4 Days Safari in Uganda to Kidepo Valley National Park

Introduction

This is a short wildlife safari that takes you to the remote and virgin wilderness areas that Uganda has to offer thus involving extended drives.  The safari takes you to Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda’s virgin and a barely explored Ugandan tour destination close to the border of South Sudan and Kenya’s Turkana land to the northeastern tip of Uganda. The maintained virginity is due to Kidepo National park’s remoteness this has made Kidepo National Park stand less minimal disturbance. The park shelters 86 species of mammals, 475 bird species, and 692 species of plants.  You will visit the only park in Uganda that features many wildlife species which are only limited to it on Ugandan standards including the aardwolf, striped hyena, caracal, lesser and greater kudu, cheetah, klipspringer, Bright’s gazelle, dik-dik, Chandler’s mountain reedbuck among Species. In this Uganda Wildlife safari, you will encounter four of the big five species namely the lions (reportedly noted to be climbing trees), the leopards, African elephants and Cape buffaloes except the Rhinos which faced the extinction in the 1980s. Other wildlife like Burchell’s Zebra, the eland antelope among others are also existent in the park.

The Surrounding local communities namely the pastoralist Karamojong and the Indigenous Karamojong have a great background of heritage that many have been considering as primitive which is thrilling to explore on this 4 Days safari in Uganda. If you’re French, you’ll be amazed to meet a Ugandan language that is very similar to yours.

Summarized itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park. Stopover in Kitgum

Day 2: Transfer to Kidepo NP and do a game drive

Day 3: Do morning game drive and afternoon Karamojong Community tour

Day 4: Transfer back to Kampala- Whole day drive

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park. Stopover in Kitgum

After an early breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, you embark on the drive to Kidepo Valley National Park 700km from Kampala. But since the 700km might be hard to cover on a single drive, you make a stopover in Kitgum town. The drive to Kitgum takes you through remarkable northern Uganda landscapes including the flat landscapes of Nakasongola, the wildlife outlooks in Karuma Wildlife Reserve especially the Olive Baboons, the views of River Kafu and River Nile among other features. You arrive in Kitgum for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Fuglys Guesthouse

Day 2: Transfer to Kidepo NP and do a game drive

After your awesome breakfast, you connect to Kidepo Valley National Park driving through local homesteads of the Karamojong people and the other tribes. You arrive in the park in the mid-morning, check in at your lodge and relax a little until lunch. In the afternoon and embark on the game drive exploring the park’s extraordinary landscapes including the magical Narus Valley where you stand possibilities of exploring a range of game including the African Elephants, herds of Cape Buffaloes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Klipspringer, Jackals and possibly Lions among other species before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Apoka Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

Budget / Basic: Apoka Rest Camp

Day 3: Do morning game drive and afternoon Karimojong Community tour

Following a morning cup of coffee, you embark on a thrilling game drive in the savannah stretches of Kidepo Valley National Park intercepted by patches of borassus palm and the rising scenic hills. You explore the beautiful views of the sun shining over the hills of Lomej, the Lotukei Mountains to the north close to the Sudan border, the Morungole range to the southern boundary of the park before the rays strike down to the endless valleys of Kidepo and Narus. You undertake an extensive game drive lasting 3 – 4 hours exploring the natural offerings of Kidepo that have it rank among the best parts of Africa. The possible sights range from lions to leopards, elephants, Buffaloes, black-backed jackal among other species. The extensions to Kidepo Valley rewards you with the sights of Ostriches only found here in the whole of Uganda. Retreat back to the lodge for unwinding till lunch and in the afternoon, you embark on the community tour to the Karimojong touch with the Karamojong people at Karenna and Kapedo.  Mix up with the nomads greatly known for their nomadic pastoralism where you explore their traditions, the Manyattas, the arts and crafts, the Kraal and the grazing field, and traditional performances before retreating to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Apoka Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

Budget / Basic: Apoka Rest Camp

Day 4: Transfer back to Kampala- Whole day drive

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kampala departing early enough from Kidepo to cover 700km and you arrive in Kampala late evening around 8pm to mark the end of the Uganda tour.

End of the Safari

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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