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4Days/3Nights Kidepo Valley Safari

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Tucked in the Northern most corner of Uganda on the boarder of Kenya and Sudan, Kidepo protects the most exciting faunas of Uganda national park, yet seldom visited by tourists due to the difficulty of getting there; however the great diversity of animals in this park and the alluring scenery is worth the long journey. Kidepo boast strong wilderness atmosphere, rugged mountainous scenery and exceptional game viewing and bird watching; making it the most alluring destination in the country. The park is studded with rocky outcropsand small hills from which one can obtain stunning views and breathtaking savannah landscape which ends in rugged horizon. Unique carnivore endemic to the park includes the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, cheetah and hunting dog. Other carnivores include lion, leopard, several cats, spotted hyena, black – backed jackal and side striped – jackal. Elephants, burshell’s zebra, bush pig, warthoh Rothschild giraffe, Cape buffalo, eland, bush buck, waterbucks, bright gazelle, beisa oryx and roam antelope.

Safari Highlights: This safari takes you to Kidepo National park; one of Africa's last great wilderness areas- a tract of rugged savannah landscape dominated by Mount Morungole and cut by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers and with their perennial running water they make Kidepo an oasis in the semi desert.The safari will also expose you to the pastoralist's life style of the Karamajong tribe inhabiting this region.

Day 01: Transfer to Kidepo via Gulu (9 - 10 hrs)

Pick up early after breakfast from your hotel followed by a drive Northwards via Gulu to the lands of the pastoralist Karamojong natives, arriving in the evening, lunch en route. 

This land also boasts of Kidepo Valley National Park, which is Uganda's second biggest National Park covering 1,442 sq. KM.  Check-in dinner and overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge (luxury) or Nga Moru Wilderness Camp (Budget); where you will relax and enjoy the lodge's facilities.

Day 02:• Full Day in Kidepo

This day will be spent exploring the Kidepo valley with abundant game all in one place near the river. You will wake up to a relaxed breakfast to unwind from the long journey. After that you will set off on an enchanting Ostrich drive (game drive) around the Kanangorok hot springs.

You will be rewarded with the variety and number of animals who come to drink water at the river banks. And Baboons may be seen roaming along the floor of Kidepo River and palm trees. You will then return to your lodge for lunch and relax.

Afternoon: Karamojong Cultural Village (full day)

After lunch you will be taken on a guided cultural village tour where you will get a unique, unforgettable experience and understanding of the Nomadic lifestyle around Karenga and Kidepo.  The elders will show you the Kraals, grinding stone, local defence fences and cultural dances known as ‘Edonga’. During the tour of the Karamajong ‘manyattas’  (homesteads) you will see kraals belonging to local communities, traditional costumes, stools, spears headdress, knives, bows and arrows and jewellery among others.

There are also interesting and worthy to take handcrafted souvenirs during your tour. Not to be missed on this tour is the local community near the park staging cultural dances such as the Emuya of the Naporre and Nyangia, Larakaraka and Apiti dances of the Acholi are worthy to see and participate in.  Return to the lodge for a late lunch and then relax till evening when you will set of on a sunset game drive, exploring more of Kidepo.

Day 03:  Transfer to Kampala

You will have a relaxed breakfast, followed by checkout and a drive back to Kampala using the Northern route passing via Karuma Falls arriving in the evening.

After that we leave you to take the rest of the day at leisure.

End of Safari!

Included in the Cost are: 

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary, when travelling luxury/midrange
  • Bed and breakfast only when staying in budget facility
  • First and Last night accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe
  • All ground transportation by fully customized safari vehicles as per the itinerary,
  • Fuel for the entire safari
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide,
  • Meals en route,
  • Park entrance fees,
  • Karamojong Village tour
  • Game walks,
  • Airport Transfers
  • Game drives & Park ranger fees
  • VAT and hotel taxes 

Excluded in the cost are: 

  • Airfare to and from Uganda,
  • VISA and departure taxes at the airport
  • Activities or accommodations NOT mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Meals if staying in budget facilities
  • Wines, beers and spirits & all beverages other than the bottled mineral water while on safari
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. telephone calls, tips and gratuity, laundry, souvenir et .
  • Personal insurance (IM Global offers very attractive packages, please check our website for more info on how you can access this service)
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