KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

True African wilderness

A wilderness park; dry, hot and isolated, yet spectacular, Magnificent and virgin, waiting to be discovered. Traversed by large sand rivers, the park is renowned for its distinctive composition of wild game co- existing with the dry mountain forests, open savanna and hilltops capped by rock kopjes.

buffalos at kidepo national parkEnjoy the isolated wilderness dominated by the 2,750m Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and great Narus rivers.

Perennial rains may make Kidepo an oasis in the semi-desert, but its tract of rugged savannah is home to 77 mammal species and almost 500 birds. Game viewing is exciting all year round and so is bird watching, foot safaris and mountain climbing. And even in the dry season, it is worth the drive just to visit the seasonal Kidepo River and stroll along its 50m wide bed of white sand between banks covered with Borassus palm tree.

The 1,442km2 Park is located in the Karamoja region of Northern Uganda and borders the Sudan in the North West and Kenya in the north east.

The park can be accessed by both road and air. There are four routes by road, the 705km from Kampala via Lira, Kotido, Kabongo and then Kidepo, The 740km from Kampala via Mbale, Soroti, Moroto, Kotido, Kabong and then Kidepo, The 780km from Kampala via Mbale, Soroti, Matanyi, Kotido, Kaabong and on to Kidepo, and the 571km from Kampala through Gulu, Kitgum and to Kidepo wildeness. Driving in the wildeness is an exciting experience as one gets a chance of better scenery. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended.

By air, chartered flights to Kidepo may be arranged from Kajjansi and Entebbe international airport to Lomej airstrip which is near the park Headquarters with plans by Civil Aviation Authority to become an International airport.

Park activities include but not limited to the following; game drives/ game viewing is along the Narus valley as the park’s wildlife congregates here much of the year, nature walks which is done along Apoka Camp at any time of the day and visitors will be able to view different species of animals like Elephants, Bulbul, Zebras, Reedbucks. Community walks which help to know more about the Karamajog lifestyle, cultures, dressing style, dancing and the tools used. Mountain hiking is also another activity in Kidepo National park which is done with a trip to Kidepo Valley with a good view of Morungole mountain, bird watching which is boosted by a variety of bird species, and sand along the river Kidepo, it stands because it is lined by Borassus palms, making it look like an oasis in the Sahara.