Murchison Falls, also known as Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall on the Nile. It breaks the Victoria Nile, which flows across northern Uganda from Lake Victoria to Lake Kyoga, and then to the north end of Lake Albert in the western branch of the East African Rift. The falls lend their name to the surrounding Murchison Falls National Park.
We will drive from Jinja or Kampala early in the morning towards northern Uganda. We’ll have a stopover at Masindi for lunch. After lunch, we will drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary if we have bookings for the rhino walk. After the rhinos, we’ll drive to Murchison Falls National Park, where we will start spotting wild animals on the way to our accommodation. Depending on the booking, this can vary from camping, safari tents, rooms, or lodge. After checking in and setting up the camp we will have a short drive through the park that will eventually lead to the top of the breathtaking Falls, where the Nile water squeezes itself through with massive force. There will be time for photo sessions. After the shower from the Nile breeze, we will head back to our vehicle and drive to the accommodation for dinner.
This day is full-on, with game-viewing from our safari vehicle and from a boat on the Nile. After an early-morning breakfast, we’ll take our cameras and all we need for the morning, and drive to the ferry crossing where it will take a few minutes to cross the Nile to the northern circuit. There we will spend the whole morning game-viewing. This is a great chance to spot lots of giraffes, waterbucks, lions, buffalo, Uganda kobs, elephants, leopards, lots of bird life, and much more. The stunning views of the park are also an attraction. Please note that all the animals in this park are wild and are therefore we cannot guarantee that you will see all of them (they have their own schedules!). After that amazing adventure, we will head back to the ferry crossing where we cross over to the accommodation for lunch.
After lunch, we will head back to the Nile for the mighty 2-3 hour boat cruise. This time, the highlights are reptiles, e.g., crocodiles, monitor lizards, or-tar water birds, and more mammals coming to the Nile to have some water to cool down after the heat of the day. From the boat on the Nile will be able to see the falls and understand where the name derives itself from. After the boat cruise, there is a short drive to accommodation enjoy the sunset with a drink before dinner.
We will start with an early-morning breakfast, followed by a drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We’ll check into the park and then drive to the camp to set up camp or check into our rooms. Time permitting, we will have a short evening game drive, then dinner at the accommodation.
After breakfast we will get onto our game vehicle, ready for more animal action. This time, our main aim is look out for lions and other game. We will enjoy most of the morning with the animals. After the game drive, we will drive back to our accommodation for lunch. After lunch, we will head to the jetty where we will board a boat cruise to see more animals. The cruise is about two to three hours. We will then head back to camp for dinner.
We will spend most of the day driving all the way back to Jinja for rafting. We will check in at Nile River Explorers River Camp in preparation of being on the Nile the following day. At this location, there are amazing sunsets over the Nile. If we arrive on time, we will board the sunset “booze cruise” on the Nile for two hours, which includes an open bar and good food.
Today, we will spend most of our time white water rafting on the Nile. After that amazing experience, you can stay longer or head back to your preferred accommodation. If you’re going to Jinja, there is an option to hire bikes or visit the Source of the Nile combined with Jinja walking tours at the end of the trip.