5 Days and 4 Nights Kidepo Valley National Park Safari

Uganda

Uganda is the pearl of Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria.

Wildlife

There are distinct forms of wildlife found in the ecosystems such as Deserts, forests, plains among others

Kidepo Valley National Park ranks as one of Africa’s best parks for an authentic African safari experience. It lies in the northeastern corner of Uganda, far off the busy tourist circuit. The remoteness that hinders easy access to it has enabled it to maintain an unadulterated wilderness that protects plenty of wildlife, including many that cannot be found in other national parks in Uganda, most notably the Cheetah and Ostrich. The driving distance from Kampala to Kidepo is 520 km (320 mi), and that is more than 11 hours of driving. That would be so long and tiresome a journey! We, therefore, break it down with sleepover in Kitgum after covering about two-thirds of the journey from Kampala, and also after the safaris in Kidepo. Between Kampala and Kitgum, you will visit the Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Sanctuary with en-route lunch in Masindi.
Safari Highlights:
• Rhino tracking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
• 3 Game drives
• Community tour to Karimojongo tribe

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INCLUDED AND NOT

BOTTLED WATER

YES

4WD SAFARI VEHICLE WITH POP-UP ROOF

YES

ENGLISH SPEAKING TOUR GUIDE

YES

TAXES AND PARK FEES

YES

ALL ACTIVITIES INCLUDED ON THE ITINERARY

YES

TYPICAL SOUVENIR

NOT

PRE AND POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION IN ENTEBBE OR KAMPALA

NOT

VISA FEES

NOT

INTERNATIONAL AIR FARES

NOT

TRAVEL INSURANCE

NOT

PERSONAL ITEMS IN NATURE

NOT

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - Kampala – Ziwa Rhinos – Kitgum

The journey starts from Kampala or Entebbe, with the tour driver picking you up from the hotel and set off at exactly 7:00am.You shall head northwards taking the Kampala – Gulu highway, and after close to two and half hours you shall reach Nakasongola District where you find the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will branch off the highway and take the dirty road to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Transfer to visitor’s center to meet the ranger and set off for a 1 – 2 hour tracking on the sanctuary to find Rhinos and plenty of other wildlife. Ziwa protects Uganda’s only wild Rhinos. There about 27 of them on the sanctuary. Rhinos once thrived in many of the wildlife reserves but were poached to extinction in the 1970s. Once enough numbers are raised on the sanctuary, some will be released into the wildlife reserves. Plenty other animals are found on the sanctuary such as Kob, Oribi, Waterbuck, Leopard, Side-striped Jackal, Oribi, Warthog, Waterbuck, Pangolin, and so much more. Over 351 species of birds have been recorded. You will return from the trek, continue with the journey having en-route lunch in Masindi town reaching Kitgum in the evening for Dinner and Overnight at your Booked Hotel.

DAY 2 - Kitgum – Kidepo – Evening Game Drive

Have early breakfast, check out and depart for Kidepo Valley National Park. This is a shorter drive than the previous though on dirty roads. You shall reach Kidepo by noon, check into your Hotel for lunch and relaxation. Later you shall head out for a late afternoon game drive in the park to explore the amazing wilderness and observe plenty of wildlife. You shall head to the Narus Valley in the south of the park. The south is the green region of the park with savannah grasslands mixed with acacia woodland. It is also the area of the park with permanent water sources throughout the year and for that matter most of the animals are found in this part of the park. During the hot afternoons, many animals collect around water sources. You shall see large herds of Buffaloes, Zebras and antelope species. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3 - Morning drive – afternoon community tour

Have an early cup of tea or coffee and snack and set out for an early game drive, going back to the Narus Valley. This time more focus is on finding the elusive nocturnal and cats which are out for hunting. Animals to see include Lions, Hyena, Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Zebra, Waterbucks, Elephants, and many others. After over three hours return to the lodge for breakfast and relax. In the afternoon after your lunch you shall set out for a community tour to the Karamajong homesteads just outside the park. The Karamajong are similar to the famous Masai of Kenya and Tanzania. You shall be treated to their rich culture and traditions that has hardly been touched just like Kidepo. From their unique houses called the “Manyata”, their community relations and hieracies, artifacts, traditional dances and folklore. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4 - Morning game drive, transfer to Kitgum

After an early cup of tea with a snack, you shall set out for yet another wonderful morning game drive into the park but this time head to Kidepo Valley in the northern area. This part of the park is dry (semi-arid), and vegetation is characterized by short grass. There is almost no permanent water source during the long dry spells. It is thus little wonder there aren’t many animals. You shall enjoy the wonderful views of the unadulterated wilderness, rugged valleys back dropped by mountains. The Ostrich is commonly sighted in this side of the park. The biggest highlight in this area is the famous sand bed of River Kidepo that is a seasonal river that does not flow during the long dry spells. It is lined with lush Borassus palms, creating a sight akin to an oasis in a desert. Enjoy the sounds of birds in the Borassus palm. After more than two hours you shall return to the lodge for breakfast and relaxation. Have early lunch, thereafter check out and travel to Kitgum for overnight at your booked Hotel.

DAY 5 - Kitgum – Kampala

After breakfast continue with the journey to Kampala where you are expected to arrive in the late afternoon with en-route lunch in Masindi town. After reaching kampala, transfer to Entebbe Air port for your flight back home.

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