An adventure-packed 3-day trip to Masindi, Uganda

Masindi is located in western Uganda, about 210km (3 to 5 hour drive) from Kampala and Entebbe International Airport. There are many tourist attractions around Masindi, including Murchison Falls National Park, the ‘Royal Mile’ birding site in the Budongo Forest, the Polish cemetery and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Because Masindi is gifted with tourist attractions like these, it would be a pity to miss out on visiting the area while on holiday in Uganda. Here is an example of a 3-day itinerary that will cover such sights and activities.

4x4 Uganda, Masindi

Day 1:

Set off in the morning from your hotel in Kampala, or Entebbe International Airport, and hit the road towards Masindi via Luwero. Enroute, about 168km from Kampala, visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a bit of rhino tracking. This is the only place in Uganda where one can track rhinos in the wild.

The cost for rhino tracking for adults and children (foreign non-residents) is US$45 and US$23 respectively.

Other tour activities include a shoebill-spotting canoe ride, a night walk, a nature walk and bird watching.

Get lunch at Amuka Safari Lodge, and then drive through Masindi town to the Budongo Forest, stopping overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge.

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Day 2:

After an early start (and a large breakfast) go for some chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest. Expect an encounter with other primates like baboons, colobus monkeys, patas monkeys, as well as many bird species such as the brown twinspot, Cassin’s spinetail, black-eared ground thrush, chocolate-backed kingfisher, blue-breasted kingfisher and chestnut-capped flycatcher.

After lunch, proceed to Murchison Falls National Park (a 40 – 60 minute drive), and arrive in time for the afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. Expect to see huge Nile crocodiles, herds of elephant and buffalo quenching their thirst on the shores. Bird life is prolific and the boat provides a clear platform for taking photographs. Have dinner and spend the night at Pakuba Safari Lodge.

4x4 Uganda, Masindi, boat cruise

Day 3:

After breakfast, go on a morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park. It is a good idea to hire a ranger to assist you in tracking the wildlife. Some of the animals that you could see here are giraffe, elephant, buffalo, antelope, lion, and leopard.

Return to the lodge by 10:30am to refresh and relax as you wait for lunch, after which you can take an afternoon game drive as you drive back to your hotel in Kampala or straight to the airport.

4x4 Uganda, Masindi, giraffe

This trip can be done as a self-drive where you hire a car in Kampala and drive according to your own itinerary. However, we do recommend hiring 4×4 cars and the most popular models include Toyota Rav4, Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol, Safari, Super Custom and Toyota HiAce van for groups and families.

It’s always a good idea to book your car in advance to avoid any disappointment. Additionally, to fully enjoy game viewing, you need car with pop-up roof, preferably a Land Cruiser or Minibus.

4x4 Uganda

4x4 Uganda offers the most reliable 4x4 car rental services in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, with and without driver (self-drive rental). Our fleet includes cars like Toyota Prado, Rav4 and Land cruiser Hardtop. We assist with tour planning, hotel bookings, Chimps and gorilla permits, GPS, Road map, Airport transfers, Camping Gear and 24 hour Road assistance.

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