Departure city: Kampala, Uganda
Accommodation: Budget | National Parks: Jinja, Murchison Falls, River Nile | Special Interest: Adventure, Wildlife Safari
* based on 6 participants
Your 5 days/ 4 nights away from Kampala, following the mighty River Nile from its source through to the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park, will allow you to enjoy the beauty of Uganda and commune with nature.
Day 1: Arrive in Jinja Town
Arrive at the airport and be driven to your accommodation in Jinja town. You will tour the town at leisure.
Day 2: Quad Bike Safari & River Nile Rafting
This day starts with quad bike safari along the river banks, passing through the villages (on a marked track). Following this, you will then go rafting on the Nile itself before heading back to the Lodge for an early lunch and then head to Murchison Falls National Park. You will spend the evening at leisure.
Day 3: Boat Ride & Nile Crocodiles at Murchison Falls
The day starts with an early morning game drive through the Park. You will then go back to the Lodge to freshen up and have lunch. For the afternoon, you will then go out for the boat ride to the bottom of the Falls and will bring you closer (but still a safe distance away) to the large Nile Crocodiles, even more, hippos, primates and of course beautiful birds.
Day 4: Game Drive & Picnic
Another early morning game drive and then a visit to the top of the Falls where you will watch the mighty river squeeze through a narrow gorge into the thunderous falls. You will have a picnic lunch at this location before heading back to Kampala.
Day 5: City Tour & Airport Return
Spend the day touring the city before you return to the airport.
Price of the entire trip: 1281 $ p.p. with 6 people on board.
Gather your friends or join with other travellers on this trip to bring the price down.
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The Source of the Nile
Flanked today by the city of Jinja, the waterfall described by Speke now lies submerged beneath the Owen Falls Dam, Uganda’s main source of hydro-electric power. Still, a visit to the source of the Nile remains a moving and wondrous experience, no less so to those who have seen the same river as it flows past the ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor some 6,000 km downstream.
The source of the Nile, alluded to hazily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy, stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victorian Age.
Closer to home, the Nile downriver from Jinja offers some superb white water rafting and game fishing. Its crowning glory, however, is Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river funnels through a narrow fissure in the Rift Escarpment to erupt out of the other side in a crashing 43 metres plume of white water. The river below the falls is no less spectacular in its own way, with its profuse birdlife, thousands of hippos, and outsized, gape-mouthed crocodiles.
The Murchison Falls
The Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the bulky Bunyoro escarpment merges into the vast plains of Acholi land. One of Uganda’s oldest conservation areas, it was initially gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 to protect a savanna that Winston Churchill described in 1907 as ‘Kew Gardens and the zoo combined on an unlimited scale’.
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile which first races down 80km of white-water rapids before plunging 40m over the remnant rift valley wall at Murchison Falls, the centre piece of the park. The Falls drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor for 55km to Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most memorable wildlife spectacles on a Uganda safari. Regular visitors include elephant, giraffe and buffalo while hippopotamus and Nile crocodile are permanent residents.