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Value+Priced 4 Day-Big 5 Wildlife Safari-Murchison Falls Park in Uganda

Posted by on May 31, 2019

 Murchison Falls Park 4 Day Big 5 Wildlife Safari – Budget – Moderately Priced Safari

A Value+ Moderately Price Big 5 Wildlife Safari-Murchison Falls Park done Hakuna Matata Style-No-Worries

This Value+ Moderately Priced 4 Day-Big 5 Wildlife Safari-Murchison Falls Park is the best option for a Big-5 Big 5 Wildlife Safari-Murchison Falls ParkAfrican Wildlife Safari plus Chimpanzees, the River Nile, the most powerful waterfall in the world all in 4 days.

You stay at the moderately priced Pakuba Safari Lodge, which undoubtedly is the best location for game drives in the park.  The safari tour package includes everything but tips and drinks at the lodge. Everything else, Activity Fees, Permit for Chimpanzee are all included in the Value+ price of the Safari.  

This Value+ Moderately Priced 4 Day-Big 5 Wildlife Safari-Murchison Falls Park is a private Safari limited to your and your participants. It is one of our Hakuna Matata – No-Worries Safaris where we’ve got you covered with Ranger Escort on all Game Drives and hikes or treks, a customer service Driver/Guide.


Day 1 -Murchison Falls National Park:

The Big 5 Wildlife Safari-Murchison Falls Park Begins.  Depart Kampala or Entebbe at 6:30 am as our Murchison Falls Park 4 Day Big 5 Wildlife Safari begins, heading for the most significant game park and reserve in Uganda.    After clearing the city of Kampala, we head through Ugandan countryside with its hamlets and villages, small shambas (farms) as we head north to Murchison Falls National Park.

We arrive at the Ferry crossing on the River Nile inside of Murchison Falls Park where we cross to the wildlife portion of the Park and drive through the savanna which is like a game drive in itself.heading for Pakuba Lodge which is in the best location for game drives and boat and ferry access on the Nile.

In the late afternoon, we are off for the first game drive where you will probably see lions, large herds of elephants, giraffes, antelopes of all types, warthogs, buffaloes.

The vehicle you are in for your private safari comes equipped with a pop-up roof for the best game viewing, and a Uganda Wildlife Ranger is on board of car for that extra input and security.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodging:  Pakuba Safari Lodge

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Murchison Falls Park Wildlife SafariPakuba Lodge – Moderately Priced near Game Drives:

Pakuba Lodge is your best mid-range lodge option.  The location is the reason, it is located on the Wildlife Side of the River Nile, near the ferry crossing and the boat launch rides up and down the River Nile.

The lodge has a lot of wildlife that passes through it, there is a swimming pool for you to enjoy and Air-Conditioning is an option at extra cost.

The lodge has 30 rooms, provides sumptuous meals and the rooms are comfortable, and a family option is also provided.  The lodge has the unique distinction that in its distant past it was the northern State House for Idi Amin.


Day 2 – Murchison Falls Park:

Early morning breakfast and off you are for another game drive across the savannah, along Lake Albert Delta, abundant wildlife as you move slowly as the sun rises.

Hot Air Balloon Morning Option:

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Optional:  Hot Air Balloo Ride over Murchison Falls:

Murchison Falls Park is presently the only park in Uganda where you can take a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon over the Savannah.  Here you see Wildlife from above from Elephants to Lions.  If you choose the Hot-Air Balloon Option, it means an early rise for you before dawn and a drive to the launch site.  There you board the gondola of a Safe and fully certified Hot Air Balloon.

The Ride is about 1 1/2 hours in length and on a clear day, you have some fantastic Photo-Opportunities of the sunrise over the savannah, wildlife and the scenery below.

At the end of the Hot Air Balloon Ride, there is a traditional Bush Breakfast that awaits you.  This is that added plus. The breakfast is prepared on the Savannah by Paraa Safari Lodge Staff there is also the traditional Bush Breakfast Champagne, sorry most often Sparkling Wine. Cost per Person $380


Welcome to Africa.  What you are sensing and feeling, seeing around you cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, this is Murchison Falls with its birds, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, humorous appearing warthogs. This is Africa, and you are on safari in the heart of it – Uganda.

After lunch, it is one of the highlights of your Murchison Falls National Park Safari, the boat launch trip up the Nile River. You are slowly moving along the river bank viewing crocodiles, an abundance of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, lots of birds including the fish eagle, storks and so much more. The boat moves gently up the river and stays on the left-hand side so that you see most of the animals who come to the river.  Herds of Elephants cooling off, Hippopotamus frolicking, crocodiles just dozing in the African sun.

Then there are the Murchison Falls, which are a remarkable display of the power of nature.  The river is 50 meters above the falls, moves down through a 6-meter gorge and falls 43 meters, the sound is loud, and the sight makes one realize how dynamic nature can be.  The water at the bottom of the falls is churning. Any vegetation is mulched by the force of the water resulting in large sheets of foam, not from pollution but the power of the river.ore

Close by there is a bank on the river filled with Nile crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun, just down from there you can see a group of hippos frolicking in the water of the Nile.  There are thousands of hippopotamus to be found here, birds in abundance.

The journey down the river slowly begins and more opportunity for viewing animals before you return to your lodging for dinner and an evening of rest and relaxations, don’t miss spotting some storks, eagles, egrets and many other birds, there are also a variety of primates to be found on the shores.  Enjoy the Nile.

Option:  Disembark at the bottom of falls and hike up the sides of falls with UWA and hike the very trail that Winston Churchill on his 1907 journey through Uganda. This is the most powerful waterfall in the world, and you can sense that as you feel the ground tremble beneath you.  The trail takes about 45 minutes, and your driver/guide meets you at the top of the falls from where you return to Pakuba Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

LodgingPakuba Safari Lodger

Day 3 Budongo forest:

Morning and breakfast and then we get ready for the move to Budongo Forest which is in the greater Murchison Falls Park conservation area.  Drive-Time to the forest is 1 1/2 hours.  Check-in at the Budongo Eco-Lodge which is the only lodge inside of the Forest.

Chimpanzee Trekking: After Lunch, it is your time with a Chimpanzee Troop in the Forest.  Budongo Forest is a Jane Goodall Chimpanzee research area in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Chimpanzee Trekking Gear: Successful Chimpanzee Trekking means having their right Gear.  What you will need today are the following:  Daypack, one liter of water, some energy snacks, a hat to protect your head from the sun, hiking boots that are worn in, thick socks, tuck your long trousers into the socks, long-sleeved shirt, light rain jacket in the day daypack. A heavy dose of an edible insect repellent such as RID.

The chimpanzee Trek is three t four hours long, and you are for one hour with a Chimpanzee Troop.  Budongo Forest is one of the best areas for Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.

Meal Plan: Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Lodging: Budongo Eco-Lodge Moderately Priced

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Budongo Eco-Lodge:

A moderately priced lodge, the only one inside of Budongo Forest.  In spite of lack of competition, the lodge is one of quality and value.  The cottages are secluded inside of the forest.

There are well-marked and lit paths. The cottages are made with pre-fab logs, and the rooms have a pleasant and warm fell about them

The meals are we well-prepared, the friendly and welcoming staff serves basic comforts on safari but tasty and sumptuous portions.

One of the advantages of staying at the lodge is that there are no long drives.  You are already at the starting point of most activities, such as chimpanzee tracking.

One special treat at times here is the American style Fudge-Brownies, a delight no matter what your nationality is.


Meal Plan: Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Day 4 -Forest Walk- Rino Trekking:

Morning Choice of Forest Walks, Birding. Including the Royal Mile, a birding highlight in Budongo forest in the Busingiro Sector of the forest.

You can also take a walk to the Catholic Church built during WWll by Polish refugees and still functioning today. There is also a polish cemetery here. This is a lovely forest with Mahogany Trees, countless butterflies, birds, nine different primates. You will find it a most refreshing experience in the quietness of Budongo Forest.

Lunch at the Masindi Hotel – the oldest Hotel in Uganda

Afternoon Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – a vast reserve for the rebuilding of the Rhino Population of Uganda. We drive up to the Rhinos and a Ranger from Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary will take you on the Rhino Walk You will get within seven meters of them.  This usually is a two-hour activity.

Return to Kampala early evening hours and your lodging, if you need advice on a hotel in Kampala – ask us… as the Big 5 Wildlife Safari-Murchison Falls Park  comes to an end after having seen the most powerful waterfall on earth, the River Nile, the abundant wildlife, and tracked Chimpanzees in Budongo Forest and Rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and hopefully got a look at the Big 5 on this safari with the added plus of chimpanzee trekking all on a budget or moderately priced safari.

Meal Plan: Breakfast -Lunch

Safari includes:  Murchison Falls Park 4 Day Big 5 Wildlife Safari -includes: 4×4 Safari vehicle  Transport including fuel and English Speaking driver – Water in Vehicle, all park fees, accommodations, sodas, beer, wine, etc. not included in the price at the lodge.

If you are interested in this 4 Day – Big 5 Wildlife Safari Murchison Falls Park – please contact us- the same safari also comes in an upmarket version.


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