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Kidepo National Park


Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location. 

 
 
 
Kidepo National Park at a Glance
 
Size: 1,442km2
The park’s altitude ranges between 914m and 2,750m above sea level.
The park contains two rivers – Kidepo and Narus – which disappear in the dry season, leaving just pools for the wildlife.
The local communities around the park include pastoral Karamojong people, similar to the Maasai of Kenya, and the IK, a hunter-gatherer tribe whose survival is threatened.
4-Day Safari to Kidepo Valley National Park

Accommodation at Apoka Lodge or UWA Banda Facilities

 
Day 1

Kampala – Kidepo Valley National Park.
Your driver/guide will pick you from Kampala at 6.00am. You will start the drive to Kidepo Valley National Park with lunch en route at Gulu town. Continue to drive past Kitgum town and settle at Uwa bandas for dinner and overnight. Thus, the tour activities at the park begin the next day. Alternatives for dinner and overnight stay are Apoka Lodge for the luxury accommodation, National Park Bandas for mid range and Kakine Campsite for basic accommodation.

 
Day 2

Kidepo Valley National Park.
Morning after breakfast go on a game drive. You will most likely be able to view those animals that are unique to the African Savannah like giraffe, antelope, lion, elephant, hyena, buffalo and the Uganda Kob. The splendid Kidepo river valley is dominated by borassus palm forest, startling savanna landscape and the stunning view of the Narus valley situated in the southwest of the park. To the north of Sudan at the Lotukei Mountains and the Morongole range marks the southern boundary of the park and ending the trail at the Kanangorok hot spring with a view of a number of faunas that can be seen
wandering around like the tall Ostrich. After this you will be driven back to Park bandas for lunch and rest. After lunch you will take on another game drive in the evening exploring different wildlife in the area. Seeing herds of buffaloes, elephants and a variety of birds like ostrich, heron. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at your facility.

 
Day 3

Kidepo Valley National Park.
Morning and evening game drive in the park exploring different wildlife in the area. The game drive is an opportunity for bird watching with a chance to see some of the rare bird and animal species like the cheetah and hunting dog, bat-eared fox and striped hyena. The less common ungulates include klipspringer, dikdik and bride gazelle. Other large ungulates include zebras, Rothschild’s giraffes. Antelope species you could encounter include roan antelope, bush buck, eland, and bohor reed buck and jackson hartebees buffaloes, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, elephants and the jackal, among many others. Birds like the Karamoja apalis and the black breasted barbets, black-headed plover, black-bellied bustard, common buttonquail and flappet larks, harriers, red-winged lark, northern red bishops and white-winged widowbird among others are present. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at your facility.

 
Day 4

Kidepo Valley National Park – Kampala.
Morning you will be driven back to Kampala. You will stop for lunch on the way before proceeding. You will arrive in the evening. This marks the end of the safari!
Please Note the safari cost will include:

Meals and accommodation at full board
Full time safari driver/guidePark fees,
game drives
Applicable government taxes
Drinking bottled water while driving on safari

 

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