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6 Days Murchison Falls Expedition: Rhinos, Water Falls & Chimpanzees

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Day 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Stop At: Entebbe International Airport, 14 Kitaasa Rd, Entebbe, Uganda
Welcome to Uganda! With a population of over 30 million, this country is one of the five that make up the East African community. It’s a country of great cultural diversity, and in recent years has been one of the most progressive in the region terms. On arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Kampala by our representative. There will be an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. Afterwards, head out into Kampala for an included group dinner to get to know your fellow travellers.

Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for your 6 pm welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have this on hand.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Kampala - at a 4-star hotel

Day 2: ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY

Stop At: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda
Head towards Nakasongola District where Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is located. Check into your lodge, then take a short nature walk to stretch your legs. There will be a talk to the group about the rhino re-introduction project at the sanctuary and learn your lodge helps the Rhino Fund of Uganda, with 10% of their revenue going towards operations and the upkeep of the rhinos. Bordering the sanctuary is the Lugogo Wetlands. This wetland is an integral part of the ecosystem and is home to a multitude of animals and rare birds. In addition to the shoebill canoe ride scheduled for tomorrow morning, you’ll be able to check out the birdlife on an optional nature walk.

Accommodation
Lodge (1 night)

Optional Activities
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Night Walk – USD25
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Birding / Nature Walk – USD25
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Ziwa

Day 3: RHINO TRACKING AND BIRD WATCHING AT ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY

Stop At: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda
Rise nice and early this morning for a canoe ride in search of the unique shoebill bird in the Lugogo Wetlands. Avid birdwatchers will be delighted; in addition to the shoebill, more than 350 species of bird are found on the sanctuary. Among them are white crested turacos, giant kingfishers, palm nut vultures, barbets, and 11 of the woodpecker species, including the speckled-breasted woodpecker.
After lunch at the lodge, we head into the sanctuary to track rhinos on foot. Accompanied by a well-trained guide you'll learn more about not only rhinos local botany, general bush knowledge, birds and other animals are seen on the savannah. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and its resident beasts are patrolled and monitored by Rhino Fund Uganda’s own rangers on a 24/7 basis.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Ziwa

Day 4: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Stop At: Paraa Masindi, Murchison Falls National Park Uganda
After breakfast, check out and proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. We'll drive through the park and cross the Victoria Nile river to arrive at our lodge. After lunch and some free time, take a boat ride along the river towards Murchison Falls, looking out for crocodile and hippos. When reaching our destination we hike a short distance to check out the impressive falls. While the cascades don't drop a large distance to the river below, the force of the water is quite amazing; the Nile forces its way through a small gap in the rocks before flowing westward into Lake Albert.

Accommodation
Lodge (1 night)

Included Activities:
Murchison National Park - Waterfall Hike
Murchison National Park - Boat Cruise
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Murchison River Lodge - A 3-star safari lodge

Day 5: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Stop At: Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Tracking, Budongo Uganda
Today is a free day to either relax or take up some optional activities. A great option is to visit Kaniyo Pabidi, on Masindi road – it’s a beautiful natural forest dominated by giant mahogany and ironwood trees. Here chimpanzees can be tracked from the Kaniyo Pabidi tourism site, which is run by the Jane Goodall Institute. Birdlife here is also abundant and includes the chocolate-backed kingfisher, the white-thighed hornbill, and Puvel’s Illaposis which are endemic to the region. Another option for today is to explore Rabongo Forest is an island of tropical river forest set in a sea of grassland in the south-east of the conservation area (it’s roughly a 1.5-hour drive from the lodge). Exploring on foot there is highly recommended – you might come across primates such as the black-white colobus, red-tailed monkey, baboon or even a chimpanzee.
Accommodation
Lodge (1 night)

Optional Activities
Budongo Forest Reserve – Chimp Trek – USD120

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Budongo or Murchison River Lodge - 3-star eco and safari lodges

Day 6: RETURN TO KAMPALA OR ENTEBBE

Stop At: Entebbe International Airport, 14 Kitaasa Rd, Entebbe, Uganda
Today we farewell the lush Murchison Falls National Park and head back to Kampala. After the long drive, we anticipate being back at the hotel before 6 pm, at which point the trip draws to a close.

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch

Special Information
If you choose to fly from Entebbe Airport tonight please do not book onward flights for before 10 pm.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in Kampala and Entebbe

Airports

  • Entebbe Airport, Entebbe Uganda
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Duration
6 days
Inclusions
  • 5x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • Unlimited water on the safari
  • 4WD Safari vehicle
  • All entrance fees and taxes
  • Boat safari fee
  • Chimp tracking fee
  • All fuel used on the safari
  • All accommodation on the safari
  • Airport transfers
  • Entry/Admission - Entebbe International Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Murchison Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Tracking
Exclusions
  • Air tickets
  • Tips
  • Activities off the itinerary
  • Souvenirs and personal drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 23 August 2019 via mobile

We had the most remarkable friends tour with wild route trips. The comfort and beauty of the Murchision falls,the incredibly caring crew,the delicious foods,the history we learnt from our friendly leader along with viewing the interesting chimpanzees in Kibale national Park. It was the best...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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philasiimwe, Tour Designer at Wild Route Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2019

Thank you, Racheal. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us.

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