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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.
Day 1: Drive to Kitgum
The journey to Kidepo Valley National Park is over 600 kilometres so we will break into two parts on the way there with a drive from Kampala to Kitgum town. You will make two stops along the way – one to freshen up and the other for lunch in Gulu town. Between Gulu and Kidepo Valley National Park, the road is part gravel and part dirt. You will spend the night at the Boma Hotel Kitgum.
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Kitgum to Kidepo Valley National Park
After breakfast, you will complete your drive to Kidepo Valley National park. On arrival you will check into the new Kidepo Savannah Lodge. After checking into your lodge, you will have lunch and rest. At about 5pm, you will head out on an evening game drive along the Narus River Valley. The valley is a rolling grassland plain 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. Dinner and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Morning Game Drive & Community visit
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 Kanangorok 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 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 return to your lodge for overnight stay.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Drive to Kampala/Entebbe
You will make a very early start – leaving Kidepo Valley National Park at 5.30am. The drive is long but you will make breaks as and when it is necessary. You will enjoy lunch en-route and then continue onto Kampala, headed to Entebbe International Airport where your driver/guide will drop you off at the airport for your onward flight, which should be booked for late this evening.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
Should you be spending an extra night in Kampala, please let us know and we will book a hotel for your extra days.