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Kidepo Valley National Park

About Kidepo Valley National Park

Nestled in the wild frontier region of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is apparently the most isolated national park in Uganda but still stands out to be one of the best virgin places every wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. This virgin national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, harboring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can’t be found in any other Ugandan national park. Kidepo is right at the core of a Savannah landscape right next to a few mountainous bodies. The reasons for planning your safari here are endless, something you will definitely see when you set foot on Uganda’s soil. Besides the exceptional wildlife safari experience, this national park is another great spot for a cultural trail especially to those who would like to see the Karamojong, Acholis plus other great tribes. The outstanding lodging / accommodation options of Apoka safari lodge, Kidepo Savannah Lodge, Nga’Moru Wilderness camp coupled along with the cool environment, exceptional views of the Savannah grasslands plus so many more attractions, Kidepo Valley National Park was truly gifted by nature.

How to reach Kidepo National Park

The park can be reached by both road and air. Driving is rewarding, as much of Karamoja, like Kidepo itself, is a vast and unspoiled wilderness. However, road conditions are sometimes poor and a 4WD vehicle is essential.
There are four possible routes by road as listed below. Optimum driving times are given

http://cantinitecnologie.it/?jiner=bacheca-incontri-san-benedetto&828=47 Routes passing west of Lake Kyoga through Acholiland

  • Kampala – Karuma – Gulu – Kitgum – Kidepo = 571km (10 hours)
  • Kampala – Karuma – Lira – Kotido – Kaabong – Kidepo = 705km (12 hours)

Mount Vernon Routes passing east of Lake Kyoga through Karamoja

  • Kampala – Mbale – Sironko – Moroto – Kotido – Kaabong – Kidepo = 740km (12 hours)
  • Kampala – Mbale – Soroti – Moroto – Kotido – Kabong – Kidepo = 792km (13 hours)

The most usual route passes through Gulu and Kitgum  Ideally, travellers should plan to stay overnight in one of these towns or at Chobe, near Karuma in Murchison Falls National Park.

Visitors should note that the road mainly in use from Kotido to Kaabong passes via Kanawat not via Losilang as indicated on most maps. Enquire at Kotido for details.

Prospective visitors should contact UWA Headquarters or the Apoka Lodge operator Wildplaces to obtain up-to-date advice about road conditions and identify the preferred route, particularly if considering an approach through Karamoja.

Charter flights to Kidepo may be arranged from Kampala (Kajjansi), Kampala Aeroclub, or Entebbe with Eagle Aviation. Flights take about two hours. The Civil Aviation Authority plans to make Lomej airstrip near Apoka, an international airport to enable visitors to fly direct to Kidepo from other countries.

ATTRACTIONS AT KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK

Apoka Tourism Centre

Kidepo is pristine wilderness of opulent green valleys, dramatic mountain ranges, spectacular night skies and amazing sunrises. Kidepo National park is 1442km2 and lies between 915m and 2750m above sea level. The Apoka is the tourist Centre of the park; ranger guides accompany holiday makers on game drives and walks. Tourists that don’t come with their means of transport hire park trucks. Craft shops with books and souvenirs, packed water, sodas and alcoholic beverages can also be purchased here. Food is prepared on request and cooking gas as well as utensils can be hired by individuals who desire to cook for themselves.

Kanangorok Hot Springs. This area is nearer to the south Sudan border. The Kanangorok Hot Springs are situated 11km safari the Kidepo River on the Sudan border. This is a pleasant and picturesque place with good view of the mountains beyond the frontier. On the topography of the Kidepo valley, dispersed with palms and acacia thorns, are the Kanangorok hot springs, These hot springs are considered among the best gifts of Mother Nature in Kidepo National Park and because of that, for anyone a safari in Uganda this is a must visit destination.

Narus Valley

The Narus valley of Kidepo national park is situated in Karamoja region in the north eastern part of the country, it’s got a lot of dry country species that can not be found elsewhere in the country, the Narus valley is situated in one of the best sceneries of east African national parks.

The Kidepo national valley was gazetted as a national park in 1962 after being established as a national reserve in 1958. Narus valley has got high concentration of animals due to availability of water so most of the game trucks are found here; the good observation places are at the Narus dam and the water hole close to the tourism center. The valley contains of four loop circuits.

The Primarygrasses of Narus valley are Guinea grass, fine thatching grass and red oat grass. Common tress is desert dates, drumstick trees, buffalo’s thorn trees, sausage trees and red thorn acacias among the rest.

Game Drives

Kidepo Valley National Park Game Drives are tracks where you can encounter the Wild of Africa without the crowds.  This remote unvisited park allows you to see the best of Africa while on a game drive.

Game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park depend on where you stay if you stay at Apoka Lodge you will find that two activities a day such as game drives are included in the price of the room per night,

Other lodges such as Nga Mmoru Wildlife Camp or the Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas mean that like in other wildlife parks we take you in our safari vehicle on game drives. We always use a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger who comes on board to gives you added insight about the wildlife found in the park.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Nature Bush Walks and Hikes

Kidepo Valley Park has some great places for Nature and Bush Walks.  There is nothing like taking in the African Wild on foot and there are not many better places to do so than Kidepo Valley Park.

There are also places outside of the park area where you can go for a hike such as an all-day hike up the Morungole Mountains to visit the Ik People, one of the smallest ethnic groups in Uganda.

There are many places within the park where you can hike and or climb including Idi Amin’s dream lodge that was never completed while he was president of Uganda may be in the future as more visitors come to the park it will be.

All Nature Walks and Hikes within the Park will be guided by Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers, you cannot wander off on your own in this remote park.

New Hiking Trails have been developed in 2019 for you to enjoy in the Park

Birding Watching

Kidepo Valley Park is a great place for birders that also would like to enjoy wildlife in the remote Kidepo Valley Park.

Kidepo is notable for its birds of prey. Of the 56 species recorded, 14 including Verreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, and Pygmy Falcon are believed to be endemic to the Kidepo and Karamoja region.
There has, however, been no comprehensive survey of birds in Kidepo and visitors stand a good chance of adding to the current list.

Kidepo Valley Park is the only park in Uganda where you can find the common ostrich which is certainly a sight to see.  Ostrich Eggs are harvested for breeding purposes by Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to increase number ostriches in Kidepo Valley National Park.
Kidepo Valley Park is a Birders Paradise.  One cannot stress enough the remoteness of the park and as you do a Birding Walk you have that sense that you are all alone.

Kidepo Valley National Park

ACCOMMODATIONS KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK

WHERE TO STAY

There are several lodes in Kidepo National Park that offer the comfort that each guest is looking for. Facilities and amenities to expect in the lodges include a spa, en-suite rooms, an in-room fridge and WiFi. 

Accommodation List

  • Apoka Safari Lodge
  • Apoka Rest Camp
  • Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp
  • Kidepo Savannah Lodge