Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the north eastern corner of Uganda. Covering an area of 1,442 square kilometers, Kidepo is a true wilderness given its vast savannah plains and rugged mountain landscape home to all the Big Game as we have come to know them – save for the rhinoceros. Kidepo Valley National Park is by far the most spectacular of Uganda’s parks yet the least visited. Because of its remote location and low numbers of visitors, Kidepo valley is mostly untouched and offers an exclusive look at Africa’s most precious savannah and forest animals. This park has been listed as one of the 10 best national parks in Africa by Cable News Network (CNN) Travel.
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Day 1: Drive to Gulu town (L/D)
A driver/guide from Rickshaw Travels Uganda will pick you up from your Kampala hotel to commence your drive to Gulu town. We use Gulu to break the rather long drive into two parts on our way to Kidepo. You will make a lunch stop at Kabalega Dinner’s along the Gulu-Kampala road before continuing to Gulu town. On arrival in Gulu, you will check-in at either Churchill Courts Hotel or another town hotel and have the rest of the day to yourselves.
Day 2: Complete drive to Kidepo Valley N.P (B/L/D)
This morning, enjoy breakfast and re-start your drive to Kidepo Valley National Park. The road from Gulu to Kitgum is under construction so expect marram as well as tarmac sections. You arrive in Kidepo in the middle of the day and head to your lodge. On arrival at Kidepo Savannah Lodge/ Kidepo Bandas, check-in and enjoy lunch. After lunch, you can relax and wait for the sun to go down. Later, you will go on a game drive in search of lions, buffalo, elephants as well as game that comes out when the tempeatures begin to drop.
Day 3: Morning and Evening Game drives (B/L/D)
You will wake up to nature’s sounds and given the remoteness of the park, count on hearing the sounds of an authentic African morning. You will take a sunrise game-drive in and around Apoka Valley. You will then return to the lodge for breakfast after which you will embark on a mid-morning game-adventure that will take you to the Kanangarok hot spring. Here, the so-called Big Five can be seen wandering around including Ostrich. The semi-arid section of the park is home to hot springs and the majestic Ostriches. This section also commands amazing scenery with savannah grassland and mountains from across the South Sudan border in the distance. Return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch, you can relax and wait for the sun to go down. In the evening, head out for a game drive along the Narus River Valley. The valley is a rolling grassland enclosed by distant mountains. The valley has permanent water, and for much of the year the park’s wildlife drinks here. On this drive, you will view Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, and Jackson’s Hartebeest, Klipspringer and Lions plus many other mammals. Alternatively, you can opt for a nature walk with an armed ranger guide near your accommodation. Dinner and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge/ Kidepo Bandas.
Day 4: Visit the Karamojong & drive to Gulu (B/L/D)
After breakfast, with your packed lunch, you will visit the Lorokul Cultural Group and explore the fascinating, ancient culture of the Karamojong. You will also visit the traditional homesteads (Manyata) of the Karamojong to sample local dishes and hear stories of this remote tribe that has just started accepting traits of modernism. After interacting with the locals and learning a few things about this cattle-keeper people, you will drive to Gulu for dinner and overnight stay at Gulu Churchill Courts Hotel or another town hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Entebbe & Departure (B/L)
You wake up at leisure and enjoy breakfast. Depending on what time your onward flight departs Entebbe International Airport (it is advisable you book a flight that departs Entebbe later than 8.00pm), you will commence your drive to Entebbe. You will enjoy lunch en-route to Entebbe via Kampala where you can make a stop at the African Crafts Village for a chance to purchase some Ugandan souvenirs and our wonderful Arabica coffee at the nearby 1000 Cups coffee shop. After, your driver/guide will drop you off at Entebbe International Airport in time for you to check-in for your onward flight.