cultural tour to kidepo valley national park

4 days Uganda safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley national park is a perfect African wilderness situated in the north eastern district of Kaabong close to the border with Sudan and Kenya. Covering 1,442km2, the park is a vast wilderness that hosts numerous wildlife including over 77 mammal species with about 28 endemics to this park. The fastest land animal-the cheetah, Bat-eared fox, carcal and klipspringer are residents of the park. The other big game of the park includes the lions, Elephants, maneless Zebras, giraffes, Hyenas, Eland, Hartebeest and probably Africa’s largest single herd of Buffaloes. There over 475 bird species in the park and home to a unique kind of people known as the Karamojong and IK. On a 4 days Uganda safari to Kidepo Valley National Park, you have a chance to explore all the beauty in the park based on any of the itineraries you choose below;

Different ways of planning a 4 days Uganda safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

A Uganda wildlife safari to Kidepo Valley National Park can either be a fly in safari or a road trip, the choice is left for the traveler.

4 days fly in safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Chartered flights are organized from Entebbe international airport to kidepo airport by Aerolink Uganda. Aerolink flights to Kidepo operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Scheduled flights depart at 12:30pm from Entebbe and arrive at 14:45pm to Kidepo airport. Your driver guide will be waiting for you at kidepo airport.

Day 1: Flight from Entebbe to Kidepo and do an evening game drive

A driver guide will transfer you to Entebbe international airport from your hotel to board your flight to Kidepo Valley national airport.

Day 2: Do an early morning game drive and an evening cultural tour

In the morning you wake up to amazing breakfast in Kidepo then go for the game drive. This is the best time to sight wildlife up close. You will drive in different trails of the park and see numerous wildlife. In the evening you get a chance to interact with the natives of this region and see how their daily life is conducted.

Day 3: Do a mountain hike

Mount Morungole is 28.1km away from Kidepo valley national park and one of the best hiking destinations in north eastern Uganda. The mountain is 2,749 meters high and is a full day hike. You can choose to hike mount Napak within the Pian Upe wildlife reserve.

Day 4: Transfer back to Entebbe

After an early morning breakfast, you embark on a bird watching tour in Kidepo before return to Entebbe.

End of 4 days fly in safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Alternatively

Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe international airport to kidepo airport and do an afternoon game drive.

Day 2: Do an early morning game drive and visit Karankorog Hot Springs in search for the ostriches (the largest bird).

Day 3: Wake up to another game drive then have a cultural tour in the evening to the Karamojong community.

Day 4: Do either a bird watching tour or nature walk in the morning then return to Entebbe international airport.

4 days road trip safari to Kidepo Valley National airport

Each destination always has a secret destination, travelling by road to Kidepo valley national park is the best way of enjoying your 4 days Uganda safari to Kidepo Valley National park. Kidepo Valley national park is 418km from Kampala-Uganda’s capital. This is how you can plan to visit the park in 4 days.

Day 1: Drive from Kampala to Kidepo Valley National Park. It’s a whole day drive with lunch taken en route. The best route for the drive to Kidepo is via northern Uganda on Kampala-Karuma-Lira-Kotido-Kaabong-Kidepo road.

Day 2: Do a game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park. You can do a community tour in the evening.

4 days Uganda safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Game drive

Day 3: Do a game drive and take a nature walk

Day 4: Drive back to Kampala. This time its best to take the eastern route via Kidepo-Kaabong-Kotido-Moroto-Sironko- Mbale-Kampala via Mount Elgon and Jinja source of the Nile.

End of the 4 days road trip safari to Kidepo Valley National airport

Alternatively

Day1: Arrival to Entebbe international airport and transfer to your hotel for an overnight. Depending on the time of arrival, you can do a short Kampala city tour before you go to your hotel for an overnight.

Day 2: Drive from Kampala to Kidepo Valley National park.

Day 3: Do an early morning game drive and evening cultural tour to the Karamojong community.

Day 4: Drive back to Kampala or Entebbe international airport for departure.

Or

Day 1: Drive from Kampala to Kitgum town.

Day 2: Drive from Kitgum town to Kidepo valley National park

Day 3: Do a morning game drive and return to Kitgum town

Day 4: Drive back to Kampala

For this itinerary, you can visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district.

End of 4 days Uganda safari to Kidepo Valley national park.

This is the best park for a Uganda tour, you can’t be the one to miss out, choose what suits you today and start planning for your next safari destination.

 

3 Days fly in safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo valley national park is the best safari park in Uganda and the best pristine wilderness in Africa. Situated far north eastern Uganda-about 450km from Kampala-Uganda, this distance is one of the reasons why the park has held its beauty for long. A Uganda wildlife safari to Kidepo Valley National Park is the only opportunity for any tourist to define a wilderness at its best in Africa. Being distant from the capital the park is little visited by tourists on short Uganda safaris leaving the park with a lot of un beaten tracks. Only those who take time to travel to this park can explain the beauty in these vast plains. When something is worth touring, we do anything possible to get you closer to mother nature, these 3 days fly in safari to Kidepo valley national park will help you spend a little worth time at the park. This fly in safari starts and ends in Entebbe International airport.

Kidepo national park is home to over 86 mammal species with about 28 endemics to the park. Wildlife in Kidepo includes herds of more than 4,000 buffalos (probably Africa’s largest single buffalo herd), elephants, fastest land animal-the cheetah, Bat-eared fox, caracal, klipspringer, lions, Maneless Zebras (ranging from North west Kenya and South Sudan), giraffe, Hyenas, Elands and Hartebeest. Along with wildlife, birds total to more than 475 bird species including the Ostrich, Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis that are endemic to this park. What to see in Kidepo valley national park are as diverse as the vast wilderness itself.

Highlights of the 3 Days fly in safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Day 1: Fly to Kidepo valley national park from Entebbe international airport and have an afternoon game drive.

Day 2: Do an early morning game drive and have an evening community tour

Day 3: Do a morning game drive and fly back to Entebbe

Details of the 3 Days fly in safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Day 1: Chartered flights to Kidepo Valley National Park are organized by AEROLINK Uganda from Entebbe International airport. AEROLINK operates on Wednesday Friday and Sunday. You either fly in to Kidepo valley national park on Wednesday and return on Friday or fly in on Friday and return to Entebbe on Sunday.  Scheduled flights depart at 12:30pm from Entebbe and arrive at 14:45pm. Your driver guide will be waiting for you at kidepo airport.

Day 2: The day starts with an early morning game drive. The morning game drive starts at 7:00am and the more time you spend in the almost endless wilderness, the more amazing experiences. Wildlife game drives are a perfect Uganda safari activity in this wild game packed safari park. The park with its rugged savanna allows the drive through the open park easy with sighting of the lions that maybe on the valley’s various rocks. Other game that can be sighted at the park are the elephants, leopards, bush duiker, jackal, bush buck, buffalo all together with the uniqueness of this land. In the evening, a visit to the communities around Kidepo including the Karamojong and IK people is an exclusive experience. Their cultures are rich with a lot of experiences as they sing, dance and demonstrate their daily lifestyle.

3 days fly in safari to Kidepo valley national park

Game drive in Kidepo valley national park

Day 3: On the third day of your safari, you do a morning game drive. This increases a chance of sighting the animals you didn’t see the previous day.  In the afternoon you take return flight to Entebbe International airport leaving Kidepo at 15:00pm and arrive at Entebbe at 16:30pm.

You can also decide to hike mount Morungole during your safari.

Flying to Kidepo valley national park takes 2hrs 15mins compared to the 12 hours road drive. Accommodation is offered at Apoka rest camp (prior booked) just within the wilderness.

This return flight marks the end of the 3 days fly in safari to Kidepo Valley National Park.

For all prior bookings and planning, a tour operator in Kidepo valley national park can do it best with help on customizing your safari.

What to carry for the 3 Days fly in safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo isn’t densely forested and cooler like the western region popular for Uganda gorilla safaris. This is what you can carry for your 3 Days fly in safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

  • Carry light clothes
  • light shoes (there’s no hike)
  • A hat (round) for protection from the scorching sun
  • sunscreen
  • Camera for wildlife photography
  • Binoculars for bird watching

Many have attested to the greatness of this beautiful scenic park, you can’t be the one to miss out. Time can’t be the reason anymore.

 

 

1 Day safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Is it possible to have a 1-day safari to Kidepo Valley National Park and still enjoy the beauty in the wilderness? Yes, it is, it just depends on where your accessing the park from. Here is a detailed guide on how to plan a 1-day Uganda wildlife safari to Kidepo Valley National Park. The 1-day safari to Kidepo valley national park could start from Karenga (40.2km)- one of the popular gate ways to Kidepo valley national park and Kaabong one of the major towns in north eastern region 50.2km away or any other area close to the park.

What you can do on a 1-day safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

For the best animal viewing, the best activities to do in Kidepo Valley National park is a full day game drive. The morning game drive starts at 7:00am and the more time you spend in the almost endless wilderness, the more amazing experiences.

Wildlife game drives are a perfect Uganda safari activity in this wild game packed safari park. The park with its rugged savanna allows the drive through the open park easy with sighting of the lions that maybe on the valley’s various rocks. Other game that can be sighted at the park are the elephants, leopards, bush duiker, jackal, bush buck, buffalo all together with the uniqueness of this land. The whole day in the wilderness gives the perfect understanding of the wildlife characters as they find prey and how every single animal struggle to find survival.

1-day safari to Kidepo valley national park

Game drive in Kidepo Valley national park

By the end of the day as one drives out of the park, there is much more to sight along the way.

The best way is to plan an extended safari with a tour operator in Kidepo valley national park. When the tour operator plans your safari, the tour package includes;

  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drive fees
  • Packed meals and water

When planning to safari Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park, Wear light clothes, light shoes and a hat since the temperatures in this wilderness are a bit high compared to other areas of Uganda.

When there’s a chance to explore this wilderness, take it and discover what thrives there. If there’s much more time take an extended safari and discover a lot more.

Pian–Upe Wildlife Reserve

Experience great game in a pristine African wilderness reserve

African wildernesses have been tapped by man but guess what! Safari Uganda for that exact experience outside imagination in Pian-Upe wildlife reserve.

Sitting below towering hills in admiration is a pristine, un-touched yet exceptional game reserve in the Karamoja plains of north eastern Uganda Pian-Upe wildlife reserve. The game reserve area is occupied by two tribes from which it derives its name, the pian are part of the Karamojong in north eastern Uganda and the Upe are part of the Kalenjin speaking people more widely known as the Pakot within Kenya and Uganda. In 1958 the southern part of the reserve was gazetted as the Debasien animal sanctuary and expanded northward in 1964 with renaming to Pian Upe game reserve.

Location of Pian-Upe wildlife Reserve Uganda

The magnificent pian-upe wildlife reserve is the second largest conservation protected area in Uganda after Murchison Falls National park. The wildlife reserve is situated in Moroto district within the Karamoja region in north eastern Uganda. The game reserve covers an area of 2.788km2   dotted with undisturbed and wooded grassland. Pian-Upe wildlife reserve is between Mount Elgon national park and Kidepo valley national park with ideal wildlife waiting to be explored by one on a Uganda wildlife safari. Pian-Upe wildlife reserve is under the management of Mount Elgon Conservation area, located north of Mount Elgon and east of Mt Kadam on the reserves boundary to Mount Napak.

Uganda Safari attractions/What to see in Pian-Upe Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Pian-Upe wildlife reserve just by its name has a variety of wildlife (though not comparable to the national parks) ranging from mammals to reptiles. The Jackals, civets, spotted hyenas, servals, cheetah, vervet monkeys, patas monkeys, olive baboons, Topi, buffaloes, Eland, Ugandan Kob, Waterbuck, common duiker, Gunther’s dik-dik, Bohor, hare, four toed hedgehog, rock pythons, smaller but venomous puff adders, harmless water snakes, savannah monitors, common agama, chameleons and geckos are some but not limited to what you will sight on a Uganda wildlife tour. Pian-Upe wildlife reserve is the only area with the roan antelope and a chance to glimpse at the rare Rothschild’s giraffe in Uganda.

Pian-Upe wildlife reserve

Ugandan Kob

There’s much more to offer besides wildlife, over 100 bird species can be sighted in the wildlife reserve including the great hartlaubs bustard, uncommon ostrich, White headed buffalo weaver, African eagles, herons, owls, egrets, cormorants, darvers, pelicans, hawks, Jacanas, cranes, turacos, wood hoopoes, grass birds and Jackson’s hornbill with the best sight position at Loporokocho swamp and cheposukunya hot spring for perfect Uganda birding safaris.

Uganda Safari activities /What to do in Pian-Upe wildlife Reserve Uganda

The grass land -leaf carpeted routes in Pian-Upe will lead someone on a wildlife safari in Uganda to a game drive through the undisturbed plant, shrubs and grass species hosting numerous wildlife. Game drives offer the best opportunity to view wild game like the roan antelope which is endemic to this place, the Uganda Kob, the cheetah, hyenas, leopards and much more wildlife roaming in the plains. The reserve will leave one wondering in the wilderness of the great wild beauty that awaits here.

Bird watching in the plains stunning landscape scenery surrounded by mountains offers an ultimate Uganda birding safari experience, if lucky welcomed by giant ostriches. Birds like White headed buffalo weaver, African eagles, herons, owls, egrets, cormorants, darvers, pelicans, hawks, Jacanas, cranes, turacos, wood hoopoes, grass birds and Jackson’s hornbill with the best sight position at Loporokocho swamp and cheposukunya hot spring.

Though in the plains, mountain climbing is encountered in a Uganda safari on the soaring mountains proximate. One can decide to have a hike on mount Elgon or do a Uganda mountain hiking tour to Mount Kadam 3,068m above sea level. Hiking to Libo peak 3,063m is an exciting option to more strenuous hikes because of its lower elevation, milder climate and less technical experience required. The mountain is un tapped yet so rewarding with the highland people.

Imagining of an African traditional society beyond tales but can’t find one? A Uganda community tour to Karamoja region will not disappoint. Community tours and nature walks in the north eastern region gives insights of the community from the natives themselves as one moves through the scorching sun to Karamoja wood carving workshop, Karamoja sculpting workshop, Karamoja gold mining tour and for a Karamoja manyatta experience.

How to get to Pian-Upe wildlife reserve Uganda

By road;

Road distances vary depending on the route someone decides to take to tour Uganda’s Pian-Upe wildlife reserve;

From Kampala, the fastest route is Kampala via Jinja – Soroti 399km taking about 7h 51min.

Kampala via Masindi – Apac road takes 502km taking about 8h 29min.

From Entebbe International airport, Kampala -Jinja – Soroti road is 438km taking about 9h 2min.

From Mount Elgon National Park, Mbale – Moroto road is 178km about 3h 29min.

The fastest route is Mbale-Soroti route 234km about 3h 54min

By air:

Chartered flights for Uganda safaris can be organized from Entebbe International airport to Kidepo airport by Aerolink Uganda for 2h 15min on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. From Kidepo airport, the fastest route is Kotido-Moroto road 315km taking about 5h 41min.

Opting for air transport though is not a better option, its better using road and explore more beauty within the “pearl of Africa”.

Best Uganda safari /tour time to Pian-Upe wildlife reserve

The best time for Uganda tours to Pian-Upe wildlife reserve is during the months of January, February and March when the vegetation is dry giving clear views of the wild game.

Where to stay/ Uganda Safari hotels/Lodges in Pian-Upe wildlife reserve/Uganda safari accommodation in Pian-Upe wildlife reserve

Safari accommodation/lodging for nature lovers on wildlife safari tours in Uganda’s north eastern region is a bit distant in the neighboring towns of Moroto 114km, Mbale178km or in Kapchorwa near Sipi falls. The best option to have a blissful experience is opting for camping at the wildlife reserve in Uganda wildlife Banda’s. There two options that are, a self-contained safari tent or self-contained cottage which are clean and affordable, the food menu here is basic or one can take their own food and pay someone to cook for them at the reserve. When planning to camp it’s advisable to come with your own tents to hitch at the reserve.

Is the search about extraordinary wildlife interactions, a pristine African setting with a reserve all to yourself?  This is what one encounters on a safari in Uganda’s Pian-Upe Wildlife reserve.

 

 

 

 

Kidepo named among the best 8 safari destinations in Africa by CNN Travel

Kidepo national park yet again appreciated for its beauty. CNN travel in one of their recent articles updated in August 2018 titled 8 of the best safari destinations in Africa listed Kidepo national park in Uganda as the second-best Africa safari destination. This comes after CNN Travel stated that

There’s a reason Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa. It’s been a top tourist destination for a few years now because of its stunning scenery and wildlife. One of its best treasures, however, remains hidden. Off the beaten track, Kidepo National Park is nestled among the rugged hills and valleys of northern Uganda. It’s a place so hidden away its beauty has mostly gone unnoticed — until now. (2016)

In their recent article CNN Travel states that Kidepo might be the most beautiful park in all Africa. With the sweeping plains of Kidepo and Narus Valleys overshadowed by the brooding mountain scape of Mount Morungole (the sacred peak of the mysterious Ik people,) this park has huge appeal just for scenery alone. Kidepo was named second of the eight national parks. They added.

Kidepo national park is located far North eastern Uganda in the district of Kaabong north west of Moroto (the largest town in the region) between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya. The national park is distant from Kampala-Uganda’s capital (some 418km) and this has been the reason for fewer number of visitors to the park. How to get to Kidepo national park however shouldn’t be the reason for failure to get to this great wilderness, there various comfortable options including fly in safaris.

Kidepo national park is home to over 86 mammal species with about 28 endemics to the park. Wildlife in Kidepo includes herds of more than 4,000 buffalos (probably Africa’s largest single buffalo herd), elephants, fastest land animal-the cheetah, Bat-eared fox, caracal, klipspringer, lions, Maneless Zebras (ranging from North west Kenya and South Sudan), giraffe, Hyenas, Elands and Hartebeest.

Kidepo national park

Zebras in Kidepo plains

Along with wildlife, birds total to more than 475 bird species including the Ostrich, Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis that are endemic to this park. What to see in Kidepo national park is as diverse as the vast wilderness itself. On a Uganda wildlife safari, there’s no need to worry on where to stay in Kidepo national park since there hotels that offer the real African wilderness touch with a taste of the fresh foods.

Kidepo national park

Ostriches in Kidepo national park

Serengeti national park was listed among the best 8 destinations along with other African national parks because of the abundance of what to see there including the wildebeest seen on a Tanzania safari.

Take time to discover beauty in the wilderness and you will appreciate what the wild actually holds.

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