5 Days Kidepo Valley National Park Safari
Miles and miles away from the noise and dust of the city, Kidepo Valley National Park is a completely different world. Big skies, vast plains, inspiring views from every vantage point. And wildlife everywhere you look. Kidepo offers breathtaking open savannah which is surrounded by spectacular mountain landscape nowhere to be seen in Africa!
The park is home to elephant, zebra, giraffe, huge herds of buffalo, warthog, duiker, hartebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah and hundreds of bird species. A game drive around Narus valley offers visitors chance to see the highest concentration of Buffalo, and Elephants. Other animals that may be seen roaming around include: Jackal, Zebra, Roan Antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Eland, Oribi, Cheetah, Leopard, Klipspringer, and Lion etc. The park boosts of being the highest concentration of birds endemic to Uganda like: Ostrich, Kori bustard, vultures, pygmy falcon, hornbills, eagles etc.
One more interesting thing about Kidepo is the cultural experience that will bring into contact with Karamojong peoples at Karenga and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items. For adventurers, Kidepo is the point where you can visit the IK people who live on top of Mt .Morungole towards the Kenya border via Kawalakol village. A day hike to meet an interact with the IK is amazing and incredible! And this wonderful park is now home to Uganda’s newest safari lodge, Apoka.
Traditional Bandas are also available for budget travelers but they should bring in their own foods and drinks to be planned by your Tour operator during your stay at the park. The park is accessible by road or air. We know Kidepo, the language, geography and convenient time to pay a visit. To cut off costs, we prefer an organized group of between 02- 20 PAX. As a result, we have fixed our departures on Fridays and RETURN on Mondays for flying safari. Special organized groups/individuals will be given attention if they do want to visit the park any time. Also, inquire with our reservations desk for road package to Kidepo: Kampala- Gulu-Kitgum-Orom-Kidepo. Book with us now to avoid disappointment for a Safari of a lifetime to Kidepo and sample the beauty of the park.
DAY 1 Arrival Entebbe-Kampala
On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide from Four Crane Safaris who will then transfer you to Kampala for the overnight atMestil Hotel, Serena Kampala Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Emin Pasha Hotel ,Imperial Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Hotel Africana, Cassia Lodge, Capitol Palace Hotel, Imperial Royale Hotel, Metropole Hotel Kampala, Protea Hotel, Grand Imperial, Speke Hotel,Humura Resort (Medium class accommodation) or Holiday Express Hotel, Namirembe Guest House, Makerere Guest House, Red Chili Hideaway (Low budget/basic accommodation).( Meal plan D)
Following breakfast, you will be driven to Kidepo National Park. Isolated from the Ugandan mainstream by the harsh plains to the north of Mount Elgon, Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s second biggest National Park, and Apoka Lodge is the only lodge in the entire area. Kidepo is one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas, a tract of rugged savannah dominated by Mount Morungole and ransected by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. Perennial running water in the Narus River makes Kidepo an oasis in the semi desert.
This afternoon you can either take a game drive around the lodge area or perhaps recover from a long drive with a refreshing dip in stunning swimming pool. Carved out of a granite kopje the pool affords fantastic views down the Narus valley and over a waterhole frequented by many animals including Bullbull – our friendly elephant and unofficial head gardener! Overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge (Full Board).
After an early breakfast, go for morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. A variety of animals can be seen roaming around including Ostrich. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon have a cultural experience that will bring into contact with Karamojong peoples at Karenga and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight (Full Board).
After breakfast, we will visit the abandoned Katurum Lodge. Built by Idi Amin, this impressive structure is worth a visit for the views alone.visit the bird hide and enjoy a guided nature walk, look out for Fox Kestrel, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Grasshopper Buzzard, Montague’s Harrier, Fan Tailed Raven and the very rare Stone Partridge. Overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge (Full Board).
Get up very early in the morning for short game drive after breakfast, Returnback to return to Kampala late in the evening.
The Safari Packages to include:
Air charter/Car hire
Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
Park entrance fees
vehicle hire for game drives
services on an English/ngakaramajong/ateso speaking guide
The package to exclude expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, cigars, personal insurance, shopping bills etc
Four Crane Safaris, Uganda Eco Tourism Safari Company “The quality sustainable tourism company amid the Pearl of Africa” For Safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. For either classic rates or budget rates about this tour, send us an E-mail from the contacts