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Kidepo Valley National Park reviews

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“If I was not taking photographs of the landscapes, it was the sky. If not the sky, it was the fauna.” - Neil Raffan

Lion by night

Views: 162 Visited: Mar 2018 Reviewed: Apr 03, 2018

Safari newbies tend to want to see cats and more cats and then close-up. The maintenance of the park’s no off-roading policy does mean that though one sees cats (everyday, on this revisit) they can be a binoculars’ distance away. I was privileged to have my own private close-up viewing on my last night at Apoka … as I finished cleaning my teeth I heard an almighty and close-up lion roar. As quietly as I could I made my way out onto my veranda (raised off the ground). I stood still in the corner and waited … a male lion strolled past, about thirty feet from my perch. My presence irrelevant as it progressed across the terrain to disappear into the dark of night. The sheer magic of African safaris.

I found the park full of wildlife. Buffalo in their thousands, sizeable numbers of waterbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, warthogs and oribi. There are numbers of elephant, fourteen of the re-introduced giraffe are pregnant, Ugandan kob … bushbuck, common duiker and eland were also seen.

The park is a paradise for anyone interested in birds. Four hundred and sixty varieties and counting … our guide added one on our visit … Stuhlmann’s starling. So, birding from happy snapping to twitcher level is certainly catered for.

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