Kidepo Valley National Park


Located in Uganda’s remote north-eastern corner, some 700km from kampala and tucked between the borders with Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo valley is Uganda’s most isolated park. However the few who make the long journey north would agree it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest.

Kidepo was recently ranked among the top ten destination in Africa by the CNN  Travel (http://travel.cnn.com/). Kidepo was rated highly for its spectacular landscapes and great buffalo herds.

From Apoka in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends in all directions, far beyond the gazetted area of 1442km2, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

The park has a semi-arid climate with just one rainy season per year between April and September. The rivers are seasonal and dry up during the dry season during which the only water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools along the southern Narus valley near Apoka resulting into heavy wildlife concentration here.
The park is host to 77 mammal species including carnivores like the lion, leopard, cheetah, striped hyaena, jackals and other mammals such as eland, cape buffalo, Rothchild’s giraffe, elephant, reedbuck, bushduiker and waterbuck among others. Kidepo also boasts of 463 bird species including karamoja Apalis, Kori Bustard, Secretary bird, ostrich and hornbills among others.

The park is bordered by the Karamajong tribe who are still slowly adapting to changes to their traditional way of life. Guests can visit the homesteads to see traditional customs, stools, spears, and learn about the interesting culture of Karamoja.

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