Murchison Falls 3 Day Big 5 Safari Tour, Uganda

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3 Days
Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala
Murchison Falls National Park
Min Age : 10+

Murchison Falls 3 Day Big 5 Safari Tour, Uganda

This variation on our signature Falls and Game tour adds in white rhino trekking on foot, allowing you the opportunity to spot the classic Big 5 at a great budget price!

Tour Details

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest conservation area, covering an area of 3,840 Km². The park is home to over 451 bird species (including the highly sought after and rare shoebill stork) and 76 different mammal species, including giraffe (which cannot be viewed in Queen Elizabeth National Park). Other game sightings regularly include lion, elephant, hippo, leopard, buffalo, hyena, warthog and various antelope.

One of the highlights of this trip is the mighty River Nile, which bisects the park and is forced through an 8m² wide cleft in the rock at Murchison Falls, plunging into the Devil’s Cauldron below. The trip also takes in rhino tracking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, south of Masindi, allowing a possible viewing of all the classic Big 5 game animals – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

Departure & Return Location

Red Chilli Hideaway, Butabika, Kampala

Departure Time


Price Includes

  • 2 nights accommodation in shared furnished safari tents (upgrade to bandas available)
  • 4x4 minibus with pop top roof
  • All park fees & activities as per the itinerary
  • Driver / Tour Guide

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Food and Drinks

Day 1 Depart Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala

7.15 Please be at the Red Chilli reception by 7.15am at the latest. Depart at 7.30am in a customised pop-top safari minibus with driver/guide (max 8 passengers per trip).Take a brief break in Masindi, before proceeding into the park.

14.00 Arrive at the Top of the Falls, where you may take your packed lunch if you have not already enjoyed it en route! (Please bring your own packed lunch or order from Red Chilli when booking your trip.) Take a guided walk around the thunderous Murchison Falls, with an optional mini-hike to view the sister falls, Uhuru, which were created in 1962 when the river burst its banks.

16.30 Travel on to the Red Chilli Rest Camp on the south bank of the Nile at Paraa (approx arrival time 17.30). Accommodation consists of safari tents with twin beds, including bedding and shared bathroom facilities (but not towels). Upgrades to ensuite bandas with solar hot water are available on request (please enquire for pricing/availability). Look out for our resident warthogs, hippo and other wildlife around the camp! Enjoy dinner and drinks and a camp fire when weather permits.

Day 2Full day in Murchison Falls National Park

06.45 Cross over on the bridge to the north bank of the Nile, taking along a packed breakfast from Red Chilli. Enjoy a 4-hour game drive around the Buligi game tracks, which stretch between the Victoria and Albert Niles, and down to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta. Most of the park’s game and birdlife can be viewed from here, but please note – nothing is guaranteed!

11.00 Cross back to the south bank and enjoy lunch and a well deserved break at Red Chilli Rest Camp.

14.30 Depart for a 3-hour boat cruise along the Victoria Nile to the base of the Falls. Along the way you will be able to observe a wide variety of birds and wildlife, including numerous hippos and crocodiles – as well as breathtaking scenery. Cold drinks are for sale on board.

17.30 Your driver/guide will meet you off the boat and take you back to Red Chilli for another night in the camp.

Day 3Depart Paraa for Nakitoma, south of Masindi

8.00 Depart Paraa for Nakitoma, south of Masindi.

11.00 Arrive at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to 32 white rhinos, as well as 20 other species of wildlife. The rhinos roam freely on 3,500 acres of land, although they are closely monitored 24 hours a day to protect them from poaching. Tracking and viewing the rhinos usually involves a short drive followed by 1.5 – 3 hours walking and viewing with a ranger. Closed shoes, long trousers and insect repellent are strongly recommended. Enjoy a picnic lunch after tracking, before returning to Kampala.

18.30 Arrive back in Kampala between 17.00 and 18.30, depending on traffic.

WHAT WE SUGGEST YOU BRING: A photocopy of your passport, including the visa page; torch; malaria prophylaxis; insect repellent;  sturdy walking shoes and long trousers for hiking; plenty of drinking water/snacks; any other personal affects, light coloured clothing (NB There are tsetse flies in the park, which are attracted to blue or dark-colours!)


Standard shared safari tents with twin beds & shared bathroom facilities.

Upgrade to basic banda with twin beds, mosquito net, light and fan with shared bathroom facilities.

Upgrade to en suite banda with twin/double beds, mosquito net, light, fan & solar hot water & charging facilities.

Terms and Conditions
  • Trip cost excludes all food/drinks/other personal items. If you would like to add on full board at the Rest Camp, the tour surcharge would be US$40 per person.
  • Cost includes park entry fees, game drive ranger fees (when available), boat cruise, guided walk fees, transport/fuel, shared accommodation in furnished safari tents with bedding. Towels are not provided in the safari tents but can be rented for a small fee.
  • Upgrades to banda accommodation can be made for an extra charge - please enquire for availability.
  • Staff tips are never expected but always appreciated.
  • A 50% deposit or payment in full is required in order to secure your reservation. Please see our payment terms and conditions for further information.
  • We endeavour to book out all trips to a max of 8 pax. In the event that a trip has less than 6 people booked, we reserve the right to cancel, or reschedule the trip. In the event of cancellation, deposits will be refunded in full.
  • Pick-ups en route may be considered if FULL PAYMENT is made in advance – please enquire before booking.
  • The price includes a free night’s camping/dormitory bed at Red Chilli Kampala the night before departure (subject to availability, non transferable and non-refundable). Please reserve in advance if required.
  • Discounts are available for East African residents and Ugandan Nationals, subject to a valid UWA recognised ID. Please inform us when booking if you are seeking to claim a discount.
  • Baggage is limited to 1 medium backpack per person. Excess baggage can be stored at Red Chilli Kampala free of charge.
  • If you are arriving at Red Chilli Kampala on the morning of departure please report to the reception by 7.15am. We cannot wait for latecomers and will not refund deposits should this occur.
  • Children below the age of 10 are not permitted on scheduled trips but please enquire about our exclusive trips.
  • Take all sensible precautions against malaria.
  • Do not approach any wild animals you may see around the camp/park, & do not startle them with flash photography.
  • Drink plenty of water at all times & protect yourself from the sun – Murchison is considerably hotter than Kampala.
  • Take care of your valuables at all times. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss.
  • We can supply packed lunches on request from Red Chilli Kampala for Day 1. However last orders are taken at 21.00 the night before the trip departs. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please email or call ahead with your order.
  • Please leave yourself plenty of time between the scheduled return of the trip and any ongoing travel connections. We cannot accept responsibility for any missed connections due to late return

Please see the map with the rough route of the safari. If you click on the “view large map” icon in the top right hand side of the map, you can select a day by day route. (Please note only road transportation is shown on the map)

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Margrethe Lindberg

Group Traveller

We saw them all! Leaving early morning at seven am from Red Chilli Kampala we headed up to Murchison Falls. The car ride is long, but the driver was excellent and made the most of it. Telling little stories of the places we drove through and stopping whenever we needed it. The camp is charming and has everything one needs for a three-day trip. The food is lovely- they have three options you can choose from for dinner,
and you order a packed breakfast the next day. Be aware that they only take cash- so make sure you bring enough. You go to the top of falls for a quick hike and get to experience the incredible power of the water and scenic views. On the safari drive you get to see so many animals, and we had the experience of a lifetime: Lions, hyenas, giraffes ( my new favorite animal), rhinos, elephants and so so many hippos! The big five is an excellent option for a budget traveler, and I would highly recommend it.



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