Ecospace Explorers

5 Days Kidepo Valley National Park and Sipi Falls

Day 1

Departure from Kampala to Gulu 

Depart on the 5 Days Kidepo Valley National Park and Sipi Falls trip from Kampala by 7:00 am after your morning breakfast in the company of our driver guide who will brief you on the trip prior to departure. Consider stopping at Luweero for a quick snack, fruits especially pineapples or to stretch your legs.

Resume the journey and head straight to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you can even go on a guided rhino-tracking tour. Your lunch will be in Nakasongola at Kabalega Diner.

Resume your journey and arrive in Gulu, check in to your accommodation, and take some time to relax for the activities planned the next day.

Day 2

Transfer from Gulu to Kidepo Valley National Park

Check out from your hotel in Gulu with an early breakfast and head towards Kitgum, the nearest major town to Kidepo Valley National Park. Pack a picnic lunch to have on the way.

It is recommended you have your phone or camera battery fully charged. Upon arrival at Kidepo Valley National Park, you will be greeted by a vast expanse of untouched wilderness. The park’s rugged terrain, characterized by savannah grasslands, rolling hills, and rocky landscapes, will leave you in awe of its natural beauty. The air is filled with the sounds of wildlife, creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation.

Accommodation Option

Accommodation in Kidepo Valley National
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Tented Accommodation)
  • Kidepo Savannah Lodge

 Day 3

Morning Game drive and afternoon Cultural encounter in Kidepo Valley National Park

Early morning after your breakfast, rise with the sun and set off on an exhilarating early morning game drive. As the dawn breaks, the park comes alive with a stunning wildlife species. Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic African elephants, majestic lions, graceful giraffes, and the elusive leopard. The park is also home to numerous species of antelope, buffalo, and zebras especially along the Narus Valley.

The park is birdwatcher’s paradise, boasting over 475 avian species. Take the opportunity to spot rare and endemic birds, such as the Karamoja apalis and the Abyssinian ground hornbill. The park’s diverse habitats, including wetlands, forests, and open grasslands, attract a remarkable variety of feathered creatures.

So keep your binoculars handy and prepare to be amazed by the vibrant colors and melodic songs of the birds. Return to your lodge for lunch and refreshments.

After your lunch, go an evening Cultural experience around the Karamojong communities. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Karamojong communities that surround Kidepo Valley National Park. Engage in authentic interactions, where you can learn about their traditional way of life, unique customs, and vibrant folklore. Witness traditional dances, participate in craft workshops, and savor authentic Karamojong cuisine. This cultural exchange offers a deeper understanding of the region’s history and its close relationship with nature. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

  •   Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Day 4

Depart Kidepo to Sipi falls, Kapchorwa

On this day, wake up to an early morning breakfast and depart Kidepo for Sipi Falls with packed lunch. The journey will take you through Kaabong and Moroto.

Upon arrival at Sipi, check in at the lodge where you can decide to relax, do an evening sunset walk or go for a coffee experience as you prepare for the next day adrenaline pumping activities.

Accommodation Option

  •        Sipi Valley Resort

Day 5

Explore Sipi Falls and depart to Kampala

Start your day with an early breakfast and prepare for a more challenging adventure. Today, you have the option to go abseiling down one of the waterfall cliffs under the guidance of experienced instructors at Sipi Falls.

Descend down the rock face while being surrounded by the rush of water. This is an exhilarating experience that offers visitors a unique perspective of the sipi falls adventure.

After the abseiling adventure, have a picnic lunch surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sipi Falls area then embark on a coffee experience where you can take part in its local  production process, have a coffee drink, and leave a mark by planting a coffee tree under your name.

Late Afternoon:
As the day winds down, begin your journey back to Kampala. The return drive offers more opportunities to enjoy Uganda’s scenic landscapes and a shopping moment in Mbale City.

You will arrive in Kampala late in the evening marking the end of your 5 Days Kidepo Valley National Park and Sipi Falls adventure.


Trip Includes:

  • Park entry fees
  • Rhino tracking fees
  • Ziwa entry fees
  • All activities mentioned above
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Comfortable Safari Van
  • Accommodation
  • All activity fees mentioned
  • Meals
  • Refreshment (Water or Soda)

Trip Excludes:

  • Airfares
  • Visas
  • Accommodation while in Kampala
  • Items of personal interest
  • Luxury drinks etc.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)    

What is the best time of year to visit Kidepo Valley National Park?

The best time to visit Kidepo Valley National Park is during the dry season, from June to September and December to February. These months offer optimal wildlife viewing opportunities, as the
animals tend to gather around waterholes. The weather is also pleasant during
this time, with mild temperatures and clear skies.

           Are guided tours available in the park?

Yes, guided tours are available in Kidepo Valley National Park. Professional guides with extensive knowledge of the
park’s wildlife and landscapes can enhance your experience by providing
valuable insights and ensuring your safety. It is recommended to book guided
tours in advance to secure availability.

          What should I pack for a trip to Kidepo Valley National Park?

When packing for a trip to Kidepo Valley National Park, it is essential to include lightweight and breathable clothing
for warm weather, as well as a few layers for cooler evenings. Other essential
items include sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a
camera with spare batteries and memory cards. Don’t forget to bring a sense of
adventure and a willingness to embrace the untamed wilderness.

          Is it safe to visit Kidepo Valley National Park?

Kidepo Valley National Park is generally considered safe for tourists. However, it is recommended to exercise caution
and follow the guidance of park staff and guides. Respect the wildlife and
adhere to park regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. It is
also advisable to consult with travel advisories and local authorities
regarding any potential security concerns.

          Can I camp inside the park?

Yes, camping is permitted within designated campsites in Kidepo Valley National Park. These sites provide basic facilities
such as toilets and showers, allowing you to immerse yourself in the raw beauty
of the wilderness. It is important to follow park regulations and guidelines to
ensure a responsible and sustainable camping experience.