Into the Wilderness

Kidepo, the Karamajong and “The Big Five”

Travel through Murchison Falls and on into the remote wilderness of Kidepo Valley. Game drives and visits to remote tribes with unforgettable wild camp locations. Discover the secrets of Pian Upe and return via Mount Elgon and the Source of the Nile.

Game drives and boat safaris, remote tribes and wilderness

DAY 0: Arrival

- Airport transfer to guesthouse
- Botanical Gardens
- Dinner and briefing

Collection from Entebbe Airport and short transfer to our home base, Kamuli Cottage. Rest and relax or visit to Entebbe Botanical Gardens if flight schedule permits. Dinner and briefing.

Kamuli Cottage guesthouse.

DAY 1: Murchison Falls National Park

- Rhino Trek
- Murchison Falls
- Camp night
Transit day 350 kms, approx 6 hours

Depart via Kampala to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary with rest stop en route at Lowero market. Rhino trek at Ziwa. Spend time with the white rhino and learn about the inspiring re-introduction programme of this rare and wonderful beast into Uganda. Late lunch at Ziwa then depart via Masindi for Murchison Falls National Park. Visit to the top of Murchison Falls, the most powerful on earth, channeling the River Nile through a 7 meter wide ravine. Short hop to Red Chilli Lodge.

Camp at Red Chilli Restcamp. Log fire, dinner and drinks.

DAY 2: Murchison Falls National Park.

- Nile boat safari
- Murchison Falls
- Paraa Lodge for lunch
- Late afternoon / evening game drive
- Wilderness camp night
Safari day

Breakfast at Red Chilli followed by Nile boat safari to the base of the powerful Murchison Falls. See some of Uganda’s over 1000 species of birds; ‘bloats’ (yes, bloats) of hippos cooling off in the river and abundant wildlife on the banks, including elephant, water buffalo and giraffe. Lunch at the famous Paraa Lodge. Afternoon and evening game drive with ranger to the Nile Delta at Lake Albert with good chance to see lion and leopard and camp in the wild with a ranger.

Wilderness camp at the Nile Delta. Campfire with ranger, dinner and drinks. Hippos and other noises off.

DAY 3: Kidepo Valley National Park

- Dawn game drive
- Lunch at Aruu Falls
- Kidepo Valley
- Lodge night
Transit day 350 kms, approx 6 hours .

Dawn game drive with breakfast en route. Depart Murchison Falls heading via Gulu for lunch stop at the beautiful Aruu Falls. Continue to Kidepo Valley located in the far northeast corner of Uganda – wild and remote, and rated by CNN as the second best park in the whole of Africa.

Lodge at Kidepo Savanna Lodge.

DAY 4: Kidepo Valley National Park

- Trek to the isolated hilltop Irk tribe
- Relaxing lunch at viewpoint
- Evening game drive
- Wilderness camp night
Safari Day

Early morning trek to Mount Morungole to meet the isolated hilltop tribe of the Irk. Meet the tribal elders, exchange gifts and join in (if you like) with ancient tribal dancing. Return to Kidepo Valley for evening game drive: elephant, giraffe, Jackson hartebeest, water buffalo and chance to see lion, leopard and magnificent cheetah. Stay in the wilderness for a wild camp with a ranger.

Wilderness camp with ranger. Campfire, dinner and drinks.

DAY 5: Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve*

- Dawn game drive
- Kaabong and tribal visit to the Jie warriors.
- Lunch at Karatunga
- Pian Upe game drive
- Wilderness camp night
Transit day 300 kms, approx 6 hours

Dawn game drive and depart Kidepo Valley heading south to Kaabong and a short detour to Nakaperumoru to meet the people of the Jie warrior tribe. Late lunch at the Karatunga Foundation, Moroto – a community enterprise supporting the Karamojo Region. Continue south to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve for a late afternoon game drive and wilderness camp. This is a well-kept secret - the second largest and one of the most beautiful protected areas in Uganda. Home to an abundance of wildlife, uniquely including ostrich, as well as lion, leopard and one of the best places to see cheetah.

Wilderness camp with ranger. Campfire, dinner and drinks.

DAY 6: Sipi Falls Mount Elgon

- Dawn game drive
- Mount Elgon
- Lunch at Lacam Lodge
- Sipi Falls Trek
- Camp night
Short transit day 150 kms, approx 3 hours

Early morning game drive at Pian Upe and last chance to complete “The Big Five”. Head south to ascend Mount Elgon for lunch at Lacam Lodge overlooking the lower falls followed by Sipi Falls trek from the upper to middle falls.

Camp at the spectacular Sipi Falls. Campfire, dinner and drinks.

DAY 7: Jinja, Source of the Nile

- Coffee Tour
- Source of the Nile boat cruise
- Return Entebbe
- Guesthouse
Transit day 350 kms, approx 6 hours

Coffee tour. Learn how coffee is grown and processed on the slopes of Mount Elgon. Descend Mount Elgon for late lunch in Jinja and afternoon boat cruise to the source of the Nile. Evening return to Entebbe. .

Kamuli Cottage, Entebbe. Dinner and drinks.


To suit flight schedule. Breakfast and lunch. Visit to craft shops. Airport transfer.

Route mileage approx. 1500kms excluding parks and game drives. Average 200kms per day.

*A popular and exhilarating end to this trip is to add white water rafting on day 7 in place of the visit to Pian Upe on day 5. Additional cost $150 per person – contact for details.


Of Persons
($ Each)
($ Each)
232953495Ideal for couples
honeymooners -
just the two of
431953395Travel for four
people and above in
two vehicle
convoy with radio

*This is the total number of people on the trip, except driver/s

**Peak season: July – September | 20 December – 10 January

Advance payment of 30% is required upon booking. Balance 70% is required 2 weeks before arrival

*Number of persons
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

Standard ($ Each)
  • 3295
  • 3195
  • 3195
  • 2995
  • 2795
  • 2595
  • 2495

**Peak ($ Each)
  • 3495
  • 3395
  • 3395
  • 3195
  • 2995
  • 2795
  • 2695

Ideal for couples and honeymooners – just the two of you.

Travel for four people and above in two vehicle convoy with radio comms.

*This is the total number of people on the trip, except driver/s.

**Peak season: July – September. 20 December – 10 January.

Advance payment of 30% is required upon booking. Balance 70% is required 2 weeks before arrival.

What's Included

Basically everything! – except souvenirs and spending money.

Airport pick up and drop off.

Full board and accommodation as per itinerary.

Travel and transport in safe, comfortable, air conditioned 4x4s. Fuel included.

Specialist overland base vehicle with roof tent(s); full kitchen including cooker, bbq, refrigerator and freezer; water supply and hot shower; extensive rain cover / shade and all camp equipment.

All equipment including roof tents, tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows, camp chairs, tables etc.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.

All park fees, guides and rangers. Boat safaris and treks.

Modest alcoholic beverages and soft drinks while camping (up to 4 units per adult per night).

What's not included

Flights and personal insurances

Visas, vaccinations and malaria tablets

Souvenirs and tips

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