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ACTIVITIES 2017-11-16T13:20:08+00:00
Climb Mt Morungule to visit the IK
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Take a Game Drive in Kidepo NP
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Tour Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
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Visit a Manyatta settlement
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Visit Karamojong Cultural Village
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Climb Mt Kamukoi for a Nature Walk
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Climb Mt Morungule to visit the IK

Imagine visiting one of the most remote tribes in Africa. It is an all-day hike that you’ll remember as one of your best experiences in Africa, following a route through the scenic Morungole Mountains 2 hours drive from Buffalo Base. The IK people live in several small villages arranged in protective clusters. Each small village is surrounded by an outer wall constructed of interwoven sticks and branches. Within the villages are further sectioned off areas for households and granaries. Cattle is no longer kept for fear of raids from other tribes so most farm and keep goats.

Visiting the IK gives you a rare insight into a unique tribe in Africa. You will find stunningly beautiful Scenery the higher your climb takes you, simply breathtaking scenes in the valleys below you and into the Eastern Rift Valley of Kenya and over to Southern Sudan.

This isn’t a tourist extraction where things are staged. Be mindful you are visiting the IK’s home, please be respectful when taking photographs, though we suspect the children will be keen to pose for a few shots!

We arrange trips to visit the IK throughout the year. Please get in touch to arrange your adventure.

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Itinerary

Duration: 2 to 6 hours
Number in group: 2 to 6

Long walk (Short drive)
This hike will take about 4 hours climbing up and approximately 2 hours coming down. The starting point is 45 minutes drive from Buffalo Base at Usake.

Short walk (Long drive)
This hike will take about 2.5 hours climbing up and approximately 1 hour coming down. The starting point is a 2 hours drive from Buffalo Base at Kaabong (Kawalakol).

Cost: 30 USD per person

Take a Game Drive in Kidepo NP

Kidepo Valley National Park, set in the remote northeast corner of Uganda, is one of the most beautiful parks in Africa. From Buffalo Base Guesthouse in Karenga it is only a 15 minute drive to get there. Once you enter the gate, you will be most likely blown away by the stunning landscape. The grassland with the occasional acacia tree or sausage tree is surrounded by majestic mountains. The ever-changing African sky completes the spectacular scenery.

With some luck, you will get close encounters with a variety of wildlife, ranging from tiny chameleons to mighty predators. Large numbers of buffaloes are grazing on the plains or taking a mud bath. Vigilant hartebeests and elegant giraffes are regularly seen, sometimes accompanied by zebras and waterbucks. Since a group of Uganda kobs were introduced in the park in the spring of 2017, it is even possible to spot these agile antelopes. Herds of elephants are constantly on the move, and they may just cross the road in front of your jeep. When you pass the large rock formations (kopjes), slow down to look for lazy lions, sunbathing in the early morning. Should you happen to see rabbit sized creatures running up and down the stones, they most definitely will be some cute looking rock hyraxes.

Furthermore, Kidepo Valley National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, since 475 different species have been recorded. Eurasian rollers, hamerkops, francolins, guineafowl and hornbills are the most common ones. There is even a possibility to observe ostriches, which can be found close to the border with South-Sudan.

Periods to visit
March-November – During the rainy season, the park is most beautiful because of the lush and green vegetation. However, animals can easily hide among the long grass and are sometimes difficult to spot. Moreover, some of the roads can be inaccessible because of floods.

December-February – During the dry season wildlife viewing is easier as animals often gather around the water resources. But you will have to resist the dust and heat, with temperatures up to 40 °C.

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If you visit on a Sunday you can enjoy some traditional singing and dancing.

Price indication
Entrance fee (for 24 hours): 40 USD per person
30.000 UGX per local vehicle (4WD-car)
15.000 UGX per local driver

Tours incl. vehicle and driver

Tour Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve

Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, one of the largest protected conservancy areas of Uganda, can be reached within two hours by car from the eastern city of Moroto. At the Headquarters, you will be welcomed by two pet ostriches.

In the past, the wildlife has suffered a lot from poaching, but since regular patrols are carried out by the Uganda Wildlife Authority the number of animals is increasing rapidly. There are even plans to reintroduce some of the disappeared species, like the giraffe, in the near future. In the meantime, the reserve offers a habitat for some unique and rare animals, such as lesser kudus, roan antelopes and rock pythons. If you are extremely lucky you may even spot a cheetah. However, if you don’t succeed there is another chance to have an encounter with two of the cheetahs of Pian Upe in Entebbe. In 2015, two cubs were rescued by the rangers and brought to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, where they were raised with all the necessary expertise.

The game reserve is also interesting from a cultural and historical point of view. Through the ages, local tribes used rocks and caves as a shelter for themselves and their livestock. The traces they left are reddish paintings of animals, which are believed to be more than 3,000 years old.

Periods to visit
June-September – During the rainy season, the park is most beautiful because of the lush and green vegetation. However, animals can easily hide among the long grass and are sometimes difficult to spot. Moreover, some of the roads can be inaccessible because of floods.

October-May – During the dry season wildlife viewing is easier as animals often gather around the water resources. But you will have to resist the dust and heat, with temperatures up to 40 °C.

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Accommodation
There are four simple, self-contained Bandas available for guests. The price is around 50.000 UGX, based on 2 persons, accommodation only.

Price indication
Entrance fee (for 24 hours): 10 USD per person
10 USD per person for a game drive incl. ranger
30,000 UGX per local vehicle (4WD-car)
2,500 UGX per local driver

Visit a Manyatta settlement

Traveling from Karenga in the direction of Kotido, you will see more and more people along the roadside wrapped in the traditional Karamojong blankets. Men wear typical hats, often with a feather on top, while women, elegantly walking with heavy goods on their head, have colourful beads around their neck.

As you arrive at the Nakipelemoru Manyatta, the largest settlement of huts in East-Africa, you will instantly feel immersed in the daily life of an African village. Large herds of cows, sheep and goats graze in the fields, guarded by shepherds. The life of Karamojong is all about cattle: the more they own, the more important and respected they are. Should they want to get married, the dowry could be up to fifty cows per bride. For a long time the Karamojong tribe was notorious for the violent cattle raids in the area. However, in recent years the warriors surrendered their weapons and since then they live in peace with their neighbours.

Together with a local guide, you will visit one of the families and learn about their habits and lifestyle. Once you have crouched through the very low entrance, you can have a look around in their banda. You can see the cow skins on the floor, used as mattresses, all kind of cutlery hanging on the wooden beams and sometimes even a modern bicycle.

A short hike up the hill will give you the perfect overview of the entire Manyatta.

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If you visit on a Sunday you can enjoy some traditional singing and dancing.

Price indication
Entrance fee: 100.000 UGX per visit (regardless of the number of visitors)
Local guide: 50.000 UGX

Tours incl. vehicle and driver

Visit Karamojong Cultural Village

The best way to get to know the Karamojong tribe is to visit one of their traditional villages near Buffalo Base Guesthouse. Our local guide will take you there and tell you everything about their way of life. Inside a Banda you will see where the Karamojong live, cook and sleep. You will learn how they prepare the local brew and drink it from a calabash mug. Furthermore, you will see where their food is stored and how the maize is used to prepare the local dish called Posho. Feel free to take as many photographs as you like.

A funny fact is that the Karamojong don’t allow mothers-in-law and their sons-in-law to meet face to face. Should this happen by mistake, they believe they will both become blind. The only way to reverse this curse is to sacrifice a ram.

The highlight of your visit will be the performance of the typical tribal dance. Boys and girls dressed up in ceremonial clothes, sing, dance and jump to their heart’s content. Afterwards, there will be the possibility to buy handcrafted souvenirs, such as wood carved animals and colourful beaded necklaces and bracelets.

Before going home you will be asked to sign the visitor book and make a contribution. Your donation will be used to fund projects that improve the living conditions of the local community.

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Price indication
10 USD per person (excl. personal donation, departure from Buffalo Base Guesthouse)

Climb Mt Kamukoi for a Nature Walk

If you would like to enjoy a spectacular view overlooking Karenga and its surroundings, we invite you to climb the Kamukoi mountain, which in the local language means ‘covered in clouds’. Our experienced local guide will lead you through the traditional village among sunflower fields and mango trees. Every now and then he will stop to share some interesting information.

Of course, during the walk, there will be plenty of photo opportunities. In about 1.5 hours, you will reach the top to admire the stunning landscape from a height of 1,014 meters.

After a relaxing break on the rocks, you will start the descent. But be careful of the rolling stones, as they can make the way down quite a challenge.

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Price indication
10 USD per person (departure on foot from Buffalo Base Guesthouse)

Car Rental

Car and guide/driver per day:
75 USD / 260,000 UGSH

Full day safari KVNP:
110 USD / 385,000 UGSH

Half day safari KVNP:
55 USD / 192,500 UGSH

Guide in the park for 1 day:
20 USD / 70,000 UGSH

Guide outside the park for 1 day:
15 USD / 40,000 UGSH

Pick-up

Kitgum Pick-up:
85 USD / 295,000 UGSH

Kaabong Pick-up:
75 USD / 260,000 UGSH

Kotido Pick-up:
100 USD / 347,000 UGSH

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