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Kidepo Valley national park

Kidepo Valley national park
Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with South Sudan in the north east and only 5km from the eastern border of Kenya, some 700km from Kampala.
Kidepo Valley National Park offers a unique and unforgettable safari experience.
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 especially with its dense populations of Lion,Buffalos,Elephant and many similar angulates.
The bird checklist of over 476 species with the common Ostrich, secretary bird,northern carmine bee eater, little green bee eater, Abyssinian scimitar bill and many more colorful and visible species.

Accessibility
By Air: The quickest way to reach Kidepo is by taking a domestic flight from Entebbe International Airport to Apoka Airstrip. Several airlines operate flights to this destination. Once you arrive at Apoka, your lodge or camp will typically arrange a pick-up.
By Road: If you’re up for an adventurous road trip, you can hire a 4×4 vehicle and drive from Kampala. The journey takes approximately 10-12 hours, depending on road conditions. It’s essential to check the status of the roads before embarking on this journey.
Wildlife in Kidepo
Lions: Kidepo is known for its tree-climbing lions. These majestic creatures are often spotted resting in acacia trees, providing a unique photographic opportunity.
Elephants: Large herds of elephants roam the park, and you’re likely to see them at watering holes.
Leopards: While elusive, leopards can be found in Kidepo. Patience and a keen eye are essential for spotting these stealthy cats.
Cheetahs: Kidepo is one of the few places in Uganda where you can see cheetahs. They are fast and exciting to watch as they hunt.
Giraffes: Kidepo Valley National Park is home to both the Rothschild’s giraffe and the more common Maasai giraffe.
Buffaloes: Large herds of buffalo can be found grazing on the plains, and they often attract predators like lions and hyenas.
Birdlife: The park boasts over 475 bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. Keep an eye out for ostriches, Kori bustards, and a variety of raptors.
Kidepo Valley National Park offers a range of safari activities to make the most of your visit:
Activities
Game Drives: Guided game drives are the best way to explore the park’s diverse landscapes and spot wildlife. Morning and evening game drives are particularly rewarding.
Nature Walks: Take a guided nature walk to explore the park on foot. This is an excellent opportunity to get closer to the smaller creatures and appreciate the flora of the park.
Bird Watching: Whether you’re a seasoned birder or a novice, Kidepo is a birding paradise. Consider hiring a local guide who knows the best birding spots.
Cultural Visits: The nearby Karamojong communities offer a chance to experience authentic tribal culture. You can arrange visits to local villages to learn about their traditions and way of life.
Accommodation
Apoka Safari Lodge: A luxurious lodge located within the park, offering stunning views and top-notch amenities.
Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp: A mid-range option with comfortable accommodations and a prime location for wildlife viewing.
UWA Bandas and Campsites: If you’re on a budget, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offers basic bandas (huts) and campsites within the park.

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