10 Days 9 Nights explore the secrets of Karamoja Region

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The Karamojong is a tribe of fierce warrior pastoralists found in the north eastern corner of Uganda bordering southern Sudan and Kenya. A region that is relatively unvisited. There are Karamojong villages (Manyattas) located near Kidepo valley national park and a Manyatta is one destination that you could add to your itinerary for that Uganda safari you are planning. Here you will meet the karamojongs, a proud and fierce group of semi nomadic pastoralists with a rich cultural heritage.

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FULL BOARD ACCOMODATION

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PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - Arrival to Entebbe

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our representative will transfer you to the hotel for the overnight and relaxation at a booked hotel

DAY 2 - River Nile – Ssezibwa Falls – Mbale

Early morning the cultural safari in Uganda starts going to Jinja the capital town of the Basoga, Stop over can be made at Ssezibwa Falls, where the legend narrates of the presence of the spirits of the traditional religion. Have a tour to the legendary source of the Nile from Lake Victoria. Among other activities for the day: visit Busoga Kingdom palace in Bugembe and other historical sites. Have Lunch in Jinja. In the evening arrive in Mbale and Sipi for dinner and overnight at your booked lodge

DAY 3 - Transfer to Sipi Falls – Nyero – Soroti

Early morning you go for the trekking through the Sipi Falls from Mount Elgon. The vegetation is superb with banana and coffee plantations and view of the Karamoja valley. The Sipi river creates about four sets of incredible waterfalls as it descends down the valley. Lunch en- route. In the afternoon visit Nyero Rock Paintings and shelter near Kumi District, the most ancient site of rock painting in Uganda. Dinner and overnight in Soroti at at a booked hotel. Meal plan is Full Board

DAY 4 - Transfer to Karamoja region – Moroto

After breakfast drive through Katakwi to the region of the Upe and Bokora people (the Karimojong of South and Central Karamoja), where are found the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve and Bokora Wildlife Reserve as you enter Karamoja plateau. This contains semi-arid savannah with white thorny ornamented acacias, where still exists a small population of wildlife like ostriches, Kirk’s dik dik, hyenas and buffaloes. Stopovers will be made for woodland bird viewing and to see Mount Napak, one of the highest peaks of Karamoja, an extinct volcano area of archaeological sites. Proceed with packed lunch up to Moroto, the capital town of Karamoja, on the foothills of Mount Moroto. The drive might take about 7 hours according to road conditions. In the evening visit the Karamoja Museum and the local market. Dinner and overnight at a booked hotel.

DAY 5 - Transfer to Matheniko – Tepez

After breakfast, drive to the communities who inhabit the mountains surrounding Moroto, the Tepez. These are the original inhabitants of Karamoja, who were raided by other Karimojong tribes and seek refuge on the slopes of the mountains, where are found their traditional manyattas. You will have a direct experience of the daily life in Karamoja and we recommend that you will bring with you the appreciation gift for the community. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon visit the communities of the Matheniko plains. These are semi-nomadic people and cattle keepers, also known in the past for their raiding the cattle of the neighboring tribes. Their lifestyle is slowly changing to residential agriculturalists. Visit the typical homestead or “manyatta” to view the style of life. The Matheniko also can perform their traditional dances or “edonja” as they dress on their traditional clothes. In the evening drive back to Moroto for dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 6 - Transfer to Kotido – Kidepo

After breakfast, leave Moroto to Kotido passing through the areas of herdsmen with their cattle. Near Kotido are found the Jie villages, a small Karamojong ethnic tribe. Very interesting are the traditional Jie dancers. The Jie are well recognized by the marks in their faces according to their culture. It is possible to take photographs of this unique experience. Proceed to Kidepo Valley National Park by evening, dinner and overnight at UWA Bandas / Nga’moru Tented Camp or other booked lodge

DAY 7 - Transfer to Kidepo – Dodoth – Ik

After breakfast drive to the lowland plains of Morungole to encounter the Dodoth communities. Pastoralists in the tradition, the Dodoth are now developing farming activities. We will ascend the mountains to see the remaining communities of the IK. The IK live on sorghum and millet production and bee culture. Their elders are known for higher lifespan reaching a very old age of even 100 years. In the evening back to the lodge in Kidepo, at Nga’moru Tented Camp or a booked lodge

DAY 8 - Kidepo Valley National Park

After breakfast go for photographic game drives along the trails of the national park. Especially, expect to explore the region of the Narus river valley. Kidepo contains one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan parks!! With over 80 species of mammals several of which restricted only to Kidepo, like cheetah, striped hyena, and the Ostrich. The bird list boasts over 465 species. Full board and overnight at Nga’moru Tented Camp or a booked lodge

DAY 9 - Kitgum and the Acholi land

After breakfast, from Kidepo continue on the drive while taking memorable photographs and proceed through the Acholi land to Kitgum. Dinner and overnight in Kitgum at a booked hotel

DAY 10 - Transfer to Kampala

End of the cultural safari with return back to Kampala, Lunch en route and transfer to Entebbe International Airport for night flights or due to fatigue, you can decide to have your flight the next day depending on your personal budget in relation to schedule and finance.

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