17-Day The Birds and the Beasts of Uganda

Bird watching and boat trip at the source of the Nile

At around 09:30 you will leave Entebbe and head to Jinja, arriving in time for lunch at your camp situated high above the Nile. You will have time in the afternoon to enjoy the pool and the birdlife around the lodge before, in the late afternoon you will take to the river at the source of the Nile on a guided bird watching trip.

Main Destination:

Jinja

Accommodation:

Nile Porch

• Mid-range tented camp located in or near Jinja

Meals & Drinks:

• Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

The distant Karamoja Plains

An early start as you head east through the agricultural heartlands of southern Uganda until you reach the town of Mbale for a break. You will then skirt the lower slopes of Mount Elgon before turning north onto the arid Karamoja plains. The contrast is stark in every way. Having taken a packed lunch along the way, you will arrive at your accommodation in the early afternoon and enjoy the scenery from the cool shade. In the late afternoon you will head into the reserve, shared with the native cattle herders, on a game and birding drive. We will be on the lookout for roan antelope, eland, waterbuck, ostrich, hyena and cheetah. We may even chance upon the extremely rare and endangered Karamoja Apalis. This reserve is recovering from years of poaching and is rarely visited by tourists. For these reasons many animals are not familiar with vehicles and are skittish and hard to view.

Main Destination:

Pian-Upe Wildlife Reserve

Accommodation:

Hunters Camp

• Mid-range tented camp located inside Pian-Upe WR

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

The Rugged Beauty of the Karamoja Countryside

After breakfast overlooking the acacia and rock studded plains you will head further north through the dramatic scenery of Karamoja until you reach Kidepo Valley NP in the late afternoon. Rated by CNN travel as the most picturesque park in Africa, Kidepo is a true hidden gem with breathtaking scenery. In the evening you will climb Amapuis Rock to enjoy the best of the views as the sun sets, while your chef prepares dinner, which you will enjoy beneath the amazing night skies.

Main Destination:

Kidepo Valley National Park

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:

Budget camping

• Inside Kidepo Valley NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Stunning Kidepo Valley NP

Wake up in the middle of the action and watch the sunrise over the Morongole mountains. Then you begin your day of game viewing with a visit into the Narus valley in search of lion, elephant, giraffe, eland, zebra, and leopard and to marvel at the sight of the huge herd of buffalo grazing in the wetland. After brunch back at camp you’ll drive towards the seasonal Kidepo River in search of cheetah and ostrich. We’ll take a cold drink and light lunch among the Barassas palms at the Kidepo sand River, from which the area takes its name before returning to camp where you chef will have prepared dinner for you.

Main Destination:

Kidepo Valley National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Inside Kidepo Valley NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Journey through the North

After an early breakfast we’ll leave the lodge and have one last chance to enjoy the beauty of Kidepo and maybe get a sight of any animals we missed. From the park gates it is a two hour drive through the rugged landscape (and roads) of northern Uganda to Kitgum and then a further two hours to Gulu where we will stop for lunch. From Gulu we’ll head south on good roads to the northern gates of Murchison Falls NP. We’ll have the opportunity to take a slow drive in the late afternoon through the park before reaching your bush camp for the night in time for dinner.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Murchison Falls Game Drives and Relaxing

Again we’ll wake up in the middle of the action with the best chance of sighting big game. Murchison is home to elephants, buffalo, Uganda kob, many giraffe and hippos as well as lions, hyena and leopards, and a variety of birds. After your morning game drive you will enjoy a light breakfast before we break up camp and take the short journey across the Nile to your lodge. At this point you will have spent the best part of a week on the move and sleeping in our luxury bell tents. There is no more comfortable or glamorous way to camp, but cam

Listing created Jun 24, 2019

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