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A journey to Kidepo Valley National Park – true African wilderness

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park offers a number of places that meet the needs, aspirations and budgets of all travellers. This park also rewards life-changing experiences for solo, group, couple and family travellers and some of these places of stay include Apoka Safari Lodge, Kidepo Savannah Lodge, Adere Safari Lodge, Apoka Rest Camp and Nga’moru Wilderness Camp, to mention but a few.

Extending for about 1,442 square kilometres, Kidepo Valley National Park is the unequalled home to some of the rarest game species in Uganda and definitely a true African wilderness. This Park receives just a handful of Uganda’s total visitors hence one of the reasons it still maintains its rawness and has often been described as the “True African wilderness”. It is here that some of the Continent’s best-kept secrets are found in the north-eastern part of Uganda bordering South Sudan and Kenya, within the stunning hills of Karamoja and Nageya Valley.

The spectacular semi-arid valleys as well as sweeping savannah plains of this Park coupled with its remoteness rewards travellers with one of the most authentic wilderness experiences. Its landscape is divided across two incredible River Valleys known as Narus as well as Kidepo, and in the dry months expect the few remaining watering points to recede into seasonal oases where numerous animals converge hence offering unmatched game viewing experiences.

WHAT TO SEE IN KIDEPO?

There are many things to see in Kidepo. These beautiful attractions make Kidepo Valley National Park, one of the best national parks in Uganda. The park is indeed worth exploring given its unique attractions that include;

Animals

Over 86 species of mammals inhabit Kidepo Valley National Park and the commonly-spotted ones are elephants, Burchell’s zebras, leopards, Uganda Kobs, giant elands, Impalas, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, Jackson’s hartebeests, lions, bushbucks, duikers, hartebeests, Oribis, bush pigs and many others.

Although rarely seen, this Park also shelters the side-striped and black-backed jackals, cheetahs, striped hyenas, bat-eared foxes, caracals, serval cats, African wild dogs, to mention but a few.

Birds

With about 475 bird species, Kidepo Valley National Park comes second after Queen Elizabeth National Park (in terms of bird species diversity) and make it possible for visitors to enjoy exceptional views of Karamoja Apalis, Ostriches, Kori bustard, Rufous chatterer, Carmine bee-eater, Red-throated bee-eater, Black-breasted barbets, White-bellied go-away bird, Abyssinian Rollers, Golden Pipit, Chestnut weavers, White-eyed Kestrel, the red and yellow barbets, little bee-eaters, Pygmy Falcon and many others.

The spectacular semi-arid valleys as well as sweeping savannah plains of this Park coupled by its remoteness rewards travellers with one of the most authentic wilderness experiences. Its landscape is divided across two incredible River Valleys known as
Narus as well as Kidepo, and in the dry months expect the few remaining watering
points to recede into seasonal oases where numerous animals converge hence offering
unmatched game viewing experiences.

Beautiful sceneries

Kidepo Valley National Park has some of the most captivatingly beautiful sceneries you will ever come across in Africa. Just the sight of sweeping savannah plains, dotted by acacia tree species and backdrop of mountainous/hilly landscapes will make your trip to Kidepo the most rewarding.

Unique cultures

There is so much to Kidepo Valley National Park than just animals, birds and beautiful landscapes. Exploring the thrilling and soul-warming culture of the Karamojong pastoralists and the endangered IK people living high on Mount Morungole is a spiced icing on top of your Kidepo Park safari. Learn and make comparisons on the unique way of life of these two exceptional tribes.

Where to stay in Kidepo Valley National Park?

With places to stay, Kidepo Valley National Park offers a number of places that meet the needs, aspirations and budgets of all travellers. This park also rewards life-changing experiences for solo, group, couple and family travellers and some of these places of stay include Apoka Safari Lodge, Kidepo Savannah Lodge, Adere Safari Lodge, Apoka Rest Camp and Nga’moru Wilderness Camp, to mention but a few.

Getting to Kidepo Valley National Park.

Regardless of your length of stay in Uganda, getting to Kidepo Valley National Park has never been easier. While some travellers are able to endure the 9-10 hours drive from Kampala to this remote Protected Area, others opt for the easier and faster option of undertaking a chartered or scheduled flight operated by Aerolink into Apoka Airstrip in the middle of the park.

Even for the most experienced drivers in the country, getting behind the wheel to Kidepo Valley National Park is in itself a challenging adventure. The spectacular sceneries, interesting people along the way and muddy roads during rainy seasons make the trip exciting and unpredictable. However, regardless of the long drives, occasional sightings of elephants, cheetahs and lazing lions in the park will make your trip undeniably remarkable.

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