Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s top wildlife safari park in Uganda offering the best and the most exciting Wildlife safaris in Uganda. Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged semi-arid Karamoja province valleys. It is one of Uganda’s prime most remote but spectacular national parks that harbors scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. Many tourists that visit this park comment on the scenery and often promise and do come back to re-visit Kidepo, for according to them this tour cant not be any better anywhere.
As a mysterious Uganda safari tour destination, squeezed into the corner of Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo National Park offers breathtaking Savannah landscapes that end into a rugged horizon. It has a wide latitudinal range that gives off a wide range of climatic conditions that have evolved extremely diverse vegetation. In effect this has enabled the growth of a variety of animal species in the park that are equally abundant including many not found anywhere else in Uganda.
Things to do in Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo National Park has proven a life time memory to great birders, internationally due to her endless list of unique birds she has to offer. Bird species in Kidepo include; Ruppell’s and Superb Starlings, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Little Weaver and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, White-bellied and Hartlaub’s Bustards, Eastern Pale Chanting Go-shawk, Green-winged, Orange-winged and Red-winged Pytilias Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Kori, Ethiopian Swallow, Pied, Isabelline and Heuglin’s Whea-ters, Fox Kestrel, Singing Bush lark, Stone Partridge, Clapperton’s and Heuglin’s Francolins, Violet-tipped Courser, Black-headed Plover, Abyssinian and Rufous-crowned Rollers, Abyssinian Ground, Four-banded Sand Grouse among many others.
Wildlife Game Drives
The park harbors a great diversity of animal species than other parks. Of the 80 species of mammals listed in 1971, 28 were not known to occur in any other Ugandan park. Among the Carnivore species unique to Kidepo and only Karamoja region include the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, cheetah and hunting dog. Kidepo suffered the with poachers during the Amin era, and is still recovering from years of poaching that left some game herds depleted. Striped Hyena, Lesser Kudu, Grant’s Gazelle and Beisa Oryx have not been seen at all in recent times and are presumed to be locally extinct. Kidepo also has a very rich and diverse reptile fauna.
You have high chances of viewing tree climbing lions, that always sits on rock just as you enter the Apoka park headquarter or on sauces trees along Narus valley.
Hiking is usually carried out a few kilometers from the Park Headquarters on Lamoj Mountains. The magnificent Kidepo river valley dominated by Borassus palm forest, can be viewed by interested visitors. It`s wide flat bed is dry for most of the year.Only 11km from Kidepo Valley lies the Kanangorok hot springs one may visit too.
The mountain and savannah landscape of the park,the Narus valley situated in the south west of the park (the rugged Napore-Nyagia mountain range forms its western boundary) are great attractions in Kidepo. It is separated by the Natira and Lokayot hills from the Kidepo Valley in the north-east. The Lotukei mountains in the south of Sudan mark north and the southern boundary of the park, marked by the Morungole range marks.
The local community has a group of cultural entertainers who on request are always available to perform. The performers have a large menu for you, traditional dances such as the Emuya of the Naporre and Nyangia, ethnic groups and Larakaraka and Apiti dances of the Acholi are a waiting for you. The money that this group earns is used for uplifting their welfare.
Guided Nature Walks
Your knowledge on African culture can be increased by a visit to the Karimajong homesteads locally called manyattas and probably kraals to see traditional costumes, stools, spears headdress, knives, bows and arrows and jewelry. If interested, one can buy Some of the Karimajong traditional items from the park tourist office. Please note that it’s advisable to make arrangements for the nature walk two days in advance.Booking can be done from the park headquarters in Apoka or from Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters in Kampala.
If one follows the Soroti-Moroto road you will be enthralled by the view of the steep Alekilek volcano about midway Moroti and Soroti. And if you take the Lira-Kotido road, expect to enjoy the scenery of the Labwor hills and in particular the massive and bare Alerek (Kidi Rwot) rock about 55 km to Kotido.