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Kidepo Valley National Park Safari

6 Day Uganda Tour - Budget Option

Travel to the untouched beauty and true wilderness that is Kidepo Valley National Park. Nestled in the north east of Uganda it is the best-preserved park in the country; with the largest diversity of wildlife in Uganda including lions, elephants, giraffes, ostrich, leopards, cheetahs and game herds. The true experience of an African safari!

From $620 PP

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Highlights

- Experience Uganda's true wilderness.
- Seek out cheetahs, leopards, lions, ostrich and game herds.
- Track the endangered southern white rhino on foot.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel north passing Karuma Falls to reach Kitgum town.
Day 2 - Enter Kidepo Valley National Park for a dusk game drive.
Day 3 - Early morning game drive and afternoon walking safari.
Day 4 - Head to north of the park in search of ostriches.
Day 5 - Take a game drive in the Narus Valley and drive to Gulu town.
Day 6 - Tracking the southern white rhino and return to Kampala.
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Day 1 - Heading north

You’ll be collected early in the morning you from your chosen collection point in Kampala (or Entebbe) and drive north. After about four hours, you’ll be stopping off at the mighty River Nile as it crashes down Karuma Falls. You’ll then pass over the river being sure to dodge the baboons basking in the sun by the road and drive a couple of hours to reach Gulu town were you’ll be stopping off for lunch. This afternoon you’ll be driving east along dusty murram roads, till you reach Kitgum town, where you’ll be staying for the night.

Karuma Falls, Uganda. Image © Rachel Landman
A lioness in Kidepo Valley National Park. Image © Steffen Schwörer

Day 2 - Kidepo Valley National Park

This morning you’ll complete your journey to reach the wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park. The landscape will give way to savannah scrub and mountain peaks will start to appear out of the haze on the horizon. You’ll drive along winding roads passing mountain ridges to reach the edge of the park boundaries in the early afternoon. Once in the park you’ll take a game drive out into the stunning landscape of the savannah, ringed by mountains on the horizons. This parks wildlife diversity is the best preserved in Uganda and its remoteness gives the feel that you’re the only people there. As you explore the savannah you’ll be on the look out for lions, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland, oribi and elephants before returning to your camp to watch the sun setting over the rolling savannah plains.

Day 3 - A walk on the wild side

This morning you’ll be setting of driver further into the park to explore the Narus Valley. The early morning light will provide excellent photo opportunities and usually plenty of animal activity before the heat of the day sets in. There are several game circuits for you to explore with your driver/guide at your own pace. This afternoon you’ll have the chance to go out for a walking safari through the savannah with a Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide. They will help you track animals and explain the local environment. This is a great way to immerse yourself in wildlife and truly experience this unique area. These walks are an excellent way to view the park and get up close and personal with the animals giving you a different perspective than game driving in a car. Don’t worry, you’re perfectly safe! You’ll be spending the evening relaxing by the fire under a start filled sky with the sounds of the wilds of the savannah echoing around you.

Elephant in the Narus Valley, Kidepo Valley national Park. Image © Steven Cresswell
Ostrich in Kidepo Valley National Park. Image © Steffen Schwörer

Day 4 - Ostriches and hot springs

This morning you’ll be up bright and early to take an extensive game drive out into the northern sector of the national park. You’ll be heading over the seasonally dry Kidepo River bed towards the Kanangorok hot springs on the northern edge of the park close to the South Sudanese border. You’ll be accompanied by a Uganda Wildlife Authority range to help to search the savannah and scrub for a variety of wildlife but particularly for the flocks of ostriches found in the region. You’ll then head back to camp in the mid-afternoon to relax and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the plains and mountains of Uganda’s true wilderness, or if you want to continue your game driving you can head back out onto the savannah of the Narus Valley with your driver/guide. You’ll be able to spend until sunset on the plains before heading back to your camp for your final night in Kidepo Valley National Park.

Day 5 - Gulu town

You’ll want to be up in the early morning to take your last chance to take a game drive onto the savannah to catch a last glimpse the wildlife. This afternoon you’ll start making our way back home through the rolling wilderness that spreads out from Kidepo Valley National Park and start the journey back toward Kampala. You’ll be making it as far as Gulu town in the late afternoon. Gulu is the largest town in northern Uganda, which in the last few years has had new life breathed into it as a bustling center of the north. You’ll spend the night here and continue with your journey tomorrow.

Cheetahs relaxing on the savannah. Image © Eileen Gilbey
Southern white rhino. Image © Rhino Fund Uganda

Day 6 - Rhino tracking

You’ll be able to take a slower start to the day before you leave Gulu town and start the journey south back to Kampala (or Entebbe). After a few hours of driving you’ll reach Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here you’ll be guided on foot by an experienced and knowledgeable ranger to visit Uganda’s most endangered creature, the Southern White Rhino. This is the only place in Uganda where they still survive and breed with the hopes of one day being reintroduced to Murchison Falls National Park. After tracking you’ll be driving just a few more hours Kampala (or Entebbe), arriving by dusk.

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Full Board Option

Our budget tour options do not include food. This is because some budget travellers prefer to take their own food with them in order to help manage their budgets. We can however add a ‘full board option’ on a per person basis if preferred.

If you would like to add a Full Board option to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Night Game Drive

Drive out into the night along a network of tracks to experience the secret lives of our wildlife. Few people get to experience such animal behavior in the wilds of Uganda’s national parks. You’ll be travelling through a variety of landscape features including acacia woodland, wetlands, grassy hillsides and rock outcrops with a Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger who will be scanning the savannah forest with his/her torches to search for a variety of game herds, hyenas and if your lucky you’ll come across a leopard!

If you would like to add this activity to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Safari in Murchison Falls National Park

Add a couple of days in Murchison Falls National Park to this safari to search for lions, elephants, leopards and giraffes. Enjoy a boat cruise on the river Nile to the base of the famous Murchison Falls themselves and along the way, make sure to watch out for the hippo pods, crocodiles and a wide range of birdlife.

If you would like to add this destination to your tour, please contact us for more information.

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4×4 Supercustom

This tour is based on using a Supercustom. On safari in Uganda, you need vehicles that you can rely on, vehicles with as much comfort as we can provide to make your journey a happy one! The 4x4 Toyota Supercustom is a practical option for group safaris as they offer space, comfort and are reliable vehicles. Each vehicle can comfortably seat eight clients as well as a driver and an extra seat for when we hire additional guides and rangers. They perform well off-road and have pop-top roofs for that intimate experience with nature in the parks. As a conscientious business, we chose this vehicle, as it is kind to the environment; running on diesel with low consumption. This is therefore our standard touring vehicle.

Please note this tour is based on your being collected and dropped off in either Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us for a quote.

Upgrade Option – Landcruiser with pop top

Some clients simply prefer a Landcruiser on their safari! They are after all the conventional way to travel on safari. Like the Super Custom, they offer comfort and reliability. They offer more intimacy for small groups of two to four clients and are optimal for single travellers. With their pop-up roof hatches, they give you up-close and personal interactions with nature.

For price quote please see "Prices Tab". Please note prices are based per car hired and on pick up and drop in Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us.

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Foreign Uganda Residents Discount: -$40 Per Person

East African Citizens Discount: -$90 Per Person

Super Custom: Included

Land Cruiser Pop Top: +$360 Per Group

This Tour Includes

Abbreviations:
We use the following abbreviations our ‘Includes & Excludes’ section.
NP – National Park
NSC – Non Self Contained (communal toilets and showers)
SC – Self Contained (private toilet and shower)
UWA – Uganda Wildlife Authority

Full time use of a private vehicle (as per your itinerary)
A Full-Time Private Driver/Guide
Fuel for your entire journey (with an allowance for any necessary detours)
Accommodation (please view TripAdvisor links in itinerary for impartial ratings)
- 1 night at Fugleys Guesthouse (dormitory, NSC)
- 3 nights at UWA Camp, Narus Valley (single / double or twin banda, SC)
- 1 night at The Pagoda (single / double or twin room, SC)
Bottled Drinking Water (1.5 liters per person, per day in your vehicle)
All Activities
- Game drive guide x 4 (Kidepo Valley NP)
- Walking safari guide (Kidepo Valley NP)
- Rhino tracking guide (Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- Rhino tracking permit (Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Kidepo Valley NP x 3 days (Park Entry, Driver Entry, Vehicle Entry)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Game drive guide x 3 (UWA)
- Walking safari guide (UWA)
- Rhino tracking guide (Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)
Collection from and drop-off at your desired location (in Kampala or Entebbe)
Lodging & food for your guide/driver (same lodge premises as you, where possible)
A dedicated Tours Manager based in Kampala in daily contact with your Driver/Guide and on call, 24/7 in case of an emergency.

This Tour Excludes

Items marked ‘(*for an additional cost)’
Meals (full board option available on request)
Alcohol (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Laundry (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
Personal Insurance
International or Domestic Flights
Visas (refer to your embassy)
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