Kidepo Valley National Park is located 700 kilometers from Kampala, in the steep, semi-arid valleys along Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya. It was designated as a national park in 1962 and is home to a plethora of big game as well as over 77 animal species and about 475 bird species. Kidepo is Uganda’s most remote protected area, located along the Uganda-South Sudan border in the Karamoja region. The park has won many awards for being the best wilderness in Africa. The park is in the Kaabong District of Uganda’s north-eastern region, near Karenga Karamoja.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority manages the park, which was established in 1958. Kidepo Valley National Park is now one of Uganda’s finest and most untouched tourist destinations. The rugged savannah grassland dotted with Acacia trees and some rocky surfaces dominate Kidepo valley national park, which occupies a total land area of 1,442 kilometers. The park is drained by the Narus River, which runs through the heart of it.
Moroto town is 220 kilometers northwest of the park. This is also the main town in the vicinity of the park, where some of the lodging can be located. If the guest wishes to begin their Kidepo valley safari, they must travel 700 kilometers to the northeast of Uganda.
The park is surrounded by the rocky Savannah vegetation sprinkled with some Acacia trees. The park is mostly flat, with two major rivers, the Narus and the Kidepo, running through it. The Ike special people live on Mount Morungole. The park’s mountain is one of the park’s attractions. The park’s ecosystem is hot and dry, with just a few showers during the rainy season. It has two rainy seasons, with the early rains in May and June being particularly heavy. It has a long dry season, but the wildlife’s survival is dependent on seasonal rivers and valleys.
The park is open all year and has a variety of attractions to make your safari a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
It’s one of Uganda’s lesser-known national parks, but it’s home to a diverse range of wildlife.
Cheetah can only be seen in Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park, out of all the country’s national parks.
The park is home to a huge number of tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and other large animals.
Some of the main attractions in Kidepo Valley National Park are listed below:
Kidepo Valley National Park has a much longer and impressive list of mammal species, especially predators.
The park is home to over 20 predator species that are permanent residents. It is Uganda’s only national park where black-backed jackals and cheetah can be seen, Elephants, Zebras, Buffaloes, Giraffes, over 12 species of Antelopes, and many more are among the other animals. The park’s game drives are more immersive than any other in Uganda, and it’s not overcrowded, making it ideal for private safaris.
The Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the best places to visit if you like birds. In Uganda, it is considered as a small bird paradise. The park is home to over 480 bird species that can be seen at any time of year, but March and April are the best months to visit. Over 28 species of birds from the Somali-Masai savanna biomes can be found in the park. After Queen Elizabeth National Park, it has the second largest number of bird species in Uganda.
The Kidepo Valley IBA is the only one in the entire Somali-Masai biome. It is home to a variety of endangered bird species, including Karamoja Aapalis, Black-breasted Barbet, and others.
The Apoka Tourism Center is situated on the outskirts of Narus Valley, a famous game area.
The center is a resource center where you can learn everything you need to know about the park.
If you’re on a private safari, you can even hire a guide here.
There are still tutorials on hand, and you can go shopping for crafts, among other things.
Valley of Narus
In the Kidepo Valley National Park, this is where all game drives take place. It is a water catchment area that attracts a diverse range of wildlife, especially during the rainy season. Tourists will use the valley’s four loop circuits to see the best of Kidepo Valley National Park.
This is the park’s highest point, standing at 2,750 meters, and is crossed by the park’s two irrigation rivers, the River Kidepo and the River Narus. It’s also a natural barrier that prevents predators from crossing on the other side of the park. The mountain can be climbed on foot for a beautiful aerial view of the park. The mountain is inhabited by the IK people, which has one of Uganda’s most distinct cultures. For cultural tours, Ranger will drive you there on foot.
The hot springs of Kanangorok
One of the park’s other attractions is the Kanangorok Hot Springs. The hot springs are located along the Sudan-Uganda border, just 11 kilometers from the popular Kidepo River. It’s worth going to see the world’s natural behavior, which is fragmented and concealed at the frontier. You’ll walk through a borassus plantation, where locals gather the palm to make a local beer.
The following are some of the other attractions in the Kidepo Valley National Park:
Mountains of Loyili
Hills of Lomej
Kidepo Valley National Park offers a variety of activities.
Kidepo Valley National Park offers a variety of events to participate in and enjoy.
The below are some of the highlighted activities:
In Kidepo Valley National Park, game drives are the most common wildlife experience.
Game drives are conducted in open-top safari vans, with 4WD vehicles being recommended during the rainy season.
The best safari game drives are conducted in this remote region, which is home to a diverse variety of mammals, with over 80 mammal species. Play drives should be completed in the morning or evening, and you are also welcome to stay at the park for the whole day. This is one of the most famous places to see the park’s best sides.
Budgeting Gorilla safaris in Uganda have a unique chance to visit the unspoiled landscape of the Kidepo Valley National Park. You will learn more about our Uganda safari packages to get the most out of your trip.
Ababa Safaris invites you to visit Uganda’s second highest bird destination.
Our birding safaris to Kidepo Valley National Park are multi-day safaris that last anywhere from 7 to 21 days in Uganda. At any time of year, the park is home to over 480 different bird species. Birding in Kidepo is best from April to May, when the majority of the birds are breeding. Karamoja Apalis, grey Parrot, African Crowned eagles among black bee-eaters, Guinea Fowl, Black-backed Barbet, African Pied wagtail, Pin-Tailed whydah, Tropical boubou, Slender-billed weaver, blue-headed bee-eater, Nahan’s francolin and Masked apalis, Ostriches, and many others are among the bird species found.