Through this five days trip you will earn yourself scenarios of the landscape with large herds of wildlife, a unique untouched landscape and wildlife in its natural state as you have never seen before. You will also visit the Ik tribe chiefdom (a subsection of the Karamajong) where you will participate in their dances, hunting and other living experience that they go through in their unique life next to the national park. Kidepo valley national park is yet the least visited of the ten Uganda’s national parks. You will also take time to go to the homestead of the cattle keepers and learn the daily roles and activities of this remote cattle keeping community. You also have a chance to participate in the dances, cattle rearing, cultural dressing and crafts making. You will be amazed by the rich experience that you can also stamp by taking your self-made souvenir during the crafts making workshops.
Day 1: Drive from Kampala to Kitgum: From Kampala start your tour with a first night at Kitgum. Today, you will cross the Nile at Karuma falls then drive north through the relatively flat and remote Ugandan countryside. You will have several stop over points for snacks. Preferably, carry some packed snacks to minimize relying on roadside eats. You may stop to grab cooked snacks or stop for lunch at Gulu town then proceed to Kitgum for dinner and overnight. Please not that no pictures allowed at Karuma falls bridge but the views are rewarding.
Day 2: Kitgum – Kidepo valley National park: After breakfast, head to Karenga, on your way to Lokumoit Gate as your entry to Kidepo valley national park. Today, as you head to the park offices and after checking in, you will take the chances of spotting wildlife in this rich ecosystem. Common site is the breath taking scenery of the landscape and wildlife including cats, African Elephants, Leopard, Bush bucks, Giraffes, African Buffaloes and much more. On a lucky day, you may spot the lions typical of Kidepo on the rocks at the entrance of Apoka park headquarters or along the Narus valley.
Day 3: Kidepo valley national park: Today you have a full day of exploring Kidepo Valley National park in a series of activities including game drives, nature and cultural walks, hot springs visits mixed with relaxing moments to enjoy the unique scenery of Kidepo landscape. Start with an early morning breakfast and packed lunch before you start the game drives and walks to the hot springs via the palm trees lined along Kidepo River, in search for Ostriches and leopards, tortoises along the way. You may choose to participate in the guided nature walk, mountain trekking to visit the Ik tribe chiefdom to participate in their dances and other cultural activities. You will then return to your hotel later in the day.
Day 4: Kidepo national park – Gulu: After breakfast connect from Kidepo valley national park to Kitgum through Karenga. You will then have lunch in Kitgum before you continue to Gulu town. When in Gulu, You may participate in some cultural experiences to take a glimpse of the memories and remains of the Lord’s resistance army (LRA) war. You will be amazed to learn how this town has recovered to overturn the recorded story of horror. Being the largest town in the region, you will have chances to make refill shopping then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Drive from Gulu to Kampala: Take an early breakfast and depart to Kampala. You will drive via Karuma. Depending on the time, you have an option of branching off at Ziwa rhino and wildlife sanctuary before you proceed to Kampala. Otherwise, take a coffee or lunch break at Kabalega diner on Gulu Kampala highway. We will arrive in Kampala late evening for dinner and overnight.