Kidepo valley national park Uganda.
Kidepo valley national park Uganda is found in the far northern corner of Uganda. It lies in the semi-dry rugged Karamoja valley along Uganda’s border with South Sudan in the north-west and Kenya in the northeast. In 1962, Kidepo valley was declared by the Ugandan government as National Park. Despite its enormous profusion of wildlife and stunning natural beauty, it is among the least traveled tourist destinations for visitors on a Safari in Uganda.
Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda covers a land area of 1,442 square kilometers; lies between an Altitude-range of 914m and 2749m. Therefore the park has different types of vegetation including; open thorny-bushes, montane forest, woodlands, semi-desert scrub as well as open savanna dotted with some trees. These offer habitat to the different wildlife.
Areas of interest in Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda
- Kidepo valley and kanangorok hot spring.
- Narus valley
- Namamukeny valley
- Lomej hill
What to do in Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda.
Bird Watching in Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda
The activity either start at the headquarters of the park near at Apoka Lodge, or one will enjoy sights overlooking the beautiful Narus Valley. The park has approximately 500 recorded bird species; therefore it ranks second after Queen Elizabeth National Park as the best bird-watching destination. Thus, the rare species to spot here include; Black-breasted Barbet, Karamoja Apalis, and ostriches.
Kidepo Valley national park Uganda is also home to about 77 mammal species; among which are 28 species that are endemic to this park-like; cheetahs and bat-eared foxes. During the wildlife safari in Kidepo expect to see; lions, Zebras, Hyenas, Elephants, Buffaloes as well as Leopard.
Nature walk along Rionomoe trail then near Apoka safari lodge. So visitors will see various wildlife like elephants, zebras, and Reedbucks at a close range.
Community visits give the visitor an opportunity to learn; the Karamojong lifestyle, cultures as well as dressing style and dancing. Karamajong is traditionally cattle raiders and hunters, however; their tradition is changing due to community conservation education.
Accommodations in Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda
In and around Kidepo valley national park Uganda are;
- Apoka safari lodge
- Apoka Rest camp
- Nga moru wilderness camp (outside the park)
How to get to Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda
By Road; there are two major routes to Kidepo valley national park Uganda;
- Kampala-via Karuma-Gulu-Kitgum then Kidepo (10 hours)
- Kampala via Mbale-Soroti-Moroto then Kidepo 840km (12hours) in 4WD.
You can book a chartered aircraft from either Kajjansi or Entebbe International airport to Lomej airstrip in Kidepo.