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Tour of Karamoja, October 2021

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The Tour of Karamoja, October 2021 – Uganda’s Wilderness Bike Event is taking place 23-30 October 2021 from Pian Upe WR to Kidepo Valley NP.

Tour of Karamoja, October 2021

The participants of the first multi-stage event for its intimacy and diversity that respected the untouched environment and created lasting friendships.

Therefore Kara-Tunga Tours and partners are excited to announce TWO dates for for 2021 (Easter Holiday and Last week of October). To give more people the opportunity to enjoy Uganda’s true wilderness with respect for the environment, host communities and participants.

The Tour of Karamoja team is excited to announce the official 4th edition of Uganda’s Wilderness Bike Tradition following the Warrior Nomad Trail in the untamed Karamoja land. The event is aimed at positively impacting the image of the region, preserving culture and natural environment and creating (job) opportunities for the local youth through sustainable tourism development.

The Tour of Karamoja honours its co-founder, former Tour de France cyclist and Sports Television commentator Paul Sherwen (1956-2018). This edition is in memory of Karamoja’s great ambassador.

October dates

The Tour of Karamoja 2021 is a one week event with 5 days/stages on the saddle and one day (bike safari / car safari) in Kidepo Valley National Park.

To reduce the risk of bad weather, we have moved the October event to the end of the month. The event will start with an adventure-filled (family-friendly) weekend expedition to explore the Mountain Kadam highlands and Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.
After the weekend, the official ‘Tour of Karamoja ‘bike tour will set-off Northwards to reach Kidepo Valley National Park on Friday 29th October.
Riders will have the opportunity to do a cycling safari on Saturday 30th October in the wildlife-rich Narus Valley of the park.
Fri-Sun 22-24 Oct: Arrival / registration
Sat-Sun 23-24 Oct: Weekend tour package
Mon-Fri 25-29 Oct: 5-Day Bike Tour
Sat 30 Oct: Cycle safari in Kidepo Valley NP
Sun 31 Oct: Departure

Weekend tour

Chose one of the two below family/friends-friendly tour packages to enjoy Easter Weekend with your team!

Option 1:
– 2 Day Camp & Hike Mount Kadam

Option 2:
– Sat, Full Day Hike Mount Kadam
– Sun, Full Day Giraffe Conservation Trekking in Pian Upe WR.

Trail

The tour will follow ‘Uganda’s Warrior Nomad Trail’ starting in Southern Karamoja land and ending in Africa’s most applauded awarded national park ‘Kidepo Valley National Park’.

Registration

The registration fee is (not jet announced).

Inclusions

– Meals from Sunday dinner to Sunday breakfast.
– Snacks and drinks during the ride
– Emergency car and motorbike
– Tour guides
– Standby first aid and medical staff
– Security team
– Photo/video registration

Exclusions

– Personal health insurance or emergency evacuation cover
– Drinks off-the-saddle
– Transport to-and-from the event
– Bicycle servicing
– Massage service

Transport

Transport is excluded from the registration fee and can be booked as a ride sharing option in the Whatsapp Group of the event. The transport will be needed for participants and their luggage from Kampala to the start in Pian Upe WR and from the finish in Kidepo Valley NP to Kampala.

– Person transport: $150pp
– Bike transport: $80

Accommodation

The Tour of Karamoja sleeps every night at a different location with varying types of accommodation or camping facilities. All participants will sleep at the same facility during the first 5 nights of the tour. Choice can be made to share a room or to book your private single. There’s a special offer for the last 2 nights at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.

Accommodation types

Pian Upe WR – Basic rooms, Ensuite Safari tent, Camping
Amudat – Basic rooms, Camping
Mt Moroto – Budget rooms, Ensuite Safari tent, Camping
Kaabong – Hotel, Camping
Mt Morungole – Camping
Kidepo – Lazy camping, Ensuite Safari tent, Camping

Bike services

– Private Bike transfer to start from finish: $80 ($40 each way)
– 6 Days Bike rental: $240 ($40 per day)
– Bike servicing: $10 / service

Park entry fees

Kidepo Valley Entrance fee (2 days in total)
– Foreign: $40 pp/day
– Resident: $30 pp/day
– Citizen: 20,000 ugx pp/day
– Annual pass: FREE

Merchandise

– Official jersey: $60
– Paul Sherwen RoadID Bracelet $40

Cancellation policy

Below refunds less bank charges
– 2+ months = 100% refund
– 2-1 month = 50% refund
– 1 month-2 weeks = 25% refund
– Less than 2 weeks = 0% refund

Dates

The Tour of Karamoja, Easter 2021 is a one week event taking. There will be 5 days/stages on the saddle and one optional extra day in Kidepo Valley National Park.

– Fri-Sun 2-4 April: Arrival / Registration
– Sat-Sun 3-4 April: Pian Upe WR / Mt Kadam Tour
– Mon-Fri 5-9 April: 5-Day Bike Tour
– Sat 10 April: Cycle safari in Kidepo Valley NP
– Sun 11 April: Departure

Route

To be confirmed

Capacity

The minimum participants for the event is 10 and the maximum is 30.

Registration inclusions

– Snacks and drinks during the ride
– Emergency car and motorbike
– Tour guides
– Standby first aid and medical staff
– Security team
– Photo/video registration

Registration exclusions

– Personal health insurance or emergency evacuation cover
– Drinks off-the-saddle
– Transport to-and-from the event
– Bicycle servicing
– Massage service

Highlights

– Truly Off the Beaten Path
– Part of a pioneering event
– Support indigenous communities
– Authentic cultural experience
– Wildlife viewing
– Guided by experienced guides

Transport

Transport is excluded from the registration fee and can be booked as a ride sharing option in the Whatsapp Group of the event. The transport will be needed for participants and their luggage from Kampala to the start in Pian Upe WR and from the finish in Kidepo Valley NP to Kampala.

– To and from: $150 per person

Bed & Breakfast

Available packages:

– Camping all days
– Basic rooms, 2 nights camping
– Basic rooms, 2 nights camping, optional upgrades

Accommodation types

Pian Upe – Bandas and Camping
Amudat – Bandas and Camping
Moroto – Guesthouse and Camping
Kaabong – Hotel and Camping
Morungole – Bush camp
Kidepo Valley – Safari tents and Camping

Extra bike services

– Private Bike transfer to start from finish: $80
– 6 Days Bike rental: $240
– Bike servicing: $10 / service

Park entry fees

Kidepo Valley Entrance fee (2 days in total)
– Foreign: $40 pp/day
– Resident: $30 pp/day
– Citizen: 20,000 ugx pp/day
– Annual pass: FREE

Merchandise

– Official jersey: $60
– Paul Sherwen RoadID Bracelet $40

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