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10-Day Tour - Uganda Expedition - Kidepo & Murchison Falls

Day 1

Arrive in Entebbe, be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Kampala.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, an English-speaking professional driver-guide assigned by Home to Africa will greet and welcome you to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Following that, you will be transferred to your reserved lodging (Kampala). If you arrived in Uganda early, you could take an afternoon (or evening) ride around the city. This tour may include a drive along the Buganda Royal Mile, a visit to the Gaddafi Mosque, a visit to the Bahai Temple, and, if time allows, a visit to the Uganda National Museum. Please keep in mind that some establishments may charge a small fee, which you can pay on the spot.
Accommodation: Cassia Lodge (Mid-range Level) | Meals: Dinner | Drive Time: 50mins – 1hour.

Day 2

Drive to Jinja, visit the Nile's Source, and then continue to the Sipi Falls area.

Have breakfast before driving to Jinja. En route, you will pass through Mabira Forest before arriving in Jinja, where the Nile begins its journey to the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Nile's source before continuing to Sipi for an overnight stay. Optional (at an additional cost): You can go water rafting for half a day while in Jinja, depending on your interests. What better way to begin your safari than by experiencing this most exciting, exhilarating, and mind-blowing Nile adventure firsthand! Get wet, go wild, and go rafting. In fact, no prior experience is required to embark on this unforgettable Nile adventure! Get wet, get wetwild, get rafting. In fact, no experience is required to undertake this unforgettable adventure on the Nile.

Accommodation: Sipi River Lodge (Mid-range Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 5-6hrs exclude time in Jinja.

Day 3

Sipi Falls walk/hike, afternoon coffee tour, and community encounter.

You will eat breakfast before heading out to explore the Sipi Falls. The hike (about 212 - 3 hours) takes you to the nearby Sipi falls, a set of three falls. The views are breathtaking and make for an excellent day trip while in Sipi. The (afternoon) coffee tour, on the other hand, will allow you to trace the history of coffee from seed to cup, and you won't want to miss out on this educational experience. Later, simply relax at your accommodation with a breathtaking view of Sipi in front of you.

Sipi River Lodge (Mid-range Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4

Visit Pian Upe Game Reserve before continuing to Kara-tunga Safari Camp.
Get up early, eat breakfast, and then go game viewing in the pristine Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. Pian Upe, located between Mt. Elgon and Kidepo Valley National Parks, was established in the 1960s as a game (wildlife) reserve. Mount Elgon Conservation Area includes the Reserve (MECA).
Look out for ostriches, common elands, plain zebras, greater kudu, savanna monitor lizards, and the only remaining roan antelope population in Uganda while visiting Pian Upe. While on a Uganda safari, you may also have the opportunity to see cheetahs only in Pian Upe. Following the game viewing

After the game viewing and, of course, (packed) lunch, leave Pian Upe and travel to Kara-tunga Safari Camp for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Kara-tunga Safari Camp (Mid-range Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: 3-4 hours, not including time spent in Pian Upe

After the game viewing and, of course, (packed) lunch, leave Pian Upe and travel to Kara-tunga Safari Camp for dinner and an overnight stay.
Accommodation: Kara-tunga Safari Camp (Mid-range Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: 3-4 hours, not including time spent in Pian Upe

Day 5

Hike the Morungole Mountains, including an encounter with the IK community.

Get up early, eat breakfast, and set out to hike Mount Morungole in Karamoja's northern hills. The higher you climb, the more breathtaking the scenery becomes in the valleys below you and into Kenya's Eastern Rift Valley and all the way to Southern Sudan. Expect to meet the Ik, Uganda's smallest tribe, while in Morungole. The Ik have always lived in what is now Kidepo Valley National Park, but they were displaced over 50 years ago and now live on mountain ridges. Visiting the IK provides a rare glimpse into a very unique African tribe. You will then proceed to the booked lodge.

Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Mid-range Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 4-5hrs.

Day 6

Spend the entire day exploring Kidepo, including morning and afternoon game drives.

After breakfast, head out to the Narus Valley in Kidepo's south sector for some game viewing. Narus is a Kidepo sector with savannah grasslands and acacia woodland. It is also the area of the park with permanent water sources all year, as well as the location of the majority of the animals. Keep an eye out for large herds of buffalo, zebras, antelope species, and lions. You'll return to the lodge for lunch before heading out for an afternoon/evening game drive. Dinner and an overnight stay at the lodge.

Kidepo Savannah Lodge provides lodging (Mid-range Level) Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7

Another game drive, followed by a cultural encounter with the Karamojong community.

After breakfast, go on another game drive through the park, this time to Kidepo Valley in the northern sector. The famous sand bed of River Kidepo - a seasonal river that does not flow during the long dry spell - is the main attraction in this area.
There are lush Borassus palms, creating the appearance of a desert oasis. Along the way, keep an eye out for ostriches, leopards (which can be difficult to spot), and tortoises.
Return to your lodging for lunch. Later, go to the Karamojong community for a cultural encounter. You will spend a wonderful afternoon (evening) with the Karamojong people, learning about their culture and beliefs. You will retire to your accommodation at the end of the day to enjoy your dinner and overnight rest.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Mid-range Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 8

Depart Kidepo and make your way to Murchison Falls National Park. Have fun with game drive.
Enjoy your breakfast before leaving Kidepo and heading to Murchison Falls National Park. The roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda's largest National Park, and the chance to see lions, giraffes, buffalos, elephants, and leopard (though difficult to spot) are among the highlights of this park. The concentration of hippos and Nile crocodiles here will undoubtedly fascinate you. You will arrive, check into your accommodation, and rest before heading out for some late afternoon and evening game viewing. Come back for dinner and an overnight stay.

Pakuba Safari Lodge provides lodging (Mid-range Level) Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Drive Time required: 5-6 hours.

Day 9

Morning game drive, afternoon boat trip to the base of the falls, and hiking to the top of the falls.

After breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda's largest National Park, looking for wildlife such as lions and leopards (though these are difficult to spot). During the drive, any birder will be able to see a variety of birds. Return to your lodging for some rest and lunch. OPTIONAL: For an additional fee, you may choose to go on a hot air balloon safari instead (on ground).

After lunch, you will board a boat to the base of Murchison Falls, where you will be able to see more animals such as hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds. Continue with a (optional) hike to the top of the falls. The hike may be difficult, but the rush of reaching the summit is unforgettable. If you must, miss it. Return to your lodging and unwind for the evening.

Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10

Rhino tracking in Zziwa before departing for Entebbe Airport.
Get up early, eat breakfast, and then drive to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you will spend an hour rhino tracking with a trained ranger-guide. Zziwa was founded as a conservation effort to protect Uganda's rhino population, which was on the verge of extinction. You will travel from Zziwa to Entebbe Airport to catch a flight out (recommended for 18:00 onwards).
Accommodation is available upon request | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch | Transportation Time: approximately 7 hours

Price per person

1 pax: USD 4061
2 pax: USD 2594
3 pax: USD 2437
4 pax: USD 2319
5 pax: USD 2213
6 pax: USD 2061

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