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6 Day – Kidepo Valley of Wonders

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6 Day – Kidepo Valley of Wonders

It has been called the undiscovered jewel of African wilderness and natural beauty. The Kidepo Valley National Park in northeastern Uganda is a true wilderness where you will find yourself at one with nature without any interruption whatsoever. For the stargazers, there is probably no better place to spend you night with clear dark night skies. Kidepo Valley National Park has a wide variety of game including the lions, leopards, and even the cheetahs. There are also huge herds of elephants, and the world’s largest herd of cape buffalo.

Highlights

– Experience probably Africa’s best kept wilderness.
– Game drive and look out for the big cats- lions, leopards and cheetahs.
– Go star-gazing on a clear night as you listen to the roars of Kidepo Valley.
– Meet the locals and dance with the Karamojong.
– Track the southern white rhino.

Summary Tour

Day 1 On the road into the wild northeast
Day 2 Off to the Valley of Game Wonders
Day 3 Game drive and a feast on wildlife
Day 4 A walk into the pride-lands
Day 5 – Driving through game drive on the way Gulu town
Day 6 Complete the Big 5 Count tracking Rhino

Itinerary

Day 1 On the road into the wild northeast

You will be picked from your accommodation in Kampala, and set off driving north through green rolling hills and vast plains. It is a long drive so sit back and enjoy the morning breeze and the awakening towns you will pass along the highway. After about four hours or five hours, you will cross the mighty Nile River as it crashes over the Karuma Falls. Continue to Gulu where you will check into your accommodation.

Day 2 Off to the Valley of Game Wonders

Set out early today to make it to Kidepo Valley National Park- a wilderness CNN has named among the Top 5 must visit places in Africa. Welcome to the most isolated park that leaves feeling all alone in this wide world. Your eyes will feast on great vistas of rolling plains into nothing, or rimmed by mountains rising into the hazy horizon. A winding road and total quiet will lead you on until you finally are in the park. Take an afternoon exploration to meet some of the residents of the pride-land- the world’s largest cape buffalo herd calls this place home. This will be your home too over the next few days. So today after that briefing, settle back in your camp as the sun sets over the wild savanna.

Day 3Game drive and a visual feast on wildlife

Brace yourself for a walk into the wilderness. You will be probably the only humans for miles around as far as the eyes can see. Walking safaris are a great way of experiencing the wild. Fear not, you will be walking with Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers and guides who are very familiar with this park. The guides will lead you in tracking animals and there will be many in this morning glow. The walk also gives the opportunity to see the diverse plant and birdlife in the park. After the safari, settle back at your accommodation and enjoy a much deserved lunch.

In the afternoon, take a cultural tour to one of the Karamojong villages near the people. The Karamojong are much like the Masaai in lifestyle, dress, culture and stature. A glimpse into their manyatta (homesteads) and a dance in the village is certainly something you must have on your tour. Return to your camp for the night.

Day 4A walk into the pride-lands

Brace yourself for a walk into the wilderness. You will be probably the only humans for miles around as far as the eyes can see. Walking safaris are a great way of experiencing the wild. Fear not, you will be walking with Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers and guides who are very familiar with this park. The guides will lead you in tracking animals and there will be many in this morning glow. The walk also gives the opportunity to see the diverse plant and birdlife in the park. After the safari, settle back at your accommodation and enjoy a much deserved lunch.

In the afternoon, take a cultural tour to one of the Karamojong villages near the people. The Karamojong are much like the Masaai in lifestyle, dress, culture and stature. A glimpse into their manyatta (homesteads) and a dance in the village is certainly something you must have on your tour. Return to your camp for the night.

Day 5Drive-through game drive on the way Gulu town

After a late breakfast set off for Gulu, the largest urban centre in northern Uganda. Enjoy your morning travel and the drive-through the park game drive as you drive out of the park. You’ll spend the night here and continue with your journey tomorrow.

Day 6Complete the Big 5 Count tracking Rhino

Today is the last day of our adventure. Set off early after breakfast hit the road back to Kampala. You will again cross the Nile at Karuma Falls and on to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a success story of the re-introduction of rhino into Uganda. An experienced guide at the sanctuary will take you out tracking the rhinos—completing your Big 5 count. Tracking is on foot and allowing you to get pretty close– closer than being in a vehicle. After tracking, you drive on to Kampala arriving in the evening.

Departure & Return Location

Kampala 

Accommodation

There are several options for accommodation offering different levels of comfort and pricing. These range from budget accommodation to mid-range and high end options. Sometimes, the choice of accommodation is influenced by the activities you are interested in taking. Contact us and we will work with you to choose your ideal safari accommodations within your needs and budget.

Included

Price Includes

  • Bottled water while in travel
  • 4 nights accommodation in approved facilities
  • Tour Guide
  • Park fees and applicable permits
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Any items not listed in the approved itinerary