10 days Kidepo National Park – Eastern Route

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Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Jinja

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport in the morning hours/depending on your location in Kampala, meet our company representative/driver guide and transfer to Jinja. Taking the Eastern route via Mabira forest – Uganda largest rainforest, Lugazi sugar plantations and other interesting places as you will observe on the road. It’s a 3 hours’ drive from Kampala with en route sceneries. Arrive Jinja at good time for lunch at your hotel, check-in and later afternoon, explore a bit of the town or stay at your lodge and relax. Dinner and overnight stay at Source of the Smile

Day 2: Half day rafting and Source of the Nile visit

After morning breakfast, drive to the starting point for your white water rafting experience. You will be briefed about the activity then proceed to the rafting spot where you will be given gears and instructions, this usually starts at 9 am. Enjoy your half day amazing fun along the longest Nile in Africa. Retreat from the activity and have lunch at our hotel.

Later afternoon, connect to the source of the Nile and boat cruise to the source of the Nile/Lake Victoria. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel as above

Day 3: Transfer to Sipi fall – Mount Elgon

After breakfast, meet your drive and embark on your journey to Kapchowura district close to Mount Elgon. The area is mountainous with good scenery. It’s a 4 hours’ drive with en route lunch in Mbale town before you proceed to Kapchowura district – home to Sipi Falls. Arrive and proceed to check-in your lodge to rest. Dinner and overnight stay at Sipi River lodge

Day 4: Full day Sipi falls

After your early morning breakfast at the lodge, you will drive to the Sipi falls offices where you will get a guide for the Sipi falls hike. Sipi falls has 3 falls at Mount Elgon foothills that stretch to 85m, 75m and 100m accordingly. Depending on your fitness, you may visit all the 3 falls or choose to visit 2 falls. In the evening drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Sipi River lodge as above

Day 5: Full day drive to Kidepo Valley national park

Very early after breakfast, depart for Kidepo via Moroto. It’s a full day drive with lunch en route.  Dinner and overnight stay at Apoka Safari lodge/Kidepo Savannah lodge/Nga Moru wilderness Camp

Day 6: Game drive in Narus valley & community tour

Breakfast will be served early and drive to Narus valley for a morning game drive. Narus valley is known to possess the largest buffalo herds than anywhere else in the entire world. There are also high chances of spotting big cats on a hunt and on a lucky day; you may spot the rare cheetahs too which are endemic to Kidepo in the whole of Uganda. Head back to the lodge for lunch and embark on an evening game drive in the Narus valley again. Dinner and overnight stay at Lodge as above

Day 7: Game drive and Hot springs visit in Kidepo Valley

Enjoy breakfast and drive to Kidepo valley for another game drive close to South Sudan. This area is best known for viewing the Ostriches and other wild cats including the cheater and not forgetting the hot springs. The park has great observation points with binoculars and you will be happy to use them and you can never have enough of a game drive in this park! Return later afternoon to unwind and rest at your lodge. Dinner and overnight at lodge as above.

Day 8: Drive to Murchison falls – Full day drive

Depart from Kidepo very early after your breakfast and begin your journey to Murchison falls national park that is far North Western part of Uganda, you will have several stopovers if necessary for lunch and stretching in Gulu town. Arrive Murchison late evening and connect to check-in your lodge. Dinner and overnight stay Pakuba Safari lodge/Paraa Safari lodge/Heritage Safari lodge

Day 9: Delta game drive and Boat cruise at the bottom of the falls

Early morning after breakfast at your lodge, embark on a morning game drive in the northern part of the park to the delta. This is where you may spot various animal species like elephants, giraffes, lions, hyenas, cape buffaloes, leopards (on a lucky day), and different species of antelopes including the Uganda Kobs, Jackson hartebeest, Oribi, waterbucks among others. After the game drive, return to your lodge to refresh and have lunch.

In the afternoon you will go for a boat cruise to see the magnificent falls along River Nile. Cruising along the bottom of the falls will expose you to the park’s streaming hippo and serried ranges of crocodile along the sandbanks, different bird species and large numbers of different species getting down to drink & bathe. After viewing the falls, return to the landing site and meet your driver and return to your lodge as above, meals on full board.

Day 10: Rhino trekking and return to Kampala

After breakfast, drive out of the park to connect to Ziwa Sanctuary for Rhino trekking. Lunch will be served depending on where you will. You will be dropped off a place you will advise or proceed to Entebbe airport for your onward flight back home. This is a 4-5 hours’ drive to Kampala. End of the tour