This seven days wildlife and hiking safari is a great way to experience the world’s two most iconic natural wonders – the Murchison falls and Rwenzori ranges; and as well presenting a chance to spot Uganda’s only surviving white rhinos in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and taking a walk through Uganda’s tourism city, Fort Portal. The safari begins and ends in Entebbe and an opportunity to venture into this exploration is worth all the efforts and money.
7 Days Wildlife & Hiking Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Entebbe to Murchison Falls N/Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Early morning at 8 am, you driver guide will pick you up from your place of accommodation or from the airport and embark on a 5 hour trip to Murchison Falls national park, doubtlessly the biggest national park in Uganda and definitely the most beautiful, overlooking the magnificent Albertine rift escarpments and it is also home to the world’s most powerful water falls located along the scenic Victoria Nile which bisects the park at Paraa.
Drive until you reach Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a 2 hour Rhino trekking experience, where you have chances of encountering Uganda’s only surviving family of southern black rhinos. Continue after lunch passing via Masindi town or Karuma falls, depending on the booked place of accommodation.
Upon arrival in the park, visit the Murchison falls from the top, driving past the woodland sector of the park. This is arguably the world’s most powerful falls by volume of water emitted. Take as many pictures as you can until you drive back to your lodge for overnight stay and dinner.
Day 2: Game drive and Boat cruise to bottom of Murchison falls
Have an early breakfast, and get set for a sensational day of re-exploring Uganda’s largest conservation area, with a sunrise game drive and an afternoon leisurely boat cruise along the Victoria Nile.
Depending on the lodge you are staying at, a game drive in Murchison falls national park happens in the northern side of River Nile, and it is best done before sunrise to comfortably sight early risers and nocturnals returning to their shelters after their night hunting sessions.
The park shelters numerous Savannah-based animals like mammals and cats all dwelling harmoniously in a common habitat. The 3 hour game drive in the interior of the park exposes one to vast herds of Buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, and lesser mammals such as Oribis, Kobs, warthogs, hertbeests, Topis, and so much more.
After a rather delicious picnic lunch, head out for a 3-4 hour boat trip upstream to the bottom of Murchison falls. This boat cruise avails endless chances of sighting rare and beautiful animals that dot the banks of the river in search of cool environment and drinking water. Common animals include buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks, crocodiles, hippos, and numerous other bird species.
The bottom stretches to the point where Ernest Hemmingway’s plane is believed to have crushed in 1950’s and here marks a perfect point to begin your hiking expedition to top of the falls.
This is a 45 minutes’ hike which gives you an opportunity to view the falls right from the top and seeing a permanent rainbow that lies across the raging waters.
Your driver guide will pick you up from this point and drive through the southern sector of the park which is characterized by woodland Savannah, up to the lodge for dinner and a night stay.
Day 3: Murchison falls N/Park to Fort portal
An early breakfast in Uganda’s most famous and beautiful park, commence on a 6-7 hour transfer south-wards to Fort portal, traversing the overlooking Albertine Escarpments, the verdant and green countryside, extensive plantations, lush forests and homesteads. Arrive in Fort Portal town in the evening, ready for dinner and night stay.
Day 4: Town tour & crater lakes hike in Fort portal. Overnight stay at the base of Mount. Rwenzori
Wake up to a sensational Fortportal town excursion. This is a colonial, historical town located on the foothills of Rwenzori mountains and one of Uganda’s most beautiful towns, surrounded with ever green gardens, tea plantations, conical hills and vast array of craters and ancient caves.
During the town tour, visit numerous historical and modern places, including King’s palace, the Royal tombs, local market, or go to the nearby Amabere Ganyinamwiru caves.
After this town tour, have lunch, refresh and embark on an afternoon trip to the legendary Rwenzori Mountains located on the outskirts of Kasese. Time permitting, upon arrival you may go for a nature walk in Rwenzori Mountains National Park to explore magnificent flora, an array of bird life and great scenery.
Overnight stay at a camp on the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori as you prepare for the next day’s epic adventure.
Day 5: Sine Camp
This is the first day of Rwenzori adventure and it commences at an altitude of 1,450 meters above sea level. Accommodation will be at 2,596 meters at either Sine Hut or Kalalama hut (3,134 meters). Hiking to Kalalama camp however is recommended only for the fit and experienced hikers.
The hike between Sine and Kalalama huts is a great section presenting unequaled views of low ranges of Rwenzori, Lake Edward and the Savannah ranges of Queen Elizabeth national park.
The hike starts with an ascent via the floor of the valley, characterized by afro-montane forest zone marked with various tall trees typical of such altitude. A walk in the forest offers opportunities of sighting blue monkeys, abundant species of birds and primates, as well as the pleasant views of Enock’s falls.
Sine camp is perched at an altitude of 2,596 meters in the midst of tall afro-montane vegetation along a narrow ridge and while here, visitors have chances of to sit outide and admire the lush forest views, waterfalls and a night campfire.
Day 6: Samalira camp
Leave Sine camp early in the morning and climb through a lush bamboo forest region. This is quite a very steep ascent, though the efforts are soon rewarded with adorable and alluring views beneath. Enroute the climb, there are small pockets of alpine forests, and huge population of birds, including the endemic Rwenzori Turaco which can be heard singing and seen as they seek for shelter and feast on berries and fruits.
At an altitude of 3,000 meters is the heather zone, which is marked with giant heather trees which can grow to a height of 15 meters. If you stayed at Sine hut, walk through Kalalama hut at 3,147m where you have views of Queen elizabeth national park, Lake George and views of the valleys below.
Further on the climb, you will find a mossy ridge and more heather vegetation at 3,515m and a descent to the magnificent valley filled with lobelia. Thereafter, an ascent to Kyravilla and then descent through a ridge covered with moss until you reach Samalira hut.
Day 7: Descend and departure or overnight stay at Rwenzori base camp.
This last day begins with a descent through bamboo region and then passing via the Afro montane forest vegetaion which teems with primates and bird species. Go through Omusita rest center and continue down until you reach R. Nyamwamba trail. This place is engulfed with lush flora, forest mammals and birds.
The journey leads you down until park headquarters, where you will have some snacks, join your guide and transfer to your lodge or proceed to Kampala or Entebbe airport (time permitting) for departure flight.