Departure city: Kampala, Uganda | 5 days | Departure: Dec 20, 2018
Accommodation: Budget | National Parks: Kidepo Valley NP | Special Interest: Cultural Tour, Wildlife Safari
* based on 6 participants
Discover the untamed nature of Uganda’s Kidepo Valley Nation Park. It will be like entering the setting of the Lion King movie. In 5 days you will explore the Northen Part of the country, go to the Kidepo valley, and meet the local Karamajong people!
Nestled in the wild frontier region of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is apparently the most isolated national park in Uganda but still stands out to be one of the best virgin places every wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. This virgin national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, harboring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can’t be found in any other Ugandan national park. Kidepo is right at the core of a Savannah landscape right next to a few mountainous bodies. Kidepo national park is a true gem with a huge abundance of wildlife. It remains a true rendition of tourism in Uganda but remains unknown to many! Kidepo Valley National Park was gazetted into a national park in the year 1962 and currently hosts over 75 species of mammals and 470 species of birds. All these fall in a prime game viewing location. Mammal species include: elephants, buffaloes, cheetahs, bush pig, leopards, Burchell’s zebra, oribis, giraffes, Jacksons’ hartebeest, rare patas monkey and reedbucks.
The local communities around the park include pastoral Karamojong people, similar to the Maasai of Kenya, and the IK, a hunter-gatherer tribe whose survival is threatened. Many Karamojong like Masai of Kenya, prefer to wear “traditional” dress of a blanket -like a shawl with bright red colors. Experience their ‘manyatta’ (homesteads) and also the kraal’s where their cows stay.
Day 1: Kampala to Gulu town
Today at 7 am, our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kampala. You will begin your journey to Kidepo national park through Gulu town – the Northern part of the country. No planned activities for today, so you can take a walk around Gulu town and explore the vibrant nightlife and learn more about the Acholi people. You will spend the night at Gulu Churchill courts.
Day 2: Gulu town to Kidepo valley national park
This morning our guide will pick you up and transfer you to Kidepo valley national park. This is Africa’s true wildernesses, less crowded, just open savannah, voted by CNN as ‘Africa’s number 3’ for its spectacular buffalo herds. You will have lunch and at 3 pm you will go for an evening game drive through the Narus Valley where you will see herds of buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, zebras and hopefully some lions. we also look out for elusive cheetah in open Savannah grasslands of the Kidepo. After return to the lodge for overnight. Your overnight stay is at Kidepo savannah lodge tents or at Apoka Bandas UWA Camp.
Day 3: Kidepo Valley national park – Game drives
This morning we will go for a game drive across the savannah, mountains and pure wilderness around you. You will definitely see lots of animals. You will return to the lodge for lunch. After
lunch in the evening, you will go for another game drive along the Narus Valley, which is the prime area for wildlife. Expect to see lots of elephants, huge herds of buffalos, lions, and many
different types of antelopes. You will come back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Your overnight stay is at Kidepo savannah lodge tents or at Apoka Bandas UWA Camp.
Day 4: Cultural tour at Karamajong village & go to Gulu
After a late breakfast, you will drive to a Karamojong village to learn more about their culture, music, and dance. After lunch, you will proceed to Gulu town. Karamojong people are native
pastoral people who believe more in their cows. Cattle is part of their life. Many Karamojong like Masai of Kenya, prefer to wear “traditional” dress of a blanket -like a shawl with bright red colors. Experience their ‘manyatta’ (homesteads) and also the kraal’s where their cows stay. Thereafter transfer on road trip back to Gulu town. Where we will stay at Gulu Churchill courts.
Day 5: Back to Kampala or Entebbe
The last day of this adventure has come. Today our driver will transfer you back to Kampala. On our way you have the option of stopping at Ziwa rhino sanctuary for an hour Rhino tracking (optional at extra $45 per person). we stop for lunch at Kabalega dinners and after that, we proceed to Kampala.
Gulu Churchill courts
Churchill Courts Hotel is known for comfort, quality, and excellent customer service.
They are a locally owned hotel, serving national and international visitors alike. Located minutes from downtown Gulu, the hotel has the perfect balance for every traveler. The hotel includes free WiFi and a gym.
Kidepo savannah lodge tents
Kidepo Savannah Lodge does justice to this wildlife gem which has received several international awards as one of the greatest Parks in Africa. Being just 500 mt away from Kalokudo gate, the lodge is literally on a stone’s throw from the Park. For more information, click here.
Apoka Bandas UWA Camp
Run by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), this campus of basic bandas (thatched-roofed huts) is spread over a grassy site. There’s plenty of wildlife about, so be sure to keep your distance and always carry a torch. Enjoy your stay around the nightly campfire.
Price of the entire trip: $795 *with 6 people on board.
Gather your friends or join with other travelers on this trip to bring the price down!
Terms & conditions
Kidepo Valley National Park
For more information about Kidepo Valley National Park, click here.
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