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14 Days Fly-in Kidepo Authentic Uganda Safari

Fly-in Kidepo Authentic Uganda Safari

Fly to Kidepo valley National park, on the northern bounderies in the hidden treasures of the wilderness to start an authentic Uganda Safari and end it in Rwanda. Embark on a journey in style through the pearl of Africa. This 14 Days expedition journey presents Uganda’s best kept and top destinations in Uganda. Starting with a with a one hour aerial jaw dropping scenic views to kidepo by a domestic flight, this journey will reward you with an inspirational journey visiting the Hidden treasures of the wilderness, spectating at vibrant wildlife in savannah parks, encounter unique cultures & traditions with thunderous waterfalls while, getting upclose with Chimpanzees and the Endangered mountain Gorillas in Uganda doubled with relaxing at the best Top-notch Safari Lodges

Tour Summary

Safari Starts:                    Kidepo Valley- Northern Ugand

Safari Ends:                      Kigali Rwanda

Destinations:       Entebbe| Kidepo |Gulu Town|Murchison Falls | Kibale N.P | Queen Elizabeth N.P & Ishasha Sector | Bwindi Forest N.P | Lake Bunyonyi | Kigali-Rwanda

What To Expect & Impressions: Scenic Flight to Kidepo | Hidden Gem of Kidepo | Authentic Karamojong Tour | The Murchison Falls & Gem | Kazinga Channel Safari | Tree Climbing Lions | Beautiful nature Walks | Authentic Local meal_ Luwombo experience | Dugout Canoe ||Batwa Cultural tour | Traditional Coffee Tour | Bush Breakfasts & Sundowners| Chimpanzees | Mountain Gorillas | Top-Notch Beautiful Lodges & Insightful Karamojong Driver Guides

Day – Day Itinerary

Day 1:  Fly to Kidepo Valley National park & Evening Game Drive

            Overnight:  Kidepo Savannah Lodge or Adere Safari Lodge

Day 2:  Morning & Evening Game Drives in Kidepo

             Overnight:  Kidepo Savannah Lodge or Adere Safari Lodge

Day 3:  Karamojong Cultural Tour & Transfer to Gulu

            Overnight: Churchill Courts Hotel Gulu

Day 4:  Community Tour & Transfer to Chobe reserve

            Overnight: Fort Murchison Lodge or Chobe Safari Lodge

Day 5:  Morning Relax at the pool Transfer Para/Murchison falls

            Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge or Twiga Safari Lodge

Day 6:  Murchison Falls Game Drive & Boat cruise with Falls Hike.

            Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge or Twiga Safari Lodge

Day 7:  Transfer to Kibale Forest N.P

            Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp or Turraco Tree tops lodge

Day 8:  Bigodi Swamp Walk & Chimpanzee Trekking

            Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp or Turraco Tree Tops Lodge

Day 9:  Crater Walk & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth N.P

            Overnight:  Bush Lodge or Katara Lodge/Mazike Lodge

Day 10: Morning Kazinga Boat cruise & Sundowner game Drive for Tree climbing lions.

             Overnight: Enjojo Lodge or Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 11: Transfer to Nkuringo – Nature Walk Safari Bwindi impenetrable National Park

             Overnight: Gorilla valley Lodge or Nkuringo Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Lodge

Day 12:  Gorilla Trekking – The Ultimate wildlife encounter.

             Overnight: Gorilla valley Lodge or Nkuringo Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Lodge

Day 13:  Coffee Tour, canoe ride and Transfer Lake Bunyonyi/Arcardia Cottages.

              Overnight: Arcardia Cottages or Birdnest Lodge.

Day 14:  Transfer to Kigali, Belgian Soldier Monument & Genocide memorial tour

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Day - Day Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Kidepo Valley National park

Welcome to Uganda: On your arrival at the Entebbe international airport, you shall be met by our Representative or the internal flights as you wait for your connecting flight to kidepo. Flight departs at 12:30 noon time for kidepo and arrive at 2:o’clock. You shall be met by your drivers with the jeeps to transfer you to Your lodge. Flight Approximately 2 hours
Overnight at Nga’moru Lodge. Located on the outskirts of kidepo valley overlooking the great Narus valley savannah plains.

Day 2. Morning Walking Safari & Evening Game Drives.

On Our second day, After a very relaxed Breakfast, we will embark on a morning walking Safari in the Narus valley with Armed ranger guides. These plains are dotted with spectacular wildlife including some of the big five. Elephants, buffalos Lions, leopard’s antelopes, Elands, cheetahs, jackals, bucks Girrafes and so much more and more amazing while viewing them while on foot in the wild. Kidepo is known and named as the second best National park by Africa Geographic channel and with the largest herds of buffalos. We will have our lunch at the lodge and later-on at 4, can do an extra game drive with spectacular sunsets that we can conclude with a wilderness sundowner.
Overnight at Nga’moru Lodge. Located on the Outscarts of kidepo valley overlooking the great Narus valley savannah plains

Day 3: Transfer to Gulu Town.

On this morning after a relaxed breakfast, we will start our drive to Gulu town. This is about 5-6 hours drive with a lot of Karamojong life to see. On arrival in gulu, We will check in the lodge and have lunch. We will relax and later head for Gulu town in particular visit the Local market. Gulu is the biggest town in northern Uganda widely affected by the Civil war. Kony and now the natives are trying to resettle again home. We will later head to the hotel and relax waiting for dinner.

Day 4: Village visit & Transfer to Chobe Safari Lodge.

Today morning after a relaxed breakfast, we will visit the affected homes of the LRA civil war insurgency and hear live testimonies inflicted kony soldiers. Ladies with live scars of kony soldier torture and dislacemnts. We will visit two homes and later drive to Chobe safari Lodge one of the best safaris lodges in Uganda and the wilderness. We should be able to arrive on time for the first lunch at chobe with very wonderful views over the silent flowing river Nile with hippos and elephants in view. We can also relax at the beautiful swimming pool overlooking the nile.

Overnight at Chobe safari Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Murchison Falls National park/ Paraa side.

Today we will still enjoy chobe lodge till later in the afternoon. We will also have lunch here and later styart our 2 hours drive to wangwar gate and proceed to paraa side. Along the way we will be able to encounter a lot of wildlife on the way. This is already part of the game drive which we take advantage of. We will then proceed to the ferry and cross over to the southern banks proceeding to Twiga safari lodge.
Overnight at Twiga safari Lodge: Magical Lodge with greatest and beautiful views on the Banks of the River Nile _ Longest river in the world.

Day 6: Murchison Morning Game Drive, Boat Cruise and hiking to the Top Of falls.

On This morning, We will Start our day with an early morning game drive through the savannah areas of Murchison falls _ Northern banks. We expect to see much and spectacular wildlife including but not limited to elephants, huge Giraffe herds, oribis, kobs, bucks heartbeasts, buffalos, lions leopards and so much more.
We will later have a hot lunch at the lodge and proceed for the afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. When at the bottom of the Nile, you shall embark off the boat and Hike/walk to the Top Of the Falls. Watch the 50m wide river being reduced to a 6m gap and falling 45m down creating a thunderous waterfall, a scene that has featured in the famous Humphrey borgat Film, The African queen. The Drivers shall drive around and pick you at the top of the falls and be able to drive and cross with the 6 oclock ferry back to the lodge.

Overnight at Twiga safari Lodge: Magical Lodge with greatest and beautiful views on the Banks of the River Nile _ Longest river in the world..

Day 7: Road Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

On This day, we will transfer to kibale national Park. Seemingly the only long but interesting drive we will have on this journey. Through the Lake Albert escarpment, Discover the rural areas of Uganda and through the lush green vegetation and tea plantations. We should be able to arrive about 3-4 oclock depending on our Driving and the nature of terrain. Drive time 6-7 hours through typical rural areas. We also have our lunch picnic break along the way.
Overnight at Chimpanzee forest guest house: Unique forest lodge overlooking the forest in Kibale forest National Park.

Day 8: Bigodi Swamp walk and Chimpanzee trekking

Today we will embark on an early walk into the Bigodi swamp after a relaxed breakfast. The swamp walk starts at 8 am and goes for about 3 hours. There are different kinds of active primates, endemic birds and plants to see today. The morning nature walk with a site guide is amazing and rewarding. We will later have lunch at the lodge and later head to the park for an afternoon chimpanzee trekking activity. Meet our closest relatives in the forest and stay with them for an hour.
Overnight at Chimpanzee forest guest house: Unique forest lodge overlooking the forest in Kibale forest National Park.

Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth & Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise.

Today morning, we will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for the afternoon Boat cruise at 4:15. On this day, we will have a Traditional visit to one African home and we shall share a typical African-Ugandan meal prepared to you by a typical African Woman in a typical African surrounding. The meal is called the Luwombo and the guides shall go through with you in this African life and setting. Later we will transfer to Katara lodge for a relax and enjoy the swimming pool with great views over the queen Elizabeth N.P
Over night at Katara Lodge. Beautiful lodge with swimming pool over the queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 10: Morning Kazinga Boat Cruise & Transfer to Ishasha

Today morning, we will start an early drive in the kasenyi sector of queen Elizabeth national park. It takes you about 20 – 30 minutes before you enter the park and start the drive. The kasenyi sector is known for the cats where prides of lions are found slumbering the phobia trees or relaxing in the thickets. Leopards and hyenas are a spoting in this area. More wildlife like elephants, buffalos, antelopes, bucks hogs and much more are a great sighting.we will then head to Mweya peninsula for the mid-morning boat cruise on the wildlife populated water channel. Schools of hippos, buffalos, elephants quenching their thirst, bird species are a great sighting. It’s a very relaxed boat cruise that allows you safely get so closer to the animals. A boat cruise that takes 2 hours. Later transfer to the lodge for your dinner and overnight.
Over night at Katara Lodge. Beautiful lodge with swimming pool over the queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 11: Transfer to Nkuringo – Bwindi impenetrable National Park

Today we will transfer to Bwindi impenetrable N. Park – The home of the mountain Gorillas. We will drive through Ruhijja and later to Nkuringo Gorilla lodge with the jeeps. Those who prefer can walk through the Forest with a guide and we can pick them up from the other side of the forest after a 4hrs walk.
Overnight at Bwindi Nkuringo Lodge. Nested on the Nkuringo ridge and on the bounderies of the forest. A good and near start for the Ultimate gorilla trekking.

Day 12: Gorilla trekking – The Ultimate wildlife encounter.

Today after an early breakfast, we will transfer to the briefing point for the ultimate gorilla trekking experience. This activity takes between 4 and 7 hours in the forest depending on the where the Gorillas were left the previous day. Its an amazing encounter with Humans closest relative and a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter. We will later return to the lodge for relaxation and winding off the gorilla encounter experience stories over a campfire drink-up.
Overnight at Bwindi Nkuringo Lodge. Nested on the Nkuringo ridge and on the bounderies of the forest. A good and near start for the Ultimate gorilla trekking.

Day 13: Coffee Tour, canoe ride and Transfer Lake Bunyonyi/Arcardia Cottages.

After a relaxed breakfast, we will on this day canoe on Lake mutanda to other side of the lake on the main land to learn about the mountain Gorilla coffee and the traditional means of Preparation. This is a “Farm to cup” tour and all the all steps for preparing coffee in a traditional way. You will love to pack some coffee as a souvenir. Later drive to Lake Bunyonyi – The second deepest lake in Africa snaking around 29 islands a drive for about 3 hours. We will check in to lodge and prepare for an afternoon lake Bunyonyi tour and Batwa community experience. We will later on in the evening relax at the lodge and enjoy an evening camp fire.
Over night at Arcardia cottages: A great lodge with spectacular views over the Lake bunyonyi

Day 14: Transfer to Kigali & genocide memorial tour.

Today after a relaxed breakfast, we will cross over to Rwanda – Kigali for the genocide memorial museum tour. The Drive to Kigali with boarder crossing is about 4 hours. We should be able to arrive in Kigali for lunch at a very great restaurant and later go for the Gisozi genocide memorial centre with a brief short city tour.
Depending on your flight schedule..we will transfer to the Kanombe airport for your flight back home.

End Of Safari

Included in The package/Price:

Internal flight to Kidepo
Transfers in a 4×4 Customised Safari landcruiser
Full Board Accomodations 14 Nights
All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
Gorilla permits
Chimpanzee Permits
Bottled water on safari
Planned Bush Breakfasts & Sundowners

Excluded in the Package

Personal International flight
Visa (USD $50 or $100 for eastafrican tourist visa
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
Items of personal nature
Laundry service
Tips

What to Bring for Nature walks, Trekks and Gorillas:

Nice Gripped Walking/hiking shoes
Warm Clothing for the Bwindi sector
Light safari clothing for warm areas
Insect repelants
Sun Screen
Hats/caps
Rain Jacket and/or ponchos
Long light pants
Head lamp/touch
Binoculars
Backpack for carryning small luggage
Gloves if you want( But Not necessary)

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