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Safari in Uganda, Kidepo Vallep NP
Kidepo valley National Park is Found in the Northeastern part of Uganda boarded by Sudan to the South and Kenya to its Northwest all in Kaabong District. Kidepo National Park is the second biggest National Park in Uganda lying on over 1440 square kilometers with altitude ranging between 914m to 2,750m above sea level.
Kidepo has one rainy season annually and this is from April to September: During the rainy season, the park is blessed with two beautiful Rivers which are Kidepo and Narus Rivers. However the Rivers always disappear during the dry season and all they leave behind are the muddy pools until it rains again. The wildlife in Kidepo National Park is like no other in Uganda, you will experience spectacular and untouched wilderness from over 70 mammal’s species, to up to 470 bird species.
The Park can be accessed by both road and by flying, this 4 days trip is practical but it is very tiring. However, there is so much sightseeing when driving to Northern Uganda and with the stops for a quick stretch, the journey will take up to 13 hours.
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Kidepo Valley 4 Days itinerary
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DAY 1: KAMPALA TO KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
As clearly stated in the above about the time traveling to Kidepo valley National Park, this will most definitely be a long journey. However, the drive will be accompanied by a lot of scenic viewing and sightseeing. You will be picked by our representative and your guide very early in the morning as the trip should start by 5am. You will most definitely have lunch en-route that will be coupled with a lot of stopovers to stretch your legs and relax the muscles.
You will arrive at Kidepo Valley National Park in approximately 13 hours. You will arrive late in the evening and all you will do is check in your Accommodation, have your dinner and have a good night sleep.
DAY 2: GAME DRIVE WITH CULTURAL ENCOUNTER
Early morning game drive with viewing the park’s endowed diversity of wildlife such as elephants, leopard, warthogs, ostriches, buffaloes, giraffes and lions and continue to bird watching in the Narus Valley e.t.c Some of the beautiful birds you will be seeing are the Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and Clapperton’s which is found only in Kidepo valley. After the game drive, you will return to the camp where you will have lunch rest and later go for an evening cultural tour to interact with the Karamojong community.
Here you will get an opportunity of seeing how the locals go about their day today lives from the activities that keep them occupied all day every day to their cultural practices. You will most definitely realize why most Africans are reluctant to completely giving up on their traditional practices. You will later return to the lodge/hotel for your dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: NATURE WALK WITH AN EVENING GAME DRIVE
Today very early in the morning, you will have your breakfast and head out for Nature walk experience coupled with a brief drive to the Kanangorok Hot Springs. You will pass some magnificent landscapes and rocky outcrops. Chances are you will get to see some ostriches as there are often see in this part of the park. You should later return to the Hotel/ Lodge and have your lunch, there after rest and relax a bit as you get ready for your evening game drive.
The game drive will take less than 3 hours as you will be looking out for the wildlife as they retire for the day as well. When the game drive is done, you will drive back to your accommodation, relax, have your dinner and get ready for your departure tomorrow.
DAY 4: KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK BACK TO KAMPALA
Unlike the morning you left Kampala to come to Kidepo Valley National Park, today you should be out on the road by at least 6am so that you do not get to Kampala so late.
Travel Time: Approximately 13 Hours
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch