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Kidepo Valley National Park

This is the most remote of all Uganda’s tourist destinations. The vast savannah plains and rugged mountain landscape of Kidepo Valley National Park make it by far the most spectacular of Uganda’s parks. Covered in dry Savannah, this park is more reminiscent of Kenya’s Eastern Rift Valley parks.

Kidepo Valley National Park is 1,442 square kilometers of true wilderness lying in the extreme northeastern corner of Uganda along the borders with Sudan and Kenya.

This is the most remote of all Uganda’s tourist destinations. The vast savannah plains and rugged mountain landscape of Kidepo Valley National Park make it by far the most spectacular of Uganda’s parks. Covered in dry Savannah, this park is more reminiscent of Kenya’s Eastern Rift Valley parks.

Mount Morungole at 2,750m is the highest point in the park and makes the southern boundary of the park. To the north with the border of Sudan is the Loukei mountain range. Situated in the southwest of the park is the Narus Valley and along the western boundary is the rugged Napore-Nyagia mountain range. The Natira and Lokayot Hills separate the park in the northeast from the Kidepo Valley. While mountain forest dominate the high places, the areas along the Lorupei River support dense acacia forest.

What to see & do in Kidepo NP

Kidepo is home to more than 80 mammal species including 28 species found in no other Ugandan park. Dry plains game can be found here such as the greater kudu and cheetah along with bat-eared foxes, caracals and Klipspringers.

Kidepo National Park is recovering from years of neglect and insurgency whereby poaching and indiscriminate killing of game depleted herds. Some less common animals are the striped hyena, lesser kudu, Grant’s gazelle and beisa oryx. However, other large mammals have made excellent recovery and healthy populations of elephant, Burchell’s zebra, buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, eland, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, bonhor reedbuck, waterbuck and kongoni are often seen. The dry thorn thicket landscape in the north of the park is home to Guenther’s dik dik and Senegal galago.

Plentiful numbers of carnivores such as leopard, lion, spotted hyena, black-backed and side-striped jackals are supported by these ungulates. Five different species of primate, including the Kavirondo bushbaby, which is endemic to this area, can been spotted by the keen observer.

475 bird species have been confirmed as sighted in this park, second only to Queen Elizabeth Park. Some rare, highly sought after birds are found here such as the black-breasted barbet and Karamoja apallis. 58 species of birds of prey are recorded, with 14 are believed to be endemic to the Park and the wider Karamoja region. These include Verreaux’s eagle, the Egyptian vulture and pygmy falcon. Four species of hornbills have been recorded and the red-billed, yellow-billed and Jackson’s hornbill are peculiar to Kidepo and the giant Abyssinia ground hornbill is also common.

Kidepo is an animal safari adventurers and birdwatchers’ paradise as well as hikers’ climbing challenge. Hiking trips to the Lamoj Mountains, a few kilometers from the park headquarters, are available. Spectacular views of Kidepo River Valley and Borassus palm forest can be seen, and from Kidepo Valley you can make a trip to the Kanangorok Hot Springs located just 11kms from the river valley.

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of local Ugandan culture, visits can be arranged to the local Karamojong mayattas (homesteads) to see traditional costumes and jewelry making. Locally produced craft items can be purchased from the park tourist office.

How to get there

This Park is usually accessed by air. Scheduled flight to Kidepo is now available daily leaving Entebbe at 1240 arriving at 1445.

By road from Kampala, via Mbale, Soroti and Moroto is an 700 — 800 kilometer journey and takes 12 hours or more in good weather. Road conditions can be difficult and a sturdy 4WD is required. We recommend that you schedule two days journey to Kidepo if traveling by road. Road travel is also dependent on the security situation. Pearl of Africa Tours and Travel Ltd (PATT) will offer all necessary advice and recommendations at the time of travel.

Where to stay in Kidepo

You can choose from a variety of accommodations made available for you ranging from high end facilities, these offer first class premium serves to guest especially those that wish to spend a luxurious lifestyle while on holiday. The mid range facilities are as well available, these offer moderate service to their guest and they are very affordable. For visitors that wish to spend less on accommodation, staying at budget facilities is very ideal, these offer are very safe, clean and with good food

  • Apoka Safari Lodge, up-market
  • Apoka Bandas, budget market
  • Uganda wildlife authority Bandas-budget market
  • Kakine Self-catering Campsite -budget market
  • Nga Moru Wilderness Camp -budget market