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A 3-days safari to Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Africa’s most remote and untouched wilderness areas, renowned for its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. Kidepo Valley National Park is a 1,442 square kilometres park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. Kidepo is rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 metres of Mountain Morungole and transacted by the Kidepo and Narus rivers, lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with south Sudan in the northwest and only 5km from the eastern. It is in the remote northeast corner of the country. The park has a true wilderness feel and is a great destination for the adventurous traveller. The park comprises rolling savannah grasslands and a rugged spectacular mountain landscape. The park is accessible by road or by Air from Entebbe. Kidepo is considered one of the wildest, original African parks in Africa, offering a great experience of nature and game viewing.
The park is hidden in a valley in North Eastern Uganda along the border with Sudan. Surrounded by mountains it is considered by many to offer the most stunning scenery of any national park in Uganda. The park lies in the present Kaabong district and Moroto district (Karamoja region) in North Eastern Uganda. It is known to many as the true African wilderness because being there gives a feel of being in real Africa. A visit to Kidepo Valley National park feels you the real atmosphere of the African jungle/wilderness. Kidepo valley national park is among the greatly blessed and diversified national parks in Uganda mainly comprising of a semi-arid climate with an oasis where green thrives throughout the year attracting a number of wild animals in the park, especially herbivores. Kidepo Valley National Park comprises shallow valley systems with dry mountain terrain.
In the southwest, there is the Narus Valley surrounded by the Naporre range to the northwest, south of the Kidepo Valley features the Morungole Mountain range and in the north, there is Mount Lotuke in Sudan. The vegetation of the park can best be described as open tree Savannah which varies much in structure and composition. Mountain forest dominates some of the high places, while areas along the Lorupei River support dense Acacia garage forests. It harbours scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa as well as great numbers of wild animals, birds and plant species. Kidepo has several biomes within its boundary such as a variety of savannahs, and deciduous forests- including the Borassus sp. palm forest, montane forest, and bushland. The park, due to its rather unique combination of topography and climatic shifts, is renowned for its distinctive floral composition. This, in turn, allows a variety of animals to be found within Kidepo; some not to be found anywhere else within Uganda.
Activities to do at Kidepo Valley National Park
A game drive is by far the perfect way one can explore and experience what Kidepo Valley National Park holds for the world. The park shelters a diversity of wildlife in its spectacular habitats. There are game tracks designated for game drives in Kidepo National Park, each exposing tourists to the park’s huge profusion of wildlife species while in a 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser/Safari Van with an open rooftop. Some of the viewable wildlife species in Kidepo include among others cheetahs, African bush elephants, lions, leopards, side-striped jackals, antelope families (especially Defassa waterbucks, elands, Bohor reedbucks, oribis, oribis, bushbucks, Jackson’s hartebeests, and others), warthogs, Burchell’s zebras, Rothschild giraffes, cape buffaloes, striped hyenas, black-backed jackals.
Kidepo Valley National Park is ranked the third-best birding safari park in Uganda. The park protects over 475 bird species and with your camera, some of the important birds to enjoy good sight include the pygmy falcon, Egyptian vulture, Verreaux’s eagles, Karamoja Apalis, ostriches, yellow-billed shrike, red-cheeked cordon blue, rufous crowned roller, Kori bustards, Eastern paradise whydah, purple heron, yellow-billed hornbill, Giant Abyssinian ground hornbill and many more.
Kidepo Valley National Park features an extraordinary savanna landscape worthy of exploring on guided nature walks/hiking. The park is known for its beautiful Kidepo River Valley filled with Borassus palm forest. It is possible to hike via the magnificent mountains (especially Mount Morungole/Lamoj hills) and visit the Kanangorok hot springs which are found about 11kms from the Kidepo River, Namamkweny, and Kidepo River valleys.
Uganda safari holiday in Kidepo Valley National Park isn’t only about participating in a game drive/bird watching but also for you to engage in cultural encounters in the park’s nearby local communities. While on a touring holiday in this, the IK and Karamojong are the 2 amazing tribes you shouldn’t miss to interact with. A cultural safari in the IK or Karamojong community involves you enjoying the best dances, and cultural music performances, and learning about their daily lifestyle, traditions, norms, and others.
Kidepo Valley National Park is a remote and pristine wilderness that offers a truly authentic safari experience. Customize your itinerary based on your interests and the specific wildlife you wish to see. Keep in mind that the road journey can be challenging due to the distance and road conditions, so domestic flights are a convenient option. Ensure to notify us about your type of accommodations and activities in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. We are crucial for maximising your wildlife sightings and ensuring a safe and informative safari experience.
Please note that this is a general itinerary, and the actual duration, activities, and accommodations may vary depending on your preferences, available time, and the specific arrangements made with you. It is advisable to consult with us to customise your itinerary and make any necessary adjustments.
- 4×4 safari vehicle with fuel and Driver
- Local english speaking Guide/Driver
- Full Board Meals Plan
- All park entry, ranger and activity
- 2 Game Drives and 1 Night Game Drive
- All local taxes
- Wi-fi and Water on Board
- Entry Visa Fees
- All Air fares
- Meals where not provided
- Alcoholic drinks
- Porter fees while trekking
- Personal Insurance
- Personal shopping bills
- Items of personal nature