KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK

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.

Kidepo Valley is the most isolated national park in Uganda, located in the far North. However the park is named the 3rd best national park in Africa, harbouring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can’t be found in any other Ugandan national park. These include the cheetah, caracal, aardwolf, greater and lesser kudu, mountain reedbuck and Guenther’s dik-dik. The endangered Rothschild giraffes are also present in small numbers. Although primarily a savannah reserve, five primate species are present, including the rare and localised patas monkey.

For a game drive the best area would be Narus valley, since this area provides permanent water for the wildlife living in the park. Several animals such as lions, reedbucks, Oribis, Buffaloes and giraffes gathers and are visible in this area. The cheetahs and leopards are as well seen here, but in smaller numbers.

The Kidepo Valley, in the parks consist of the Kidepo River, which is nearly dried out, most of the year. However it is definitely worth the drive, to walk along the 50 meter wide river, comprised of white sand. When going on a safari here, you would want to stop and enjoy the Kanangorok Hot Springs, which are located 11 kilometer past the Kidepo River. It is a marvelous place to sit down and observe the mountains far past the frontier.