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
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 harboring 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 Nortern Uganda.
What to see 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.
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.
What to do in Kidepo Valley National Park?
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.
Best time to visit kidepo valley national park
The best time to visit Kidepo valley national park for game viewing is during the dry season months of July and August when animals are concentrated near water points. During the rainy seasons, animals disperse from the valleys moving to higher and drier grounds.
You can as well visit kidepo during the short rains from September to December in the comfort of your safari vehicles. In this period the water is scares and viewing the animals is easy.
Where to Stay In Kidepo Valley National park
Apoka Safari lodge is a relatively luxurious accommodation facility located in Uganda. 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.
Boma hotel kitgum is locate in the northern uganda town of kitgum on the Uhuru drive approximately 452km from kampala capital of uganda. The hotel is built in a tropical environment with an exclusive and excellent options for clients looking for a luxurious affordable hotel.
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 Murchison forest 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 Uganda safari vacation tour can also hire a car from a reputable car rental company Auto Rental Uganda www.autorentaluganda.com or 4x4carrentalsuganda.com and get a chance to Explore the northern 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)