Nights
3-5 nights
Activities
Walking/Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Birdwatching
Accommodation
Mobile Safari Camp, Safari camp (arrival/departure day)
Transport
Road or air transfer to/from Murchison Falls
Price
$1,500+/- depending on accommodation, activities, and group size

EXPERIENCE

Walking trips were the very first and most pure form of the safari.  In fact, there is no better way to experience the “African bush” than on foot, engaging all of your senses: the whisper of the grass, the smells of the soil, the sights of animals—no exhaust fumes, engine noise, nor the fishbowl of a truck. Walking the land offers a “back to basics” experience where you can explore the natural environment in its entirety. Unlike a safari in a truck, walking safaris are active, adventurous, and give you the freedom to explore areas unreachable by car. Our mobile walking safaris usually last 2-4 days. Typically, we walk about 3-5 hours every day: this is no marathon but instead a leisurely exploration in which you immerse your senses in nature, hiking with a knowledgeable guide who can spot and teach you the specifics of the environment.
The primary activity of our mobile walking safari is a morning walk, which lasts about 3-4 hours, during the ideal morning hours. A maximum of eights guests are led by a professional walking guide and an armed UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) ranger. Don’t worry that you will have to choose between a walking safari and the other attractions that Murchison offers! We also customize your trip to make sure you have the full safari experience. Typically, each safari includes complimentary activities after the walk: afternoon game drives, morning boat trips to the famous Murchison Falls, and The Top Of The Falls visit.
During the walk, you can expect to see a variety of wildlife (kobs, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hartebeest, hyenas). We also pay close attention to other parts of wildlife habitat, which cannot be observed from vehicles. You will learn about (and touch, smell, observe and hear) a variety of plants, trees, birdlife, reptiles, and insects. In some areas, we will track animals by their footprints and droppings.
We follow pre-determined routes, but there are no trails—it is truly a wilderness experience. If we do happen upon a trail, be sure that it was carved by animals, not man. When walking, we become part of the landscape ourselves. This means animals perceive us humans differently than they do when we are in a vehicle—exposed, we have to treat them with more care. When you are on foot and realize the massive size of an elephant in comparison to yourself, you will understand why it’s best to avoid getting too close. The objective is to exist in the same habitat as the animals, but that means treating them with a healthy respect: Murchison is the true wild; it is no zoo.

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.

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Bwana Tembo Camp (midrange)

Most trips commence with a drive (5-6 hours) from Kampala unless other arrangement made to meet in Murchison Falls. Arrival to Bwana Tembo Camp is midday to afternoon. If time allows, optional activities may include a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on the way, or an afternoon game drive in the park. This midrange camp offers excellent views of the Nile and the sunset from its perched location.

Day 2 : Mobile Safari Camp #1

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.

Day 3 : Mobile Safari Camp #2

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.

Day 4 : Bwana Tembo Camp (midrange)

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. A vehicle transfers guests back to the camp (10 min).
After lunch and the mid-day siesta, we again explore the area in the vicinity.

Most trips commence with a drive (5-6 hours) from Kampala unless other arrangement made to meet in Murchison Falls. Arrival to Bwana Tembo Camp is midday to afternoon. If time allows, optional activities may include a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on the way, or an afternoon game drive in the park. This midrange camp offers excellent views of the Nile and the sunset from its perched location.

Day 5 : Bwana Tembo Camp (midrange)

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.

Day 6

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).

SAFETY

Walking safaris in Murchison Falls have been developed over the past year in close cooperation with the Uganda Wildlife Authority staff. Our routes have been selected to ensure accessibility and natural beauty year-round. Every walk is led by an experienced guide and is accompanied by an armed UWA ranger in charge of security. Guests can put their minds at ease, assured that the highest levels of safety are maintained. We prefer our guests to focus on the beauty of the walk, assured of their safety. Therefore, we are clear in our explanations of all our procedures and precautions.

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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.

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