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Buffalo Base guesthouse and campsite

Buffalo Base is a friendly guesthouse and campsite, just 8 kilometres from the Katurum entry gate of Kidepo Valley National Park in the Karamoja region of North-Eastern Uganda. Located in the Karenga village, Buffalo Base is the place to stay for those who want to mix their wildlife experience with local culture. We offer accommodation for both budget and mid-range clients, cultural activities and guided safaris.

Accommodation at Buffalo Base


25 USD pp, full board

With shared bathroom.


35 USD pp, full board

All doubles with toilet and shower.


17 USD pp, full board

We have room for 5 tents with parking.

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Community activities and wildlife adventures

Buffalo Base Local Dance Group

Cultural activities

Watch the local dance group, visit the cultural village

Buffalo Base local walks

Village visit and local walks

Meet the people of Karenga village

Buffalo Base Staff

Game drives

Visit Kidepo and Pian Upe with a guide and vehicle

Buffalo Base local walks

Nature walk

Hike Kamukoi mountain for spectacular views over Karenga

Get to know the Karenga people

Buffalo Base is run by people from Karenga and its surrounding villages. They know the local culture, and landscape. Who better to guide you on a walk through the mountain range next to the village? Or to help you understand the local traditions you see as you walk through the surrounding villages? Buffalo Base offers more than wildlife adventures in Kidepo Valley National Park.

Explore North East Uganda


The most 'wild' of all the game parks in Uganda with sprawling savannah, voted Africa's third best park by CNN Travel.

Uganda’s most isolated national park and most magnificent wildernesses, Kidepo is the place to see Buffalo in their thousands, Elephants, Zebras, Waterbuck and more.

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The Ik

10,000 Ik live in the mountains of northeastern Uganda. They speak a unique dialect unlike anything spoken by their neighbouring Karamojong.

Trekking up Mount Morungule in search of the IK people is a rare experience seldom found in other parts of central Africa. The round trip trek of 4-6 hours takes you through a beautiful landscape.

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As you arrive at the Manyatta, the largest settlement of huts in East-Africa, you'll instantly feel immersed in the daily life of an African village.

Together with a local guide, you will walk around the settlement and visit one of the families to learn a little of life. A short hike up the hill will give you the perfect overview of the entire Manyatta.

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Pian Upe

Pian Upe Wildlife Reseve is the 2nd largest protected conservation area of Uganda and offers a habitat to some unique and rare animals.

Pian Upe is home to enormous Rock Pythons and smaller but venomous Puff Adders, Lesser Kudus and Uganda’s last population of Roan Antelope. If you are extremely lucky you may even spot a Cheetah.

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Find an oasis in Kampala

Our clean, safe and comfortable 10 bedroom guesthouse is located in a villa on the outskirts of Kampala. Since 2009 ICU Guesthouse has provided high standard accommodation for low budget travellers looking for a cosy, family-like atmosphere. If you are planning to stay for a while, we offer great discounts for long-term guests, special rates for groups of 10 people or more and a perfect environment to work on your research, internship or project. We know how important it is to feel at home while being away from home and therefore provide a warm and comfortable place in Kampala.

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What do people say about us?

A really great place to stay

“We stayed at Buffalo Base for three nights, and we could not ask for a better place to stay. The staff was really giving us the best service we could ask for. The location is just outside Kidepo Valley National Park, and other activities such as hiking is close. Highly recommended!”

jfm1337 Kampala, Uganda, TripAdvisor
The staff is very friendly

“We stayed one night in Buffalo Base because we made a game drive in Kidepo National Park. We had a great time at this hotel. The staff is very friendly and although the hotel is basic, it is very comfortable and clean. There is electricity (no wifi), running water and a great terrace to eat outside. We made two game drivers and we say several hyenas, a cheetah and a leopard, what a great day!”

Jopy1988 Utrecht Province, The Netherlands, TripAdvisor
Excellent retreat near kidepo

“We had an hour survey of Buffalo base accommodation facility in Karenga and the surroundings in November 2016 during our Fam trip. The staff was willing to help, the environment in which the facility is located is surely a nice place for camping and retreats away from your usual environment.”