Murchison Falls NP
After five hours driving from Kampala you will find Murchison Falls,
the largest conservation area in Uganda. Without a doubt it is one
of the most beautiful and spectacular national parks in Africa!
We will give you five reasons why this park can't be missed out
on a safari. Additional
reasons you will find out yourself once you're there!
While palm-dotted hills and widespread savannah plains dominate
the northern part of the park, the southern sector is characterized
by riverine woodland and forested slopes. Rolling grasslands are
relieved by lakes and inaccessible papyrus swamps. The rich and
diverse eco-system in Murchison Falls will never stop amazing you!
Excellent wildlife viewing
After the tumultuous years in the 80s, the wildlife population has
largely recovered. Nowadays you will have a fair chance to encounter
the Big Four: the elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard. You will
also find different types of antelopes, patas monkeys, warthogs
and hyenas. Even chimpanzees can be visited in Rabongo Forest, while
large hippo families and many crocodiles are observed at the shores
of the Nile. Murchison Falls is also a paradise for birders. Not
less than 450 different bird species can be found here. Look out
for a variety of water birds, colourful bee-eaters and even the
rare shoebill stork.
(3) Spectacular waterfalls
The national park derives its name from the spectacular Murchison
Falls, discovered by Sir Stanley Baker in 1864. Here, the longest
river in the world is forced into a seven meter crevice to thunder
45 meters below. Every second 360,000 liters water are plunged into
the deep pool. It is the most powerful natural flow on earth that
even causes rocks shaking from the force of the water!
(4) Home of the Long Necks
On the northern bank of the area it is the Rotschild's Giraffe that
gracefully stands out on the savannah plains. Murchison Falls is
the only easy accessible park in Uganda where giraffes can be viewed.
(5) Multiple activities
The abundant flora and fauna will invite you on a game drive through
the northern section, the best place for wildlife viewing. A three-hour
cruise on the river Nile will allow you to view the Falls at close
quarters. On your way you will pass herds of elephants and hippos
cooling off, crocodiles lying lazy at the shores and dense papyrus
swamps that hide the rare Shoebill. The more adventurous traveler
may choose to hike on the Top of the Falls and view the waterfall
from different angles. Or go in search of the chimps and other primates
in Rabongo Forest. Even fisherman can test their skills and try
to catch a Nile Perch.
find that just one visit is not enough!
JATA Travel Fair
This year Great Lakes Safaris will be present at the JATA
World Travel Fair in Japan. The fair will be held from September
22nd till 24th. By attending "Asia's Largest Travel Fair"
we have the unique chance to introduce and promote Uganda as an
unparalleled tourist destination at the Asian market.
The fair has been
organized successfully since 1984 in the metropolis of Tokyo, aimed
at improving benefits for both the tourism industry and travelers
through organized business exchange.
Imagine yourself in the heart of the Ugandan countryside.
A getaway in the hectic life of today. An undiscovered refuge where
pace and pressure seem worlds away and you can relax in the raw
comforts of nature.
Nshenyi Village is a cultural immersion in the heart of Africa!
Located approximately 2 hours from Mbarara, the village is nestled
in the rolling hills of the Ankole Kingdom. You will enjoy your
stay at the charming
and spacious farm, decorated according to the local customs.
Come and milk cows with your bare hands, accompany children to school,
find out how matoke and other local food is prepared, or follow
the Kagera Trail to the natural border with Rwanda and Tanzania.
At night you will enjoy traditional dances and songs, while a camp
fire warms the cool evening...
want to experience the authentic way of living? Taste the simplicity
of the Ugandan countryside and explore the rural charm of untouched
Africa? Then make sure you don't miss this opportunity! We will
be happy to give you a foretaste of the highlight of your safari!
Inquire now by email and check the website of Nshenyi
Village that will be available soon!
Why wait with booking your safari?!
To meet the high demand for the gorilla tracking, we have booked
gorilla permits for several dates in high season next year. For
the early bookers we have a special discount: gorilla
permits are now at USD$ 360 per person instead of USD$ 375. Read
For this year we still have some permits available. Thus
if you want to track the mountain gorillas on any of the following
dates, you are guaranteed of a permit!
5th September 2006 2
9th September 2006 1
10th September 2006 2
19th September 2006 1
18th October 2006
1 permit available
20th December 2006 6
Permits can be booked in combination with a tour to other national
parks, completely adapted to your wishes. But book early as competition
Ivano Adversi and his family are from Italy and
travelled with us just a month ago. This is what they say about
July and August we were in Uganda for a journey in some national
parks with Great Lakes Safaris travel agency. The trip was good,
because Uganda is a beautiful country with many interesting places
to see. Our itinerary was studied in advance by Great Lakes Safaris
and during the trip it appeared to be well constructed. Nevertheles
we wanted to make some changes to ensure the best success of our
journey, which was no problem after we contacted the agency's staff.
Some suggestions for Uganda visitors: don't forget to include Ishasha
River Camp in Queen Elizabeth and Semliki National Park in your
itinerary. Another good place to visit is the region of the Crater
Lakes near Fort Portal, and moreover, the road from Fort Portal
to Murchison Falls. You must leave very early and will arrive late
in the afternoon, but stop regularly to see the very interesting
villages and the daily life. It is a stunning experience!
The next edition will be all about the primates in Uganda. Find
out why Kibale National Park is the best place in East-Africa to
meet our closest relatives and how the dense wooded area can be
A new lodge in the middle of the park will enable you to experience
the wonders of this beautiful tropical rain forest! In
the next issue we will also introduce another member of the Great
Lakes Safari Guides team! Don't miss it...