The Rugged Remote Wilderness Of Kidepo Valley National Park
The Rugged Remote Wilderness Of Kidepo Valley National Park- Gazette in 1962, Kidepo valley is one of Uganda’s national parks located in the extreme northern part of Uganda. Kidepo valley national park covers an area of 1,442 sq. km comprising savannah woodland, acacia gerrardii, trees, and shrubs. it’s home to over 86 mammals, 5 primates, and 450 bird species. Kidepo valley national park is one of the less-visited national parks in Uganda due to its remoteness and poor roads leading to the park but the government is playing a big role by constructing better roads, local airport, and good accommodation options to the park to make it one of the top Uganda safari destinations.
One of the safaris that can include Kidepo valley national park would start with Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where you can take part in gorilla trekking, then cross to queen Elizabeth national park for game drives, boat cruise or birding, and lastly to Kidepo valley national park for the last days of the savannah wilderness experience.
Wildlife / animals in Kidepo valley national park
Kidepo valley national park has the highest concentration of animals amongst all national parks in Uganda. The Park is home to over mammal species among which include the big 4 mammals- lions, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. Other animals in Kidepo valley include zebras, Uganda kobs, hippos, bat-eared foxes, waterbucks, wild dogs, elands, klipspringer, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetahs, mountain reedbuck, kudus, oribis, dik-dik, caracal, kongoni, and so many others. Kidepo valley is also home to primates like rare patas monkeys and Kavirongo bush babies.
Activities to do in Kidepo valley national park
Game drives in Kidepo valley national park
Located in the remote areas of northern Uganda, Kidepo valley national park is one of the parks where game viewing can be done in Uganda. Kidepo valley national park has the highest population of wild animals. Narus valley and Kidepo valley are the only places where game viewing in Kidepo is done. The game drives in Kidepo valley national park give you an opportunity to see different animal species such as zebras, lions, Uganda kobs, elephants, hippos, leopards, bat-eared foxes, waterbucks, wild dogs, elands, klipspringer, Jackson’s hartebeest, kudu, genet, oribis, dik-dik, caracal, mountain reedbuck, Kangoni and so many others.
Birds of Kidepo valley national park
Kidepo valley national park is one of the greatest birding destinations in Uganda after queen Elizabeth national park with over 450 bird species. birding safaris are enjoyed in the rugged semi-arid region of Uganda with several birds that are endemic to the region such as Karamoja apalis. The ostrich is the most common bird in the park. Other birds in Kidepo valley national park include Ethiopian swallow, dark chanting goshawk, red-winged pytilia, Jackson’s hornbill, Abyssinian scimitarbill, rufous chatter, chestnut weaver, black coucal, golden pipit, greater kestrel, pygmy falcon, steel-blue whydah, northern carmine bee-eater, Abyssinian roller, fox kestrel, golden kestrel, pygmy falcon, black-breasted barbet, Karamoja apalis, red-throated bee-eater, D’Arnaud’s barbet, white-bellied go-away bird, rufous chatterer, rose-ringed parakeet, and scarlet chested sunbird among others.
Cultural encounters in Kidepo valley national park
There are two groups of people living in Kidepo valley national park and these are the IK and the Karamojong. These people are connected to the Masai of Kenya and their main occupation is cattle keeping. Visitors to Kidepo valley national park can visit the IK and the Karamojong and get to take part in their daily activities, learn about their culture, dressing style, taste their local food, and take part in traditional dances.
Where to stay in Kidepo valley national park
Many travelers always ask about accommodation facilities in Kidepo valley national park. Well, there is no need to worry about where to stay because the park has got so many accommodation options ranging from budget to mid-range to luxury options as well as campsites. Some of the accommodation facilities in Kidepo valley national park include Apoka Rest Camp, Kidepo Savannah Lodge, Apoka Banda-UWA, Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp, Adere safari lodge, and Karamoja safari camp among others
Best time to visit Kidepo valley national park?
Kidepo valley national park can be visited at any time of the year but the best time would be the dry season which happens in July to September and December to February when there is little or no rainfall when the vegetation is thin for a clear view of animals and when the park animals are gathered on the water sources for water. You can as well visit Kidepo valley national park in the rainy season if you want to watch migratory birds and so many other birds are in the park because there is plenty of food.