I start my journey very early in the morning around 06:30am driving from Entebbe to Kampala city to meet my colleagues at the Uganda house, which is one of the famous waiting places around town where most excursions start if not at the national theatre because of the parking space.
Waking up to beautiful sunrise from the hills and ranges of mt Elgon is one of those few great memories you will go back home with when spend your night here in Mbale town that’s less crowded and is estimated to host about 72,000 people. After our morning coffee and delicious katogo (Boiled Matooke/Banana with beef or sometimes with beans) we drove towards north east of Mbale town to Sipi falls.
I decided to join the team hiking falls that were near Sipi river lodge and one of three main falls with a man-made cave.
|View of the falls inside the cave|
Caves were their favorite hiding places and their ancestral homes, so when they arrived, here they had to look for natural caves nearer to the water source and this cave was perfect home for them. Since they were many and the cave was small so they had to dig more deeper inside to provide enough space for the vulnerable family members mainly those who were affected by tribal wars during their exodus from Ethiopia, pregnant women, infants and elderly People who couldn't go for war. As of today, this cave is part of the most romantic waterfalls of Sipi with natural showers and the sounds of nature lies here
|Sunrise in Pian Upe game reserve|
|The gazelle group|
The reserve is said to be one of those that a threatened because of the human conflict with the conservation efforts of Uganda Wildlife.
Because we were camping and cooking our own meals we had to stop in Kotido and buy some supplies for our next four days because this is the nearest town you will. We also had to refuel because its also the only place where you can buy gas or fuel at competitive price or else you can buy fuel at Apoka lodge or if you have enough you can be able to refuel in Kitugumu or Gulu on your way back to Kampala or Murchison falls depending on which one is you next destination.
|Kidepo Valley National Park|
Getting back to the game drive, we took the airstrip circuit to see if we could find something on the rocks especially for the cats. Davis, Jovia, Hamidah, Veronica and i were the 5 part of my team in the vehicle since we were only allowed five Pax in the vehicle because of the Standard Operating procedure introduced by the Ministry of health. A game drive in Kidepo is a must and Kidepo wildlife numbers can never disappoint. Because most of park was un accessible, we did one track which was product in just one day. We were able to see many animals including Elands, Zebras, Elephants, Buffaloes are hard to miss and among other antelopes.
Where to sleep between Kampala and Kidepo. Gulu town has good accommodation and Masindi would be a good option in case one does not want to drive from Kidepo to Kampala.
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