Fly Kidepo Safari- Kidepo Flying Safari - 4 days
This 4 Day Fly Kidepo safari -We will be flying to Kidepo Valley Naitonal Park's Apoka Safari Lodge, do game drives in Kidepo in search of the real Lion King Safari to Africa as it was 50 – 100 years – CNN has twice featured the park, once as the 3rd best Park in Africa and another time as one of Africa’s Featured Parks.
Fly Kidepo Safari for lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and Karimajong culture - 4 Days
The 4-days Fly Kidepo Safari begins at Entebbe every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. We stay at Apoka Safari Lodge and base here for all the activities. The flight time to Kidepo Valley Park is less than two hours and certainly a lot less than the arduous drive one would have to go through getting here by road , beside you can see the wondrous Pearl of Africa from the air, minus the dust and bumps of the roads (though for many that is an adventure in itself).
Kidepo Valley National Park is the last original habitats of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, also known as the Uganda giraffe. Kidepo hosts more than 50 species. From the very common yellow-billed kite, the pygmy falcon, fox kestrel and tawny eagle to the rare Verreaux’s eagle and the very rare Taita falcon. Several vulture species can be seen too.
Kidepo Valley Park, is authentic Africa, an African Wilderness that you will not find elsewhere in East Africa. It is Africa without the crowds, where you have less than 10 new visitors a day enter the park, with limited lodges made up by the richness of the Africa Wilderness in this remote part of Uganda.
- Day 1: Fly from Entebbe to Apoka Safari Lodge, enjoy an evening game drive in the Narus Valley.
- Day 2: Kidepo Valley NP with Game drive in the park all day
- Day 3: Kidepo Valley Park: Guided Nature walk and game drive.
- Day 4: Fly back to Entebbe.- End of Fly Kidepo Safari.
Itinerary for 4 day Fly Kidepo Safari
Day 1: Fly from Entebbe to Kidepo Valley NP
We begin our 4 Day Luxury Fly Kidepo Safari with a pick-up from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe to Entebbe International Airport for your 2-hours flight to Kidepo – a pleasant flight over the varied Ugandan landscape – seeing the Pearl of Africa from above – simply a delightful treat and some great photo opportunities for you.
Land at Kidepo Valley Airstrip and transfer to the nearby Apoka Safari Lodge that is a real oasis in the midst of this rugged and untamed landscape of Kidepo Park where you receive a warm welcome and are led to your luxurious room where no effort has been spared and thought off to make you most comfortable. There is a swimming pool for you take a dip, a veranda to sit and enjoy the vast wilderness of the unique Kidepo Valley – a destination that many would like to visit but don’t due to the time or cost it takes to get here.
Lunchtime at Apoka Lodge and you are served a culinary treat in the Ugandan Wild of Kidepo Valley National Park that will delight your senses and palate. Even while you have lunch or sit on your veranda you will be able to enjoy some the abundant wildlife found at this most unusual, one of a kind Park in East Africa bordered by South-Sudan and Kenya – a park that abounds with scenic wonders and prolific wildlife, some of which is not found elsewhere in Uganda.
Relax after lunch, drinking in all the splendor of nature, the stillness of the wild only broken by the sound of an animal near or far – welcome to Kidepo Valley National Park.
Late Afternoon Game Drive through the Narus Valley where you will see herds of buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, zebras and hopefully some lions, leopard and the elusive cheetah. Besides there are the many birds you might find along the way. This is a slow drive so that you do not miss anything, stopping wherever you wish to take pictures of the fabulous wildlife and birds, fauna and flora along the way.
One of the things that you will readily see that one thing that makes this park so very different is that there are no other vehicles, it is African wildlife without the crowds. Simply amazing – in this remote and unvisited part of Uganda’s Wild.
Enjoy the sunset and a delightful dinner at Apoka Safari Lodge in the heart of Kidepo Valley National Park surrounded only by the sounds of the African Wild in the Bush. There is nothing like going to sleep with the sounds of a roaring lion in the distance and awakening to the trumpeting of an elephant.
Day 2: Full Day Game Drives, Safari in Kidepo Valley National Park,
Sunrise in the Bush and to top it off a fabulous breakfast and a cup of coffee or tea while you peruse the landscape and wildlife around you in the remotest corner of Uganda and yet it is in class and style. The perfect African dream vacation.
After breakfast it is off to another exciting game drive across savannah, hills, small forests, dry river beds and always the rings of mountains around you. Animals and birds to see, plants and trees that will amaze you as they exist in this semi-arid region of Uganda.
We are off to Karankorog Hot Springs with lots of wildlife along the way. No game drive is the same even if you took the same route twice, there is always something new to seen and found. The scenery, animals, birds will amaze you and it is best to keep the camera close at hand to get the best shots along the way.
Lunch at Apoka Lodge – each meal being a unique treat
Then it off for an afternoon with Karamajong people for a cultural tour as to how this proud tribe that has refused most influences for change. Their love for cattle is comparable to the better known Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania. Their ways are unique to them and they are a proud warrior like people who believe that is their God given right to cattle, even cattle belonging to others. You will see how they live, how they prepare food, dance, enjoy life and what their cattle means to them.
Here you will have an experiential visit with the Karamajong, see their homesteads which are called Manyatas and also the Kraal’s where the animals are kept. Simply an enriching, cross-cultural time. Like the landscape, the Karamajong are a rugged people who for the most part continue in their cultural lifestyle.
Return to Apoka Lodge for a time of relaxation, dinner and enjoying the company of other travelers at the lodge.
Day 3: Kidepo valley national park: Guided Nature walk and game drive
Go for a morning guided walk and see unique plants found only this part of the country, birds and crocodiles on the river banks. After this, enjoy a buffet breakfast. Late afternoon, high tea and then a game drive.
Luxury: Apoka Game Lodge
Medium: Kidepo Valley Lodge
Low Budget: Kidepo Valley Lodge (tents)
Day 4: Fly from Kidepo to Entebbe
Today morning, either sleep in, enjoy a game drive, swimming or a guided walk. At 11.00hrs, there is a barbeque at the swimming pool. Leave for the airstrip afterwards, taking the flight back to Entebbe at 15.00hrs arriving at 16.20hrs. Wait at the airport for your flight out of the country or drive back to Kampala.
At Entebbe airport you are met by your driver guide and taken to your hotel – lodging or assisted in your departure from Uganda.
The 4 Day Luxury Fly Kidepo Safari at Kidepo Valley Park comes to end here.
About Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is a 1,442 square kilometers (557 sq mi) national park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. Kidepo is rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 metres (9,020 ft) Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers.
The park is located approximately 520 kilometers (320 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.
The northwestern boundary of the park runs along the international frontier with South Sudan
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.
Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park and also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.
The local communities around the park include pastoral Karamojong people, similar to the Maasai of Kenya, and the IK, a hunter-gatherer tribe.
The park contains one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan national park. Along with the neighboring Karamoja region, it houses many species found nowhere else in Uganda, including the greater and lesser kudu, eland and cheetah. Carnivores here include the lion, leopard, spotted hyena and black-backed and side-striped jackals. Other large species regularly seen here are elephant, Burchell’s zebra, bushpig, warthog, Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape buffalo, bushbuck, bush duiker, Defassa waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest and Oribi.
The park boasts an extensive bird list of around 475 species, making it second only in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A few species of note are the Ostrich, Kori Bustard and Karamoja Apalis.
Kidepo is notable for its birds of prey. Of the 56 species recorded, 14 – including Verreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Pygmy Falcon – are believed to be endemic to the Kidepo and Karamoja region. There has, however, been no comprehensive survey of birds in Kidepo and visitors stand a good chance of adding to the current list.
Access: Schedule Eagle Air flight once a week and charter flights, civil aviation manages an airstrip 3km away from the park headquarters.
Activities on Kidepo Valley NP Safaris
Game Drives in Kidepo
Discover the wonders of the wilderness in an open top safari vehicle, Kidepo Valley National Park is truly a land of unspoiled beauty. Lions, cheetah, ostrich elephants, giraffes, zebra as well as many antelope species inhabit these grasslands.
Game Walk in Kidepo
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the two parks in Uganda where you are able to get out of the vehicle and explore the savannah by foot. An armed guide will accompany you as you venture along the dry river beds, over rocky outcrops and through bush land to track the resident wildlife. Being able to reach out touch the environment and feel the African savannah beneath your feet is a truly understated experience.
Karamojong Village community visits
The Karamojong people have been settled in Northern Uganda since 1600 A.D. Originally from Ethiopia, the name Karamojong is derived from a phrase meaning ‘the old men can walk no further’. The main livelihood for the Karamojong is cattle herding and livestock have a significant importance in the day to day lives of a Karamojong community. Apoka Lodge has established a good relationship with a nearby Karamojong community and the opportunity is there to visit the village and learn about this history of this interesting community and its culture and traditions.
- Return local flights - flying Entebbe to Kidepo, and back to Entebbe
- Game drives in Kidepo Valley NP
- Services of a good English speaking safari guide
- Accommodation as per programme with all meals
- Park fees and tour activity fees
- Ground transfers