Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park commonly refereed to as the hidden treasure of the wilderness lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of vibrant big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.
Kidepo valley national park is apparently the most isolated national park situated in northern Uganda – Karamoja sub region that stands out to be one of the best virgin places every wildlife viewer visit in Uganda. The virgin park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa harbouring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can’t be found anywhere in Uganda’s national park. Set foot in Uganda’s soil as we plan your Uganda safari tour to the north and disco exceptional wildlife safari experience. The park is a great spot for a cultural trail for the karamonjongs, Acholi and other tribes.
Set out to discover an alluring safari destination with great tribes, nature walks, birding and hiking mount Moroto. Kidepo valley national park was gazetted into a national park in 1962 and currently hosts 72 species of mammals and 470 species of birds. The park is situated in kabong district in Northern Uganda.
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What to see & Do in Kidepo Valley National park
Narus Valley starts from mount Morungole northeast of Apoka traversing the kidepo valley national park plains onto south Sudan in the north. The herbivorous wildlife species in Kidepo valley throng to the Narus valley because of its natural resources. The semi-arid climate conditions in the karamonjong region makes it popular among the karamonjong as watering places and green vegetation for their herd’s livestock. Set Out to discover the natural terrains setting in the Narus valley with the vegetation cover largely grassland red oats, Guinea grass, thatching grass as dominant species. Thorny acacia, sausage trees, desert dates. Travelers on a Uganda safari tour to kidepo will be allured to the Narus valley Oasis where wildlife congregates to cool off the heat from the burning sun.
Narus valley gives visitors on a game viewing safari to Uganda access to secret spots with large congregation of wildlife species. Travelers on a tour into Uganda monitor wildlife events, elephants, Zebras, Oryx, caracal,Bat eared fox, Uganda kob, and many others. Visitors to Narus valley will have an opportunity to spot their ideal wildlife species of interest on narus Dam watering holes close to Apoka center where mammals come to quench their thirst.
Bird watching safaris
Bird watching in Kidepo national park wander in the beautiful savannas of the valley on search of unique bird species. The park hosts 56 species in total of which the most common observed include the dark chanting goshawk, Pygmy falcon, tawny eagle, bateleur and many vultures. The beautiful savannas with short grasses make spotting of birds easy at the edges of River Narus. The Ostrich, carmine, Hoopoe Nubian woodpecker, secretary bird, Kori bustard, Abyssinin ground hornbill, Karamoja apalis are some of the bird species that male bird watch a life time memory on a Uganda safari tour. Hiking experience in kidepo valley national park traverses the valley en-route to Morungole mountain ranges exploring the hidden natural beauty of the park.
Kanangorok Hot spring
The Kanangorok hot springs are situated in kidepo valley national park in eastern Uganda. The springs are situated in the northern part of the park beyond kidepo River boarding south Sudan boarder. Travelers on a Uganda safari tour can relax at the hot spring while viewing the wilderness. Karangoroko hot springs water is about 50°c temperature and is believed to by the people to find healing Kidepo valley has a rich diversity that harbors 500 bird species,600 plant species, 80 mammals and 28 mammals are not recognized anywhere in Uganda’s national parks.
Game Drives in kidepo national park is Uganda’s best tourist destinations for game viewing in two places the Narus valley and kidepo valley. The game drives are the most sought activities for any savannah game park. Narus valley is rewarded with permanent water supply which attracts savannah elephants, buffalos, giraffe, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, lions and hippos
Bird watching is also a popular as the top most activities to do in kidepo valley national park. The park is a home to over 475 bird species and more are still being discovered for bird watching in kidepo valley. Travelers who come on our safari for birdwatching in kidepo will see the superb Ostrich, AbyssinianRoller, Purple Heron, AbyssinianGroundHornbil, Clapper tons Francolin.
The IK people are the local inhabitants of the karamajong in kidepo valley. Travelers on a Uganda safari tour can include a cultural tour of the Ik people which are similar to Masai of kenya and a cultural tour to these people.
Hiking / Nature Walks activities in kidepo valley National park
Hiking and nature walks are also top activities to do in kidepo valley national. The hikes and walks will take you to the Lomej Mountains which can be reached on foot. The hike takes four hours and starts at 7am. Travelers to kidepo can also hike to the Ik tribe and Morungole Mountains located outside the national park.
Apoka Tourism Centre
Travelers on Uganda safari vacation tour to kidepo valley national park must at all cost visit the Apoka zone center situated in the heart of kidepo with tourist attractions. Apoka pumps blood through the rest and is set in a series of gentle rolling hills in the middle of the wilderness with magnificent views. There are scheduled flights at Apoka airfield that transfer to other Uganda safari destinations. Travelers who visit Uganda can purchase Uganda Travel safari souvenirs items at Apoka zone.
Mount Morungole is situated in the North Eastern part of Uganda in kidepo valley national park boarding the south boundary of kidepo valley. The mountain stands at 2750metres above sea level overlooking the vast kidepo valley and Narus plains of the kidepo valley national park. Mount Morungole is crossed by the kidepo and narus River that nourish the parks wildlife and the natural habitats. Travelers on a Uganda safari vacation will discover the mountain slopes a home to the IK people the smallest ethnic group in Uganda with their unique culture of the north.
Namamukweny is a Nopore karamonjong word meaning a place with no birds or a lonely place with few people. The valley is situated in north eastern Uganda. It’s not true that there are no birds though .There are several bird species found here which include the Crested turaco, Abyssinian roller, Green hood hoopoe, Eastern paradise whydah.
Lamej Hills are a short drive from the headquarters. Uganda safari travelers will be allured with good viewing points for birds and wildlife including mountain reedbuck.
Lanyili Mountain lies between Kitgum and Sudan border. Lonyili Mountain is largely covered in montane forest and a home to primates such as colobus monkeys. You are strongly advised to contact Uganda wildlife authority in case you want to travel to this place because of the bad roads.
Kidepo valley National Park Itineraries That Might Interest You
4 Days Exclusively Kidepo Safari
Private Trip Starts: Entebbe – Kidepo Valley National park
Private Trip Ends: Kidepo Valley National Park – Entebbe
Destinations: Entebbe & Kidepo Valley National Park
14 Days Fly-To Kidepo & Uganda Safari
Safari Starts: Kidepo Valley- Northern Uganda
Safari Ends: Kigali Rwanda
Destinations: Entebbe| Kidepo |Gulu Town|Murchison Falls | Kibale N.P | Queen Elizabeth N.P & Ishasha Sector | Bwindi Forest N.P | Lake Bunyonyi | Kigali-Rwanda
How to get to Kidepo valley National park
Travelers on a visit to Uganda-kidepo valley national park can access the park by opting to travel by air which is very fast, comfortable but costly, less opportunities of exploring other attractions along the way. Road trip has many direction options that takes 9 hours of travel. Travelers can explore several attractions along the way and get hands on experience with life realities. Road travel can be tiresome and less comfortable as some of the roads are dirt. It’s advisable to break the long travel with overnights. Travelers on a Uganda tour will make choice basing on the available time.
You can combine your Uganda vacation safari with gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi forest and experience the habituation processes. Gorilla walking safaris offers combined packages with amazing national parks like Queen Elizabeth national park, kibale national park and Volcanoes National Park.
By Air Transport
Air Travel Flights to kidepo can be accessed from kajjansi Airfield or Entebbe Airport. Aerolink Uganda limited has scheduled flights from Entebbe airport to Lomej airstrip and Apoka.
By Road Transport
Travelers on a Kidepo valley National Park Uganda safari tour can also hire a car from a reputable car rental company Auto Rental Uganda or 4×4 Car Rentals Uganda and get a chance to Explore the north through the following routes,
Kampala-Mbale-soroti-moroto-kotido-kaabong takes 13 hours (792Km).
Kampala-Mbale-Sironko-Moroto-Kotido-Kaabong-Kidepo takes 12 hours (740km)
Kampala-Karuma-Gulu-Kitgum-kidepo takes 10 hours(571km)
Breaks for overnight stays can be arranged between Kampala to kidepo on either routes by road while exploring Kidepo Valley National Park.
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Where to Stay In Kidepo Valley National park
Apoka Safari lodge is a relatively luxurious accommodation facility located in Kidepo Valley national Park. The lodge commands breathtaking views of the landscape made of the several rocky out crops and hills and the savanna grasslands dotted with short trees and shrubs.
Build with comfort in mind, The 10 luxury safari Cottages overlooking the wildlife populated Narus valley are designed using hand made traditional crafts by local craftment. Apoka Safari Lodge is super great for exclusive Family Safaris and solo travel safaris due to its serenity and privacy. You might be far from the city but you will never miss a thing while the luxurious Apoka Lodge.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge. Is a midrange Safari Lodge perched on the Boundary hills of the Narus valley. Just 500m away from the Entrace gate, Kidepo savannah losge offers unparreled and expansive views over the narus valley and far jaw dropping scenic view sof the molungule mountains. Frequented by wildlife and visiting lions and night heya sounds, Kidepo savannah losge is a perfect safari Lodge for any enthusiastic traveler.
Build on raised floor decks, The 12 Safari Cottages in kidepo Valley National Park offer a spending views over the Narus valley. The restaurant as a very beautiful serene atmosphere, stocked with a great bar makes Savannah safari lodge a destination lodge to reckon.
Adere Safari Lodge. The Spacious Kidepo safari Lodge is nestled on the boundaries of the park overlooking the wildlife populated Narus valley. Adere Safari lodge prides in the refurbished safari cottages overlooking the expansive kidepo National Park.
Adere Safari Lodge in Kidepo Valley National Park is a few meters from the entrace gate where wildlife roams dsay and night, The 20 stand alone grass thatched charlets and swimming pool offer a great advantage in viewing wildlife that roams around the lodge.