6 Days Best of Kidepo Valley National Park
Situated in North-Eastern Uganda, Kidepo is a remote wilderness savanna that has a plethora of animals that includes the Big Five and practically every other mammal and arid bird species you're likely to have on your checklist.
Day 1: Road trip to Kidepo Valley National Park
During this day-long road trip, you will have a stopover at Fort Patiko, a former slave camp in a rocky outcrop in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Despite being over a century old, it still looks as authentic as it was during the slave trade era. Then, victims of this cold trade used to be brought here for inspection ahead of their sell in slave markets in present South Sudan.
One of Kidepo’s biggest assets is a decent road infrastructure that enables travelers to drive from Kampala and their chosen safari lodges within the park. This offers a much better understanding and appreciation of this equatorial country as a whole, while at the same time keeping the cost of their chosen safari down. Have an overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.
Day 2: Game Drives & Hot Springs
The best time to head out for a game drive is early morning or late evening when the predators are out for a hunt. In between, around mid-day, they tend to disappear out of sight, into distant shades where they can take shelter from the scorching sun. To stand better chances of photographing a leopard napping next to the kill it has hoisted into a tree, concentrate on where you see vultures gathering—with the hope of devouring left-overs. If lady luck is on your side, you might spot a pair of cheetahs sitting high on their relatively high termite hills with the intent of getting a clear view of prey that are wandering back and forth.
The limited number of lodges and camps means that Kidepo’s ‘wildness’ doesn’t feel tamed and the experience isn’t ‘package-holiday’ like.
After lunch, you go for an afternoon game drive in the northern section of the park in search of ostriches, leopards, and tortoises. Not so far from the palm tree-lined Kidepo River, you will find a hot spring that has been active in the park since the last volcanic eruption that took place over 10,000 years ago.
Day 4: Cultural Tour & Transfer to Gulu.
A visit to Kidepo is incomplete with a treat of the authentic traditional cultures of the Karimojong. It is a tribe of nomadic warriors with a strong attachment to the ancient way of life. It has a strong influence on the way they eat, dance, marry, and hold festivals.
After the cultural tour, you will be transferred to Gulu District in the afternoon. You will spend much of the day relaxing at the hotel. Overnight at Boma hotel Gulu.
Day 5: Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Have a relaxed breakfast and prepare for your journey to the Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola. Have lunch on your arrival and start the walk with the local guide to view the animals in the wild. Ziwa is an absolute A-list destination! Where else can you be following a rhino and her calves towards their hideout and at the same instant see flocks of savannah birds flying in search of where to nest and overnight at Ziwa Rhino Lodge.
Day 6: Drive Back to Kampala
After breakfast (Inclusive), drive back to Kampala and lunch on arrival (not Inclusive), your guide drops you back at either your accommodation (Kampala/Entebbe) or at Entebbe Airport for your late evening flight.
- Game drive
- Cultural Experience