Kidepo Valley National Park in the far northeast is one of Uganda’s most scenically spectacular parks, but also its most remote. Here game drives offer long views across savanna grassland to a rugged horizon. There is a good chance of spotting lion, elephant, zebra, giraffe and buffalo. Kidepo Valley is unique in Uganda in that it is home to ostrich and cheetah too, two of the 28 species found only here.
Kidepo Valley & Narus River Valley
The semi-arid Kidepo Valley, dotted with palm trees, is one of the two valley systems in the park, the other being the better-watered Narus River valley. The different soil types and rainfall of the two valleys gives rise to contrasting vegetation and wildlife populations. Both the Narus and Kidepo Rivers are seasonal meaning that animal movements are quite predictable, especially in the dry season. Not only does this make for rewarding game drives but it makes it easier for the lodges in Kidepo Valley National Park to offer bush walks.
Highlights of Kidepo are the chance to learn more of the local tribes of the area. These include the pastoralist and cattle-loving Karamojong and the Ik tribe, the resident ‘mountain people’ for whom Mount Morungole was sacred. The Ik suffered badly after they were evicted from their traditional hunting grounds when the park was created in 1958. From Kidepo, you can easily visit the Kanangorok Hot Springs.