Christmas Safari to Eastern Uganda
22 December – 2 January, 2013
Eastern Uganda is a spectacular part of Uganda. We shall go round the Ugandan side of Mt Elgon, a 4,321m extinct volcano straddling the Kenyan border. Waterfalls tumble down the Elgon slopes , and we shall walk along the Sipi Falls.
We pass some very dramatic volcanic outcrops near Tororo and Mbale and even climb them (easy climbs) and see the jagged peak of Mt Kadam. Tororo and Mbale are pleasant towns with well preserved examples of colonial-era Asian and European architecture.
We shall visit the Kokoro and Nyero rock art paintings. We explore Lake Bisina- a 190km long freshwater lake near the eastern arm of the Kioga drainage system. We then proceed to Lake Opeta which is the centre of a complex of swamps that is in the process of gaining recognition as a Ramsar site. Both lakes are well known for their bird populations , especially the latter for its large shoebill stork populations and the acquatic sitatunga.
Our final destination will be the Kidepo Valley National Park, possibly Uganda’s most alluring savanna reserve. Apart from savanna grasslands it also has patches of montane forest, riparian woodlands and borassus palms lining the seasonal river valleys. Kidepo protects a number of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan national park.
Eastern Uganda is home to several special tribes, notably the Karamojong.
This is basically a camping trip. Those who wish to stay in bandas or hotels will probably be able to do so. This needs more planning and details on such places will be available later.
If you wish to self-drive you can do so under special arrangements.
Estimated cost: 65,000ksh pp. This costing is based on 20 persons.
Included: Truck transport, 3 meals a day, tent and mattress.
Not included: Park entry fees, Ugandan visa, camping fee, any rock art entry fee
Please express interest early so that I can work on the final details. Communicate directly with me on
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Weekend Outings Coordinator