5-Day Rhino, Zebra and Cultural Safari in Uganda

Today you drive to Kidepo National park (nominated as Africa’s leading parks in 2013 by the world travel awards).

The Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, gazetted as a national park in 1962; it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

The Park’s altitude ranges between 914m and 2,750m above sea level. The park contains two rivers Kidepo and Narus which disappear in the dry season.

Day 1 – Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Today you drive from kampala/Entebbe heading to Kidepo National park (nominated as Africa’s leading parks in 2013 by the world travel awards).

The Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, gazetted as a national park in 1962; it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

The Park’s altitude ranges between 914m and 2,750m above sea level. The park contains two rivers Kidepo and Narus which disappear in the dry season, leaving just pools for the wildlife. Do afternoon safari and then check in at UWA bandas for dinner, camp fire and overnight.

Best Time to Visit September to March (Dry season)

High Season September to March (The park rarely gets crowded)

Best Weather September to November (End of the rains)

 

Accommodation:

Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas

  • Budget banda located inside Kidepo Valley NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 2 – Game Drives & Hot Springs

Start with an early morning game drive; as long as you wish, a park ranger will help you spot the lions that may be sitting on the valley’s various rocks.

Other wildlife includes elephants, leopards, bush duiker, jackal, bush-buck, bush pig, ostrich, buffalo and much more, in the wild Narus Valley.

After lunch, you go for an afternoon game drive through the hot springs via the palm tree lined Kidepo River, Search for ostriches and leopard tortoises along the way. Come back to the lodge for overnight.

Accommodation:

Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas

  • Budget banda located inside Kidepo Valley NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3 – Cultural Tour & Transfer to Gulu

After breakfast today you will visit the Cultural Groups and explore the fascinating, ancient culture of the Karimojong people.

Visit traditional homesteads to share experience with the Karimojong Culture, sample local dishes and hear stories of the folklore of this remote tribe.

Transfer this afternoon to Gulu and relax at Gulu Church Hill Court Hotel and overnight.

Accommodation:

Gulu Church Hill Court Hotel

  • Budget hotel located in or near Gulu

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 4 – Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Have a relaxed breakfast and prepare for your journey to the Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola. Have lunch on your arrival and start the walk with the local guide to view the animals in the wild.

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch located in Nakasongola district is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Its conveniently located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma Trading centre).

Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild. Presently the sanctuary is home to twenty two (22) southern white rhinos.

The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for Rhino Trekking, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching, Night Walk, Nature Walk and Relaxation.

Accommodation:

Amuka Safari Lodge

  • Budget lodge located in or near Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 5 – Drive Back to Kampala

After breakfast (Inclusive), drive back to Kampala and lunch on arrival (not Inclusive), your guide drops you back at either your accommodation (Kampala/Entebbe) or at Entebbe Airport for your late evening flight.

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
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