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Gazetted by the British colonial government in 1958 and later converted into a national park in 1962 by the independent government of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National park located in Northeastern Uganda in Kaabong district is a true African safari destination. With its valley floors lying between 3000ft and 4000ft, the most isolated National park in Uganda occupies an estimated 1442 Sqkm in size in the Karamoja region made of rugged savanna orchestrated by Mountain Morungole in the south of Kidepo which is 9020ft and crosscut by the Kidepo and Narus rivers. A 520km distance by road northeast of Uganda’s capital Kampala is what you move to come and visit one of the best virgin places with a lot of natural diversity yet to be explored. The Ketebo people are the natives in the area having stayed here ranging back in 1800 with farming and hunting as their main activities. However these were forcefully relocated in order to reduce hunting of animals and further clearing of the bush for tsetse fly control.

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The largest part of the national park is open tree savannah made up of two valley systems that is Kidepo River and Narus River. The Kidepo valley has clayed soil and annual average rains of 64cms well as the Narus valley has red clays and loam soils with annual average rains of 89cms. The Kanangorok hot spring on the northern edge of the park is the most permanent source of water in the park. Kidepo Valley National park boasts over 86 mammal species like giraffes, lions, wild dogs, elephants, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, zebras, foxes, buffalos and Rothschild’s giraffes with 28 mammal being endemic to this Karamoja region in Uganda. The park also bears over 500 bird species like Abyssinian roller, kori bustard, Jackson’s hornbill, ostriches, yellow billed hornbill, verreaux’s eagle etc. and is indeed a true haven for a keen birder.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Activities to do in Kidepo Valley National park” google_fonts=”font_family:Signika%3A300%2Cregular%2C600%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”1. Game viewing and game drives” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Signika%3A300%2Cregular%2C600%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is the main activity in Kidepo Valley National park due to its vast nature and rugged savannah areas with incredibly spectacular views for visitors. Game driving /viewing can be best done during the dry season in the months of September to March on dirt roads that cross the western and southern parts of the park. This is because the roads are impassable during the wet season in months of April and May.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”2. Hiking and Nature walk” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Signika%3A300%2Cregular%2C600%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

This can be done on the Lamoj Mountains a few kilometers from the headquarters of the park as well as in the Kidepo valley or the palm forest which is dry in most parts of the year. River Kidepo also provides an incredible experience due to its perennial waters and most animals in the park hangout on its banks as well as the magnificent Kanangoroki hot spring . The nature walks involve cultural visits to the nearby areas around the park mainly occupied by the Acholi and Karamajong people who normally live a nomadic lifestyle. These local people are great entertainers who can perform different cultural dances on request by the visitors. While on the nature walk, you can also see the houses built with cow manure (cow dung) and these are commonly known as “Karimajong Manyatas”

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Bird lovers can also experience an incredible treat at Kidepo Valley National park since the park already boasts over 500 bird species 14 of which are endemic to the Kidepo area. Such birds include Jackson’s hornbill, ostriches, kori bustard etc.

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Kidepo Valley National park being in semi-arid region with average temperatures of 290 degrees, there are not many accommodation facilities as like other national parks. This is because the park is very isolated with few people living around. However, there some affordable accommodation facilities at the park which provide great hospitality to visitors. These are;
Kidepo Savana Lodge
Apoka Rest Camp
Apoka Safari Lodge
Nga’Movu Wilderness Camp

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