7 Days Kidepo National park & culture

Overview

Last revised: 7 months ago

This 7 days tour takes you to the Northern section of Uganda with great wildlife in kidepo Valley National Park which is one the most beautiful park in all Africa. With the sweeping plains of Kidepo and Narus Valleys overshadowed by the brooding mountain scape of Mount Morungole (the sacred peak of the mysterious Ik people,) this park has huge appeal just for scenery alone. Tag on incredible animal sightings and tiny visitor numbers, and you have a winner.to see the cheetahs, rock lions, great savannah overlooking south sudan and kenya. Visit the local communities of the karamongs

Day 1: Arrival at the Airport
Day 2: Drive to Sipi falls
Day 3: Drive to Moroto
Day 4: Drive to Kidepo 
Day 5: Full day game drives
Day 6: visit to the karamoja community, drive to Gulu
Day 7: Drive to Kampala

Day 1: Arrival at the Airport
Our Guide/driver will be already waiting to pick you up from the airport and transfer you to booked hotel or lodge for the first night depending on your time of arrival to rest as you wait for your marvelous and memorable safari to all Uganda national parks for the adventure.

Accommodations
Budget: Orchidea Guesthouse
Meal plan: Bed only

Day 2: Drive to Sipi falls
In the early morning, after your breakfast, you will meet with the guide from your hotel, lodge or guest house that you had stayed at your first night. He will then brief you how your safari or trip is planned, and about the journey you are going for. After the briefing you will start your journey to sipi falls in the eastern part of Uganda.

on arrival you will go for a hike to the falls
Journey time:  5 to 6 hours

Accommodation
Budget:   Lacam lodge
Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 3: Manyatta visit & Optional activities
after your breakfast, you will drive to moroto. you will visit the karamajong culture  which is the most highlights of your safari by paying a visit to a karamoja manyatta community. A Manyatta visit will be culturally enlightening and refreshing since it this is not a Tourist staged event but you will see how the Karamojong live, the houses where you have to bend down to enter through a small entrance, observe community life, and one of the highlights is of course the traditional dancing which is accompanied by high jumping, all performed in honor of your visit. Visit the sliding rock and also an authentic Karamojong craft shop.

Accommodation
Budget:  Karamoja safari camp - Tents
Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 4: Drive to Kidepo valley National park
Today you continue along the rough road journey to the Kidepo Valley N.P., the best kept secret of Uganda. You will have also a stopover in town for shopping for some nice safari meals and drinks.  In Kidepo Valley you will be cooking yourself (mostly for the budget safaris)

The park has an altitude range of between 914 m and 2.750 m. and the scenery is just amazing! Of the 80 species of mammals listed in 1971, 28 were not known to occur in any other Ugandan park. For many people this is the most beautiful park of Uganda.

Afternoon you will take a game drive along the Narus Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for buffalo, giraffes, zebras, elands, oribis and elephants – and even the odd jackal. Your guide may even be able to locate lions, sunbathing atop rocks, leopards and this is the only place in Uganda where you can find the cheetah and ostrich..

Accommodation
Budget:  Kidepo Savanah lodge – Lazy camping Tents
Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 5: Full day Game drives
Today you wake up early for a game drive; as long as you wish, you will drive to the hot springs via the palm tree lined Kidepo River. Search for ostriches and leopard tortoises along the way as you see beautiful scenery.

After lunch (bring food for self-catering unless staying at Apoka Lodge), take a game drive along the Narus Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for buffalo, giraffes, zebras, elands, oribis and elephants – and even the odd jackal. Your guide may even be able to locate lions, sunbathing atop rocks.

Accommodation
Budget:  Kidepo Savanah lodge – Lazy camping Tents
Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 6: Karamomja culture , drive to Gulu
Today we drive to the surrounding communities; you will Visit the Lorokul Cultural Group and explore the fascinating, ancient culture of the Karamojong. Visit traditional homesteads, sample local dishes and hear stories of the folklore of this remote tribe.

In afternoon, you then drive to Gulu passing through some bumpy, rough, and dusty African roads, so get ready for the “African Massage!” You stay at the booked lodge  

Driving time: 4-5 hours

Accommodation
Budget:  Churchill Courts
Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast

Day 7: Drive to Kampala
Today after your morning breakfast you will drive heading back to Kampala. Your driver/guide will transfer you direct to Entebbe airport to catch your flight back Or at the any lodge for relaxing as you wait for your flight.

Note; todays niht is not concluded, but in case you woul like you can inform us in advance.
Journey time:        5 - 6 hours

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The package includes:

  • Ground transportation by 4WD Minivan
  • Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation on Bed & breakfast
  • English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Activities per program
  • Fuel & car hire
  • Bottled water in safari cars
  • Ranger fees

The package excludes:

  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal drinks and cigarettes
  • International Air ticket and related costs
  • Personal Insurance covers
  • Personal insurance
  • Meals out booked accommodation and program
  • Optional activities 
  • Phone calls

Transport to be used on your safari
This Tour is based on a Min-van with 4wd. it seats from up to the maximum of 8 persons. All our used vehicles are well maintained, customized with comfortable seats, a pop up roof which gives a wide viewing 360 angle!!

Upgrade to a Land cruiser
But in case you want an upgrade to a Land cruiser which is rated as the strongest safari vehicle on the African roads, it’s well maintained, customized with comfortable seats, a pop up roof which gives a wide viewing 360 angle!!. This come's with an extra cost, but it’s worth it. Just in inform us in advance

Accommodation & Transport - Budget;

For this trip accommodation you will be staying in lodges or Camps which are built in African safari style tents, comfortably furnished with twin or double beds, a bedside table and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment, the tents share a bathroom with hot showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as all bedding and towels are provided

NOTE: For this the above mentioned accommodations it depends on availability and we make sure the best is our first priorities when we are making this booking. In case there is no availability during the requested dates of your safari, we do our best to look for another alternative accommodation which is relatively in the same standards or rate range.

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