Minimum 2 people required
- $940 (4-6 people) Budget per person
- $1,580 (4-6 people) Mid-range per person
- $1,960 (4-6 people) Luxury per person
Kidepo valley lying in the semi-arid valleys of Karamoja region on the far north-eastern border with the republic of south Sudan, Kidepo Valley is Uganda's most remote national park. Few undertake the pilgrimage to the park but the spectacular beauty of this pristine wilderness impresses all that make it. For the visiting birder, Kidepo Valley National Park boasts a bird list of over 475 species, a total second only to Queen Elizabeth National Park.Most sought after birds such as Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis.
Day 1 Kampala – Kitgum
458kms to Kitgum the drive is long and tiring, lunch will be had in Gulu and proceed to Kitgum where we spend a night at Boma Hotel.
Day 2 Kitgum to Kidepo valley national park
After breakfast we set off for a 2-3 hr drive to Kidepo Valley National Park through kakwanga, loitanit villages and finally enter the park. We will rest at the either Apoka Lodge or Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas have lunch as we arrange for an game drive. Return in the evening for an overnight in Apoka Lodge or Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas
Day 3 Explore Kidepo valley national park
Game drive this morning return for lunch break and Evening Game drive yet again. Return later and check in Apoka Lodge or Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas
Day 4 Drive to Gulu
Morning breakfast and game drive and lunch Check out of the park and drive back to Kitgum and progres to Gulu for Overnight at the Boma Hotel in Gulu town.
Day 5 Drive to Kampala
Drive back to Kampala with a lunch break at the Kabalega diners from here continue to Entebbe Airport for your onward flight back home.
Key Species of Birds
Ostrich, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon, Fox Kestrel, Stone Partridge, Clapperton's and Heuglin's Francolins, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Kori, White-bellied and Hartlaub's Bustards, Violet-tipped Courser, Black-headed Plover, Four-banded Sand Grouse, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-crested Turaco, White-bellied Go-away bird, White-faced Scoops Owl, Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars, Little Green Bee-eater, Abyssinian and Rufous-crowned Rollers, Abyssinian Ground, Eastern Yellow and Jackson's Hornbills, Red-fronted and Black-breasted Barbets, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Singing Bush lark, Red-winged Lark, Ethiopian Swallow, Pied, Isabelline and Heuglin's Wheaters, African Grey Flycatcher, Foxy and Red pate Cisticolas, Karamoja Apalis, White-bellied Tit, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Northern White-crowned and Yellow-billed Shrikes, Slate-coloured Boubou, Fan-tailed Raven, Superb Starling, Red billed Oxpecker, Eastern Violet backed, Pygmy and Beautiful Sunbirds, Rufous and Chestnut Sparrow, Yellow-spotted Petronia, White-headed and White-billed Buffalo Weavers, White-browed and Chestnut- crowned Sparrow Weavers, Grey-capped Social and Speckle-fronted Weavers, Green-winged, Orange-winged and Red-winged Pytilias, Black-bellied and Black-faded Waxbill, Steel-blue and Strawtailed Whydahs, Brown-rumped Bunting.
Facts on the Park
Elevation: 914m on Kidepo valley floor to 2749m a top Mount Morungole
Size : 1442 km 2
Habitat : Semi-desert scrub, open thorn-scrub, open thorn-bush, long and short-grass open tree savannas, riparian woodland including Borassus and Kigelia woodland, thick, "miombo- like" woodland, montane forest and granite out-crops..
Status : National Park since 1954
Birds Recorded : 475 species.
Timing : March-April for all the specials and many transit migrants, although good year - round.
Time Required : 4-7 days
Kidepo's mammal list of over 80 species includes 28 that are found in no other Ugandan National park. Amongst these are such charismatic African animals as Bat-eared Fox, Carcal, Cheetah and Klipspringer. Unfortunately, Kidepo suffered the same fate as many other Ugandan parks during the Amin era and is still recovering from years of poaching that left game herds depleted. Striped Hyena, Lesser Kudu, Grant's Gazelle and Beisa Oryx have not been seen at all in recent times and are presumed to be locally extinct. Other large mammals have shown a remarkable recovery and there are now healthy population of Elephant, Common Zebra, Buffalo, Bohor Reedbuck, Waterbuck and Kongoni. Predators are plentiful and Spotted Hyena, Leopard and Lion are frequently seen. Oribis is abundant in the Narus Valley, whilst the dry thorn thickets in the north are home to Guenther's Dik Dik. Senegal Galago and Sidestriped Jackal may be found in the rest camp at night and White-tailed Mongoose is common but more likely to be found on a night drive.
- 1. Fuel
- 2. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
- 3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle.
- 4. Park entrance fees.
- 5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
- 6. Water
- 7. Walking safaris
- 8. All game drives.
- 9. All airport pickups and drops.
- 10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
- 11. And all government taxes/levies.
- 1. Bar Bills and Drinks
- 2. Phone calls
- 3. Personal insurance
- 4. Laundry
- 5. Air fare
- 6. All other Services of a personal nature.
- 7. Driver guides gratuity.
- 1. Travellers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting day before 8am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8pm. If these times can't be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala.
- 2. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees.
- 3. Kibale NP offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
- 4. Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age.
- 5. Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added.
- 6. All prices are VAT included.
- 7. Prices are in United States dollars (USD).
- 8. Gorilla permits are available booking at least 6 months before the departure date.
- 1. At the moment of booking a deposit of the 40% of the total amount is due.
- 2. Bookings must be made at least 60 days before the date of departure.
- 3. Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to don't accept bookings made less than 60 days prior the date of departure.
- 4. Full payment has to be made not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour.
- 5. If the full amount is not paid in due time, Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled.
- 6. Cancellations: 60 days prior to departure date of the tour, full refund of deposit; between 60 and 30 days, refund of 50% of deposit; less than 30 days, no refund.
- 7. Gorilla permits are non-refundable.