Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Murchison Falls National Park
This tour starts from $380.00
Day 1: ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
After a leisurely early breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at 07:30 am. This drive takes about 3 hours. On arrival, you will meet a professional guide who will take you for a 2-hour nature walk/rhino trek and you will experience the magnificent and endangered rhinos. This is the only place you will have a chance to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat in Uganda. You will then have a 1 and 1/2 hours’ drive to Kabalega Resort for a hot lunch and relaxation. After the short rest, you will have a drive for approximately 1 and 1/2 hours through Budongo Forest to the top of the falls. You will experience the most powerful waterfall in the world close by with a simple hike. You will then be driven back for your dinner and overnight stay at your lodging.
Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Pakuba Lodge
Budget: Bushara Island Camp
Day 2: Murchison falls National Park
You will have an early breakfast at your lodge before departing for a 3 to 4 hour game drive with your driver-guide choosing a route based on his extensive knowledge of the park and local conditions. With a number of game to see including some of the Big 5, this game drive is truly amazing. You will be dropped off at the shores after the game drive to wait for your boat for a thrilling 2 hour boat cruise and hiking. The cruise is spectacular with a chance to get up close to some of the aquatic animals such as the hippos, crocodiles, water bucks, buffaloes and elephants. Among the birds commonly cited on the boat cruise include the Goliath heron, kingfisher, weaver birds, cattle egrets, and the beautiful scenery along the bank. At the bottom of the falls, you will then trek to the top of the falls or choose to take photos at the rocks below the falls and then continue back to Kampala/ to Entebbe airport to catch your flight back home.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is home to Uganda’s wild endangered rhinos. Located in Nakasongola District, near Nakitoma village, Ziwa covers around 70 square kms. Uganda used to have a big number of both black, Diceros bicornis, and white rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum) until the 1970s wars. By 1982, however, rhinos were pretty much wiped out due to poaching and killing. In 2005 the sanctuary was established and rhinos were re-introduced by Rhino Fund Uganda. In the sanctuary rhinos are protected 24 hours a day from poachers by an electrical fence and security personnel. The sanctuary started with 6 rhinos but currently the number has grown to about 19 animals.
A trip to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary gives the visitor a rare opportunity to track rhinos on foot, have an up-close experience and some great and unusual photo opportunities. The white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary are gentle giants – and approaching them on foot poses no danger. You will have the guidance and company of a sanctuary ranger who is knowledgeable about the behavior of these rhinos.
Apart from rhinos, Ziwa is also home to a number of bird species, reptiles, and 40 other mammal species including antelopes, crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, among others. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists for rhino trekking, canoe riding, bird watching, night walks, nature walks and relaxation, which are some of the major activities. The accommodation units offer fine foods ranging from local and international cuisines with a variety of drinks.
Budongo is the largest mahogany forest in East Africa with an incredible biodiversity which includes at least over two dozen small mammals, 9 primates, nearly 500 species of trees, over 300 species of birds and a similar number of types of butterflies and moths, among others. The forest covers about 115 square kilometers of land (roughly the size of Paris) which in its isolation offers a safe haven for lions, leopards as well as buffaloes.
The forest is habitat to the largest number of chimpanzees in the country, with a population estimated between 600-700, making the chimpanzee trekking experience the number one attraction although the forest walks are also scenic and pleasurable even without siting chimpanzees.
Some other activities to enjoy within this forest include nature walks and bird watching, and bird watching guides are available on request.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest safari park, locally known as Kabalega National Park. It is situated at the end of the Albertine Rift Valley which is the area where the huge Bunyoro escarpment joins into the vast Acholi plains. It is about 300 kilometers north of Kampala in Masindi district, which takes about 6 hours by car though for those in a hurry and a wallet to match there are flights from Entebbe as well.
Murchison Falls National Park was named after the waterfall where the waters of the mighty Nile river force their way through a small slit within the rocks, which is just 7 meters or 23 feet wide, and topples to 43 meters below with a thunderous roar, forming a residual water stray that creates a beautiful rainbow effect, providing a breathtaking photo opportunity. From here the river continues its westward journey into the stunning Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles.
The adventure activities in the park include: wildlife/game viewing, launch trips to the bottom of the falls and hikes to the top (Devil's Cauldron), birding and nature walks, with hot air ballooning activities available within the park.
Launch trips stand out as the most common exciting activities because they get you close to the heart and the jewel of the park (the falls). The vegetation of Murchison Falls National Park is made up of savannah, rain forest and woodland. Some of the wildlife includes kobs, elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions, chimpanzees and many bird species while hippos, the Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents along the water bodies.
Transportation in a Tour Van/Land Cruiser
Service of an English-speaking tour guide/Driver
Accommodation on full board.
Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program.
Transfers to and from Entebbe Airport/Kampala
Free WIFI for the entire trip
All activities not mentioned in the program
Phone call bills
Visas to Uganda
Gratitude to tour-guides
Visas to Uganda
Personal effects of any nature
Hotel fees before and after the safari