Uganda gorilla habituation experience bwindi

UGANDA Gorilla habituation safari experience, chimps Golden Monkeys HABITUATION experience Rhino Tracking SAFARI - 7 Days

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedThe 7-day Uganda gorilla habituation safari allows you gorilla habituation experiences in Bwindi, Kibale chimps habituation experience and 4 hours with golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. We also track the white rhinos in Ziwa, and have a guided primates trek/ walk in Kibale National Park to see more primates. Besides, there is a lot of great sightseeing, lots of opportunities to interact with local Ugandan culture, and beautiful scenery along the routes.

This gorilla habituation safari is the ideal safari to Africa for travelers who would love a deeper-than-ordinary experience with Africa’s unique wildlife.

Uganda Habituation Safari Experiences with a Bwindi Gorilla Habituation Experience, Chimps Habituation Experience, Golden Monkeys Habituation Experience, and Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Sanctuary - 7 Days Safari

During the 7 Days Uganda Gorilla Habituation Safari, we shall first track the white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, then engage in the chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale National Park before driving southwards to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the Gorilla habituation experience. The safari is more exclusive and has only you and your safari guide on the vehicle. For the gorilla habituation experience, not more than 4 persons can be in the group while not more than 8 persons shall be in the group for chimpanzee habituation and golden monkey habituation exercise.

Our new Insider’s Uganda Safari is an incredibly unusual combination of truly “once-in-a-lifetime” safaris that feature scientific researcher-led up-close wildlife interactions for gorillas, chimps, and golden monkeys.

  • Day 1: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, White Rhinos' tracking
  • Day 2: Kibale National Park, guided primates walk in Bigodi Swamp
  • Day 3: Kibale Chimpanzee habituation experience plus other primates
  • Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 5: Gorilla Habituation Safari Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 6: Golden monkey habituation exercise in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Day 7: Return to Kampala - Entebbe

Bikingi Gorilla Family member - for Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi

Bikingi Gorilla Family member - for Gorilla Habituation Safari Experience Bwindi

Day 1: Start the Uganda Gorilla Habituation Safari from the Airport or your hotel in Entebbe, drive to Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary, Rhino Tracking

At 7:30 a.m. we shall meet with you at your hotel in Entebbe or at Entebbe International Airport. Your safari guide shall brief you through the Uganda Habituation Safari Experience - what to prepare, what to expect, and all the other information you might need. Afterwards, we drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (for about 3 hours). Traveling on mostly asphalt-surfaced roads, you shall be traversing rural Uganda villages with traditional farms where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of coffee, bananas, millet, sorghum, beans, maize, etc. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place to trek wild Rhinos in Uganda, the other Rhinos are found at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (former Zoo) in Entebbe. On arrival at the sanctuary, you will be given a briefing from your ranger guide on how to behave while on this Rhino trek. You must heed the ranger’s instructions while on the trek because Rhinos can be aggressive if they sense a need to defend themselves. Depending on the location of the Rhinos, you may need to drive closer to their location before you start the trek to reduce the distance. Your ranger guide will share different information on the behavior of Rhinos and how you ought to behave while as you trek.

Once you locate the Rhinos, you can stay a maximum of one hour in their presence. Sometimes different families are within a distance of each other, in which case you will get an opportunity to visit more than one group. You also have a chance of other animal sightings on this nature walk, they include Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Kobs, Leopard (rarely), duikers, etc.

Accommodation at Ziwa

Up-market: Amuka Safari Lodge 

Moderate: Ziwa Rhino Camp

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park, guided primates and community walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Please plan to set off no later than 8 am today from the lodge. We shall be driving the Kibale National Park, an expansive forest mostly referred to as East Africa's Primates' capital. We shall be driving for at least two hours through Murchison Falls, sighting wildlife along the way and then through beautiful remote African villages. 

You continue driving through the undulating highlands of southwestern Uganda on your way to the greener and more beautiful Fort Portal area. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good "photo opportunities".

If we arrive early, we can have our lunch from the lodge before going to Bigodi Swamp for a guided primates walk accompanied by a traditional village tribes' experience. The Bigodi Swamp is great for its many monkey species and birds. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs, and among others. At the tail end of the walk, the local guides lead you to the local community where you can participate in local alcohol brewing, coffee roasting, farming, and basket weaving, among other activities.

Accommodation options available (all on a full board basis)

Up-market: Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge Kibale 

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (ensuite cottage) | Kibale Forest Camp | Turaco Treetops  

Day 2: Kibale Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Plus Other Primates

Chimps habituation experience kibale uganda

Today we’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a “soft” habituation project with chimpanzees. You’ll learn to safely observe the chimps during their daily activities, so they get comfortable with human presence without changing their natural behaviors. You will be able to experience the chimp families as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed.

Guided by biologists and researchers, we will enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimps for the entire day until they build their nests at bedtime.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge Kibale | Kyaninga Lodge 

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (ensuite cottage) | Kibale Forest Camp | Turaco Treetops  

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, we drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as we head towards the breathtaking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for over 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list.

This includes 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 species of mammals including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzees, L'Hoest's, red-tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus, baboons, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics – species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market:  Four Gorillas Lodge | Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge 

Moderate:  Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge | Lake Mulehe Lodge

Day 4: Mountain Gorilla Safari Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla in Bikingi gorilla family for gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi

We have an early morning entry into the mountain gorilla’s sanctuary for the gorilla habituation safari experience. Gorilla habitation is the process of making wild gorillas get used to tourist encounters without exposing the gorillas and humans to any level of unsafety. After the gorilla habituation process, tourists can safely visit the gorillas without the gorillas showing any attempt to charge at them or displaying any reckless behaviour resulting out of fearing humans. Although the gorillas are still a bit wild, the greatest success of the gorilla habituation experience is seeing them stay in the presence of humans, going about their mundane activities whenever tourist visit them.

The Bwindi gorilla habituation experience starts very early in the morning. Your safari guide shall collect you from the lodge at about 6:30 a.m. and drive you to the point from where you make your entry into the Bwindi National Park Forest accompanied by your park guides and rangers. It is highly recommended that you hire a porter for your gorilla habituation experience. The porters help you carry your stuff as well as holding you still when you slide of the slopes in the jungles.

The gorilla habituation experience typically has a maximum group of only 4 visitors per day. You shall normally be hiking for about 1 hour before reaching the gorillas. This could be much shorter or even longer. There are many stops along the way for you to catch your breath or just relax so that even novice trekkers can ably and safely make it to the gorillas. You will need plenty of drinking water for this gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi.

You should expect to encounter a number of other monkey species along the way. The rangers will always be available to answer all your questions, but they shall also be stopping many times to give more unique information about the forest, birds, butterflies, forest elephants, and other pleasant surprises you shall be encountering along the way.

Once you are in the presence of the gorillas, the rangers and tracker staff shall do their best to ensure you get the best vantage points to view and photograph the gorillas. They shall be clearing out shrubs, blocking gorillas from hiding, and advising you on the most strategic spots to position yourself for viewing. Meanwhile, the head of the guides shall be giving you more explanations about the gorillas, the family composition and many other details of the habituation experience. 

With the gorilla habituation experience permit for Bwindi, you can be assured of 4 full hours with the gorillas. During this time, you will be able to experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed until they build their nests at bedtime. The Bwindi Park rangers often allow a few more minutes for you to conclude.

Accommodation options available (all on a full board basis)

Up-market: Four Gorillas Lodge | Nkuringo Gorilla Camp 

Moderate: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Day 5: Golden Monkey Habituation Exercise, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

After an early breakfast set off Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for the Golden Monkey habituation experience which allows you up to 4 hours with the monkeys.
the Golden Monkey Habituation Experience is conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and allows tourists an exclusive opportunity to safely get closer to the endangered golden monkeys - spending 4 hours with them as they learn more details as well as photographing them. It is one unique activity that greatly enhances every tourist's endangered primate experience in Africa. The walk from the park headquarters to the golden monkeys is usually gentle and you have about 30 minutes of hiking before reaching them.

The trekking activity shall start with a briefing at 7:30 a.m. conducted at the park headquarters. At about 8:00 a.m. you shall be entering the mostly bamboo forest to access the golden monkeys.

The Golden Monkey may not be the most well-known primate, but is certainly an enjoyable, little creature that is worth visiting. It is a small curious monkey, golden in colour, and loves to scamper around the trees. Golden monkeys are named after their golden-orange fur, and like mountain gorillas, are also considered endangered species. Conservation efforts have been put in place by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to ensure that the monkeys are protected – especially from poachers.

There is a habituated family of monkeys in Mgahinga, where tourists can track and stay with them for a period of four hours depending on where they nested the previous night and how far it is from the starting point.

It is estimated that Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has between 3000-4000 golden monkeys grouped in troupes of 30s led by a principal adult male. Golden monkeys are primarily to be found in the bamboo forest that skirts the lower slopes of the volcanoes. They are quite more active in the bamboo canopy.  Golden monkeys are opportunistic feeders. What they feed on could be by the availability of fruits, leaves of bamboo trees, shoots of bamboo, shrubs, flowers, and invertebrates and these make it to be restricted to highland forests, mostly the bamboo forest.

How the activity is conducted

What to carry during Mgahinga golden monkey tracking.

There are several requirements that tourists need to have a memorable experience during golden monkey tracking. These include waterproof hiking boots, wearing long long-sleeved shirt, and long trousers, and carrying a backpack for your lunch and documents. Also, carry drinking water and snacks, carry a walking stick to support you during hiking, you can hire a porter to support you during hiking in slippery places and carry your backpack, and do not forget to carry an insect repellant.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Four Gorillas Lodge 

Moderate:  Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge

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Day 6: Return to Kampala - Entebbe (flights could also be arranged) or end tour in Rwanda

Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a row. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing longhorn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening before your flight back home.

 

Included

  • Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Permits for gorilla habituation safari experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale National Park
  • Golden Monkeys Habituation Experience in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Accommodation with meals indicated on program
  • Bottled drinking water on the vehicle
  • Services of a good experienced English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Transport on tour as well as hotel transfers in safari land cruisers

Excluded

  • Tips for drivers and other staff
  • Flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Travel documentation (visas)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Optional excursion
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (for your Gorilla Habituation Experience)

The park is located in south western Uganda, covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kabale Districts. It is situated in a hilly country-side that, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary constitutes an important water catchments area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a true equatorial jungle, inhabited by four gorilla groups. Amongst the dense vegetation the Columbus monkey jumps from branch to branch, chattering its warning to its fellows hidden by the foliage. Chimpanzees, in families of 20 or 30, make the rounds, searching for fruit and edible plants.

It is situated in a hilly country-side that, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary constitutes an important water catchments area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region.

The best time to visit Uganda is late December to late February, and from June to September, as the weather at this time of year is generally dry, and warm. Temperatures average at around 25 degrees Celsius.

Gorilla in Bikingi gorilla family for gorilla habituation experience tour in Bwindi

Mountain gorilla are trained for tourism with humans through a process known as gorilla habituation. This process is conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and could go on for at least 2 years. After the habituation, mock tourism (a kind of trial tourism) is conducted on the gorilla group, allowing a limited number per day for about a year. After this the gorillas are opened for real tourism.

In Bwindi, the gorilla habituation experience is done with Bikingi gorilla group. The group is moderately challenging to trek although all elderly people trek it with mild difficulty. Needless to say, physically challenged people will find it difficult to reach the gorilla group. It will take about  3-4 hours to reach these gorillas. Once you reach them, you are allowed to witness the counting of the nests, dung heaps, and how many gorillas are in the group, you participate in the researcher note-taking just as you continue going about your usual tourist experience.

THE MOUNTAIN GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE

Gorilla habituation is the process through which a gorilla family gets used to human visits. A great opportunity to spend 4 hours with the Bwindi mountain gorillas instead of the standard 1 hours for USD1500 per permit per person. The habituation experience is done Bikingi Gorilla Group of Bwindi, in Rushaga Sector. 

A gorilla habituation process takes a period of 2-3 years and it involves an advance team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority making frequent visits to the gorilla family. Upon establishing that the group is used and welcoming to tourists, the gorilla family becomes ready for tourists’ visits.

With the gorilla habituation experience, you move with researchers to experience how mountain gorillas are habituated. The price for mountain gorilla habituation experience is now at USD1500.00 and one can stay for up to four hours.

Mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, for the last 14 years, no one has trekked the gorillas and failed to see them in Uganda. Certainly, you won't be the one with bad luck! On the trek, once you find the gorillas, you will be allowed an hour with the gorillas and you can only go not more than 6 meters from them.  As the gorilla tracking can sometimes take a full day, you will need to go with your packed lunch and lots of drinking water when trekking to the gorillas.

Gorilla trekking timings and conditions vary tremendously as the gorillas move continuously through the rain forest. It is good to be prepared and remember the weather can change with very little warning. The terrain is often steep and through areas where there are no marked paths.

TIPS FOR THE BEST GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE IN UGANDA

 Secure Gorilla Habituation Experience permits early

Gorilla Habituation Experience is the most popular foreign tourist activity for Uganda. On every single day, only 5 tourists can do the gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi. Uganda's gorilla habituation experience is USD1500 per person and allows you 4 hours with the mountain gorillas.  This means the competition is quite high for the few gorilla habituation experience permits in Uganda and it becomes hard to secure gorilla habituation experience permits a few days to your Uganda gorilla habituation tour (although it is often possible with luck more so in the green season months of October, November, April and May).  It is best to have your gorilla habituation experience permit fully confirmed at least 4 months in advance.

Assess your fitness levels 

There is a likelihood you could walk for 3-6 hours on a gorilla trek. Gorillas are located deep in Bwindi forest with thick undergrowth over several steep volcanic slopes. Gorilla groups keep roaming this forest looking for their favorite food. They are never stationed in the same place over days. Your gorilla habituation trek will follow this same trend and it is quite unpredictable knowing how long or tough your gorilla trekking shall be. The longer trek is not necessarily a problem, just something to be prepared for.  A bit of moderate physical fitness is needed for gorilla trekking in Uganda.

Guides & Porters for the gorilla trek

You will be guided through the forest on your gorilla tracking by a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide whom you will meet at the departure point in the morning of your trek. Your guide can help you book a porter (or two!) so that you can track without having to carry the few essential items listed below in a day pack which you should bring with you. The porters are from the local community and very used to the local conditions and can assist in pushing, pulling and supporting you during your trek to the gorillas. They are usually an additional fee, over and above your safari cost, and you should budget on approximately USD15-20 per porter per day as a fee with additional tipping being optional.

As the porters do not have tracking permits they will be stopped a short distance from the point you will be viewing the mountain Gorillas. Please remember to take whatever you may need from your bag to view the gorillas and rather leave valuables at the lodge/camp.

You will be allowed up to one hour for viewing of the gorillas from when they are sighted by your group. This is to ensure that the wild animals are not overexposed to human presence. Whilst in their presence you will also be required to keep minimum distances from them – generally between 5-7 metres and your guides will ensure this is enforced.

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What to pack on gorilla habituation experience tour

• Plenty of water – 1-2 litres per person
• High energy snacks in addition to your packed lunch provided by the lodge/camp
• Spare film and batteries for videos and cameras
• Gloves (gardening type are good)
• Waterproof bag to protect photographic equipment
• A hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and band-aids might be useful
• A lightweight waterproof jacket/poncho
• Walking sticks are made available at the start of the trek for some of the steeper and more slippery tracks and may prove to be very handy.

Gorilla Habituation Experience  Age Limits

The age limit for gorilla  habituation experience  is 15 years and the authorities are very strict on this! With special written permission however, a 14yr old might pass.

Videos & Photography for Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda

In Uganda, it can be difficult to capture good photos under the dark canopy of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, as the name suggests! If you are very lucky, you may encounter your gorilla family in a clearing.

Here are a few tips for photographing the gorillas in Uganda:

  • If you’re taking photos using a standard point-and-shoot camera, then make sure your camera is fully charged.
  • Always take extra memory cards.
  • Remember that flash photography is not allowed when you are with the gorillas. Make sure you have your camera manual with you so you know how to disable the automatic flash and automatic focus light functions.
  • We recommend a good SLR camera. The best lenses are those with a wide aperture such as f2,8 which allow in max light and are best in gloomy conditions.  A 24 – 70 mm and a 70 – 200 m is a good combination. If you have space then consider a 300mm and a wide angle but it’s a steep walk so consider hiring a porter. A 50 mm 1.4 lens is also ideal for low light shooting and something to consider as a standard lens.
  • Professional filmmakers require permission and need to purchase filming permits in advance from UWA (Uganda) or RDB (Rwanda).
  • Keep your camera and/or phone in a waterproof bag (such as a large Ziploc bag). Cue: you’re in the rainforest.

Professional photographers, film makers or media should advise us at the time of booking as special procedures are required as well as costs to be incurred for photographing and filming.

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Kibale National Park for Chimps Habituation Experience

Once this tropical rainforest provided a (very substantial) dinner, bed and breakfast for large herds of migrating forest elephants and, even now, the park contains the largest population of this subspecies in Uganda. Although they're rarely seen, and dangerous, the signs of these elephants' presence are abundant.

However, Kibale's claim to fame is its enormous variety of primates and its families of habituated chimpanzees - it's home to an astonishing 12 species of primate and provides one of the highest primate densities in the world. Here, on a daytime or evening guided forest walk, you may find families of chimpanzees and red colobus monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees.

The sightings of birds in the forest are no less impressive - there are at least 325 species, many of which are found nowhere else. In addition, there are over 144 species of butterflies.

Golden monkey Tracking in Mgahinga

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The Golden Monkey may not be the most well known primate, but is certainly an enjoyable, little creature that is worth visiting. It is a small curious monkey, golden in colour and loves to scamper around the trees. Golden monkeys are named after their golden-orange fur, and like mountain gorillas, are also considered endangered species. Conservation efforts have been put in place by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to ensure that the monkeys are protected – especially from poachers.

There is a habituated family of monkeys in Mgahinga, where tourists can track and stay with them for a period of four hours depending on where they nested the previous night and how far it is from the starting point.

It is estimated that Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has between 3000-4000 golden monkeys grouped in troupes of 30s led by a principal adult male. Golden monkeys are primarily to be found in the bamboo forest that skirt the lower slopes of the volcanoes. They are quite more active in the bamboo canopy.  Golden monkeys are opportunistic feeders. What they feed on could be by the availability of fruits, leaves of bamboo trees, shoots of bamboo, shrubs, flowers, invertebrates and these makes it to be restricted to the highland forest, mostly the bamboo forest.

Golden monkey tracking starts at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park headquarters at 7:30am for pre-tracking briefing (on the dos and don’ts of tracking the golden monkeys). The actual trek begins at 8:00am. Hiking through the forests to sight the golden monkeys is not so strenuous like gorilla trekking because golden monkeys live in lower areas, so tourists do not track for more than 3 hours. When tourists encounter the golden monkey family, they are given one hour  (0r 4 hours in case your are doing the habituation experience) to spend with them (to take photographs and observe their behavior). With this activity, there is no minimum number of tourists who track each group and age limit is 12 years.

Golden Monkey Habituation Experience in Mgahinga

Uganda Wildlife Authority now offers you the golden opportunity to experience a Golden Monkey Habituation in Mgahinga National Park. Accompany the researches in the morning or afternoon to track the Golden Monkeys and stay with them for 4 hours. You will have the unique chance to get close to these little primates and study their behavior in their natural habitat. A unique experience that will enhance your primate safari in Uganda!

What to carry during Mgahinga golden monkey tracking.

There are several requirements that tourists need to have a memorable experience during golden monkey tracking. These include waterproof hiking boots, wear long sleeved shirt, long trousers, and carry a backpack for your lunch and documents. Also carry drinking water and snacks, carry a walking stick to support you during hiking, you can hire a porter to support you during hiking in slippery places and they carry your backpack, and do not forget to carry an

It is hard to get to – You either fly-in, which is very expensive or you drive to the park.  The drive (12-Hours) takes a lot of time due to the distance from Kampala. The more scenic route from Sipi Falls to Kidepo Parks breaks up the journey and you are driving through Karamoja which is quite interesting.

The lodging facilities are few, however, more are coming on-line as the popularity of the Park is on the increase plus the Apoka Rest Camp has been greatly improved to the delight of budget travelers.

Presently there 2000-3000 visitors per year, less per ten per day, in spite of being the best park for wildlife viewing in Uganda plus unique and enriching cultural experiences with the Karamojong and the Ik People who live near the park.

Kidepo Valley Park where the stunning scenery simply takes your breath away.  It is just you and a stillness only broken by the cry from the wild.  The sounds of the winds sweeping through the valley – you are amazed that such a place as Kidepo Valley Park even exists – an abundance of wildlife – rough-hewn scenery and an absence of people, no caravans of vehicles meandering down the game tracks- it is simply a scene from Karen Blixen or Ernest Hemingway’s Africa – it is Africa as you imagined it  but rarely find in the 21st Century.

There are Lions in abundance-especially during the dry season of the year (even some tree climbing ones) – Elephant and Buffalo herds roaming – Giraffe – leopards – cheetahs – wild dogs – ostriches-pangolins –the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, and hunting dog – antelopes such as eland, bushbuck, bush duskier, defassa waterbuck, bohor reedbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, and oribi.