This culture & wildlife Uganda safari lets you explore the less visited Northern parts of Uganda with the untouched wilderness of Kidepo Valley NP as the highlight. Taking the eastern route up you pass by Sipi Falls and the Sebei tribe continue on through the lands of the Karamojong people to Kidepo Valley NP. Then make the journey southwards to Murchison Falls NP for more wildlife and a boat-cruise on the Nile. Finish off with a visit to Ziwa rhino sanctuary.
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Day by day itinerary:
We meet our tour guide at Entebbe airport and transfer to Kampala seeing Lake Victoria from the road and getting a first taste of Uganda as you arrive for our culture & wildlife Uganda safari. Check-in at the guesthouse and relax after the flight. If arriving on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday it is possible to see Ndere troops performance of cultural dances in the evening (not included in quoted price, adds 15 dollar per person).
Overnight Mamaland Guesthome
Leave Kampala in the early morning and make the journey to Sipi Falls. The target is to arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. Sipi Falls offers stunning scenery and beautiful waterfalls. In the afternoon you go for a guided walk to see three of the water falls close up and experience the local coffee ceremony with the Sebei tribe.
Overnight Lacam Lodge
We leave the stunning views of Sipi Falls in the morning and start the journey to Moroto. We continue our journey off the beaten track by going through the tribes, hopping for a market day to visit the tribes. It’s a very very remote area with a scenic reserve, local people, markets in the most un touched area and remote village set up as the highlights.
Overnight in Moroto hotel
Leave Moroto after breakfast to transfer to Kidepo Valley national park as we continue our culture & wildlife Uganda safari. Enter the park in a landscape of vast plains and semi-arid savannah framed by jagged mountains and wooded hills, Kidepo is one of the wildest and most spectacular reserves in Africa. The landscape throughout the park is studded with small hills, rocky outcrops and inselbergs from which one can obtain stunning views in all directions enjoy panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and photographic opportunities of wildlife from all corners. During the afternoon game-drive you can see elephants, herds of buffaloes, jackals, Jackson’s hartebeest, klipspringer and possibly lions, leopard and cheetah.
Overnight at Apoka Hostel bandas
Go for a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring area crossing the sand river (if there is water in the sand river game-drive in another area). A variety of animals can be seen roaming around including Ostrich. Connec back for lunch. In the afternoon have a cultural experience that will bring you into contact with Karamojong peoples at Karenna and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items.
Overnight Apoka Hostel bandas
In the morning we drive out of Kidepo Valley National Park possibly spotting some interesting sights as we exit and start the journey to Murchison Falls national park. This day we transfer through Uganda’s biggest town in the North, Gulu, and continue through the flat scenic landscape with local villages. It’s a long drive so we arrive at the lodge in the afternoon.
Overnight in Twiga Tales Lodge
In the morning we set off for a game-drive in Murchison Falls national park. On the broad savannah you search for Big cats, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the circuits to the delta point for a cocktail of birds and mammals. In the afternoon you go for the 2pm boat ride on the Nile to the base of Murchison Falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you), Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. When reaching the falls you jump of the boat and go with a guide to the top of the falls. It is a beautiful hike that takes you to see the falls close up as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice before the Nile continues its journey towards the Mediterranean. Your guide picks you at the top of the falls and you continue on to the town Masindi to spend the night at Uganda’s oldest hotel. Masindi hotel is known for having hosted Hemingway and Humprey Bogart.
(The hike to the top of the falls includes a steep trail so might not be suitable if you have some health issues.)
Overnight in Masindi Hotel
After breakfast we leave Masindi and head towards Ziwa rhino sanctuary. At the sanctuary they are working to reintroduce rhinos to Uganda and you go for a trek to see these fascinating animals. Depending on time you then have lunch at the sanctuary or along the way. Continue on to Entebbe where your guide drops you off at the airport as we have finished our culture & wildlife Uganda safari. Plan for an evening or night flight or add an extra day to fly the next day.
Price: The price depends on number of people and accommodation level. Contact us with your inquiry to get the best price for your safari.
Included: Accommodation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activities mentioned in the itinerary. Plus water in the car and a couple of fruits along the way.
Excluded: International flights, visas, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Accommodation: In general accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is good places on budget to mid-range level (with the exception of luxury safaris). The accommodation can be adapted to your price range of budget, mid-range or luxury. Of course a mix is also possible. Take a look here for links to the website’s of the lodges we regularly work with.
Payment options: We accept international bank transfer, card payment through PesaPal (adds 3,5% charge) and cash payment if you are in Uganda.
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