Kidepo safari – Uganda

Uganda’s healthy climate makes it possible to get on with life with a minimum of fuss. You have to take precaution against malaria by taking anti-malarial two weeks before arrival. All kinds of anti-malaria is available in drug shops and there are doctors who have been in the country for many years who will treat malaria successfully.
Nearly all-African doctors are good at treating most tropical diseases. Some malaria strains now are resistant to treatments like malaria-quine or quinine, so its is better to always take precautions such as using mosquito repellents, creams or sleeping under treated bed-nets. You could also put on long sleeved shirts, socks and occasionally use sprays in your room. You are meanwhile advised to drink bottled mineral water, although tap water in most places can be drunk without problems.

Immunization
Some visitors to Uganda find a problem coping with fresh vegetables or fruit salads served in hotels, but the problem is usually not that of parasite infection but a change in climate for visitors. You should be able to drink most fresh juices and salads served in most decent hotels. Otherwise washing vegetables or fruits in a tincture of vinegar or salt is recommended. You might want to swim in most of the lakes or rivers, but a precaution should be taken against Schistomiasis (bilharzias).

Compulsory vaccinations:
There was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in northern Uganda in December 2010. You should ensure that your vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda. You should also take a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you, as you may be asked to produce this when travelling onward from Uganda to other countries.
Recommended immunizations:
Very urgently recommended are vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. From October to May is recommended vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. In case of a longer stay, is recommended vaccination against hepatitis B and against cholera. For those travelers who will not stay mainly in the towns, is recommended vaccination against rabies. People over 30 years should be re-vaccinated against diphtheria and polio. Before travelling you should check, if you are vaccinated against tetanus and measles.

    • Sights and sounds of Kampala: visit the Buganda kingdom palace, parliament, downtown, Rubaga cathedral church, Baha’i Temple and others.
    • Sipi falls: you will visit and hike Sipi falls and also visit the coffee farms
    • Source of the Nile: you will visit the start flow of the Nile in Jinja
    • Rafting on the Nile
    • Game drive Safaris: This will be done on the Savannah plains of Kidepo National Park, Murchison falls national park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters
    • Rhinos: this magical moment of meeting the white rhinos in Uganda.

Route

  • Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
  • Day 2: Kampala city tour
  • Day 3: Travel to Jinja
  • Day4: Jinja- Activities on water & land
  • Day 5: Travel to Sipi Falls
  • Day6: Exploring the Sipi waterfalls/Coffee tour
  • Day 7: Travel to Kidepo national park
  • Day 8 & 9: Three game drives & visiting of Karamajongs
  • Day 10: Travel to Murchison Falls N. P.
  • Day 11: Game drive, boat safari and top falls
  • Day 12: Murchison –Entebbe.

 

Map showing journey routes

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe
Our company professional driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and takes you directly to your lodge in Entebbe. Depending on the hour of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Entebbe.

 You will stay in a nice hotel with spacious rooms. The coffee and local meals are wonderful and there are plenty of different species of birds in the gardens overlooking Lake Victoria.
Mid- range accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse.

Luxury accommodation: Pineapple bay lodge

Meal plan: Dinner.

Travel time: 25 minutes from the airport.

Activity: Airport pick up

 

Day 2: Kampala City tour
Today, you will make your way to the largest city Kampala organized and built by the British combined with Indians, you will visit the king’s palace called Bulange, king’s parliament, Rubaga Cathedral, Gadhafi mosque, local market.

U will also have local dish lunch in the middle of the city thus having lunch with local people in the same restaurant. Later in the evening you will get to your new hotel situated outside Kampala.
Mid-range accommodation: Cassia lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Sheraton Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 1 Hour to Kampala city.

Activity: City tour

 

Day 3: Kampala to Jinja
This morning you will have your breakfast, and later head to visit Sezibwa falls known for its birth by humans, the place is known for its Gods that the people from Buganda Kingdom used to go there and worship. Later you will drive and have a nature walk through one of the biggest forest in Uganda called Mabira forest.

After this quiet rewarding walk through the forest, you will the head to Jinja town which is the home to the source of the Nile and known for its white water rafting on the might Nile.

Mid-range accommodation: Source of smiles lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Haven lodge- Jinja

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 45 minutes.

Activity: Sezibwa falls walk & Mabira walk

 

 

Day 4: Rafting  activity or Source of the Nile
Today you will have morning breakfast, you will have to choose either to go for white water rafting or go city tour Jinja, and also visit the source of the Nile by boat.. For those opting to go rafting on the Nile will be driven to the starting point where the legendary White Nile offers some of the best White Water rafting in the world.The Nile has up to seven times the volume of the Zambezi. The raft explodes through huge walls of white water and drifts through warm pools in the equatorial sunshine. You do not need any previous rafting experience, your raft guide will teach you all the practice on all aspects of safety and prepare them for an unforgettable experience.

Rafting the Nile has 100% safety records. You will enjoy the rafting knowing that you are in the safest hands.

Mid-range accommodation: Source of smile lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Haven lodge- Jinja

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 45 minutes.

Activity: rafting full day (optional or visit source of the Nile and Jinja city tour.

 

Day 5: Jinja-Sipi Falls
After Breakfast you drive through the eastern part of Uganda through Iganga town and Mbale town where the Bagisu people live, then up you up to highlands where temperatures are below 24 degrees and beautiful scenery thus over looking to flat vast of the Karamanjong lands. Then you will have reached the beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level. The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high),

surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. You will stay in a wonderful lodge. From your lodge you have beautiful views over one of the waterfalls.

Mid-range accommodation: Lacam lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Sipi river lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 6 Hours.

Activity: Road trip

 

 

Day 6: Sipi Falls
This morning at 8:30am prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise full of adventure hiking that begins with hiking to the three waterfalls that will take you 3-hour s hiking through the region. A local Sipi guide will take you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture. After lunch the local guide will take you to a coffee plantation tour starting with the coffee gardens, learning how coffee is grown and later the guide will take you through process

of how coffee is dried, roasted and how it ends up as powder, the process is locally made and the lastly you will have a cup of hot coffee..

Mid-range accommodation: Lacam lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Sipi river lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 3 Hours, 3hours.

Activity: Visiting the falls and coffee tour respectively

 

 

Day 7: Transfer to Kidepo national park
On this day, as the sun comes out of hiding, you will have breakfast as you look at the Karamoja plains thus giving you a moment of you seeing far as your eyes can see, after breakfast your guide will drive you to Kidepo national park going through village towns and farm lands. You will arrive late evening and relax at your lodge.


Mid range accommodation: Ngamuru lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Apoka  lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 7 Hours.

Activity: Road trip

 

 

 

Day 8 & 9: 3 game drives & visiting the Karamajongs
This morning at 6:30am you will have a game drive for five hours in the northern part of the park to look for zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and leopards. This is also the only place in Uganda where you can find the cheetah and ostrich. Kidepo is famous for its lions relaxing on the rocks.

Later after game drive you will have lunch at the lodge, in the afternoon you be taken to visit the Karamajong tribe the most distinctive group in northeast Uganda and known primarily for their love of cattle and cattle rustling and their resistance to modern civilization, they live next to the national park. After you finish singing and dancing with the karamajongs you will return back to your lodge, relax and have dinner.

Mid range accommodation: Ngamuru lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Apoka lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 5hrs & 3hrs.

Activity: game drives & visiting Karamajongs respectively

 

Day 10: To Murchison Falls National Park.
Today you after your breakfast your safari guide will drive you from north east crossing the country to the west, you will go through Kitigum district, Gulu district, having the views of villages and farm lands, then you will arrive to

Murchison falls national park which is a home to elephants, Kobs, different species of birds, buffalos, warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest and many more. You lodge is located outside the national park.

Mid-range accommodation: Fort Murchison lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Paara lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 8hours drive.

Activity: Road trip

 

Day 11: Murchison Falls National Park
In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. Come eye-to-eye with the animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open, they are all there in Murchison Falls National Park!

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound. After the boat safari you will hike tothe top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities!

Return back to your comfortable lodge, to enjoy a good meal and enjoy the views.

Mid-range accommodation: Fort Murchison Lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Paara lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 8 hours including a game drive & boat ride.

Activity: Game drive & Boat ride

 

 

Day 12: Murchison falls to Rhinos then Kampala

This morning you will have breakfast at 6:30am and by 7am you will start your journey to Nakasongola the home of the Rhinos, when you arrive you will track the rhinos and have lunch at the rhino restaurant and later drive to Entebbe for your flight back home.

Accommodation: Not included.

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch.

Travel time: 8 hours including activities.

Activity: Rhino tracking & Afternoon road trip to Airport

END OF SAFARI

This is a 12 day starts from Entebbe through Kampala city then to River Nile, sipi falls, Karamoja, Kidepo national park, Murchison falls National Park and Ziwa rhino sanctuary and some of Africa’s most renowned safari areas – this safari has it all!

Safari price:

 Type of Safari:  Luxury Safari Mid-range Safari
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 5,648  US $ 3,315
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 3,653  US $ 2,176
 Group Safari, Each person pays: US $ 3,453 US $ 2,049
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 238 US $ 146

International Group Safaris 2017-18:

This is a join-in Safari in which a mix of people from all ages (above 16) and nationalities are welcome to join. The Safari dates are guaranteed departures with a minimum of 5 people.

 

NOTE:

  • Single supplement:

This is when some people on this trip would like to travel with others and share everything but when it comes to Accommodation they would like not share the room with other people, each prefers to have a single room. That’s why they have to pay extra fee on top of the safari price we call it  “single supplement”

 

Guide/ driver   1
Type of  Vehicle   Land cruiser/Mini bus
Duration   12 Days, 11Nights
Accommodation   Luxury Lodges / Mid-range Lodges
Meals   11 Breakfast, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Country   Uganda

Uganda  12 Days safari (What you are paying for)

 

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
English speaking driver/guide International air fares;
Transport in a 4WD minibus Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
Park entrance fees Activities optional activities
5 game drives in 2 national parks A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Community visits Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program & vehicle fuel Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Rhino trekking laundry and souvenirs
1 Boat ride All expenses of a personal nature

 

Tipping

Clients are advised to give a fair, reasonable tip to the local guides, cleaners, drivers, hotel staff, etc. We advise you to only give tips when you are truly happy with the service provided.

Tipping suggestions:

Your driver/guide:  $5 dollars per person/per day
Porters:  $5 dollars per half day (3 – 4 hours)
Hotel porters:  $2 dollar per bag.
Rangers/ local guides:  $15 dollars per activity (in total)
Restaurants:  5 – 10%
Hotel staff $1 – $2 dollars per person/per night

A 12 day safari that goes to Jinja, Sipi falls, Kidepo national park, Murchison falls national park and Ziwa rhino sanctuary. Choose your favorite travel dates and we make you dream come true.

Scheduled Departure dates:

Safari Start Safari End Safari Start  Safari End
1st  June 2017 12th June 2017 15th June 2018 26th June 2018
1st July 2017 12th July 2017 15th July 2018 26th July 2018
1st August 2017 12th August 2017 15th August 2018 26th August 2018
1st December 2017 12th December 2017 15th December 2018 26th December 2018
28th December 2017 8th  January 2018 12th January 2018 23rd January 2018
26th January 2018 6th February 2018 9th February 2018 20th February 2018

Note: For those who have their own departure dates please contact us for your departure dates.