Kidepo Valley National park is among the national parks in Uganda located in the northeastern part of Uganda. The park is approximately 220 kilometers by road northwest of Moroto the largest city in the sub region Uganda. Travelling by road it will take 530 Kilometers by road.
Kidepo valley National park is approximately 1,442 square kilometers located in the Karamoja region in the northeast part of Uganda. Kidepo national park is rugged savannah vegetation which is dominated by 2,750 meters mount Morungole transected by Kidepo and Narus rivers.
The northwest boundary of the park which is along the border of the south Sudan against Kidepo Game Reserve, however I the 1962 the reserve was converted into Kidepo valley National park by the new independent government led by Milton Obote. The park consists two major valley systems of Kidepo and Narus Rivers. The valley floors lie between 3,000 feet and 4,000 feet.
The Kidepo valley National park has a permanent source of water in the park called the Narus Valley and the soil of the park is clay, which is black chalky and sandy clay loam soil. However the part of the Narus has draining red clays and loam.
Kidepo Valley Park is an open tree savannah, with differences in rainfall and annual average of 90 centimeters in Narus and 64 centimeters in Kidepo basin vegetation and animal population.
The Narus valley is comprised of shorter red oat grass and taller Guinea grass, fine thatching grass, red thorn acacias, desert dates and drumstick trees.
The park has a number of sausage trees and fan palms along the line water, Buffalo thorn, and monkey bread. Kidepo valley National park is located in the oasis in the semi-desert which is over 89 mammal species such as spotted hyena ,cheetah ,leopards, wild dog, giraffe ,Zebras, bat eared foxes, African buffalo, Rothschild giraffe and 600 bird species.
Kidepo valley National park has high areas of whistling thorn acacias bush. It takes an average of 12 hours enjoy the Sipi falls route as you see a number of things on your way to Karamoja. The karamojong culture is so interesting.
Kidepo National park receives over 1000 visitors through the year because it offers the best park for wildlife and amazing experience of the Ik people who live near the park.
The park has a very stunning scenery which simplifies and takes away your breath. Be sure to enjoy the cry of the wilderness, soothing wind sweeping through the Kidepo valley National Park with abundance of wildlife.
Kidepo valley National park inhabits abundance of lions during the dry season of the year, with a number of cape Buffaloes, elephants, Giraffes, Leopards, cheetahs ,wild dogs, ostriches, bat eared fox, hunting dogs, caracal, hyena, antelopes ,bushbuck ,eland, defassa waterbuck, Jackson hartebeest, orib, aardwolf and many more to see during your visit. Note that these are wild animals and they keep moving and not stationed in one place. One might see it and another misses out however its rear to miss out. The park has an abundance of birds such as raptor. There a number of activities in the park including:
Kidepo National park is one of the great encounters of the Wilds of Africa. During the game drives you will be able to spot the best of the game park including the lions, cheetahs, and many others. During the game drive, you will enjoy the guidance of experience game/tour guides and also security of a game ranger offered by Uganda WildLife Authority.
Kidepo valley National park is a great place for Nature and Bush walks because there is nothing like taking in the African wild on foot. This is the best place in Kidepo Valley Park.
The park is where one can enjoy a hike to Morungole Mountains and as well as visit IK people, the smallest ethnic group in Uganda.
This is a remote park your not allowed to wander alone the rangers are there to guide you.
Kidepo valley National park has a number of bird species. There 57 species that are recorded such as Pygmy Falcon, Verreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and many more.
Kidepo Valley National park is one of the parks in Uganda where one can see the Ostrich / biggest bird. After laying the eggs the Uganda Wildlife Authority team will harvest the eggs for breeding in order to increase the number of ostriches.
Visit the Manyata people, where you will learn about the warrior and Nomads the area is called a wild west of Uganda.
Visit to the IK people & hike Morungole
Visit the IK people and climb into Morungole mountains. The Ik people are one of the tribes in the Northeast part of Uganda.
Kidepo National park gives you a chance to hike Mount Morungole which is not to be done by the faint hearted. The mountain is very steep, and this will be part of adventure of the day.
As you visit Kidepo Valley National park you will have a chance to have a stopover at the Murchison falls National park to see a number of wildlife including the great falls, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, Sipi falls, Mount Elgon, Jinja Road for water rafting this is an added advantage. Get a tour company/operator that will give you this full package.