Kidepo National Park is one of Africa’s most isolated parks based in the far North of Uganda, bordering Southern Sudan and Kenya. Kidepo has a variety of elusive predators such as the Aardwolf, Bar-eared Fox, Caracal, Cheetah, Hunting dog, Striped Hyena as well as a variety of Elephants, Lions, Leopards and Rothschild Giraffes. Over 450 species of bird have been recorded in the park, of which 58 are birds of prey and 14 that are endemic to the region.
Kidepo is also the home of two authentic tribal villages, the Karamojong and Ik people, who you will meet, share stories, learn about their unique culture before setting up camp and staying the night. The Karamojong are a proud warrior and cattle herding culture that have shunned modernising, whilst the Ik People are the first inhabitants and most marginalised people now pushed to the mountains of Kidepo and finding new sources of food and income after having to abandon hunting. Get off the beaten track and come visit Africa’s best kept secret with Crooked Compass. Experience what few people do, the greatness of Kidepo Valley National Park.
Day 1 – Arrival at Kidepo Valley
Welcome to Uganda! On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your guide who will brief you on your itinerary and assist you to proceed to your Aero link flight to Kidepo Valley National Park. Your flight departs Entebbe at 1215hrs and arrives into Kidepo at 1455hrs.
Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated National Park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamojong would agree that it is also one of the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks amongst Africa’s finest wildernesses.
The airstrip is only minutes away from the luxury Apoka Safari Lodge, in the heart of the park. A savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. Have lunch at the lodge and proceed to afternoon game drive where you will encounter a range of wildlife species including Uganda Kobs, Reed Bucks, Oribis, Rich Bucks, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffes, Buffalo and Lions. (L,D)
Overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge
Day 2 - Karamojong Culture Experience
This morning you will have an early breakfast at the Safari Lodge before being picked up by your Karra-Tong Tour Guide for a 4 hour transfer to the Eastern Uganda border, neighbouring Kenya, for your amazing Karamojong Cultural Experience and overnight with the Karamojong cattle herders.
Upon arrival at the eastern border, stretch your legs and leave for a scenic nature walk through the valley of Mt Moroto, the highest mountain of Karamojong. At the end of the walk you will set camp at a traditional village of the So Tepeth mountain people. Later on, participate in the daily life in the Manyatta (village). Immerse yourself in Karamojong culture, participating in traditional games, daily activities such as preparing staple foods, harvesting, beading, teaching, dance, how to shoot a bow and arrow and traditional friendly wrestling.
Tonight, you will have the opportunity to experience typical Karamojong pastoral life by sleeping a night with the animals and shepherds in the Kraal. Help bringing the cows to the kraal, share stories around the campfire, play games with the warriors and learn all about nomadic life. You can sleep under the stars with a blanket or in tent, depending how authentic you want to go. Enrich your experience with a more remote Kraal located 2hrs drive from Moroto town. (B,L,D)
Overnight with the Karamojong Cattle Shepherds
Day 3 – Game Drive and Night Safari in Kidepo Valley
After an early breakfast, you will embark on your return drive back to Apoka Safari Lodge in Kidepo National Park. Have lunch at the lodge before taking off for an afternoon safari to view the best Kidepo Valley has to offer. There is a good chance you will encounter a wide range of wildlife species including Uganda kobs, reed bucks, oribis, rich bucks, hippos and crocodiles.
Return to the Safari Lodge for dinner and time for a shower before setting off for a very special night safari. Night game drives generally start at 19h30/20h00 and give you the opportunity to see the more nocturnal activities via spotlight and safari vehicle with your expert guides. The night safari lasts around 2 hours. (B,L,D)
Overnight stay at Apoka Safari Lodge
Day 4 - Ik People
After an early breakfast at the Safari Lodge, you will be picked up by your Kara-Tung Guide and be taken to the base of Mount Morungole. The trek up to the isolated Ik people takes around 4 hours and you need to be of good fitness as the climb is steep and path narrow at times.
Mount Morungole (also known as Ik land) is located in the absolute northern hills of Karamoja. Here lives the smallest tribe of Uganda called the Ik. The Ik have always lived in the region of the Kidepo Valley National Park but were displaced 50 years ago when the national park was created. Following this, the Ik people suffered a period of extreme famine and their population dropped. Today, the Ik people have left behind their hunter/gatherer lifestyle and adopted farming practices, choosing to live on the mountain ridges. Visiting the Ik gives you a rare insight into a unique tribe in Africa. You will find stunningly beautiful scenery the higher your climb takes you, picturesque views off the valleys below you and into the Eastern Rift Valley of Kenya and over to Southern Sudan.
Extend your experience with one night of bush camping with the community. After the hike up Mount Morungole, you will be driven to the north-eastern ends of Ik land and set up your bush camp site overlooking Kenya’s Rift Valley. After the sun has set, you can join the traditional bee keepers to experience how they extract the honey from the community owned bee hives. Satisfied from tasting the harvest, gather around the campfire and spend the night with the elders and local honey wine. (B,L,D)
Overnight in a traditional Ik hut
Day 5 - Kidepo Valley
After breakfast you will descend Mount Morungole which will take around 3.5 hours. At the bottom, your guide will be waiting to transfer you back to Apoka Safari Lodge. Enjoy lunch at the lodge before embarking on another game drive, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. Kidepo National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including possibly Africa’s largest herds of Hile Buffalo, Burchell’s Zebra, Oribi, Klipspringer, Uganda Kob, greater and lesser Kudu, Warthog, Bush Pig, Topi, Grant’s Gazelle, Eland, Bushbuck, Common Duiker, Bush Dusker, Roan Antelope, Beisa Oryx, DikDik, Defassa Waterbuck, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Chandlers and many others.
If you wish, you can also wander along the splendid Kidepo River Valley between banks of attractive borassus palm forest. Namamkweny Valley can be reached in one hour from Apoka. Return to the lodge and refresh as you have a stunning dinner under the sausage tree at Apoka. (B,L,D)
Overnight stay at Apoka Safari Lodge
Day 6 – Departure
Today after an early breakfast, you will proceed on a morning safari for your last experience in Kidepo. This will be your last chance to witness the unique wildlife that Kidepo Valley has to offer, make sure you bring your camera on this one to snap some unforgettable memories. Return to the lodge for refreshments, lunch and check out before saying goodbye to your hosts and newly made friends. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Entebbe departing at 1215hrs and arriving at 1455hrs to connect with your onward flight. (B)
- Return airport transfers
- 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
- 5 nights accommodation
- Services of an English speaking local guide
- National park fees
- Private transportation in 4×4 jeeps
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Bottled water
- Flights Entebbe/Kidepo/Entebbe in economy class
- International flights
- Drinks unless otherwise mentioned
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.
* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.
* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.