Safari highlights: wildlife viewing/watching, birding,scenic viewing, nature walks and cultural visits.
The Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most spectacular parks. It is 1,442 square kilometres and harbours scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. The vegetation of this Park can best be described as open tree Savannah which varies much in structure and composition. Mountain forest dominates some of the high places, while areas along the Lorupei River support dense Acacia geradi forest. The flora and fauna of the park are more typical of Kenya than the rest of Uganda. The landscape throughout the park is studded with small hills, rocky outcrops and dotted inselbergs from which one can obtain stunning views in all directions.
Kidepo National park is home to elephant, zebra, giraffe, huge herds of buffalo, warthog, duiker, Jackson’s 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 Roan Antelope, waterbuck,Eland, Oribi,Klipspringer, 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.
Cultural activities to be done include: Visiting the Manyattas (Homesteads of the Karamojong) and 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!
Where to stay: Apoka Safari Lodge and Traditional self contained 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.
DAY ONE:Depart Kampala in the morning via Mbale using a very good 4wd safari vehicle. The drive takes us to Nakapiripirit-Moroto-Kotido town where we make a stop over for Lunch. Continue to drive past the vast land of Karamoja to Kaabong trading centre and to Kidepo,the 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 evening we recover from your 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 or Apoka self contained Bandas.
DAY TWO: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. Overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge or Apoka self contained Bandas.
DAY THREE: After breakfast, we will visit the abandoned Katurum Lodge. Built by Idi Amin, this impressive structure is worth a visit for the views alone. A must for birders, look out for Fox Kestrel, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Grasshopper Buzzard, Montague’s Harrier, Fan Tailed Raven and the very rare Stone Partridge. Evening visit the bird hide and enjoying a guided nature walk is a nice experience. Overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge or Apoka self contained Bandas.
DAY FOUR: After breakfast, we return to Kampala via Kitgum or Soroti and arrive to Kampala late in the evening
Optional volunteer one day activity for clients: Today morning begins with African breakfast. The team gets set to go and does community work within the communities eco projects staying adjacent the park. Volunteer services with local Associations include constructing schools, health clinics, cultivating a community garden, making crafts or digging a road leading to a trading center. In the evening, the guests return to the camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Possible extensions to this safari include: Kibale NP, Semiliki wild Reserve, Queen Elizabeth NP, Bwindi NP, Mgahinga NP and Rwanda,
The safari package to include:
- Transportation by a 4wd safari vehicle
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Nature walk
- Game drives
- Cultural visit
- Services of an English/ Ngakaramojong/Ateso speaking guide driver/Guide
The package excludes expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco
Choose between luxury, mid range and budget accommodation
Gorilla Tracking Safaris Ltd. We offer eco expeditions (expeditions with a conservational theme) sustainable tours and safaris amid the Pearl of Africa. For Eco-Safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC.