Kenya Safari Adventures

Ruma National Park

5 Days Murchison Falls And Kibale Forest National Parks

Murchison Falls
At 3840 sq km, The Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest protected area. The Murchison Falls National Park is cut in half by the mighty River Nile as it squeezes itself through a seven-metre gap in a cleft of rock, creating an explosion of white water. These are the spectacular Murchison Falls, 'discovered' by Sir Stanley Baker in 1864. It's the most powerful natural flow of water anywhere on earth and the rock actually shakes from the force of the water. You may catch a glimpse of a Nile perch being spat from the river. These huge fish weigh up to 100 kg and are strong enough to withstand the pressure.
A boat safari down the river offers superb game viewing, with plenty of hippo and some of Africa's largest crocodiles, thanks to the menu of big fish. It's also one of the few places in the world to spot the rare shoebill stork. You don't need to be a bird watcher to get excited at seeing one; the metre high birds are without doubt the most extraordinary of East African birds. Solitary and silent, these monstrous birds have huge beaks capable of crushing small crocodiles.

Kibale Forest Safari

Uganda's Kibale Forest National Park is an extensive equatorial rainforest noted for its primate diversity. It is an enchanting park full of lakes, grasslands, marshes and forests on the lower slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda.
Kibale is best known for its healthy population of approximately 500 chimpanzees, though it's also home to at least 60 mammal species, including twelve other primate species and a few elephant. Around 350 bird species have also been recorded and the park is a lepidopterist's dream with hundreds of brilliantly coloured butterflies floating through the air.
The top attraction at Kibale is the guided chimp-tracking excursion that leaves twice a day. Chimpanzee tracking starts at the entrance to the park where you will meet the experienced guides and rangers, all with expert knowledge of Kibale's flora and fauna.


Day 1 : Kampala - Murchison Falls

From Kampala, travel to Masindi passing traditional farms and villages en-route. If you would like, ask your driver to stop along the way in order to interact with the local people. After a re-fueling stop in Masindi town, proceed to Sambiya River Lodge in Murchison Falls N.P. for lunch.  Next, tour the top of the Falls, where the Nile crashes through a 6 meter gorge and falls 45 meters.  Numerous scenic viewpoints are a photographer's delight! Dinner and overnight at picturesque Sambiya River Lodge.

Day 2: Murchison Falls

Cross the Nile by ferry and set off on an early morning game drive. Your guide helps spot elephant, giraffe, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob and lion. After a packed lunch, take a boat cruise to the base of the majestic Murchison Falls. Crocodiles bask in the sun and hippos yawn on the way. Spectacular bird life (over 450 species) is found in the Park including the rare Shoebill stork, and you are likely to see numerous animals.

Day 3: Murchison Falls - Kibale Forest

Early morning departure to Kibale (a 10 hour drive through villages with lunch enroute). Overnight at Rwenzori Guest House.

Day 4: Kibale Forest

Leave early morning to track chimpanzees. After your forest adventure (where there are many different primates to be found), enjoy a packed lunch at Bigodi Forest Camp. In the afternoon, walk through the swamps to see primates and birds (Kingfishers, Hawks, Great Blue Turaco and many others reside in the swamp).

Day 5:  Kibale Forest - Kampala


After breakfast depart for Kampala.



 


   
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