Kidepo valley National park is situated in the semi arid valleys between Uganda’s boarders with Sudan and Kenya. The park was gazetted in 1962 and it has quite a number of bird species over 475 birds, hosts over 77 mammal species and it is 700km from Kampala. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a Savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.
Various activities that are done in Kidepo valley National park which include the following
Hiking and Sightseeing in Kidepo valley National park
Hike through the Savannah land scape at Kidepo valley National park, move around the Lamoj Mountains which are only a couple of kilometers from the Headquarters of the Park. Visitors may as well go to see the marvelous Kidepo River Valley covered with Borassus palm forest; its broad flat bed is dried out through the biggest part of the year. From the Kidepo Valley, also you can visit Kanangorok Hot Springs that are situated just 11 km from the Kidepo river valley.
Hike through the mountains as well as the Savannah landscape of this park and enjoy the fresh breath and an amazing view . The Narus valley that is found within the South West part of this park, the rocky Napore Nyagia mountain range which all together form the western boundary. Splitting it from Kidepo Valley in the north-east are the stunning Natira plus Lokayot Hills. Then to the north in South Sudan are Lotukei Mountains as well as the Morungole range which represents the southern border of this park.
Game viewing in Kidepo valley National park
Kidepo national park is also endowed with various wild animals that are worth a visit, Come and see different animal species ways of life, their habitants, hunting skills, mating among others. The various viewable species in Kidepo National Park include: The Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Caracal, The aard Wolf, elephants, oribi, burchell’s Zebras, Jackson’s hartebeests, Bush pigs, Bohor reed buck, warthogs, Rothschild giraffes, Defassa water bucks, Cape buffaloes, Elands, Bush duskier, Bush bucks, Lions, Side-striped jackals, Leopards, Black-backed jackals, Various small cats as well as spotted hyenas.
Bird Watching in Kidepo valley National park
Birding as an activity is amazing, earing to bird songs,watching feathered creatures in their different habitats, The activity is more enticing especially with a recording gadget like cameras so as not to miss out any memory. The park is renowned for its exceptional variety of birds, Out of the Fifty eight recorded birds of prey, fourteen are thought to be specifically endemic to the Kidepo as well as the Karamoja region. Included in these are: the pygmy Falcon, Varreaux’s Eagle plus the Egyptian Vulture, in addition to many other species.
Cultural Performance at Kidepo valley National park
Not only will you enjoy performance but different people in communities will give you detailed information about cultural groups around kidepo national park,share different ideas among others. The nearby local communities possess teams of cultural entertainers that are normally accessible to offer performances on request. These performers have a wide range of traditional dances as well as songs for example the Emuya of the Nyangia as well as the Naporre ethnic groups along with Larakaraka plus Apiti dances performed by the native Acholi people.
Kidepo valley national park is worthy a visit contact us for this experience in this new year.