The Eastern route of Uganda is a unique, different journey through history, geography, tradition and cultures. Destination Jungle partners with local organisations to guarantee that visitors entering into contact with non-touristic areas like Karamoja, get closer to the people, have a learning in relation to the culture and the people. The tour includes the source of Nile, Sipi falls of Mount Elgon, where the Karamoja plateau starts. You will visit Pian-Upe reserve, Moroto and Mt. Moroto, viewing also ancient rock paintings. Passing the Karimojong villages of the Tepeth, the Matheniko, Jie, the Dodoth you reach the northern end of Uganda, where Kidepo national park is located. Kidepo with 1442 Sq Kms of protected area is considered one of the most remote, intact and real game parks in Africa.
Overnight at: Cassia Lodge/Metropole Hotel. BB
Overnight at: Sipi River Lodge or Similar. Full Board
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight in Soroti at Soroti Hotel or similar. Full Board
After breakfast drive through Katakwi to the region of the Upe and Bokora people (the Karimojong of South and Central Karamoja), where are found the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve and Bokora Wildlife Reserve as you enter Karamoja plateau. This is a semi-arid alberated savannah with euphorbia’s and acacias, where still exists a small population of wildlife like ostriches, dik dik, hyenas and buffaloes. Stop overs will be made at the Tepeth communities at Mount Napak, one of the highest peaks of Karamoja, an extinct volcano area of archaeological sites.
You will have packed lunch then proceed to Moroto, the capital town of Karamoja, on the foothills of Mount Moroto. The drive might take about 7 hours according to road conditions. In the evening visit the Karamoja Museum and the local market.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Moroto Hotel/ Leslona Hotel. Full Board
After breakfast, drive to the communities who inhabit the mountains surrounding Moroto, the Tepeth. These are the original inhabitants of Karamoja, who were raided by other Karimojong tribes and seek refuge on the slopes of the mountains, where are found their traditional manyattas.
You will have a direct experience of the daily life in Karamoja and you will bring with you the appreciation gift for the community. Lunch at the hotel. nIn the afternoon visit the communities of the Matheniko of the plains. These are semi-nomadic people and cattle keepers, also known in the past for their raiding the cattle of the neighboring tribes. Their lifestyle is slowly changing to residential agriculturalists. Visit the typical homestead or “manyatta” to view the style of life. The Matheniko also can perform their traditional dances or “edonja” as they dress on their traditional clothes. In the evening back to Moroto for dinner and overnight.
Overnight at: Moroto Hotel/ Hotel Leslona. Full Board
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Kotido Resort Hotel / Kotido Guest House. Full Board
Overnight at: Kidepo Savanah Lodge /UWA Bandas (supplement for Apoka Safari Lodge). Full Board
Overnight at: Full board and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge /UWA Bandas (supplement for Apoka Safari Lodge)
Overnight at: Bomah Hotel/The Comboni Good Samaritans of Gulu. Full Board
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