Trailblazer of walking safaris in Uganda
Clutch Adventures was the first operation to ever offer mobile walking safaris in Uganda. We are the first, and the original walking safari in this area of Africa. We have worked diligently with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to make this unique product available to visitors in Murchison Falls National Park.
Our custom immersive tours offer top-level guiding in beautiful, well-researched locations.We tailor our walking safari routes every time we go out to take into account weather, terrain conditions and your preferences. We want to make sure that these walks are absolutely one of the best and most memorable experiences on your trip.
Most trips commence with a drive (5-6 hours) from Kampala unless other arrangement made to meet in Murchison Falls. We either head straight to the first Mobile Camp, or stay at Bwana Tembo Camp the first night (optional). If time allows, optional activities may include a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on the way, or an afternoon game drive in the park. If staying at Bwana Tembo, this midrange camp offers excellent views of the Nile and the sunset from its perched location.
After an early breakfast, we drive to Pakuba area (15 km, 20-30 min) in the park, where we begin our first walk. This is an area of open grasslands with excellent vistas populated by kobs and giraffes. The walk lasts about 3 hours to arrive to the camp; already set up and waiting. After an early lunch, it is time for siesta to relax and soak in the wilderness. Around 4-5 pm, we venture out for a shorter walk in the area and enjoy the sundowners. The dinner awaits after the return to the camp.
We start walking at sunrise after early breakfast. Our destination is Te Okot area, and terrain is slightly more hilly with more Borassus Palms among the grass. Buffaloes, hartebeest and elephants are plentiful in the area. After enjoying tea break, we arrive to Te Okot mid to late morning, and are transferred (15 min) by a vehicle to our 2 nd camp. The area offers a lot for late afternoon program: we can visit some water holes for excellent birdlife or explore Nyamsika riverbed downstream and expect to see excellent wildlife (including hyenas) and birdlife. Expect some stunning sundowner views at sunset.
The highlight of this day is the spectacular morning walk upstream the Nyamsika Riverbed: sandals are recommended for some wading through shallow warm water. This area is frequented by elephants and buffaloes along the shores, and the riverbed mud captures animal tracks to reveal who else is around! The walk concludes in the scenic valley toward the Wangkwar road, where a salt lick attracts elephants. This camp is perched with stunning 360 degree views around great for both sunset and sunrise. After lunch and the mid-day siesta, we again explore the area in the vicinity.
This program is optional per your request: You will experience the beauty of this diverse park through other lenses. Again, after early breakfast we drive (30 min) to Paraa to enjoy the boat ride (1-1.5 hrs) on the Nile, which ends with a hike (45 min) to the Top of the Falls. While on the river, you will see again lots of wildlife on the shores as well as plenty of hippos and crocs in the river. The hike traverses the denser lush forest on the Nile bank ending in the refreshing and spectacular falls area. We eat lunch and rest midday at Sambiya River Lodge, where you will see its ‘resident’ buffalo herd and can take a dip in the pool. Around 3 pm, we head for our final activity, a game drive in the “Nile Delta” area to see this attractive landscape and its large concentrations of kobs. A good chance to find a lion or leopard too. You will enjoy dinner and superb views at Bwana Tembo Camp.
After breakfast, it is time to for the trip to wrap up. We either transfer you back to Kampala (5-6 hour) drive or you can continue with your itinerary (if self-driving).
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I am Juraj, your Adventure Travel expert for East and Southern Africa. I have worked and lived in Uganda and Zambia for the past 15 years and traveled by road to many corners of this vast and beautiful region. My work in conservation has enabled me to explore unique places, walking across vast savannas teeming with wildlife and trekking mountains. My specialty is always to seek new and less-visited attractive destinations for active adventure travelers to enjoy diverse activities in nature and experience rich local cultures. My passion is to show you this corner of Africa the way most people do not see.