10 DAYS UGANDA ITINERARY SIPI AND KARAMOJA

Description

Karamoja is a pastoral community where the possession of cows and goats is considered a sign of wealth and status.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival, the driver will pick you up from the airport to your hotel for check-in; you will have time to relax before you go on a short walking tour of the city to help you get familiarised with the country before embarking on your long trip. The timing of the walking tour will depend on your arrival time.
Accommodation- Speke Hotel/ Latitude 0.
Meals: Bed and Breakfast.

We will have breakfast and then drive to the beautiful Sipi Falls region. The journey will take approximately 6 hours, during which we’ll make a few stops to take photos of the stunning countryside. We’ll also stop for lunch before proceeding to Sipi. Once we arrive at the hotel, you can take a break before we head out for an afternoon coffee tour in the village. Local farmers will guide the time, and you’ll learn how to pick, roast, and pound coffee using a wooden motor and pestle. You’ll even get to make your coffee and take some home if you’re interested. Accommodation: Rafiki guest house

After breakfast, we shall start our hike to the beautiful waterfalls on the footprints of Mt Elgon. Enjoy the trek to the highest waterfalls and take pictures, go for a walk on the slopes of Mt Elgon as you learn about the culture of the people living in the Mountains of Elgon. This place is known for its beautiful views of the eastern Rift Valley. These are the highest waterfalls in Uganda (100 metres high).
In the afternoon, you can have time off to relax or go for a sunset walk that late afternoon.
Return to the hotel for dinner.

We will set off from Sipi falls at 7 am, right after breakfast. Afterwards, we will check in at a local restaurant in Moroto for lunch, and then drive to Karamojong village. We plan to spend the evening participating in traditional games, and daily activities, such as preparing staple foods and harvesting, beading, learning to dance and shoot a bow and arrow and traditional friendly wWe will also spend the night with the Karimojong warriors in the Kraal and experience typical Karimojong pastoral life by spending time with the animals and shepherds in the Kraal. We will help bring the cows to the kraal, share stories at the campfire, play local games with the warriors and learn all about nomadic life.


Karamoja is a pastoral community where the possession of cows and goats is considered a sign of wealth and status. Historically, the Karamojongs were known for their cattle-raiding activities. Unlike other Ugandans, the Karamojong people tend to reject modern lifestyles and prefer to stick to their traditional way of living. This is evident in their clothing, consisting of a blanket that looks like a shawl, often in red and black. Women in the community wear elaborate beadwork as a part of their attire.
We will camp with the Karamojong warriors and have dinner with them for accommodation. Accommodation- Campingrestling.

 

You have two options to choose from. You can either go for a bicycle tour of Karamoja villages and visit different homesteads of the Karamajong people, explore the surrounding plains, and enjoy the Karamajong culture. Alternatively, you can go for a day hike on Mount Moroto. Please let us know which option you would prefer. Accommodation- Karatunga Guest House

Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park.
After having breakfast, we will embark on a long drive back to Kidepo National Park. This park boasts breathtaking scenery and we will have the opportunity to take in its natural beauty. We will take a break to enjoy a late lunch and then set out for an evening game drive.
Accommodation: Kidepo Savanah Lodge

After breakfast, we will embark on a morning game drive into the park, where we’ll have the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife such as elephants, lions, waterbucks, buffalos, monkeys, hyenas and more. Don’t forget to capture the stunning scenery of the valley as well. Later, we’ll return for breakfast and continue our journey towards Murchison Falls. We’ll stop for lunch on the way.
Upon arrival at Murchison, we’ll check into our hotel, relax and prepare for dinner.
Accommodation- Bamboo Village Lodge

We will start our day with an early breakfast and head out for our first game drive through the park. Expect to see Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, and other animal species. Try to spot a Lion or Leopard, or enjoy taking note of the different kinds of animals you will see. After the game drive, we will have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will take a relaxing boat cruise along the Nile to the base of the impressive Murchison Falls. Keep an eye out for Hippos and a variety of birdlife along the banks, such as kingfishers, cormorants, bee-eaters, rare shoebill stork, and Nile Crocodiles! Listen closely to the powerful sound of the snowy waterfall as you approach it. We will disembark from the boat and hike for 30 minutes to the top of the falls. Our driver will pick us up from the top and return to the hotel.
Accommodation- Bamboo Village Lodge

We will leave Murchison Falls National Park early in the morning and head to Kibale National Park through Kyenjojo/Fort Portal Road in the afternoon. On the day of our arrival, we will have a relaxed afternoon to prepare for the next day’s activity. However, if you feel energetic in the late afternoon, we can go for a community visit at Bigodi.
Accommodation: Kibale Forest lodge/Isunga Lodge

We will head to the ranger station early in the morning to begin our chimpanzee-tracking adventure in Kibale forest. Kibale forest is famous for being home to 13 different primate species, including seven active during the day such as chimpanzees and baboons. As we walk through the beautiful forest, we will have the opportunity to see other primates such as colobus monkeys, mangabeys, baboons, bush babies, and more. Our experienced guide will provide insightful information and make this experience unforgettable. Once we finish tracking, we will proceed to Kampala or Entebbe, depending on your flight details, so make sure to have your bags packed and ready to go.

What we suggest you bring

A photocopy of your passport, including the visa page; torch; malaria prophylaxis; insect repellent; towel, sturdy walking shoes and long trousers for the Falls walks; plenty of drinking water/snacks; any other personal affects, light coloured clothing (NB There are tsetse flies in the park, which are attracted to blue or dark-colours!)


The small print

˜ Cost includes park entry fees, ferry crossings, game drive ranger fees (when available), boat cruise, guided walk fees, transport/fuel, shared accommodation in furnished safari tents with bedding. Towels are not provided but can be rented for a small fee.


˜ Trip cost excludes all    drinks/other personal items.


˜ Upgrades to banda accommodation can be made for an extra charge – please enquire for availability.


˜ Staff tips are never expected but always appreciated.


˜ A 50% cash deposit or payment in full is required to secure your reservation. Tour bookings are only confirmed once this has been received. Deposits can be made at Kampala Waking Tours or by bank transfer with prior arrangement. We accept Visa credit/debit cards & Uganda Shillings or US Dollars cash (notes printed ater 2006) Visa transactions are subject to a 4.2% bank charge. All bank transfer fees should be paid by the sender. Please note that should you choose to pay in Uganda Shillings the exchange rate can vary and the balance due will be charged at that day’s rate. We recommend paying in Dollars to avoid any confusion.


˜ We endeavor to book out all trips to a max of 8 pax. In the event that a trip has less than 6 people booked, we reserve the right to cancel, or reschedule the trip. In the event of cancellation, deposits will be refunded in full.


˜ Pick-ups en route may be considered if FULL PAYMENT is made in advance – please equire before booking.


˜ The price includes a free night’s camping/dorm bed at Red Chilli Kampala the night before departure (subject to availability and not transferable to another person or to be used as part payment for a room upgrade. Not redeemable for cash). Please reserve in advance if required.


˜ Discounts are available for East African residents and Ugandan Nationals, subject to a valid UWA recognized ID. Please inform us when booking if you are seeking to claim a discount.


˜ Baggage is limited to 1 medium backpack per person. Excess baggage can be stored at Kampala free of charge.


˜ Children below the age of 10 are not permitted on scheduled trips but please esquire about our exclusive trips.

˜ Take all sensible precautions against malaria.


˜ Do not approach any wild animals you may see around the camp/park, & do not startle them with flash photography.


˜ Drink plenty of water at all times & protect yourself from the sun – Murchison is considerably hotter than Kampala.


˜ Take care of your valuables at all times. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss.


˜ We can supply packed lunches on request for Day 1. However last orders are taken at 21.00 the night before the trip departs. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please email or call ahead with your order.


˜ Please leave yourself plenty of time between the scheduled return of the trip and any ongoing travel connections. We cannot accept responsibility for any missed connections due to late return.