Kidepo: The ultimate wilderness
Located on the Sudan border in the farthest corner of wild Karamoja district. Kidepo is one of Africa’s most magnificent wildernesses. Big games favourites like the elephant, giraffe, zebra, eland, hartebeest, lion and perhaps Africa’s largest single herd of buffalo strolling around.
77 species of mammal
The park contains one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan national park with 77 species of mammal. Wildlife also includes species that are rare or absent from other Ugandan protected areas such as aardwolf, bat-eared fox, cheetah, striped hyena and ostrich. Its isolation means that Kidepo is little visited and visitors can expect to enjoy high degree of solitude.
The Narus Valley south of Apoka is the parks prima game drive viewing area as wildlife congregates here for much of the year. In addition to the main game circuits at Kakine, Katurum and Nagusokopire, newly created loops to the north west of Apoka and to the south of the seasonal Crocodile Pool have opened up new parts of the valley to exploration.
For most of the year a lack of surface water means that little wildlife is found in the Kidepo Valley. It is still worth the drive to visit the seasonal Kidepo river and to stroll along its 50m wide bed of white sand between banks covered with Borassus palm forest. Hot springs are found on the Sudan border 11km beyond the river crossing.
Birds and birding
The park boasts an extensive gird list of 463 species confirmed and 26 unconfirmed – second only in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park. There has however been no comprehensive survey of birds in Kidepo and visitors stand a good chance of adding to the current list.
Safaris including Kidepo National Park