10 Days Murchison & Kidepo Combined.
Kjong Uganda safaris brings you Kidepo valley national park tour, Kidepo NP is ranked among Africa’s finest wilderness, this park combines all that is found in other parks but whats makes it unique are the Cheetahs and Ostriches flightless birds, surrounded by a nomadic culture similar to that of the Masai of Kenya and Tanzania. With plenty of water holes game viewing both on the drive and even on the porch of your lodging is spectacular.
Day 1: Murchison falls national park- Rhino trekking and top of the falls.
Our driver/guide will pick you up from your residence or hotel in Kampala and drive to Murchison falls Uganda’s biggest national park. With stopover at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino trekking and lunch break after we proceed to the park via the Top of the falls for hiking and its these falls where the name of the national park is derived. And there after we will drive to our hotel/lodge for night stay and meals. Optional accommodation; paraa lodge, Nile safari lodge for upmarket facility, Murchison river lodge and Fort Murchison for mid-range and Red chilli rest camp for budget travellers. There is also Uganda wildlife Guest and camping facilities at Red chilli rest camp, Murchison River lodge, Fort Murchison and Uganda wildlife Authority wilderness campsite.
Day 2: Murchison falls National park- morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise.
Leave in the morning with packed lunch for game drive to the Northern back around the Buligi game tracks with trained guide is fantastic way to see and photograph the wide range of animals in the Nile valley. Visitors will marvel at herds of buffalos, dozens of elephants, warthogs and towering giraffes, along with bushbucks, reedbuck, duikers, Uganda kobs’ orib and unusual-looking hartebeest. Our guide will have an idea where the lions could be hiding and leopards at dusk.
You will return to the lodge/hotel for lunch before we take you on afternoon Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and night over at either Paraa safaris lodge, Nile safaris lodge fort Murchison, Murchison River lodge and Red chilli Rest camp or bush camping.
Day 3: Kitgum-Drive from Murchison falls to Kitgum
You will start day with morning breakfast and thereafter transfer to kitgum with stopover for lunch in Gulu town optional accommodation include Fuglys, Bomah hotel for midrange facility and Tembo guest house with budget facility.
Day 4: Kidepo valley national park- lokajong caves in karenge.
Morning you have breakfast at the hotel/lodge and you will carry with you packed lunch after transfer to Kidepo valley national park through the plain lands of Acholi and partly karamonja area, on the way to the park we will stopover at karenge to see the lokajong caves in karenge community wildlife area which is an important habitats for wildlife migrating outside the park in search for pasture and water during the dry season. The area gives visitors magnificent scenery of the surrounding Nyangea Napore and Rom Mountain ranges. And after proceed to the park for night stay and meals at any of the following accommodation options; Apoka safari lodge, Ngamoru camp, and Uganda wildlife Authority bandas. For the campers the park has got two camping sites well facilities with water and clean latrines and you are provided with ranger guide to protect you and make you stay in the park safe.
Day 5: Kidepo valley national park- game drive and guided nature walk.
Ready early morning for breakfast, catch the sun rise behind the mountain before flooding the valley then off for the game drive to enjoy sightings of herds of elephants, cape buffalos, giraffes, lions and plenty more lunch at place of accommodation. In the afternoon we are joined by an expert ranger guide for a nature walk to explore the park on foot away from the steel clad of safari car sharing his knowledge of the eco-system and also bring you closure to the animals. Overnight stay and meals, Accommodation options include: Apoka (lodge facility),Ngamoru newly opened (tented camp facility), Uganda wildlife authority bandas and camp sites (budget facility).
Day 6: Kidepo valley national park-game drive to Kanangorok hot springs
Early morning for breakfast, catch the sun rise behind the mountain before flooding the valley then off for the game drive to the ostrich farm it’s not any man made occurrence, but given the massive number of the birds one would compare it to this along the way we shall be able to view, herds of elephants, cape buffalos, giraffes, lions and then the hot springs at kanangorok, lunch at place of accommodation. Overnight stay and meals, Accommodation options include include Apoka (lodge facility), Ngamoru newly opened (tented camp facility), Uganda wildlife authority bandas and camp sites (budget facility).
Day 7: Kaabongo town- cultural visit to the mountain tribe Iki
We travel to kaabongo district which gives us an ease access to visit the iki tribe a community of hunter-gatherers in the mountain of morungole at an altitude of 2750m northeast of Apoka, this smallest ethnic tribe in Uganda has unique culture and language which originates from kuliak with Cushitic foundations, they number not more than 15000 in population making them one of the smallest tribe in the country, Overnight stay and meals, Accommodation kaabongo town.
Day 8: Kotido- visit the karamojong traditional manyattas in Nakapirimoru
After our morning breakfast we continue on our cultural journey to kotido east of kaabongo to the village of Nakapirimoru to visit the karamojong traditional manyattas (homesteads) this particular one is as comparable to a city once viewed from a higher elevation and is said to rank among the firsts in east Africa. The karamojong are a pastoral people and predominately breed cattle and goats, they are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress and beadings, our guide will take us through the homestead designs, local cuisines and meet the elders who will narrate the tribe’s folklore and beliefs, Overnight stay and meals, Accommodation kotido town
Day 9 Mbale – drive to visit the Nyero rock painting
It is further south east toward the mountain Elgon region early morning departure for Mbale town with a lunch break in Soroti town, thereafter continue to Kumi to a guided visit to the Nyero rock painting, which are believed to be between 300 to 1000 years old, these are of red and white pigment of concentric circles and some of elongated geometric shape although one can also make out other related shapes housed in three caves and regarded as the best rock paintings in East African region, Overnight stay and meals, Accommodation options Protea hotel, Mbale resort hotel or Mount Elgon hotel and spa.
Day 10 Kampala – drive back to Kampala and source of the Nile
Our last day see us make our way to for Kampala, with a stopover at Jinja to visit the legendry source of the River Nile, here you will take a boat ride to view the point where the river leave the lake Victoria, on its journey to the Mediterranean sea the man-made island in the middle of the river water birds, lunch and then finally in Kampala in the evening where the trip ends.