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8-days Uganda - East & North

Uganda's best culture & adventure tour!

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The Eastern and Northern parts of Uganda is brimming with adventure, from waterfall hikes in Sipi Falls, to authentic cultural encounters with the fascinating tribes of Karamoja. Combined with wildlife safaris in the remote and less visited Kidepo Valley National Park this program will offer you an incredible off-the-beaten-track experience of Uganda.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Meet the Karamojong tribes
  • Safari in Kidepo National Park
  • Hike along the Sipi Falls
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Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!

Arriving to a new and foreign place can be over-whelming. All your senses are operating in overdrive as you take in the unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells of your new surroundings. This is certainly the case for a first visit to Uganda. Your Matoke Tours guide will be with you from the very beginning, welcoming you at the airport and navigating you through the lively traffic, while you can lean back and watch your new world go by. If this is your first time traveling to Africa, you will never forget your first acquaintance with her.

Your accommodation for the night is set on the shores of Lake Victoria, about a 40-minute drive from Entebbe. Along the way you will catch a glimpse of the daily pulse of Uganda, like the matatus and boda bodas (local 4-wheel and 2-wheel taxis) weaving daringly through traffic, smartly dressed residents in colorful fabrics along the streets, food stalls stacked with delicious Rolex and wooden carts heavily laden with our staple food, the Matoke.   

Journey Time 20 minutes
Accommodation Kaazi Beach Resort
Meal Plan No meals inclusive

Day 2: To Sipi via Jinja

Your journey east will begin with a visit to Jinja, a town on the shores of Lake Victoria about a 3-hour-drive

of Kampala. This lake-side town is famous for being the historic source of the River Nile and, more recently, for developing into the adrenaline capital of East Africa.

On a boat ride you will go on a cruise out to the actual source of the Nile, where Lake Victoria pours into the Nile, beginning its 6,650 km long journey to the Mediterranean.

 

After this little stop you will continue on toward to Sipi Falls in the foothills of Mount Elgon National Park.

This verdant and hilly landscape has a spectacular series of waterfalls and a network of walking trails winding through villages and lush coffee-producing fields.

Journey Time 3 hrs to Jinja, 5 hrs to Sipi
Accommodation Sipi River Lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner
 
 

Day 3: Full day in Sipi

The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a series of waterfalls – which culminate in a spectacular drop. The waterfalls are surrounded by beautiful walking trails and lush green hills. A local guide will lead you on a 3-hour hike through the region to visit these falls. Besides nature in abundance your hike will include a local lunch experience and a tour of a small local coffee producing farm. This is the perfect time to pick up some high-quality Ugandan coffee to take home to your friends and family.

 

If you are missing a bit adrenaline in your day you can abseil from the top of the 100-meter-high Sipi Falls. Hanging from a rope in the cool mist of the cascading falls right beside you, you will have a spectacular panoramic view of the valley below.

The additional cost for this optional activity is USD 50 per person

   
Accommodation Sipi River Lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Hike Mt Moroto and visit with the Tepeth tribe

Moroto town is located near the gentle slopes of Mount Moroto (3085m), and it is the beating heart of the Karamoja region. In this remote, and until recently quite isolated, region of Uganda some of the best outdoor adventures and authentic cultural experiences await you!

In the early morning you leave for a scenic hike on Mount Moroto, the highest mountain of Karamoja. During the walk you will visit the So Tepeth mountain people and get an insight into their culture and everyday lives.

Journey Time 3½ hours
Accommodation Karamoja Safari Camp
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner
 

Do you want to sleep under the stars in your own private bush camp?

If you are 4 people or more you have the option of staying at your own private bush camp in the foothills 10 km outside Moroto (recommended experience!). Here you will dine under the stars and sleep in simple tents with mattresses. Facilities include a simple outdoor shower and a long drop. Contact your Travel Consultant for a quote.

 
 

Day 5: Visit a Manyatta & Game Drive in Kidepo National Park

In the morning you will have the opportunity to visit a traditional Karamajong manyatta. A manyatta is a village made up of several huts, which in turn are surrounded by a fence made of branches and thorns. These are put up to keep the cattle in and to protect them from thieving rival tribes and wild animals. Visiting a manyatta will give you an interesting insight into the customs and traditions of the Karamajong.

 

After this visit you will head farther north to the most remote and pristine national park in the country: Kidepo Valley National Park. In the rugged semi-arid valleys in the extreme northeast of Uganda, the park lies hidden away in a corner between Uganda’s borders with South Sudan and Kenya. It is a long but very rewarding journey to get to this region with some of the most beautiful scenery in Uganda. On your arrival to the park you will have time to go on an afternoon game drive in the wild Narus Valley to see herds of elephant and buffalo. You might even spot some lions and leopards perching on the various rocks dotting the valley floor.

Journey time 5 hrs
Accommodation Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Full day game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park

On a full day game drive you will cover more ground in this beautiful park. It has a profusion of big

game and hosts 475 bird species and over 80 mammal species, among them; lions, ostriches, zebras, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, caracals, cheetahs, and greater and lesser kudus. Kidepo Valley National Park ranks among Africa’s finest wilderness landscapes and was ranked no. 3 on CNN’s list of the best national parks in Africa.

 

Want to explore the park on foot?

Kidepo Valley National park is one of the few parks in Uganda where you can do a walking safari.

The park is a completely different place when you are removed from the constraints of a safari vehicle. Your senses are aware of every sound and movement in the bush and you see things at ground level that you would otherwise miss. With a knowledgeable ranger you will also learn a lot about the inhabitants of the park and how to recognize their tracks. This is an exciting and very rewarding activity that we can highly recommend.

The additional cost for this optional activity is USD 30 per person

   
Accommodation Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Meal Plan

Breakfast and dinner

 
 

Day 7: Drive to Gulu

Today is merely a transportation day en-route to Entebbe. The half-way point is the town of Gulu, the largest town in northern Uganda. You will be spending the night in Gulu Churchill Courts Hotel. It is a very basic hotel, yet one of the best in town.

Journey Time 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Gulu Churchill Courts Hotel
Meal Plan

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Travel to Entebbe

In the morning you complete the final stretch to Entebbe. Your guide will drop you off at the airport in time for your international flight.

Journey Time: 6-7 hrs
Accommodation: Not Included
Meal Plan: Breakfast
 

Optional departure routes:

There is more than one way to get home! Discuss your preferred option and the additional costs involved with your personal Travel Consultant.

  • Fly from Kidepo to Entebbe

Domestic flights from Kidepo to Entebbe operate three times a week. Contact your Travel Consultant for details and prices.

 

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Did we hit all the items on your travel bucket list for Uganda? 

If not, don’t worry. We specialize in tailor-made tours and can customize this program to create your dream trip. Get in touch with your personal Travel Consultant to create your personalized program.

Don't want the fun to end?

Why not combine this tour with a beach holiday in Zanzibar or spend a few days in the tropical paradise that is the Kenyan coast? We take care of everything from flights to transfers and accommodation so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Explore our other destinations or speak with your personal Travel Consultant for some expert advice on suitable combinations.

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