and Uganda kob. Large herds of giraffe are a specialty, as Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley are the only parks in Uganda where they can be seen. The rare Patas monkey can sometimes be spotted on the grassy plains. Chimps and several other primates can be tracked through the forests in the south of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area, including Budongo Forest Reserve
    Size: 3840 km² / 1483 mi²
    Altitude: Altitude: 500-1292 m / 1650-4240 ft.
    Pros: top wildlife viewing; very scenic with the Nile River bisecting the park; one of the few places to find the shoe-bill stork; boat trip to the falls available; relatively remote and not crowded.
    Cons: a long drive from Kampala and far away from the other parks; some roads may become impassible in the wet season.

  • DAY 1: Kampala – Rhino Sanctuary to Murchison Falls National Park

    Have an early breakfast and drive through the famous Luwero triangle. A stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary enables you to have a brief tour of this Rhino restoration project. Following the extinction of Uganda’s Rhino in the early 1980s during the period of civil unrest and heavy poaching, a sanctuary established to breed black and white rhino, and restore rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas.
    Have another stopover in Masindi for Lunch. Drive to the park through the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and enjoy the beautiful falls where river Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river with rainbow colors. You will later retire to comfort and service of your lodge:

    • BudgetRed Chilli Tented Camp
    • Moderate– Sambiya River Lodge
    • Luxury– Paara Safari Lodge

    DAY 2: Game Drive and Launch Cruise – Murchison Falls National Park

    Have breakfast and drive to the northern part of the park for a game drive. View elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, lions, leopards, giraffes, hartebeests and a variety of bird species. After lunch, ensue for a two-hour launch cruise up to the substructure of the mighty Murchison Fall whose banks provide an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles, water birds along the river banks enabling an excellent birding safari. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
    DAY 3: Return Trip to Kampala
    After breakfast, cross the river back via Budongo forest and have lunch in Masindi. Return to Kampala at leisure. However for those who are interested in chimps trekking there is an opportunity to trek in Kaniyo Pabidi – Budongo Forest in the morning before driving back to Kampala.

    Important Note: This is a sample itinerary and may be altered to accommodate changes in field conditions.

  • Cost: Please Contact Us for information about safari costs.

    Date: To be determined by ASTCF coordinator (most likely at the end or middle of participant’s respective volunteer program).

    What’s Included?

    • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
    • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
    • Park entrance fees.
    • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
    • All government taxes/levies.

    What’s Not Included?

    • Personal expenses on food/drinks
    • Tips