Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo is wilderness park; dry, hot and isolated, yet spectacular, magnificent and virgin, waiting to be discovered. Traversed by large sand rivers the park is renowned for its distinctive composition of wild game co-existing with the dry mountain forest,. open savanna and hilltops capped by rock Kopjes. Enjoy the isolated wilderness dominated by the 2,750m Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and great Narus rivers.
Perennial rains may make Kidepo an oasis in the semi-desert but its tract of rugged savanna is tome to 77 mammal species and almost 500 birds. lame viewing is exciting all year round and so is bird etching, foot safaris and mountain climbing. And en in the dry season, it is worth the drive just to visit seasonal Kidepo river and strollatong its 50m wide of white sand between banks covered with assus palm trees.
It is located in the Karamoja region of Uganda and borders the Sudan in the North and Kenya in the North East.
Game drives can be done along Narus valley as the park’s wildlife congregates here much of the year. This area has adequate track circuits enabling visitors to view the animals at a close range.
Nature walks can be done around Apoka camp at any time of the day and visitors will be able to view different species of animals like elephants, zebras and reedbucks. At the Eastern Kakine circuit, visitors can see wildlife at a close range of up to 50-70 meters. Nature walks can also be done along Rionomoe trail and around this hill where one can view the lower side of the Narus valley.
Community walks are one of the ways you can get to know more about the Karamajong lifestyle, cultures, dressing style, dancing and the tools used. The Karamajong are traditionally cattle raiders and hunters. However, through community conservation education, their lifestyle is gradually changing and most of them now know the value of conservation of the park.
The Morungole ranges rise from the plains a few kilometres North of Apoka. A trip to Kidepo valley is needed to get a good view of Morungole mountain, the highest peak in Kidepo. Even at 2,749m, this peak is not easily seen from most vantage points in the Narus valley. This can be explored on foot with a ranger guide escort.
Sand along River Kidepo
Kidepo River is an intermittent sand river found in the Northern part of the park. It stands out because it is lined by Borassus palms making it look like an oasis in the Sahara. The sand bed experience on river Kidepo can be very fascinating especially during the dry season. Many bird species can be found around this area and one can enjoy the wilderness experience while listening to the different bird calls.
This activity can be done either in the morning or afternoon as the park has got a variety of birds. The experienced guides will show you around
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