Kidepo valley national park is known as Uganda’s second biggest National Park covering approximately (1,442 sq miles) and it’s also known as one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas. It is located in Karamoja region in the extreme northeastern corner of Uganda along the boarders with Sudan and Kenya. kidepo was recognized a national park since 1954. Kidepo Valley is Uganda’s most remote national park and few tourists make it to the park, However the impressive beauty of this perfect wilderness, rocky mountain landscape variety of animals impresses all that make it as the park only is a home to over 475 bird species a total second only to Queen Elizabeth National so bird lovers are rewarded a lot, 58 species of birds of prey are recorded, with 14 are believed to be endemic to the Park include Verreaux’s eagle, Egyptian Vulture and pygmy falcon. Other commonly seen include ostrich, African swallow, long tailed and standard-winged Night jars and bat eared foxes.
. Kidepo valley national park is also the only park in Uganda where visitors may see cheetah, and it is also the only park where it is possible to see giraffe and zebra in the same place. Lions, elephants, buffalo, ostriches, antelope, and numerous other mammal and bird species also reside on the park. The north of the park is with the border of Sudan is dominated by the Loukei mountain range and the southwestern part of the park is the Narus Valley and along the western boundary is the rugged Napore-Nyagia mountain range.
Areas of Interest
For all tourist interested in game viewing this is the best place to go. The Narus Valley is rolling, grassland plain enclosed by distant mountains. It occupies permanent water, and through the year water is available so very many animals congregates here to get drinking water when thirsty especially during dry season giving a platform for game tracks to move clearly making views to a variety of animals possible games such as lions, Jackson’s hartebeest, buffaloes, giraffes, oribis and reedbucks can be seen in the valley. Less commonly seen are cheetahs and leopards.
Kidepo Valley and Kanangorok Hot Springs
For more game viewing you can still drive to the kidepo valley since during the dry season it’s very difficult to come several wildlife species, so the kidepo valley provide an opportunity for bird and game viewing since thirsty drive most of the animals to the valley to drink water. Kidepo Valley. Kidepo River is about 50m wide bed of white sand between banks covered with borassus palms. The Kanangorok Hot Springs lie 11km beyond the Kidepo River on the Sudan border. This is a magnificent place to sit and view the mountains beyond the frontier al, these makes the park worthy to visit.
Apoka Tourism Centre
Apoka is the park’s tourism hub and many ranger guides stage here to scort tourist on game drives and nature walks, and those without their tourist, trucks can be hired from here and this place is a home to very many luxury lodges. The park’s craft shops, souvenirs bottled water alcohol can all be purchase from here. This is the most area of interest at the park and it is run by the Uganda world authority
Mount Morungole stands at 2,750m and it’s the highest point in the park and makes the southern boundary and it is crossed by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers that nourish the park’s wildlife and this natural habitat as a whole. This region can be explored on foot with a ranger guide while giving you all the necessary information on your way. The mountain slopes are home to the IK people, the smallest ethnic group in Uganda, with their own unique culture and arrangements can be made to meet these people who will entertain you in their traditional songs and if interested you can join them in their dancing. Hiking trips to the Lamoj Mountains, a few kilometers from the park headquarters.
This place is located in the north-western part of the park and can be accessed by car or on foot; this place is so rewording especially to bird lovers. The valley is populated by a large number of bird species to mention some include the Eastern Paradise Whydah, White-crested Turaco, Common Bulbul, Abyssinian Roller and Green Wood Hoopoe among others.
The Lomej Hills are a short drive from the headquarters. They are a good viewing point for birds and wildlife, including the mountain reedbuck.
Places to stay: Apoka lodge- luxury, Apoka Hostel- budget