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. Plus there’s a good chance of spotting lion, elephant, zebra, giraffe and buffalo. Kidepo Valley is also unique in Uganda in that it is home to ostrich and cheetah too.
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 is the better-watered Narus River valley. The different soil types and rainfall of the two valleys gives rise to contrasting vegetation and wildlife. Both the Narus and Kidepo Rivers are seasonal meaning. Which means that animal movements are quite predictable, especially in the dry season. Not only does this make for rewarding game drives. But it means that the lodges in Kidepo Valley National Park to offer bush walks in the dry season.
Another highlight of Kidepo is 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 is 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 also easily visit the Kanangorok Hot Springs.
How to get to Kidepo