Murchison Falls & Budongo Chimpanzee Tracking

Overview

Budongo Forest is the biggest mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa as well as habitat to the largest number of chimpanzees in Uganda. It lies northwest of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala and is located northeast of Lake Albert.

An exceptionally large mahogany tree is still found here, and is more than 80 meters tall and some 20 meters in circumference and is composed mainly of moist, semi-deciduous forest, with patches of savanna and woodland.

Recorded from Budongo are more than 360 bird species, some 290 butterflies, 130 months, 465 trees, and 24 mammals, of which 9 are primate.

Highlights

Game drive: hippopotamus, antelope, hartebeest, oribi and lion. Huge herds of elephant and buffalo are common, and lion are easily spotted.

Antelope include Jackson’s hartebeest, waterbuck and Uganda Kob; large herds of giraffes are a specialty, hiking to the top of Murchison falls is so rewarding.

Boat cruise on the Nile catching hippos and bird watching as well as chimpanzee tracking at Budongo forest.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park (Optional Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)

Our journey will start in the morning after we pick you up from your city hotel and drive through Kampala and the neighboring suburbs most of which are filled with small roadside business establishments.

Our first scheduled stop will be in Masindi where we will have lunch. You can choose to visit and track white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at $45/per person (not included in your tour price). This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.

We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters.

From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile River. The drive today will take us approximately 6hrs including all the stops.

  • Bakers Lodge
  • Paraa Safari Lodge

  • Fort Murchison Lodge
  • Murchison River Lodge
  • Pakuba Lodge

  • Red Chilli Rest Camp
  • Fort Murchison Lodge (tents)
  • Murchison River Lodge (tents)

Day 2: Land & Water Safari

After breakfast, we will hit the trails for a morning game drive so we can see the park coming to life. We should be able to see elephants, kob and giraffe. We shall be tracking the animals for about 3hrs before heading back to your accommodation for lunch.

Thereafter, we shall make our way to the pier for the 2 pm boat cruise. While we are drifting on the Nile, you will get to see hippos, crocodiles and dinosaurs many water birds.

You will then dock off at the bottom of the falls for a hike to the top; you haven’t seen a view like this in your life. We shall pick you up and if you’re not too tired we could go on a late afternoon drive so we can catch the animals tucking their young ones into bed.

We will then head back to the accommodation for dinner and a night’s rest.

  • Bakers Lodge
  • Paraa Safari Lodge

  • Fort Murchison Lodge
  • Murchison River Lodge
  • Pakuba Lodge

  • Red Chilli Rest Camp
  • Fort Murchison Lodge (tents)
  • Murchison River Lodge (tents)

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Budongo - Kampala

This day after breakfast, we will go for a morning chimpanzee tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest.

This is an undisturbed area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve with chimpanzee tracking as the most famous activity. Look out for some bird species certainly there many here, including the white-thigh hornbill, chocolates-backed kingfisher and Puvel’s illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Kampala or to Entebbe for your flight.

Inclusions

  • Private transportation and fuel
  • Full board accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Chimp tracking permits
  • English speaking guide/driver
  • Boat cruises

Murchison Falls & Budongo Chimpanzee Tracking

Duration

3 days/2 nights days