Activities in Kidepo Valley National Park

Activities in Kidepo Valley National Park

Activities in Kidepo Valley National Park

Activities in Kidepo Valley National Park; Kidepo valley national park is located in Karamoja region north eastern part of Uganda bordering Sudan and Kenya. The park was gazetted in 1962 and it covers a total area of 1,442 square kilometers which is comprised of savannah woodland,  grassland, mountain forest, acacia forest which act as habitats for about 86 mammal species including the big four of the five mammal which are elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, other animals like waterbucks, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, warthogs, hippos, cheetahs, bush pigs, black backed jackal, zebras, giraffes, Beisa oryx, lesser kudus, bohor reedbuck, spotted hyenas, white tailed mongoose, Guethers Dik Dik and more than 480 bird species including ostriches, red winged lark, pygmy falcon, secretary bird, superb starling, black headed plover, standard winged nightjar among others. Kidepo valley national park offers a number of fascinating activities to visitors on the safari including, 

Activities in Kidepo valley national park

Game drives in Kidepo valley national park

This is one the major activities in Kidepo valley national park where you will be able to explore the park in a comfortable 4WD pop up safari vehicle with a professional safari guide. Game drives in Kidepo valley national park are conducted in the Narus valley or Kidepo valley and can either be done early in the morning, in the afternoon or at night. during the game drive you will be able to view different animals including elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, bushbucks, zebras, Uganda kobs, giraffes, hippos, Bohor reedbucks, Oribi, Jacksons hartebeests, kudus, elands,  lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas among others which gather to drink water in the Narus valley and variety of bird species like ostriches, kori bustard among others.

Bird watching in Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo valley national park is a home of more than 480 recorded bird species including endemic birds, near endemic birds and migratory birds which make it the second best birding destination in Uganda after Queen Elizabeth national park. There are several birding areas in the park such as Apoka rest camp, around the borders of Narus valley and Namamukweny valley. During bird watching which is best done in the morning you will be accompanies by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot variety of bird species including Karamoja apalis, ostriches, black breasted barbet, yellow billed shrike, broad tailed warbler, clappertons francolin, four banded sandgrouse, secretary bird, white crested turaco, standard winged nightjars, little green bee-eater,  Ethiopian swallow, black faded waxbill, white bellied go away bird, violet tipped couser, red winged pytilias, scarlet chested sunbird, superb starling, Abyssinain ground hornbill, pygmy falcon, verreauxs eagle among others.

Nature walks/hiking in Kidepo valley national park

This is one of the interesting activities in Kidepo valley national park where visitors get an opportunity to get of the safari vehicle and explore the park on foot with the company of an armed park ranger to protect you from dangerous animals and an experienced park guide who is well conversant with several hiking trails. During hiking you will follow various  trails to Lamoj mountains, Namamukweny valley and Narus valley where you will enjoy beautiful scenery, landscape, get up-close and personal with  animals like waterbucks, elephants, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, zebras, buffaloes, warthogs among others which gather around Narus valley to drink water.  There are other hiking trails to Idi Amins dream lodge which he was constructing when he was still the president of Uganda and Mount Morungole which is the highest mountain in Kidepo valley national park that stands at an elevation of 2,750meters above the sea level. The hike takes about 8 hours and during hiking you will be able to spot some animals and interact with the IK people who are also known to be the first settlers in the Karamajong region. 

Cultural tours in Kidepo valley national park

This is an exciting activity in Kidepo valley national park where you will be able to visit the local communities neighboring the park. During your cultural tours you will be able to interact with the IK people who live in Morungole Mountains and are believed to be the first people to migrate to northeastern Uganda and the Karamojongs. Both the IK and Karamajong are similar to the Masai in Kenya and during the tour you will get a chance to visit their Manyatta homesteads, learn about their culture of paying pride price inform of beehives, goats, chicken, learn about their tradition, history, learn and buy some craft souvenirs like beads, bags, sandals, taste their traditional dishes, listen to their ancient stories, enjoy their traditional performances among others. 

Best time to visit Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo valley national park can be visited all year round though the best period is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season the national park receives less or little rainfall therefore most animals will gather or congregate around the reliable water sources to drink water and vegetation will be thin which makes wildlife viewing much easier.

Kidepo valley national park can also be visited in the wet season during the months of march to may and November because that’s the best time for bird watching where bird lovers will get an opportunity to view migratory bird species. The wet season is characterized with heavy rainfall there visitors who visit during this period will enjoy beautiful views of lush scenery and take great photos.

Where to stay during your safari in Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo valley national park has a number of accommodation facilities ranging from luxury, midrange, budget and campsites including Apoka Safari lodge, Nga Moru Camp, Kidepo Savannah Lodge, Apoka Rest camp, Adere Safari Lodge among others 

How to get to Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo valley national park is located in the northeastern part of Uganda and can be accessed by either road or air transport means. 

Air transport, when using air transport means you will book scheduled or charter flights with Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airfield to Apoka airstrip which takes about 2 hours and flights can be booked by your tour operator.

Road transport, when using road transport means you will drive from Kampala via Karuma, Gulu, Kitgum and then to the park headquarters which takes a minimum of 12 hours in a 4WD pop up safari vehicle.

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