KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Kidepo valley national park is located in
Kabong district northeastern Uganda and situated around 1442 square kilometers
and about 700km by road from Kampala and Moroto is the largest town I the sub
region the park makes another unchartered Uganda safaris, Uganda tours
destination. Kidepo valley national park can be accessed by both road which
takes 12hours to Kidepo and air, by air there are charter flights available
from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi to Lomeja and by road you can take the Kampala
through Mbale route or the Kampala through Karuma route because they all lead
to Kidepo valley national park. Kidepo valley national park was ranked the
third best national park in Africa and harbors extinct species of wildlife that
cannot be found in any national parks in Uganda which include over 75 mammal
species like cape buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, side-stripped jackal, lions,
leopards, bat eared fox among others, over 470 bird species and 5 primate
species. Kidepo valley national park is comprised of open tree savannah
vegetation, mountain forest in the high areas, Lorupei River which supports
acacia Geradi forest and semi arid climate with one rainy season per year from
April to September and the park is served by two seasonal rivers which are the
Narus river and Kidepo river.

What is making Kidepo national park famous?

With about 450 bird species, Kidepo Valley National Park is an important
birding safaris area in Uganda and a dream Uganda tour site for bird watching
excursions. A dozen of Uganda’s 50 bird of prey species are indigenous to the
Karamoja area.

 

Activities in Kidepo Valley National Park

Game drive: Kidepo valley national park is known as a popular viewing
destination with a wide range of wildlife which can be viewed during the
including different mammal species like buffalos, Oryx, lions, zebras,
leopards, elephants, giraffes, elands, antelopes, reedbucks, waterbucks, Uganda
kobs, duikers, Oribi. Endemic species such as striped hyenas, bat-eared foxes,
jackals, cheetahs, wild boars and hounds can also be spotted during game drives
in Kidepo National Park. Game drives begin early in the morning at 6:00 AM and
evening game drives begin at 4:00 PM. A guide to properly observing primates
such as endemic bush babies, tatara monkeys and black and white monkeys is a
good choice. It gives you the chance to enjoy the interesting grassland and
savannah vegetation of Kidepo National Park.

 

Nature Walks/Hiking: Kidepo National Park has unique landscapes,
including plains that offer great views of the animal species that roam the
grasslands. Nature walks with Uganda Wildlife Service Rangers start at 7am from
his camp in Apoka and can be done at any time. It can be done in various areas
of Kidepo. This includes a 25 km new Ronhiri nature walk through the bush to
his Napusmur which takes about 8 hours with a guide. It gives us the
opportunity to see nature and animals that can be seen with a microscope. The
Koniri Nature Walk provides a resting place during your trek, admiring the
national park and animal species such as buffalo, elephants, baboons and lions.
The two hour walk in the southern Narus valley which is a great spot for
birding like the unique Karamoja apalis, black-breasted barbet, yellow-billed,
hoopoe, Nubian woodpecker, little weaver, red-cheeked cordon, superb starling,
vinaceous dove among others and view animals drinking water like the elephants,
zebras, lions, buffalos among others. Hiking at Morungole Mountains to visit
the IK people which are one of the smallest ethnic groups in Uganda. The
Karamajong settlements and hiking on Idi Amin`s dream lodge that was never
completed while he was still president of Uganda.

Bird watching: Kidepo valley national park is the second
national park with a wide number of bird species apart from Queen Elizabeth
national park. Kidepo National park is a home of over 450 bird species, 56
birds of prey and with 14 species endemic in the Karamoja region which include
the ostriches that are only found in Kidepo national park, pygmy falcon,
Verreaux`s eagle, Kori bustard, yellow-billed hornbill, Egyptian vulture,
Karamoja apalis, and Jackson`s hornbill among others. Bird watching at Kidepo
Valley National Park can begin at any time of the day. The best vantage point
is Apoca Rest Camp and Park Headquarters, which overlooks the Southern Narus
and Namamkweny Valleys and is home to a wide variety of bird species, including
ruppels, great starlings, silverbirds and yellow-bellied hornbills. , vine
pigeons, jackson’s hornbill, corybastard, lesser falcon, egyptian condor,
karamoja paris and many more, providing bird watchers with an amazing bird
watching experience on safari in Kidepo Valley National Park.

Cultural Encounters: Here, visitors visit neighboring communities
within Kidepo National Park, including Karamojong Village. Karamojong village
represents an interesting group of people who participate in subsistence
farming and animal husbandry as warrior nomads. They have to travel long
distances to fetch water, and there have been occasional floods in the area, so
they live in dry areas. It is related to the Maasai tribe in that they travel
with animals in search of food. They build temporary structures wherever they
go and carry traditional knives, stools, dress codes, arrows, beads, spears,
art, etc. To visit the IK people, reach out to the community It takes about 8
hours to reach the summit, so an early morning walk is required to climb the
Morungole Mountains to visit the IK people, one of the original tribes of the
Kidepo Valley National Park in the northeast. Kidepo Valley National Park can
be visited all year round. The best time to visit is during the dry season,
from September to March, when the park is less crowded and has few guest
accommodations, including Apoka Rest Camp and Nga Moru Wildlife Camp. , Uganda
Wildlife Department Bandas, Apoka Safari Lodge offers visitors relaxation and
clear views during a safari in the Kidepo Valley National Park.

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