4 Days Uganda trip with Jinja day tour – Sipi Falls hike – Murchison Falls Safari

This 4 day Uganda trip combines the adventure filled eastern region and the traditional Murchison Falls safari. The adventurous journey through eastern Uganda includes the Jinja day tour – covering visits to Sezibwa Falls, Mabira rainforest and the Source of the Nile – and another day hiking the Sipi Falls in the foothills of Mt. Elgon. After the activities through eastern Uganda the trip continues to northern Uganda for the ultimate wildlife safari in Murchison Falls National Park.

The trip highlights:

  • Jinja day tour – Sezibwa Falls, Mabira forest, and Source of the Nile
  • Sipi Falls hike at the base of Mt. Elgon
  • Game drives, boat ride and hike at the Murchison Falls National Park

Day 1 – Travel through Jinja visiting Sezibwa, Mabira, and Source of the Nile – overnight at the Sipi Falls

You will be picked up from your residence by 7am, and drive through Kampala taking the route to eastern Uganda. The first place to visit is the Sezibwa Falls that you will reach after 1 hour’s drive from Kampala. Have 1 hour walk at these cultural grounds and enjoy the beautiful waterfalls, lush scenery and observe some wildlife including birds, butterflies, monkeys, etc… After the Sezibwa Falls tour get back on the road and get to Mabira rainforest for yet another exciting nature experience. Set out on a 2 hour trek into the forest and enjoy an up-close encounter with an array of wildlife including monkeys, birds, trees, butterflies, etc… After the Mabira tour get back on the road and drive to Jinja for your lunch. You will then transfer to the Source of the Nile for a 1 hour boat ride on the Nile to Source of the Nile monument, enjoy nice views across Lake Victoria and observe plenty of water birds and other wildlife. End the Jinja day tour and drive to the Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa. Spend the overnight adjacent the main Sipi waterfall and enjoy a relaxing night listing to the sound of the fall water and songs of birds.

Day 2 – Morning Sipi Falls hike and afternoon transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Have early breakfast and set out for the Sipi Falls hiking adventure! The trek to each of the 3 waterfalls covers an approximately 7km trail and can be covered in 3 hours on average. Each of the waterfalls offers unique experience. Along the trail you access wonderful views of the Mt. Elgon slopes and panoramic views of the distant Karamoja plains. The hike also goes through coffee plantations and local communities which gives a brief encounter with the local people. After the tiresome hike you do return to the lodge for some relaxation and lunch. You will then check out and leave for Murchison Falls National Park, driving to the north. This will be a 4 hour journey, check into your accommodation for the overnight.

Day 3 – Game drive, boat safari and Murchison Falls hike

Have an early cup of tea with a snack and head to the park for the game drive to watch the animals and beautiful savanna landscape. Commonly sighted animals include Lions, Hyena, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Warthogs, Hippos, and several species of Antelope. For the birdwatchers you will observe many savanna species, the Abyssinian Ground Hornbills and Northern Carmine Bee-eaters are a common sight. The game drive is about 4 hours long, and then you shall return to the lodge for breakfast and relaxation. After lunch head out for the Boat Cruise down the River Nile and you will enjoy sighting an array of wildlife by the river banks including Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes and lots of water birds. After cruising for about 2 hours downstream you will reach the bottom of the spectacular Murchison Falls. Leave the boat and join a ranger guide for a 45 minute hike to the top of the falls. Enjoy breathtaking views as the entire River Nile squeezes between a narrow ridge of only 7 meters wide and explodes with a roar. At the top you will meet the tour driver and you will be driven back to the lodge for the overnight.

Day 4 – Travel back to Kampala

After breakfast check out and transfer back to Kampala. You will have lunch en-route at the Kabarega Diner in Nakasongola.

Trip includes:

Private safari vehicle

English speaking guide

Full board accommodation for 3 nights

All meals

Bottled water

Park fees

All activities included on the itinerary

Trip does NOT include:

Visa fees

Air fairs

Luxury drinks

Tips

Personal insurance

Personal expenditures such as laundry, telephone, shopping, etc

What to bring

Mostly light clothes as the weather mostly warm in the east and northern Uganda. A jacket and rain coat in case it rains.

Closed shoes for the hikes & treks

Insect repellent to ward off the tsetse flies at the Murchison Falls hike

A hat/cap plus shades to shield from the sunshine

Enough drinking water is provided in the car

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