ITINERARY FOR SAFARI KIDEPO
Day 1: ENTEBBE to BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Depart on the scheduled flight to the Bwindi area. Depart at 07h45 and arrive at 08h55 (the flight may make stops at other airstrips prior to arriving at the Kihihi Airstrip). Met on arrival at Bwindi by the representative from the camp/lodge, and driven to the camp. Lunch will be at the camp. The rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax, or enjoy a guided forest walk to visit the Batwa traditional cultural village. Full Board accommodation at Gorilla Forest Camp.
Day 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Breakfast at the camp/lodge, and drive to the park headquarters to prepare for the Gorilla Tracking experience. Return to the camp. Full Board accommodation at Gorilla Forest Camp. Also included during the stay at Gorilla Forest Camp: shared transfers to and from the park for the gorilla tracking experience; selected drinks, guided forest walk/ cultural visit to the Batwa village, and laundry.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park supports almost half of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are several forest trails during which you can find the stunning vegetation and more than 350 species of colourful birds and butterflies. Chimpanzees, and elephants are present, but may be hard to come across. It is easier to encounter small forest antelopes such as bushbucks and duikers. It is the only forest in the world in which chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist successfully.
During your stay at Bwindi, we recommend a visit to the Batwa, Uganda’s oldest living ethnic group. The hunter-gatherer community works together with the park authorities to preserve the forest and its wild animals, and each visit to Bwindi, and to their cultural villages supplements their income and discourages excessive bush meat hunting. The visit is extremely interesting and it is possible to spend an entire day learning about their lifestyle, including sharing their meals and joining in the rejuvenating cultural dances!
Day 3: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST to ENTEBBE to KIDEPO VALLEY
Breakfast at the camp, and transfer to the Kihihi Airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Entebbe International Airport. Depart at 09h45 and arrive at approximately 11h25 (the flight may make stops at other airstrips in the Bwindi area prior to arriving at Entebbe). Connect with the scheduled flight to Kidepo departing at 12h30, to arrive at Kidepo at approximately 14h45 (the flight may make stops at Murchison Falls National Park prior to arriving at Kidepo). Met on arrival at Bwindi by the representative from the lodge, and driven to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the shared lodge vehicle. Full Board accommodation at Apoka Safari Lodge.
Day 4: KIDEPO VALLEY
Morning and afternoon game drives in the shared lodge vehicle. Full Board accommodation at Apoka Safari Lodge. During the stay at Apoka Lodge, a selection of drinks is also included, and 01 walking safari/ bush walk per person.
Located in the northeast of Uganda, Kidepo is an area of wild and magnificent acacia country framed by the Napore Nyangea Range and the Natera Hills. Semi-arid and hot and dry, it may come as a surprise to know that this is possibly the best region of the country for wildlife viewing. Due to its remote location, the area remained virtually untouched for decades, and over 86 species of animals, of which 28 cannot be found anywhere else in Uganda, have flourished and can be found in the park.
The south-west of the park is filled with stunning rock formations, while the northern area offers the Kanangorok Hot Springs, and the borassus palm forests, which attract over 475 recorded species of birds, including the Karamoja apalis. Other species include ground hornbills, partridges, ostriches, turacos, bee-eaters, rollers, and over 56 species of raptors and a variety of migratory birds. The bird count is second only to that of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The rich diversity of wildlife includes large numbers of lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, bat- eared foxes, black backed jackals, wild dogs, hyenas, klipspringers, hartebeest, roan antelopes, Bright’s gazelle, giraffes, oryx, bushbabies, Uganda kobs, zebras and greater kudus. Game drives are extremely rewarding, and Kidepo is famous for its guided walking safaris in real big game country, an experience similar to that experienced in Kenya and Tanzania. There are more sedentary hiking trails, and a visit to one of the villages of the local Karamoja or Ilk communities can complete a visit to the area.
Day 5: KIDEPO VALLEY to ENTEBBE and depart
Breakfast at the lodge. The use of the room is guaranteed up to 10h00. Enjoy a morning game drive before returning back to the lodge for lunch. Transfer to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to Entebbe, departing at 15h00, to arrive at the Entebbe International Airport at 16h30 (the flight may make stops at Murchison Falls National Park prior to arriving at Entebbe).
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