8 Days Best Of Kidepo Vacation
Day 1: Gulu-drive to Gulu and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Drive to Gulu after breakfast, stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary to visit the rhino, the private ranch is home to thirteen white rhino under the rhino fund international, where a breeding programme is under way, with growth in number these will be introduced back in their former range which was Murchison national park, an hour interaction with a guide to explain the behaviours of the animals, lunch at either the rhino restaurant or kabalega dinner, thereafter proceed to Gulu town for the overnight stay and dinner, accommodation options Acholi inn, Boma Hotel, Churchhill courts hotel
Day 2: Kidepo – Drive to the Kidepo National Park and visit to the Lokajong caves.
Morning you have breakfast at the hotel/lodge and you will carry with you packed lunch after transfer to Kidepo valley national park Africa’s finest wilderness 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
Day 3: Kidepo Game Drive and afternoon 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 4: Kidepo – Game Drive and 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 not any man made occurrence, but given the massive number of the birds one would compare it to this along the 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 5: Kaabong-visit to the mountain tribe the Iki otherwise known as the Teuso
We travel to kaabong district which gives us an ease access to visit the ik tribe 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 kaabong town.
Day 6: Kotido- visit the Karamojong traditional manyattas in Nakapirimoru
After our morning breakfast we continue on our cultural journey to Kotido east of Kaabong 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 Karamonjong 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 7: 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 8: 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 legendary 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 end’s.
Today we travel to Kidepo National Park and take a guided tour of the lokajong caves in karenge, which are some of the most impressive rock formations and cultural center for the nomadic pastoralist Karamojong tribe with an extensive love of cattle, dance, colourful traditional dress, art and crafts like the maasai of Kenya and Tanzania, thereafter proceed to the park, for the 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).