Kidepo Valley National Park
Ranked as one of the best safari destinations in Africa for its breathtaking scenery and large composition of wild game co existing with the dry mountain forests, open savannah and hill tops capped by rock kopjes, Kidepo National park is a true African Wilderness in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with South Sudan and Kenya.
Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda’s most isolated national park was gazetted in 1962 and has a profusion of big wild game hosting over 77 mammal species include localised carnivores like the bat eared fox, stripped hyena and caracel as well as 475 bird species a number only second to Queen Elizabeth National Park’s 625 species. The park is also home to the chandlers, montain reedbucks, elephants,burchells Zebra and the eland as well as large herds of buffalos. It is also notable for its 58 species of birds of prey including the verreaux eagle, Egyptian vulture and the pygmy falcon.
The park sits on 1442 square kilometer park loacted in the Karamoja region in Northern Uganda about 700kms from Kampala approx 12 hours drive including an overnight at either Gulu or Kitgum but only 1hr 30mins flight from Entebbe. It is dominated by the 9050ft Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers.
Kidepo Valley National Park, a dry and hot yet spectacular and virgin wilderness park waiting to be discovered!
Game drives/viewing along the narus valley which is home for the parks’ wildlife concentration most of the year.
Nature walks around Apoka Lodge at any time of day to view different species of animals including elephants, zebras and reedbuck.
Community walk to learn about the Karamajong cultures and lifestyle which recently has changed due to community sensitization to conserve the park.
Mountain Hiking to view the Morungole mountain highest peak in Kidepo about 2749m
Bird watching either in the morning or afternoon with an experienced bird guide, the park is home to a variety of bird species
Sand along River Kidepo stands out because it is lined by Borassus palms making it look like an Oasis in the Sahara. Also an exceleent opportunity for bird watching due to its many bird species.