Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.
During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.
Wildlife: greater and lesser kudu, eland and cheetah, the lion, leopard, spotted hyena and black-backed and side-striped jackals, elephant, Burchell’s zebra, bushpig, warthog, Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape buffalo, bushbuck, bushduiker, Defassa waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest and oribi.
Birds: List of About 475 species, second only in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A few species of note are the Ostrich, Kori Bustard and Karamoja Apalis. Birds of prey including Verreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Pygmy Falcon.
What to do in the Park
Birding Watching done on the fringes of the Narus and Namamukweny Valleys. Among the birds seen are the Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and Clapperton’s Francolin.
Game drive mostly in Narus Valley and the Kidepo Valley Scenic Drive to Kanangorok Hot Springs, Kidepo Valley, Kidepo Sand River.
Hiking walks to the Lomej Mountains and around Narus Valley extending.
Lorokul Cultural Group to discover the unique culture of the notorious, cattle-herding Karamojong occupy northeastern Uganda.
Accommodation we use: Up market Apoka Safari Lodge and Budget UWA Bandas.
Minimum Days for the trip: 4 Days. Inquire about safari trip to Kidepo Valley National Park