Kidepo Valley Park
Welcome to the mighty Kidepo Valley National Park situated in the semi arid rugged valleys in the remotest region in northern Uganda. It was gazetted as a national park in 1962; the Kidepo valley occupies an area of approximately 1,442 square kilometers. There are about to 77 mammal species and 475 bird species. It’s also home of the unique Karamajong and the IK people – the smallest tribe in Uganda found on Mount Morungule. The original inhabitants of Kidepo valley were the Ketebo / Mewing who occupied the lands since 1800 before the British arrived and gazetted the area in 1958 evicting the Ketebo.
Wildlife in the park
There are about to 77 mammal species and 475 bird species in the park, the Kidepo and Narus valleys hosts a number of mammal species including lions, cheetahs, ostriches, bat eared fox, elephants, giraffes, zebra, leopard, wild dogs, zebra, cape buffalo, Jackson hartebeests, hyenas, black backed – and side stripped jackals, elands, Uganda kobs, reedbuck, dik dik, Klipspringer among others and about 451 bird species making it a haven for tourists seeking for a wildlife adventure in Uganda.
Attractions & Areas of Interest in Kidepo valley national park
Apoka tourism center
This is the main tourism hub overlooking the Narus valley and home to numerous accommodation facilities which ranges from budget, midrange to luxury lodge including the UWA cottages. You can hire tour guides and 4×4 trucks from Apoka center and there is also a craft shop with travel books and African souvenirs.
The valley is the best spot for viewing game as it is always crowded by animals looking for fresh water during the dry season. The Narus dam and natural water hole close to Apoka center offer the best observation points for wildlife.
Kidepo River & Kanangorok hot springs
The attraction is situated just 11 km from Kidepo river is the Kanangorok hot springs , a popular destination for tourists looking to relax and enjoy views of the Kidepo mountains.
The mountain stands at 2,750 meters is one of the most popular attractions in Kidepo valley; Mount Morungule is home to the IK people and it offers tourists a chance to do some mountain hiking & exploration.
This tribe is regarded as one of the most sought after ethnic tribes in East Africa, the Karamajong are Nilotic agro – pastoral herders that occupy most parts of north eastern Uganda. They can be likened to the Maasai in Kenya, with fascinating way of dressing and dances.
Activities in Kidepo valley national park
- Morning, evening & night game drives
- Bird watching
- Cultural encounters
- Nature walks
Accommodation in Kidepo valley national park
The park is blessed with a huge range of interesting accommodation offering excellent services and facilities to all travelers including the budget UWA Cottages among others. As earlier mentioned, accommodation in the park is highly concentrated in Apoka tourism centre.
How to get to Kidepo valley national park
Driving from Kampala city to Kidepo valley will last about 10 to 12 hours (582 km) using the Kampala-Karuma-Gulu-Kitgum route while it will take about 2 hours if you start from Gulu or Kitgum. And the park is extremely isolated from Kampala; you can opt to book a flight to fly you to the park with either Eagle air or Aero link which operates domestic chartered flights to safari destinations like Kidepo valley. This takes about 1 and half hours to land in Kidepo airstrip and upon arrival delight in a road transfer to your booked accommodation.
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