Kidepo Valley National Park is such an extraordinary wilderness to visit and explore because of the vast savannah grasslands as well as the wildlife in the park.
The park is vast and one of the best places to have a wildlife game drive, especially during the dry season when the trails are very much drier making drives easier.
Tucked far northeast of Uganda, the park is a 12-hour drive from the country’s capital, Kampala. The drive is long but truly worth it and those who choose to take the risk enjoy the drama of the wilderness.
When planning the Uganda wildlife safari to Kidepo, especially our popular 4 days Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda safari, here are the different activities or things that you should choose to undertake in the park.
Wildlife is a highlight for the park with several animals that roam through the wilderness with about 86 mammal species known to be within the park boundaries.
Some of the wildlife in the park include the Rothschild giraffes, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, wild dogs, elephants, zebras, African buffalo, bat-eared foxes, antelopes like the elands and dik-dik.
Primates like monkeys can also be found in the park. It is only in Kidepo where cheetahs can be seen in Uganda.
To see wildlife during Kidepo National Park safaris by undertaking a game drive or nature walk. With the vastness of the park, it is best recommended to have at least two days in the park.
Kidepo is the second national park with the highest population of bird species after Queen Elizabeth National Park. This makes it such a rewarding Uganda birding safari destination.
The park has a very impressive bird species of 470 bird species and 60 birds on this list haven’t been recorded in any other Ugandan park. The park is especially known as good for spotting raptors with about 56 species of them.
Some of the notable birds in Kidepo Valley National Park include the dark chanting goshawk, kori bustard, little bee-eater, red and yellow barbet, Abyssinian roller, black-breasted barbet, chestnut weaver, fox kestrel, greater kestrel, Jackson’s hornbill, purple grenadier, pygmy falcon, rose-ringed parakeet, rufous chatterer, and many more.
The ostrich, which is the largest bird is only seen in Kidepo National Park in Uganda.
Kidepo is found in the Karamoja region, a group of people with a very unique culture. There are two groups of people who live around the park and these are the IK and Karamojong. The cultures, traditions, and way of life of these two tribes are amazing.
You can spend the day on a cultural tour with the Karamojong or hike to Mount Morungole to see the IK people. Participate in their dance, and traditional dances and learn something from these people.
Kidepo Valley National Park dubbed by CNN Travel as the best African wilderness is such a great Uganda safari destination.
The park covers 1,442 square kilometers (557 sq mi) situated in the far northeastern region of Uganda within the Karamoja region.
Named after the Kidepo valley that crosses through the park, this is a rugged savannah also dominated by Mount Morungole (2,750 m) and transected Kidepo and Narus Rivers.
Kidepo National Park is the furthest park northeast of Uganda approximately 520 kilometers from Kampala –Uganda’s capital.
This makes the drive to the park last about 11-12 hours, however, when you reach the park it is all worth it.
The park consists of two major valley systems which are the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. The valley floors lie between 3,000 feet (910 m) and 4,000 feet (1,200 m) and are rimmed by several mountains which is why the park is named Kidepo Valley National Park.
Choose to undertake Kidepo National Park safaris and enjoy the best of the African wilderness in a remote setting. Uganda wildlife tours to Kidepo can be by road or air.
The most recommended shortest safari to the park is the 3-day tour and the longest can be a 5-day tour to explore the park.
Book with Acacia Safaris the perfect kind of safari to Kidepo. We can also help you plan trips all through the country including Uganda gorilla safaris, adventure trips, city tours, and many more.
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