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3 Days Murchison Falls Safari in Uganda: A Reliable & Affordable Tour

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Overview

The 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari is our most frequently booked safari. Consequently, over the years, we have learned the needs of travellers to Uganda and acquired the necessary skills and resources needed to offer them an optimal safari experience.

Which, among others, includes having friendly and articulate drivers/guides with proficient knowledge of the park, disciplined enough to keep time and follow the schedule, regularly serviced vehicles, and finding the most suitable accommodation for our travellers.

All our price plans include accommodation, two game drives, a boat safari, round trip private transportation, park entry fees, and a visit to the Murchison Falls.

Make sure your safari is pleasant by booking this package. Let us save you the trouble of dealing with unprofessional and rude service providers so that you can spend your time and energy on the main reason you are visiting Uganda.

If you want to know more about why a safari to Murchison Falls National Park is the best choice for you, check out our Uganda Safaris page.

Price Plans

The prices shown are guides-based on two people sharing. Each plan offers a standard of accommodation that differentiates it from the others, and each accommodation has benefits and drawbacks that influence your safari experience. 
 
Under each price plan, is a price scale with price options for solo travelers and groups greater than two adults. Explore each price plan to find a suitable price for you.
 
If your travel party includes East African residents or children under 12, contact us for more accurate pricing.

BASIC

Suitable for singles, groups, students and solo travelers
from$406/pp

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MEDIUM

Suitable for families, couples and seniors
from$603/pp

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PREMIUM

Suitable for luxury travelers and seniors
from$743/pp

  • Upmarket Accommodation
  • Prime game viewing
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Guide &  Transportation
  • 2 Game drives
  • Boat safari

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Top Features of the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari

  • Appropriately priced
  • A conveniently located game park
  • Friendly and experienced guides
  • Comfortable and well-maintained vehicles
Itinerary

Day 1 : Travel to Murchison Falls and do an evening game drive

A Red Road Tours guide picks you up at 7 am from your accommodation in Kampala (If your location is out of Kampala, contact us, and we can arrange for a pick-up), then begin your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari. Leave early to navigate the morning Kampala traffic, and have ample time in the park without feeling rushed.

It’s a 7-hour drive with time for a couple of rest stops, for a bathroom break, or getting coffee and snacks for the road. It’s essential to follow the schedule and keep time for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari to be a success.

One advantage of this 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari is that the drive is mostly on paved roads, with a few sections of dirt in between. The last hour of the drive is in the park, and it is common to find troops of baboons seated in the middle of the road sunbathing. On arrival at the lodge, have lunch and rest before heading out for an evening game drive. Return to your lodge at dusk for dinner and overnight rest.

The activity of the day:

Evening Game Drive

At 4 pm, head out for an evening game drive and enjoy a 3-hour wildlife viewing expedition. With the assistance of a game ranger, prowl the Murchison Falls National Park’s northern savannah plains in search of wildlife.

Since the park is so vast and the animals roam freely, unlike a zoo, there is no guarantee of seeing all the wildlife found in the park. However, it’s pretty common to spot giraffes, buffalos, antelopes like kobs, and Jackson Hartebeest, elephants, and even lions.

Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon boat safari

Have breakfast at 5:30 am, and head out at 6 am for the morning game drive. Look out for the beautiful sunrise.

The activity of the day:

Morning Game Drive

It’s essential to make an early start because the best time to view animals is at daybreak when the temperatures are low. Once it gets scorching hot, animals hide in the shade and are harder to find.

The second drive of your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari is geared towards finding animals you may not have seen on the previous game drive. The ranger is typically also on the lookout for wild cats, such as lions, leopards, and hyenas, since they tend to be active at this time. After the game drive, head back to the lodge for rest and lunch.

Afternoon Boat Safari on the Nile River

In the afternoon, head to the jetty at Paraa (the Nile river crossing point) for your boat safari. The boat safari operates in a modern motorized sightseeing boat led by a professional skipper and crew. The 3 hours long round trip safari is a slow cruise along the banks of the Nile River to get a close view of the wildlife.

This part of the Nile River, also known as the Victoria Nile, is home to hundreds of hippos and crocodiles. It also attracts numerous other wildlife such as elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, and innumerable species of birds.

The tour ends close to the base of the Murchison Falls, where you make a short stop to capture a few pictures of the falls before making a turn to head back to Paraa, and then to the lodge for dinner and rest.

Optional Evening Game Drive

If you are still eager to see more wildlife, as part of this 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari, we offer an optional third game drive immediately after the boat safari. Since wildlife is very unpredictable, each game drive is always different. You never know what wildlife spectacle you will find each time you head out for a ride.

You can use this game drive to focus on finding specific animals and enjoy watching them at your own pace without the need to hurry to see other wildlife.

Day 3: Visit the falls and head back to Kampala

After breakfast, set off at 9 am and head to the observation point at the top of the Murchison Falls. Witness the sheer power of the falls as the broad Nile river squeezes its way through a narrow cleft and pours down a 40m high ridge.

After having a few photo moments, embark on your journey back to Kampala or your preferred destination, marking the end of your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari.

What inclusions are in the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari?

  • Private transportation from Kampala and back in a 4WD safari vehicle with a pop-up roof for game viewing
  • Two nights’ accommodation according to your price plan
  • Meals according to your price plan
  • An English speaking Ugandan driver/guide
  • Three Game Drives
  • A boat safari on the Nile River
  • A visit to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Park Entry fees
  • Ranger Tips

What is excluded?

  • Drinks
  • All personal expenses such as laundry, extra activities
Available add-ons to your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari

Rhino tracking – $50 per person

Approximately 3 hours from Kampala, there is a private reserve known as the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, specially set aside for the preservation of rhinos in Uganda. On the way for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari, you can make a 2 hour stop at the Sanctuary to track and see the rhinos.  

Rhino Tracking involves a ranger who leads the way while walking through the bush in search of the rhinos. Once you locate the rhinos, you watch them for a maximum of an hour, before heading back to your car.

We highly recommend that you do this activity. However, if you do, we recommend that you leave Kampala at 5 am so that you arrive at the Sanctuary before 10 am, which is the time it gets too hot for the rhinos to continue grazing. It makes for much better viewing of the rhinos while they eat instead of finding them sleeping under a shade.

 

Chimp tracking – $100 per person

On the last day, on your way out of Murchison Falls National Park, you can stop at the Budongo Rainforest, located on the southern side of the park. The forest is home to chimpanzees and different species of primates.

The whole tracking experience takes about 3 to 4 hours, including hiking through the woods to find the chimps and observing them as they interact with each other.

Although finding Chimpanzees in Budongo forest is not always guaranteed, when you do find them, it can be such an exhilarating experience, especially if they are down on the forest floor away from the treetops. If you choose to do this activity, you need to set off from your lodge at 7 am because this activity is done at 9 am.

Essential Trip Info

Essentials Items to Carry on your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari

  • A Valid Passport including your visa
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellant
  • A flashlight / torch
  • Appropriate adaptor for your electronics
  • Extra batteries for your camera

Important information for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari

  • Bring a comfortable travel pillow in case you need to take a nap and bring a good book to read.
  • Carry a few snacks to eat while on the road. Rest stops have a limited options.
  • Since there is no power grid in the park, the lodges mostly use solar-powered hot water tanks for hot showers. When using them, run the water for 5 to 10 minutes; this allows hot water to make its way from the tank through the plumbing.
  • Pack light clothes suitable for warm weather
  • The way to the top of the falls in known to have tsetse flies that have quite a sting. They are attracted to dark colors, therefore avoid wearing dark-colored clothes.
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The Premium Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge

Gorilla Safari Lodge is a private and secluded upmarket lodge with spectacular views of the Bwindi rainforest and located close to the Gorilla Trekking starting point. The lodge consists of spacious chalets, the main lodge area with a restaurant, and a bar overlooking the Bwindi rainforest and a gift shop. It also has free WIFI available at the main lodge area.

Room description:

These are chalets, each consisting of a spacious room, a private terrace, and en-suite bathroom. They are beautifully decorated and nicely lit with great views of the Bwindi rainforest. Each room is fitted with large comfortable beds, plush linen, mosquito net wrapping around the bed, lounge furniture, and a fireplace. The bathrooms have flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water.

Meals:

Meals are all included; 2 breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. The restaurant offers 3-course meals of local and international specialties.

Benefits

Spacious and nicely-decorated rooms

Great location

Spectacular views of Bwindi rainforest

Elaborate meals and variety of choices

Spacious restaurant

Free WIFI

Drawbacks

No WIFI in the rooms

What is the price?

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Price per person$2,125$1,754$1,692$1,661$1,642$1,629

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $106 per person.

Available Extensions to your 3 days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi

  • One night extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $510 per person
  • Two nights extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $965 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoeing excursion - $239 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoe trekking - $418 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $415 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $799 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari including a 4-hour Horseback Safari and Bush Breakfast - $934 per person
  • One day extension of the Gorilla Trekking Safari including 1 Gorilla permit - $1,066 per person

The Medium Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Rushaga Gorilla Camp is a mid-range mountain lodge located in the south-eastern part of the park near one of the four gorilla trekking starting points known as Rushaga. The lodge has excellent panoramic views of the Bwindi forest and is a 5 minutes' walk to the gorilla trekking starting point. It also has a restaurant that offers a full English breakfast, an a la carte lunch menu, and a choice of 3 set meals for dinner. You can also access free WIFI at the main lounge and restaurant area of the lodge.

Room description:

These are spacious cottages with large comfortable beds and linen, lounge furniture, and a private terrace looking towards the Bwindi rainforest. All rooms have a spacious private bathroom with flush toilets, solar-powered hot showers, a sink, and a dressing countertop and mirror.

Meals:

Your stay includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. The meals are all made from western or intercontinental cuisine.

Benefits

Relatively good price

Great location

Spacious rooms

Views of the Bwindi rainforest

Free WIFI

Drawbacks

Not nicely decorated

The linen is comfortable but not plush

Limited food items at the restaurant

What is the price?

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Price per person$1,834$1,448$1,385$1,354$1,335$1,323

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $146 per person.

Available Extensions to your 3 days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi

  • One night extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $290 per person
  • Two nights extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $527 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoeing excursion - $239 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoe trekking - $418 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $279 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $527 per person
  • One day extension of the Gorilla Trekking Safari including 1 Gorilla permit - $913 per person

The Basic Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge

Gorilla Valley Lodge is a small, low-budget lodge located in the south-eastern part of the park near one of the four gorilla trekking starting points known as Rushaga. The lodge has a small restaurant that offers a basic continental breakfast and a few options of international cuisine for lunch and dinner.

Room Description

These are clean and modestly furnished brick and motor rooms consisting of a comfortable bed, linen, towels, and en-suite bathrooms. The bathrooms have solar-powered hot water showers and flush toilets. The rooms also have lighting, power plugs, and mosquito nets over the beds.

Meals

Only breakfast and dinner are included in the basic plan. You can order lunch daily at the restaurant.

Benefits

Affordable and comfortable rooms

Good location

Drawbacks

Basic facilities

Small rooms

Limited meal options

Limited views

No internet access

Note:

If there are no rooms available at the time of your booking. We will provide a suitable replacement.

What is the price?

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Price per person $1,438$1,187$1,125$1,094$1,075$1,062

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $89 per person.

Available Extensions to your 3 days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi

  • One night extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $234 per person
  • Two nights extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $415 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoeing excursion - $169 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoe trekking - $278 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $212 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $392 per person

The Premium Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge

Paraa Safari Lodge is an upmarket lodge with the refinements of a 3-star hotel, located in the center of the park looking over the Nile river. Facilities include spacious rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a pool with a bar, and a gift shop.

Paraa safari lodge boasts the best location in the park and offers the conveniences of being so close to the jetty for your boat safari on the Nile river, and close to the game viewing areas of the park. No lodge offers more conveniences for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari than Paraa Safari Lodge.

Room description:

The rooms are nicely lit, decorated with plush linen, and towels. All rooms have a private bathroom with hot showers and a hairdryer. The rooms have a coffee bar, a reading table, refrigerator, complimentary bottled water, and a private balcony.

Meals:

Meals are all included; two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. The restaurant offers three-course meals of local and international specialties.

Benefits

Spacious and comfortable rooms

WIFI available in all rooms

Great location for game drives and boat safari

Elaborate meals and variety of choices

Drawbacks

The standard rooms have a ceiling fan, but no air-conditioning. You can upgrade to a deluxe room for $35 per person per room.

Note: If there are no rooms available at the time of your booking, we will recommend a suitable replacement.

What is the price?

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Price per person$1,241$902$825$786$763$748

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $106 per person.

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The Medium Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Pakuba Safari Lodge is a mid-range lodge, located on the northern side of the park facing the Albert Nile. The facilities include a restaurant, terraced room blocks and a swimming pool.

The lodge is in an excellent location for game drives and with nicely furnished rooms, offering you better value for your money compared to other mid-range accommodations, making Pakuba the ideal lodge for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari.

Room description:

All rooms have a private bathroom with solar-powered hot showers, a reading table, a closet, and a private terrace. The rooms are all air-conditioned.

Meals:

This plan is inclusive of all meals. The price includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners during your stay. The meals are all made from western or intercontinental cuisine.

Benefits

Reasonably priced.

Excellent location for game drives

Comfortable rooms with air-conditioning

WIFI at the main lobby and at the restaurant

Drawbacks

The lodge is a 45 mins drive from the Paraa jetty, where the boat safari begins and ends.

Rooms lack a coffee or tea bar and Hair dryer.

The linen is comfortable but not plush

Note: If there are no rooms available at the time of your booking, we will recommend a suitable replacement.

What is the price?

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Price per person$1,141$763$685$647$624$608

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $146 per person.

The Basic Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Red Chili Rest Camp

Red Chilli Rest Camp is a low-budget camp located in the center of the park on the southern side of the Nile, only 500 meters from the ferry crossing point. You stay in brick and motor, African thatched houses locally known as bandas.

The camp also has a restaurant that offers an a la carte breakfast and lunch menu, and a choice of 3 set meals for dinner. The combination of a great location and a right level of comfort makes Red Chilli Rest Camp the ideal budget accommodation for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari.

Room description:

The bandas all include a double bed or two twin beds with linen and a mosquito net. A few bandas have private bathrooms, but most uses shared bathrooms. All the bandas have lighting, power plugs, and a fan. There’s a limited number of Ensuite bandas. The camp has shared toilets and bathroom stalls with hot water available.

Meals:

The basic plan includes breakfast. You can buy lunch and dinner every day at the restaurant.

Benefits

It’s inexpensive and safe.

Drawbacks

Even though Red Chilli Rest Camp’s location is better than other budget accommodations, it’s not the best for game viewing. It takes about 30 minutes, including crossing the Nile on a ferry to get to the wildlife. The ferry has set crossing times, and these can limit the amount of time you spend viewing the animals. All the other low-budget camps have the same challenge. None is close to the wildlife.

Electricity is only available at set times of the day, except lights are always on. The set times are from 7 am to 9 am, 11 am to 2 pm, and 5 pm to 10 pm. Outside these hours, guests charge appliances such as phones and camera batteries at the restaurant.

No WIFI

Note: If there are no rooms available at the time of your booking, we will recommend a suitable replacement.

Price Scale

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Price per person$918$597$520$481$458$442

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $89 per person.