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Kidepo Valley National Park

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About Kidepo Valley National Park

Country found in: Uganda
Parks total area: 1,442 km² (557 mi²)
Year established: 1962
Park wildlife: 11 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Absolutely!

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Kidepo Valley National Park highlights

  • One of Africa’s finest and most magnificent national parks.
  • Amazing game viewing throughout the year in the Narus Valley.
  • Four of the big five regularly spotted: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard.
  • Amazing variety of bird species, second only to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most remote and isolated park. Those who venture to the wild frontier region of Karamoja, are rewarded with spectacular views of pristine wilderness and unmatched natural beauty. The long journey to Kidepo is certainly worth the effort, as the park’s reputation as one of Africa’s finest is definitely justified.

The park is located 520 kilometers (320 miles) northeast of Kampala, and its northwestern boundary runs along the border with South Sudan. The largest town in the region is Moroto, which lies approximately 220 kilometers (140 miles) from the park. The easiest way to reach the park is by air. Adventurers, who brave the over 12 hour long road journey from Kampala, need to be equipped with a sturdy four wheel drive.

The park stretches over an area of 1,442 square kilometers (557 square miles) and is dominated by a rugged savannah landscape. It features 2,750 meters (9,020 feet) high Mount Morungole, which can be explored on foot. The park’s two rivers, Kidepo and Narus, provide water for the local wildlife and much of the year the animals congregate around the Narus Valley. Adjacent to the the Kidepo River are the The Kanangorok Hot Springs, where you can sit tranquilly and absorb the view of the mountain ranges beyond the frontier.

Kidepo Valley National Park is home to an amazing variety of wildlife, with 28 of its resident species not found in any other Ugandan park. The park has seen an amazing recovery of mammal species in the recent years and has a healthy population of large mammals, including the elephant. Other large species that can be spotted regularly are zebras, warthogs, Rothschild’s giraffes, buffaloes, reedbucks and waterbucks. Lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and black-backed and side-striped jackals are some of the carnivores residing within the park, and cheetahs can only be seen in this Ugandan park.

Bird watchers will be delighted by the park’s 475 species of birds, including the ostrich and birds of prey. Some of the birds are not even listed yet, and only Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts more bird variety in Uganda.

Park Activities

It is advisable to hire one of the knowledgeable rangers to make the most of your visit in Kidepo. The guides are stationed at Apoka, which is the park’s tourism hub. Morning game drives to the hot springs are a unique experience and some parts of the park can be reached on foot. Kidepo also offers an opportunity to get introduced to the ancient culture of the Karamojong and visit homesteads of this interesting local people.

When to visit

The park is good to visit throughout the year. March and April are particularly good months; this a time when you can expect to see many transit migrants.

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