Kidepo Valley National Park
The Kidepo valley national park is Uganda’s remotest of the parks. However, it offers breath taking savannah landscapes that end in rugged mountains of the Sudan.
The landscape throughout the park is filled with small hills. More so rocky outcrops and inselbergs are plenty. From these points, one can enjoy magnificent views of the park below.
There is abundant wildlife in Kidepo valley national park. This includes Cheetahs, Ostriches and Bat eared fox. Indeed many such animals are not in Uganda’s other parks.
The imposing feature of the park is Mountain Morungole at 2,750m. It is possible to visit this mountain while on a tour to Kidepo.
This is mainly tree Savannah. It varies much in structure and composition. Even so, mountain forest dominates some of the high places. Meanwhile areas along the Lorupei River support dense Acacia forest.
The wildlife of this park is more typical of Kenya than Uganda. 77 mammal species including the Lions, Zebras, Cheetah and Bat-eared Fox are here. Large herds of Elephants and even Pygmie crocodiles live in Kidepo. Almost 500 bird species including the Kori bustard, Dark chanting Goshawk and more. The Clapperton’s Frankolin is endemic in this park.
The size of Kidepo is 1, 442 sq. km
The park is in the Karamoja region of Northern Uganda. In fact, it boarders with Sudan and Kenya.
From Kampala through Mbale and Soroti to Kotido then Kidepo is around 750 kms. This takes about 12 hours to drive. Of course with stops for lunch and stretching along the route.
Alternatively, the journey from Entebbe and Kampala through Lira and Kitgum to Kidepo is about 720 kms. The drive lasts about 11 hours with stops en route.
The Game drives, bird watching and nature walks are from Apoka. The community walks to the Karamojong people are interesting. On the other hand mountain hiking to Morungole can be arranged.