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: Transfer to Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Early morning at 8 am, our safari guide will be waiting for you to embark on this long day journey to Murchison Fall national park, definitely the largest conservation area in Uganda and arguably the most beautiful as it overlooks the alluring Albertine escarpments as well as home to the most powerful water falls in the world.
Upon reaching the park, you will drive to the top of Murchison falls where you have a chance to view the raging falls as they force their way through a 7 meter gorge, forming a cold splash of water in the area and a permanent rainbow. Take pictures and get to know comprehensive history of these powerful waterfalls. After this encounter, proceed on the drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Game drive and Boat cruise to bottom of Murchison falls
Take an early breakfast, ready to embark on a sensational day of re-discovering Uganda’s largest conservation area, with a sunrise game safari as well as a leisurely boat cruise along the Victoria Nile.
Depending on your place of accommodation, a game drive in Murchison falls national park happens in the northern side of River Nile, and it is best done at dawn when the sun is rising; to better spot early risers as well as nocturnal returning to their hideouts.
Numerous savannah species can be sighted such as lions, giraffes, elephants, Jackson’s hartebeests, leopards, Uganda kobs, oribis, buffaloes among other animal and bird species. The game drive lasts for about 3-4 hours, and you retire before noon to relax and prepare for another sensational boat cruise in the afternoon.
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 your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Transfer to Fort portal
An early breakfast in Uganda’s most famous and beautiful park, embark on a 7 hour drive south westwards 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 overnight stay.
Day 4: Town tour & crater lakes hike in Fort portal. Overnight stay at the base of Mount. Rwenzori
Wake up for a morning breakfast, and take a short city tour in Fort portal – a historical, colonial town and renowned to be Uganda’s tourism city, popular for its cool weather, evergreen vegetation, conical hills, and an array of crater lakes. Visit the scenic crater lakes and other ancient cultural features, like the Amabare Ga’nyinamwiru caves found in the outskirts of fort portal town.
After this excursion, embark on a scenic journey to the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains, time allowing you undertake a short nature walk in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Spend this night on a camp/lodge at the base of Mount Rwenzori ahead of the following day’s adventure.
Day 5: Sine Camp
On this first day of adventure, begin at an altitude of 1,450 meters above sea level, and spend a night at 2,596 meters above sea level at Sine Hut or at Kalalama hut at an altitude of 3,134 meters for the fit hikers. This section of the hike presents unequalled views of the lowlands, Lake Edward and the plains of Queen Elizabeth national park.
The trek begins by ascending through the floor of the valley which is an afro-montane forest zone characterized with tall gigantic trees typical of the altitude here. This forest presents chances of spotting blue monkeys, several bird species and primate species, plus the splendid views of Enock’s falls. It is a steady hike of about 6 kilometers, until you cross a river to the Sine hut.
At 2,596 meters is Sine camp set amidst tall afro-montane trees along a narrow ridge, and trekkers have an opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the pleasant views of the forest, waterfalls and a campfire in the night where various stories and legends can be told by guides about this historical mountain.
Day 6: Samalira camp
Depart Sine camp this morning and trek upwards through bamboo forest zone. It is relatively a very steep climb but climbers are rewarded with beautiful and inspiring views beneath. Along the climb, there are tiny patches of forests, and several birds can be sighted as they seek refuge here and feast on fruits and berries. Calls of the endemic Rwenzori Turaco can be heard quite clearly, plus other different bird species.
Arrive at the Heather zone at an altitude of 3,000 meters which is characterized by the giant heather trees which are magnificent and tall with a height of up to 15 meters. Pass via the Kalalama camp (3,147 meters) if you stayed at Sine camp the previous day. This spot has magnificent views of the valleys below, as well as Queen Elizabeth national park and Lake George.
Climb further along the beautiful mossy ridge, passing through more heather forests at 3,515 meters and later take a descent to a breathtaking flat valley, marked with lobelia plants. From here, take a short ascent to Kyravilla and descend again through a magnificent moss covered ridge to Samalira Camp.
Day 7: Descend and departure or overnight stay at the base
This is the last day of this adventure. It begins with a decent down through the bamboo zone and back into the Afro Montane Forest Zone teeming with different bird and primate species. Pass via Omusita Rest Area, slope down until you join a trail along River Nyamwamba, encompassed with lush flora, birds, forest mammals, etc. proceed to the park headquarters, relax and take some snacks. Time permitting, you embark on a long journey back to Kampala or Entebbe airport depending on your departure flight schedule.