Enjoy the diversity and exciting experience of this 7-day Eastern Uganda Safari. From Kampala, all the way up to Kidepo Valley National Park, this safari offers the great landscapes, wildlife, and excitement all the way through.
From Jinja where your city tour can be complemented by the exhilarating white water rafting among the rapids of the Nile. Then you will to Sipi for the sparkling waterfalls and local coffee-growing norms, after which you will head northward to Kidepo Valley National Park for your ultimate wilderness experience.
In Kidepo you will see such animals as Ostrich, Zebra, Giraffe, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda Kob among many others. Together with a visit to the hot springs, a morning Nature walks, and a community visit, you will feel one with the park and its surrounding beauty.
DAY 1: Arrival in Uganda
Today you will arrive at Entebbe Airport and you will be welcomed by your safari guide. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have an optional city tour of Entebbe town.
Entebbe was the colonialists’ administrative center and has many buildings that date over half a century ago. The name Entebbe means “the chair” in Luganda, which is the local language of the area. You may also choose to visit Entebbe botanical gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education center (Entebbe Zoo).
DAY 2: Jinja city tour, Optional half day water rafting
Jinja town is best known for the source of the Nile where the river starts its 4000- mile journey to the Mediterranean from Lake Victoria.
You will bypass numerous sugarcane plantations and also drive through the Mabira forest – the largest natural forest in Uganda. In Jinja, you will take a boat ride to the source of the Nile point and also have a tour around the town.
Alternatively, you may opt to do a half day water rafting on the Nile. You will relax at your accommodation in the evening.
Day 3: Drive to Mbale -Sipi Falls walk, Coffee tour
After an early breakfast, depart for Kapchorwa town and proceed to Sipi Falls. You shall have a nature walk to the Sipi falls. These are a series of 3 waterfalls. You shall walk to the base of the falls and relax while taking a dip in the cool water of the falls, located at the base of Mt Elgon.
Mount Elgon itself is a 4,321m high extinct volcano which in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro. In the afternoon you will take a community visit around the area which will be centered on coffee growing and processing.
In the Mount Elgon area, coffee is the major cash crop grown. The community tour will expose you to local methods of coffee growing, management and processing.
DAY 4: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park
Today you will start the long drive from Elgon region northward to Kidepo Valley National park. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.
Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent.
Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses with a picturesque savannah landscape extending far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have a short game drive in the park.
DAY 5: All day Game drive to the hot springs
After breakfast, you will embark on an extensive all day game drive in Kidepo valley national park. You will carry a packed lunch and with the company of a ranger guide, start your search for the animals and birds of Kidepo.
The park ranger will help you spot the lions that may be sitting on the valley’s various rocks. Other wildlife includes elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, ostrich, buffalo and much more, in the wild Narus Valley.
The game drive will traverse open plains that extend past Kanangorok Hot Springs towards mountains across the Sudanese border. This is the part of the park where ostriches are most commonly seen. At the hot springs, you will take a brief walk to observe and photograph.
DAY 6: Morning Nature Walk, and afternoon Community Visit
Kidepo valley national park offers a range of nature walks depending on your strength or preference. Shorter guided walks of around two hours can be taken through the Narus Valley extending over a 5km radius from Apoka Tourism Centre.
The walk to Lomej Mountains can be last four hours, the hike starts at 7 am. Guests can also wander along the splendid Kidepo River Valley between banks of attractive borassus palm forest. Namamkweny Valley can be reached in one hour from Apoka.
In the afternoon you will take a visit to a willing community of Karimojong. Discover the unique culture of this remote tribe with the Lorukul Cultural Group, located just outside Kidepo Valley National Park.
Their main livelihood is herding livestock, and the social and cultural importance will be explained as you walk with the guides to the traditional Karamojong manyattas (homesteads), granaries and cattle enclosures. Learn how the villagers make their distinctive beads, sample the local cuisine, and even learn the tribe’s folklore and beliefs.
DAY 7: Return to Entebbe, and Departure
Early in the morning you will depart from Kidepo valley and drive for the whole day to Entebbe or your next tour destination in Uganda. You will be dropped at the airport or any other preferred place as you conclude the tour.
- Transportation in a 4WD safari Land Cruiser
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Park entrance fees.
- Game drive
- Ranger guide fees
- Services on an English speaking guide
- Community walk
- Nature Walk
- Enroute lunches
- International flights
- Hire / purchase of Hiking Gear
- Personal Travel insurance
- Visa Fees
- Tips for services offered
- Any other items of personal nature.