Kidepo Valley National Park

The Park can be reached by road or air transport. However for security reasons, visitors are advised are to use air transport. Chartered aircraft can be arranged from the Entebbe International Airport to the Headquarters of the Park. The Road conditions are at times chalenging and can only be conducted in 4WD vehicles. There are 4 routes using road transport: routes through Mbale go to the east of the deep Lake Kyoga to northern Uganda, the routes through Karuma go to the west.
Kampala to Mbale to Soroti to Moroto to Kidepo.
Kampala to Mbale to Sironko to Kotido to Kaabong to KidepoKampala to Karuma to Lira to Kotido to Kidepo
Kampala to Karuma to Gulu to Kitgum to Kidepo.Please note that Visitors planning to travel using road transport are recommended to contact the headquarters of UWA to get advice regarding conditions plus overall safety on these roads.

Mammals

The park possesses more than 80 mammal species of which 28 are not seen in any other National Parks in Uganda. For instance, Cheetahs, Carcal, Klipspringers, as well as Bat-eared Fox. Other mammals in the park include Side striped Jackals, Elephants, Senegal Galagos, Common Zebras, Guenther’s Dik Dik, Lions, Buffaloes, Bohor Reedbucks, Leopards, Waterbucks, Oribis, Kongoni, and Spotted Hyenas to name a few.

Birds

The park is endowed with several bird species such as Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Silver birds, Marsh Tchagra, Yellow-billed Shrikes, African Mustached & Broad-tailed Warblers, Vinaceous Doves, Black Coucal, Hoopoes, Nubian Woodpeckers, Clapperton’s Francolin, Mosque Swallows, Sand grouses, Starlings, Yellow-rumped Seed eaters, Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Red-cheeked Cordon-blue swallows plus the Little Weavers among several others.

Wild Game Viewing

The park harbors a great diversity of animal species than other parks in Uganda. These include carnivores, ungulates, and primates. There are high chances of viewing tree climbing lions that always sits on sauces trees along Narus valley or on the rock just as you enter the Apoka Park Headquarter. Right from Apoka Rest Camp other animals that can be seen include elephants, leopards, bush duikers, jackals, bush bucks, bush pigs, kavirondo bush babies, buffaloes and much more.

Birding

The Park features a comprehensive avifauna. a total of 465 bird species have been documented here among which are the ostriches and the Kori bustards which are primarily associated with dry areas. In addition this park has a great profusion birds of prey that include a total of 58 species recorded here. Among them 14 are said to be endemic to the Karamoja and Kidepo area.

Hiking and Scenery viewing

Hiking is conducted in Lamoj Mountains only a couple kilometers from the Headquarters of the Park.

Cultural Performances

The adjacent local community close to the park performs cultural dances. Among the Traditional dances is the Emuya done by the Naporre plus the Apiti, Nyangia and Larakaraka dances done by the Acholi people; visitors can always join in these trilling performances.

Nature Walk plus cultural tours to the Karamajong manyattas – homesteads will give you  the opportunity to see kraals owned by the local communities, bows and arrows, traditional costume, jewelry, stools, knives and spears headdress among many others. You can also visit the striking Kidepo River Valley mainly covered with Borassus palm forest. You can also visit the Kanangorok Hot Springs, situated just 11 kilometers river Kidepo valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the sand

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