7 Days Karamoja Cultural Camping tour In Uganda

7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS
  • 7 Days Karamoja Cultural Camping tour In Uganda

Description

7 Days Karamoja Cultural Camping tour In Uganda is one of the best safaris that take you to Northeastern Uganda to explore the Karamoja region and also take part in the amazing game drive safari in Kidepo valley national park.

Karamoja region covers the old districts of Kaabong, Kotido, and Moroto; and it is endowed with a wide range of landscapes such as Mount Moroto in the East, Mount Morungole in the north, Mount Napak and Mount Kadam, wildlife and has a rich culture. For travelers interested in a cocktail of wildlife and cultural experiences, this is the best place to go! You may explore Kidepo national park and Pian Upe wildlife reserve in just one trip with well planned.

The Karamojong are mainly pastoralists and always recognized by their traditional dress code that is similar to the Masai of Kenya and Tanzania.

Our 7 Days Karamoja Cultural Camping tour In Uganda can be booked by active travelers who may be interested in hikes due to a number of mounts overlooking the endless savanna grasslands.

The best time to book and visit Karamoja for cultural camping tour in Uganda is during the dry season of September, October & November with average temperatures of about 29°C in the afternoon and 17°C in the morning

December, January & February are also dry seasons good for travel with about 32°C in the afternoon temperatures and the morning temperatures recorded at 18°C.  Yes, you can still book 7 Days Karamoja Cultural Camping tour In Uganda in March because this month is normally dry, but with possibilities of rains that break the heat and settle the dust.

Being the fact that Uganda can generally be visited all your-round, you can still tour Karamoja in the wet season that runs from April, May, June, July & August however, the pathways are usually difficult to use given bad road conditions.

The lowest average temperatures during wet seasons are recorded at around 27°C/81°F, with morning temperatures being 17°C/63°F.

7 Days Karamoja Cultural Camping tour In Uganda highlight

  • Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Sipi Falls- Explore the source of the Nile
  • Day 2: Sipi Falls Walk & Sipi Arabica Coffee Tour
  • Day 3: Transfer to Moroto – Visit Karamojong village and experience a Night with the Warriors in the Kraal
  • Day 4: Visit traditional cattle market in Kotido (optional)- Transfer to Kidepo Valley national park
  • Day 5: Climb Mount Morungole to visit the IK tribe (4hrs up, 2hrs down)
  • Day 6: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Nature Walk
  • Day 7: Transfer to Kampala

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Sipi Falls- Explore the source of the Nile

Meet and greet our company representative and driver guide for a briefing about this 7 Days Karamoja Cultural Camping tour In Uganda. Later start your journey to North Eastern Uganda. We will have a stopover in Jinja to explore the source of the Nile. Have hot en-route lunch and embark on your trip to Sipi falls for dinner and night overstay.

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Lacam lodge

Day 2: Sipi Falls Walk & Sipi Arabica Coffee Tour

You will wake up early for breakfast and later start your trail to Sipi falls. You may choose between a short or longer route to the waterfall through fruit plantations and villages. One waterfall is perfect for taking a quick shower and you can even enjoy a cold swim.

You may also opt to hike for seven hours to see the five waterfalls, a cave, and the most beautiful sceneries while passing through a number of villages; fruit and coffee plantations. Whichever hike you choose today will be a beautiful day in paradise. You will also undertake in coffee-making experience in the small village and also lunch here.

Arabica coffee tour in Sipi falls is one of the top safari activities and experiences that introduces you to interact with the local communities. Please note that Sipi falls is located at the foot of Mount Elgon and the area has fertile soils with conducive altitude for coffee growing.

During a coffee tour in Sipi falls, expect to hike through the local villages and this will take you to a local coffee farmer who will take you through the process of growing coffee right from the planting of the coffee from the nursery beds, into the coffee trees and harvesting.

You will learn the time frame of coffee maturing, harvesting, and drying the coffee beans. Then, you will locally grind the coffee using the local mortars; pound away to the rhythm of the African beat as you pound the coffee beans into a fine powder. You will then sieve the coffee and be able to brew your own cup of coffee. If you want it strong, you will be able to make it yourself.

You may also support the local farmers by purchasing some coffee to take back home.

More to that, you will get to experience the lifestyle of the Sipi people, learn some songs that were composed by their ancestors, go traditional dancing among others.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Lacam lodge

Day 3: Transfer to Moroto – Visit Karamojong village and experience a Night with the Warriors in the Kraal

After breakfast, drive to Moroto to visit the Karamojong village to explore the Karamojong culture in activities like traditional games, daily activities such as preparing staple foods, dance, harvesting, beading, how to shoot bow & arrow, and traditional friendly wrestling.

Later in the day, you will experience the typical Karimojong pastoral life by sleeping a night with the animals and shepherds in the Kraal. You may help them to bring the cows to the kraal, share stories around the campfire, play games with the warriors as well as learn the lifestyle of the nomads

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Day 4: Visit traditional cattle market in Kotido (optional)- Transfer to Kidepo Valley national park

Today, you will have breakfast and if it’s a Sunday, you will visit the traditional cattle market in Kotido before transferring to Kidepo valley national park for another exciting wildlife adventure experience and rewarding cultural tour. You will arrive at your booked lodge on time and enjoy the magnificent gold savannah grasslands of Kidepo.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Day 5: Climb Mount Morungole to visit the IK tribe (4hrs up, 2hrs down)

After early morning breakfast, we will head to hike mount Morungole to visit the IK tribe. This trip takes approximately 4-5hrs depending on your physical fitness and 2 hours to slope down.

Mount Murungole is not the tallest mountain in Uganda but it gives a challenge to most travelers to check on their physical fitness. A climb to the top is done with the help of an experienced guide. The mountain sits along the kidepo valley and Karamoja plains, with 2,479m high above sea level. Mount Murungole is also the source of the Narus river.

The Ik people are sometimes called “Teuso” and live long the Uganda-Kenya border. They are also neighbors of the Karamojong and Turkana of Kenya. The Ik were displaced from their land to create the Kidepo Valley National Park and consequently suffered extreme famine. Also, their weakness relative to other tribes meant they were regularly raided. The Ik are subsistence farmers who grind their own grain.

The Ik people live in many small villages organized in clusters, which comprise the total “community”. They are divided into friend-based neighborhoods called “odoks”. Each Odok is surrounded by a wall. Each Odok is also divided into Asaks (walled-off house-holds), each asak has granaries for food storage.

Children are expelled from their families at a tender age where they form age bands, groups are organized in age differences. This act is sometimes done to children aged from three to four years. There are the junior and the senior groups. The junior group consists of children from three to eight years while the senior group of children carries children from the age of eight to thirteen years of age. These children teach themselves basic ways of surviving.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Day 6: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Nature Walk

Today you will wake up very early in the morning for breakfast and drive to discover one of Africa’s most scenic national parks blessed with several fauna and flora. The park has over 80 species of animals such as cheetahs, striped hyenas, buffaloes, caracals, lions, leopards, warthogs, ostriches, elephants, giraffes, and over 465 bird species. You will enjoy the game drive and come back to the lodge for lunch, relax and later head back to the park for a guided nature walk to come closer to nature!

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Day 7: Transfer to Kampala

Wake up for breakfast and start your long journey to either Kampala or Entebbe international airport to end your 7 Days Karamoja Cultural Camping tour In Uganda with a lot of memories!

Price includes;

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals
  • Drinking water

Price excludes;

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • The government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Extra meals
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