The grandeur of Africa is manifested in the beauty of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. From the rolling savannah abundant with game to the resplendent waterfall born from the River Nile, Murchison Falls holds so many of those alluring features that call travellers to return. Immerse yourself in the treasures of the park and enjoy days of traversing the vast savannah, cruising down the Nile, and tracking chimpanzees in Budongo Forest.


Safari Highlights

  • Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Spot animals on a game drive and boat cruise along the Nile
  • Enjoy a spectacular view from the top of Murchison Falls
  • Meet the primates and birds of Budongo Forest


Day 1: A Night in the Capital

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be received by a concierge, who will whisk you away to your booked accommodation in Kampala, or Entebbe.

Day 2: The First of the Big Five

Our journey to Murchison Falls National Park begins in the morning. We can’t resist stopping in at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track and spot endangered Rhinos, the first of the Big Five of East Africa. We get the opportunity to track rhinos with experienced guides as a chef prepares a barbeque for us. We travel on and make our grand entry to Murchison Falls River Lodge.

Accommodation: Fort murchison 

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 3: Cruising the Nile and the Savannah

We tour the north of the park, which teems with buffalo, waterbucks, giraffes, hartebeests, and elephants grazing in the grasslands. The diverse wildlife keeps us alert, seeking out one fascinating creature after another. The lucky seeker might even spot the elusive, nocturnal leopard. After lunch, we set out on a launch trip to the base of the falls. Buffalo, crocodiles, hippos, and a multitude of aquatic birds lounge at river banks. Birders are guaranteed to spot many of the 450 bird species at Murchison Falls, including the elusive shoebill, dwarf kingfisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath Heron. From the base of the fall, we begin our hike, headed for the top. The peak awaits us with an unrivalled symphony of nature set to the crescendo of the waterfall.

Accommodation: Fort Murchison

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 4: The Primates of Budongo Forest

The thriving vegetation of Budongo Forest, just south of Murchison Falls, hosts 24 mammal species, over 360 bird species, 289 butterfly varieties and 465 plant species. This diverse forest is also home to a large primate population, including 800 chimpanzees. Today we set out into the forest to track chimpanzees, but stay alert for signs of black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons, and grey-cheeked mangabeys. At dusk we return to our lodge, savouring a spectacular foray into Budongo Forest.

Accommodation: Fort Murchison

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 5: Homeward Bound

We journey back to Kampala/Entebbe, with a lunch-stop en-route.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Note: Although we strongly recommend a hike to the top of the falls due to the amazing vantage points, it is optional, and you can instead drive to the top of the falls for viewing.


  • Activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Chimpanzee Permit (per person)
  • Entrance fees for National Parks
  • Private 4WD Vehicle with an experienced guide
  • Road transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • A pair of Binoculars


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items and services of a personal nature

Terms and conditions

* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.

* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.

* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.

* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Bushman Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

* The chimp tracking in Budongo Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of permits.

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