Kidepo valley national park is found in the remote rugged and semi-arid parts of Karamoja. The park covers an area of about 1,440 km2 and has been described as one of the top three parks in Africa by CNN Travel. This hidden gem is Uganda’s true answer to Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti. While the park is not as marketed or visited, the terrain, unspoiled savannah grassland, mountains and wild animals remind you of how the African plains once used to be. It has variety and abundance of wildlife with a landscape that is perfect for a true African safari. Visitors will get to see elephants, cheetahs, ostriches, hippopotamus, leopard, baboons, giraffe, wild dogs, oryx, buffalo, lions and several antelope species including bush babies. Bird lovers have over 475 species to see. Because of its remote location, the park is less crowded and visitors are given special and personal treats.
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Kidepo national park is quite remote and this package is designed for those who have limited time to travel the long road distance to the park from Kampala – Or those who prefer to use a chartered plane. The flight to Kidepo from either Entebbe or Kajjansi takes only 2 hours. This package will give you enough time to experience all that this great park has to offer before flying back to Entebbe or Kajjansi in Kampala.
- Flights to and from Kidepo valley airstrip
- Two game drives at the Narus and Kidepo Valleys
- Spotting ostriches and hot springs at the Kidepo valley
- Visiting the Karamojong and Ik indigenous communities
Day 1: Fly in to Kidepo and go for Afternoon game drive
A guide from Mission Africa Safaris will pick you up from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe and take you to either Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airfield. Your two hour flight will give you an opportunity to see Uganda’s beautiful and changing landscape. You will land at Kidepo Valley airfield where you will be picked by our focal person at the park. You will then be transferred to your lodge were you will freshen up, have lunch, relax/swim and wait for your afternoon game drive. The afternoon game drive will take you to spot lions, hippos, wild dogs, buffaloes, elephants, leopard and several species of antelope. Dinner and overnight will be at Apoka Safari lodge.
Day 2: Morning game drive to Narus Valley and visit to the Karamojong community
You will have sumptuous breakfast at your lodge then be driven for a game drive at the Narus valley. Every game drive is different and you will see mammals and birds that you probably didn’t see in the first game drive. Kidepo is a beautiful park and you will be amazed by the landscape and unspoiled wilderness. Take enough photos before returning back to your lodge for lunch and a swim. In the afternoon, you will be taken to visit the Karamojong people. The Karamojong are nomadic pastoralists who live in unique houses called manyatas that are designed to be temporal. Their leaders will explain to you things related to their culture and entertain you with their traditional songs and dances. Dinner and overnight will be at Apoka Safari lodge.
Day 3: Game drive to Kidepo Valley and Hot Springs – visit to the Ik People
This third day begins with breakfast before heading to the Kidepo valley. You will pass through the Narus valley again on your way to the Kidepo valley to spot more mammals, ostriches and other bird species. You will see the famous Hot springs in Kidepo and get to know how they relate to the local/indigenous communities. You should go see the border between Uganda and South Sudan before returning to your lodge. Dinner and overnight will be at Apoka Safari lodge.
Day 4: Fly back to Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airfield
Wake up to take breakfast, checkout and be driven to the Kidepo Valley Airfield for Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield in Kampala. You will then connect to your international flight.
End of Safari
Safari Includes: Airport/Airstrip transfers, driver/guide, all Game drive activities, park fees, park guide/Ranger, Bottled water, Transport in 4X4 vehicle and full board accommodation while on safari.
Safari Excludes: International flights, Visas, Kampala or Entebbe accommodation, Personal expenses like laundry, crafts, drinks, cigars, souvenirs and tips.