Day 1:OFF TO KITGUM
Leave Kampala or Entebbe very early in the morning and drive passing west of Lake Kyoga through Acholiland. The journey extends through the northeastern area of Karuma where the roaring waterfalls on the Victoria Nile are made up of a series of natural rock formations which cause the water to ripple. Connect through Gulu then Kitgum. Gulu is the largest town in northern Uganda, located on the northern edge of the Murchison Falls National Park. Stop over at Gulu’s Acholi Inn for lunch then proceed to Kitgum. It is 6 hour drive.
Check in at Fugly’s Hotel.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: Fugley’s Hotel
Day 2: KITGUM TO KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
In the morning, leave Kitgum and proceed to Kidepo Valley National Park. You will appreciate the vast un spoilt wilderness. The drive passes some magnificent landscapes, traversing farms and small villages. The wilderness is overwhelming. Once we get to Apoka in the Heart of the park, a great savanna extends in all directions for over 1442km into a horizon outlined by mountain ranges.
LUNCH, DINNER & OVERNIGHT: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Day 3: GAME DRIVE IN KIDEPO
Kidepo is a hidden valley in the extreme north-northwest of the country, along the border with Sudan, and is considered by many to offer the most stunning scenery of any national park in Uganda. It is surrounded by mountains, the park covers 1140 sq km and is notable for a number of animals that are found nowhere else in Uganda, including cheetah, ostrich and bat-eared fox.
After breakfast, we set off to explore the trails of Kidepo Valley NP. During the drive, we shall visit the hot springs via the palm tree lined Kidepo river, search for ostriches and leopard along the way. The park contains large species such as elephant, Burchell’s zebra, bush pig, the warthog, Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape buffalo, Bushbuck, bushduikee, Degassa waterbuck among others. The park boasts of an extensive list of around 475 species, making it second only in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth.
Wildlife is most active in the Narus Valley early mornings. With the assistance of a ranger, you will spot some of the park’s 60 lions that relax in the sausage trees along the Narus Valley or on the rocks at the entrance to Apoka park headquarters.
Narus Valley is a rolling grassland plain enclosed by distant mountains. The valley has permanent water and for much of the year, the park’s Wildlife is congregated here.
Carry packed lunch from the lodge.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Day 4: LEARNING THE KARIMOJONG WAY<strong> </strong>
After breakfast, set out for a cultural encounter. The cattle- herding Karamojong occupy the north-east of Uganda, in an area covering one tenth of the country. Discover the unique culture of this remote tribe with the Lorukul Cultural Group, located just outside Kidepo Valley National Park. The guides will lead you to the traditional Karimojong manyattas(homesteads), granaries and cattle enclosures. You will learn how they make their distinctive beads, sample the local cuisines, and even appreciate their folklore and beliefs. After lunch in the community, you can hike the morungole mountains to meet the special tribe of the IK. The mountain is home to the IK people, the smallest ethnic group in Uganda with their own unique culture.
DINNER & OVEENIGHT: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Day 5: ENROUTE TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
In the morning after breakfast, drive out to Murchison Falls through Gulu. Doesn’t matter how many times you have seen the falls, each time is like the first. The way the Victoria Nile dissects through the park to make the rift that plunges down below creating the sensational Murchison falls is just breathtaking. Check in at Fort Murchison situated on the low plains in the northern part of the Albertine Rift valley.
LUNCH , DINNER & OVERNIGHT : Fort Murchison
Day 6: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT-RIDE AT THE FALLS<strong> </strong>
On completion of the early morning breakfast, set out for a 4 hour game drive. Through the northern gate, you can spot the rothchild giraffes, buffaloes, African elephants. A game drive around Buligi game tracks on the northern banks offers you a chance to see the lions.
Buligi game tracks, stretches between the Victoria and Albert Niles. At around 120-170km in length, they pass through open savannah grassland , woodland, acacia and riverine vegetation.
Upon enjoyment of packed lunch, there is more for you. In the afternoon, head for a three hour launch trip to the bottom of the falls. It’s exhilarating to see hippos, some huge Nile crocodiles, elephants and viewing magnificent birdlife at close quarters. When that’s done we hike back up to the top of the falls. The top is a unique natural spectacle with the most powerful rush of water anywhere in the world. After a memorable photographic moment, head back to the lodge.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: Fort Murchison
Day 7: ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY ON THE WAY BACK TO KAMPALA<strong> </strong>
You might think you have seen it all but on the way back to Kampala, we make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where the endangered southern white rhinos are nurtured. Ziwa is located in Nakasongola is ideal for rhino trekking, nature walks and bird watching. At Ziwa you will have packed lunch, and later proceed to Kampala which brings an end to the 7 day experience.