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Kidepo Valley National park
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 making it second to Queen Elizabeth National Park as the best place to have a Bird Watching Tour. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent park. Kidepo also ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. 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.
What to do in Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley has a very impressive bird list of over 470 species, the park has the second highest bird record of any Ugandan protected areas after Queen Elizabeth National Park and it’s the best for viewing Northern semi-desert specials .Sixty birds on its list haven’t been recorded in any other Ugandan park and migratory birds are present from November to April.
It is highly advisable to use safari customized cars and be within the game viewing zone around to have opportunities of spotting nocturnal wildlife species and interact with game when very active in the coldness of the morning. Be within the same zone by 4pm for the evening game viewing safaris and catch game winding up the activities of the day.
Here are more than eighty (80) different types of mammals which have been seen and recorded inside Kidepo National Park. Within the Narus Valley, there is a large number of oribis, and then Guenther’s Dik diks can frequently be seen inside the dry thorny thickets in the northern section of Kidepo National Park. Other mammals to watch out include; Kongonis, elephants, Waterbucks, Zebras, Buffaloes and much more.
A nature walk in to the beautiful Lamoj hills gifts the visitors an opportunity to spot wildlife within the adjacent valleys ad during this nature walk you are able to capture the best-selling photographs. You can also visit the Kanangorok hot springs a natural spa in the wildness. In the dry season when river Kidepo national park is all quiet and dead, many travelers cannot resist the urge to do the nature walk bare foot in to the Kidepo valley sands & get a proud feeling of conquering nature and wilderness under their feet.
Visit the Ik homesteads on the morungole mountain range to interact with a community that lives a traditional African style and way of survivor. This is an indigenous community that inhabits the morungole mountain range as their secret home. The people transverd the Karamoja plains in search of game to hunt, gathering, edible fruits, leaves. Roots and flowers. They leave in polygamous lifestyle & look at children bearing as a sign of blessing from the ancestors.
The park has got a lot of lodges, camps & hotels for accommodation ranging from luxury, budget and mid-range and these are available both inside and outside the park. You can book your accommodation through our company and early bookings are advised.
- Apoka safari lodge
- Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp
- Apoka rest camp
Below are some of our short and long safari packages to different Ugandan parks and other attractive places.