Experience the best budget safari in Uganda! You will experience a unique safari to Kidepo Valley National Park with fully equipped and comfortable camping equipment, a camp chef, and an unrivaled knowledge of its stunning mountain fringed wilderness. Besides the game drives, you will also get to see the stunning views of Morongole mountain and Mount Elgon.
You will be accommodated in twin share basis camps provided. The first night's accommodation in a lodge in Gulu is not included in the price.
Departing early from Kampala, you will continue to travel through the rural villages in southern and central Uganda across the Kafu River and Nile River at Karuma Falls. After that, you will have a quick break to take in the impressive rapids and reach your destination for the night, “the capital of the north”, Gulu, in the lunch time.
In the afternoon, you will head to Patiko, not far from Gulu, for a tour of the historical site set among the rocky outcrops. Patiko or “Baker’s Fort” was an Arab slaving outpost that was captured by Sir Samuel and Lady Baker in the 19th Century and its story is brought to life by the excellent local guides. Your dinner will be provided, usually at the excellent Ethiopian restaurant in town. Your accommodation for the night is a good clean budget lodge provided by Buffalo Safari Camps.
After breakfast, you will take the road north to Kitgum. There are tarmacs that will obstruct the journey, but Buffalo Safari Camps expects to take around 2 - 2.5 hours through the rural north before taking a quick break in Kitgum. From Kitgum, you will head north-east to Kidepo. This is a stunning drive as you will head into increasingly mountainous terrain before finally bursting through the mountain pass with the beautiful Kidepo Valley National Park laid out before you.
You will arrive at the campsite in the lunch time prepared by the camp manager and have an opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy the view. In the early evening, you will take a short game drive into the Narus River wetland to see what you can see before returning to the campsite to find your tents set up with all their bedding and the barbecue being prepared.
After that, you’ll have time for a warm shower and possibly a sun-downer before dinner around the campfire and a peaceful evening, listening to the sounds of the bush under the night sky.
You will wake up and watch the sunrise over the Morongole Mountains with coffee and some fresh fruits. Then, you will begin your day of game viewing with another visit into the Narus Valley to see lions, elephants, giraffes, elands, zebras, leopards, and to marvel at the sight of the huge herds of buffalo grazing in the wetland.
You will return to the camp for a more substantial breakfast before heading towards the seasonal Kidepo River to see cheetahs and ostriches. You will take a packed lunch among the Barassas palms at the Kidepo River before returning to the camp in the mid afternoon. You can find a nice shady spot to relax or take the optional nature walk or community visit before a traditional African poike stew around the campfire in the evening.
You will wake up for the breakfast and sunrise time. You will then pack up from the camp for the long journey ahead. Depending on the weather conditions, the route will either take you south through the stunning Karamoja landscape via Moroto or back via Kitgum and Soroti. The target is to visit the vast reserve of Pian Upe on the southern Karamoja plains and to have one final opportunity to see ostrich, cheetah, and hyena.
However, the road conditions are quite frequently very poor here, so you do sometimes head for the foothills of Mount Elgon where your accommodation perched on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the famous Sipi Falls. After that, it's time for a sundowner and dinner with a view of the falls and the Karamoja plains in the distance.
You will enjoy breakfast and the local coffee, followed by either relaxing in the great views and crisp fresh air or the optional walk to the falls. It’s an interesting walk through the farmland to the foot of Sipi Falls. It's not a long walk, but a steep one. In the mid-morning, you will depart Sipi and head to Jinja for lunch. You can then go to Kampala in the afternoon.
Rogers is a Munyoro from the community next to Murchison Falls National Park. With over 10 years experience as a driver / guide, he knows every pothole and curve in the roads of Uganda.
Raphael has worked in Kidepo Valley for seven years as a wildlife guide and has ten years experience guiding in northern Uganda. He is Karamajong of the Napiri tribe and was born and still lives on the very edge of Kidepo Valley National Park. He has an unrivaled knowledge of Kidepo and Kitgum.
This safari will take place in Gulu, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Mount Elgon in Uganda. Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is an unspoiled wilderness of lush green valleys, dramatic mountain ranges, spectacular night skies, and amazing sunrises. Uniquely in Uganda, it is home to huge herds of buffalo, mighty prides of lion, as well as zebras, elands, cheetahs, leopards, ostriches, giraffes, elephants, and a variety of endemic bird species.
You will be served 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners. On day 3, you will also see the sunrise over the Morongole Mountains while enjoying coffee and some fresh fruit. You can also enjoy tea, coffee, or juice in your breakfast.
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