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6 Days/ 5 Nights – Kidepo Valley National Park

6 days in Kidepo valley National park will have you explore the award winning African wilderness, a home to variety of wild life in the dry lands of North Uganda. Visiting Kidepo Valley National park offers the best cultural experience with the Ike and the Karamojong.

What a perfect way to explore the incredible wilderness and traditional life of the local people!

Summarized itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International airport.  Meet your driver and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2: Transfer back to Entebbe International airport for your scheduled flight to Kidepo Airstrip. Meet your guide and transfer to your accommodation and Kidepo National park with an enroute Game drive.

Day 3: Morning Nature walk. Afternoon Game drive.

Day 4: Visiting the IK tribe

Day 5: Drive back to Entebbe. It is a full day drive. Overnight in Entebbe.

Day 6: Transfer back to Entebbe International airport for your departure flight.

Price inclusions:

  • Safari guide and vehicle
  • Accommodation on full board basis in the park. (Bed and breakfast for Entebbe)
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • House drinks
  • Park Entrance

Price Exclusions:

  • Visa
  • Premium drinks
  • Additional services
  • Travel insurance
Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International airport. Meet your driver and transfer to your accommodation.

Meet your driver who will be waiting for you at the Airport exit lounge, he will have your name printed on the Airport signage to transfer your accommodation for an overnight.
Afternoon at leisure. Optional activities available like Mabamba visit, Ngamba sanctuary visit, sunset cruise.
 
Accommodation options in Entebbe:
Luxury – Hotel No.5
Hotel No.5 is one of the most tranquil luxury boutique hotels in Entebbe providing a luxurious and cozy stay for your time in Entebbe. The hotel has different room types like the deluxe and apartments for those who wish to stay longer. The ensuite rooms are well facilitated with unique and up to date amenities like the air conditioners, a flat screen, bathrobes, and slippers, a safety box locked with a password, desk and an electric kettle in case you want to prepare yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
The property has a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, a shared kitchen and free Wi-Fi, secure parking space, a swimming pool catering for both the young and the adults. Clients are free to enjoy their time in the lounge with free house drinks provided in case you need a breeze out of the rooms.
 
Mid-range – Karibu guest House
Karibu Guest House is a boutique hotel located in Entebbe since 2012 when it was set up. The guest house can be traced just 10 minutes from the airport and it is well facilitated to cater for an exclusive stay of a small number of people in 8 rooms offering a very exclusive experience and a personal touch of service, delicious food, a 24 hour reception, free and fast internet access, swimming pool, spa and massage amenities.
 
 
 
Budget – Guinea Fowl guest house.
Guinea Fowl Guest House named after the rare bird species of the Numididae bird family that can only be found in Africa and among the birds that have a long life span, they are referred to as the oldest of the gallinaceous birds.  The Guest House has a variety of room types to offer a cozy and comfortable stay offering additional services like laundry, luggage storage and a secure parking plus the special massage treatment.

Day 2: Transfer back to Entebbe International airport for your scheduled flight to Kidepo Airstrip. Meet your guide and transfer to your Apoka safari lodge in Kidepo National park

Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning to transfer you back to the airport for your domestic flight to Kidepo Airstrip. Meet your guide at Kidepo Airstrip and proceed to your accommodation with an enroute Game drive.
Kidepo national park is located in the semi-arid areas, far north of Uganda making it the most isolated park in the country and less visited as it is 700km away from Kampala and a few people can bear the 10 hours’ drive, though it is very much accessible with a domestic flight just one hour flight from Entebbe.

Kidepo valley national park offers one of the best wilderness in Africa hence its rank among Africa’s finest wilderness as its slogan “True African Wilderness” hosting four of the big game including the lions, leopards, elephants, hippos and also other fauna that are approximately 77 in number for instance the cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, ostriches plus over 476 bird species including the famous little green bee eater, northern carmine bee eater, ostrich, secretary bird etc, that can be found in the savanna plains and also along the two rivers of Kidepo and Narus though they are commonly affected by the high heat especially in high season reducing the rivers to Wild remnant pools that act as sources of water to wildlife.
The park offers the best cultural experience as it is a home to the indigenous tribes of the Karamojong, Acholis, Masai Kenya and the IK tribe.
 
Accommodation options in Kidepo Valley National park.
 
 
Luxury – Apoka Safari Lodge
Apoka Safari Lodge located in the heart of Kidepo National Park – the African wilderness is a high-end lodge and best known for its strategic location just in front of the Narus river which attracts lots of wildlife as they come quencher their thirst and also cool off the heat so chances of seeing your favorite mammal or bird species just at your doorstep at the lodge are really high. The lodge was handmade using traditional raw materials so as to provide the bush feel during your stay. The rooms are spacious and the beds are larger enough with draping mosquito nets and the floor are covered with a woolen carpet and showers are ensuite with 24 hour running water plus each room as a private verandah from which you can relax after the day’s excursions as you sip on your drink.

Since Apoka safari Lodge is located inside the park, you are able to sight a lot of wildlife on your way to the lodge. You can request you guide to stop over for a few photos where need by.
 
Mid-range – Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Kidepo Savannah Lodge is located adjacent to Kalokudo gate with just a hand stretch with the park.
While at the lodge, you get to see the expanse of Narus Valley, Mount Morungole, and the hills far at the southern Sudan border. The lodge is neared by the Karamojong community and is surrounded by the African Wilderness inclusive of grasslands and rocks.
The lodge has 12 scattered safari tents on raised decks with each lodge having a private veranda, flushing toilet, and running water but also for clients who are, most restricted financially, Kidepo Savannah Lodge has 9 non-self-contained tents with either a double or single bed, power socket, lamp side although clients will have to share the showers and flushing toilets.
 
Budget – Karamoja Safari camp.
Karamoja Safari Camp is located on the slopes of Mount Moroto in the heart of the Karamojong region.
The camp was constructed to portray the traditional heritage of the Karamojong people with a blend of raw materials.
Although the camp is considered budget, the rooms were perfectly designed to offer a comfortable stay with a fireplace in front of each room for warmth, then flushing toilets, and running water.

Day 3: Morning Nature walk. Afternoon Game drive.

Kidepo valley national park is so blessed with wilderness offering very amazing and beautiful sceneries for your photography and memories. After your delicious breakfast, embark on a nature walk in the dawn hours of the day through the savanna plains, along the river banks, on top of the metamorphic rocks. Possible sightings include: cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, giraffes, ostriches and elephants and hundreds of other mammal and bird species.
The vast panoramic views of Kidepo are truly spectacular and will give you a true sense of being in the wild, open savannah.
 
Return to the lodge for lunch and a relaxation before you proceed for your afternoon game drive.
Following the demarcated trails, embark on a game drive to search for the wildlife in Kidepo valley National park including lions, leopards, elephants, hippos and other mammals that are over 77 including greater Kudu, Chandler’s Mountain reedbuck, elephant, bush pig, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, ostriches plus over 476 bird species including the famous little green bee eater, northern carmine bee eater, ostrich, secretary bird etc. that can be found in the savanna plains and also along the two rivers of Kidepo and Narus.

The game drive can be done both in the morning as nature awakes with the animals preparing to go hunt for their prey and in evening as the animals move back to their nests though animals move a lot in search for water due to the dryness of the park.
Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Day 4: Visiting the IK tribe

Wake up for an early breakfast and prepare for the full day artistic and cultural visit to the IK people. The hike takes you to the top of scenic Morungole Mountains that are near to the Kidepo Valley Park. The Ik People are a small lineage of about 10,000 to 11,000 in number. It’s said that they originate from Ethiopia and first settled in Kenya before migrating to the current Kidepo Valley Park.

When you reach the villages, you are affectionately welcomed with traditional cotillion and songs. The Ik people are gaining from tourism as it’s a source of income for the community and actually sustains the durability of the Tribe as it has for the Batwa People in southwest Uganda. As you’re guided around the village, ask questions about the life of the Ik people, the caregiving of children is different there as it is collaborative, polygamy is part of family life and there isn’t applicability of a formal education besides learning to forfend for yourself.

Getting to the Ik vill, is no easy feat but thanks to a trail marked by the US Forest Service it has come easier. There’s indeed a path if you take hours lift by vehicle. Nevertheless it’s an every- day adventure over and down the steep mountains with interpreters who speak the Ik Language. You have to be physically fit to climb the mountains – the peak of Mount Murongole is 2,749 measures over and hiking above may be a torture for those who aren’t fit. The trail is 8 kilometers long (16 kilometer round trip) and quite a tough walk to the townlet.

Day 5: Drive back to Entebbe from Kidepo Valley National Park. It is a full day drive. Overnight in Entebbe

The drive to Entebbe will take you the whole day, quite fascinating, you should prepare yourself for the afternoon massage and you truly need to awake in the early morning so as to beat the traffic jam. The drive takes you through the beautiful communities, the valleys and the hills, the fields of food plantations and as the children play in their home compounds, they will tend to wave at you along the road. You will hear then say MZUNGU, a word to mean WHITE, feel free to wave back at them or offer them a few sweets though it is discouraged to give them money as it might resort to a begging habit. You can request your drive to stop for few photograph shots and in case you need to use the toilet. You will depart your accommodation with packed lunch or you can stop over for hot lunch enroute.

Once in Entebbe, check in your room and relax as you prepare for dinner.

Day 6: Transfer back to Entebbe International airport for your international departure flight.