Visit Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s border with Rwanda and Kenya, the park in size measures up an area of 1,442km2 with a vast largest area of land that has provided a perfect habitat for the animals, Kidepo Valley National park, altitude ranges from 914m and 2,750m above sea level. There are two rivers found within the park has provided water for the animals, which tend to disappear in the dry season leaving just pools for the wildlife, this is the perfect time for game viewing as they gather in an area with water only in the park.
Kidepo valley national park, was gazetted in 1962 to protect the animals, the park has got a profusion of big game with over 77 mammal species as well as 475 bird species, despite the fact that the park is isolated, but the few who make their way to Kidepo national park, would agree that the park is also the most magnificent national parks to visit in Uganda. Kidepo valley national park, ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses offering perfect game viewing safaris and bird watching activities. Right from Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.
When to visit Kidepo
The best time of the year to visit the park is during the dry season, when the land is dry and the streams have dried up and the only permanent water in the park, is found in the pools in the Narus valley near Apoka in the park, wetlands, these seasonal oasis altogether with the open Savannah terrain make game viewing perfect along the Narus valley which is the only place having water in the park, therefore, the animals gather around the water points to drink water and to cool their bodies from overheating sun.
Some of the attractions there
-The Narus River
The Karamajong people in Kidepo
During your visit in Kidepo valley national park, you can also take tie and visits the nearby communities adjacent to the park, the people found here are the Karamojong that have the same characteristic as the Masai of Kenya. Visiting the Karamojong is one of the unique experiences as you will meet the group of people who have refused to adopt to modern ways of live and have remained loving their culture, The Karamojong, are pastoralists, they keep large herds of cattle around their Manyatta villages/ home stead. they move from place to place in search for water and pasture for the animals. You will also get to interact with them, learn their ways of life and their traditional culture, they will show case their traditional dance among others as away of welcoming the visitors. Go for the safari in Kidepo valley and do not miss to visit the Karamojong’s tribe in Northern Uganda.
Other Uganda National Parks
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park