Kidepo Valley National Park – The 1442 Square Kilometers conservation area is located in Karamoja region of the north eastern Uganda and borders the Southern Sudan in the north and Kenya in the east. Enjoy the isolated wilderness dominated by the 2750m Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers. Apart from holding a diversity of wildlife, this is the only park in Uganda where you can see both Zebras and Giraffes in the same conservation area and also the only one that still has Cheetahs. The name “Kidepo” was derived from the word “Kidep” which in English means “pick”, so the local communities used to go and pick the fruits of the Borassusaethiopum (palm tree) during food crisis due to unpredicted drought. The Park therefore took its name from that activity and was then modernized by adding the letter “O” to become “Kidepo”. On top of this, you will love the culture and beautiful scenery as you traverse through the country side!
DAY ONE: Transfer from Kampala to Kitgum
Meet your guide and start your Kidepo safari. You have a long day in the car ahead of you and can enjoy the Ugandan landscape passing by the windows seeing villages’ roadside local markets and reach kitugum town have a relaxed evening at the lodge as you get ready for Kidepo valley in the following day.
DAY TWO: Transfer to Kidepo National Park
After breakfast you make the last part of the journey to Kidepo Valley national park. This Park is known as one of the last untouched wildernesses in Africa. You will reach the park in time for a game-drive and then get to the lodge for lunch. After some relaxation you head out for an evening game-drive and have the chance of seeing for example giraffes, zebras, elephants, lions and leopards. Dinner and overnight stay at campsite or Kidepo Savannah Lodge.
DAY THREE: Explore Kidepo National Park. After an early morning breakfast, embark on a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. Where a variety of animals and birds can be seen roving around like the fast-running Ostrich.
Have an afternoon Game Drive that will take you through the Narus Valley to see herds of buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, zebras and hopefully some lions, leopard and the elusive cheetah. This will also enable you to be in full sight of varieties of birds as well.
Stops will be made at any time in order for you to be able to take pictures of fabulous wildlife and birds along the way. En route to your camp for lunch and Dinner.
DAY FOUR: Kidepo National Park – Game drive.
After breakfast we start our game drive towards the Kidepo Valley in search for wildlife that includes the Zebras, Lesser kudu, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Elephant, water buck, warthogs, Ostriches, Secretary birds, Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs among others. We come back to the Hostel for lunch, relax around and later in the evening you will go for a cultural tour in the Karamajong community.
Here you will spend a wonderful evening with Karamojong people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs. At the end of the tour, you will be able to understand why their pride makes them slow to adapt to globalization. Dinner and overnight at campsite or Kidepo Savannah Lodge.
DAY FIVE: Transfer back to Kampala.
After a relaxed breakfast you will transfer back home, passing through traditional homesteads of the famous Luwero Triangle, arriving at Kampala in the afternoon and the guide will take you straight home.