HIGHLIGHTS: Game drives, Nature walk and community visit
Kidepo Valley National Park is a Savannah Game Park in the North-Eastern part of Uganda blessed with two rivers- Kidepo and Narus which disappear in the dry season. The wildlife in Kidepo National Park is like no other in Uganda, you will experience the spectacular and untouched wilderness from over 77 mammal’s species, to up to 475 bird species. You’ll see animals of the savanna as well as meet the fascinating Karamojong people. Coupled with Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, this journey will bring you face to face with the famous “Big Five”.
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe, drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Day 2: Drive to Kidepo National Park
Day 3: Nature walk and game drive
Day 4: Game drive and cultural visit
Day 5: Fly or drive to Entebbe and depart
Day 1:ARRIVAL ENTEBBE – DRIVE TO ZIWA RHINO SANCTURY
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after all the formalities, you shall be welcomed by our safari guide, you will drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary the home of the only wild Rhinos in Uganda which is located in Nakasongola District and also conveniently located north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists and is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild.
Day 2: DRIVE TO KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK
Today after an early morning breakfast, you will have a walking safari to the white Rhinos and then drive to Kidepo National Park. Kidepo Valley National Park is a 1,442 square kilometers national park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda and lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. The park consists of the two major valley systems of the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. Most of the park is open tree savannah. Because of differences in rainfall in the Kidepo basin, vegetation and animal populations vary between the two valleys. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. It is said to be Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. Arrive later at your lodge for an overnight.
Day 3: NATURE WALK AND GAME DRIVE
After your breakfast, you will drive through the Narus Valley and have a nature walk in the park. With the help of the guide, you will be able to spot some lions, elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, ostrich, buffalo and much more. After lunch you will have a game drive in the park. Kidepo National Park is a savannah landscape that extends in all directions, It is home to various wild animals such as herds of buffalo, warthog, duiker, Jackson’s Hartebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah and hundreds of bird species, other animals that may be seen roaming around include: Jackal Roan, Antelope, Waterbuck, Eland, Oribi, Klipspringer and Lions. The park also boasts of being the highest concentration of birds endemic to Uganda like: Ostrich, Kori bustard, vultures, pygmy falcon, hornbills, eagles and more. After your game drive you will return to your lodge and rest.
Day 4: GAME DRIVE AND CULTURAL VISIT
Today will embark on another morning game drive through the Narus Valley; this is the best opportunity for you see some animals that you did not see on previous game drives such as the lions, leopard and the elusive cheetah. After lunch, you will visit the Karimojong community that lives in the north-east part of Uganda and are sharing the same roots as the Masaai of Kenya. They make their living as cattle herders and mostly still live in a traditional way. The traditional clothing is a blanket like cloth in patterns of black and red and the women make and wear beautiful beadwork, the Karamojong stay in small houses called Manyatas. You will have a great cultural performance and interaction with the great cattle keepers. At the end of the tour you will be able to understand why their pride makes them slow to adapt to globalization.
Day 5: FLY OR DRIVE TO ENTEBBE AND DEPART
After an early morning breakfast, you will choose to fly or drive to Entebbe Airport for your departure flight back Home, concluding your memorable tour in Uganda.