Kidepo Valley National Park is the remotest park in Uganda tucked in the northeastern corner along the border with Kenya and South Sudan within the semi-arid belt of the tropics. It is one of the most naturally authentic and least disturbed wildernesses in Africa, with a scenery that cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa.
The park covers an area of 1,442 square kilometers and has an altitude ranging between 914m and 2,750m. Gazetted in 1962, the park was named “Best National Park in Africa for spectacular landscapes and great buffalo herds” by CNN Travel in 2013 and it is populated with plenty of wildlife, a lot of which cannot be found in other parks of Uganda. Such wildlife includes animals like Ostriches, Pygmy Crocodiles, Cheetahs and other rare cats. The park’s 77 mammals and an estimated 475 species of birdlife altogether make it both an ideal and a perfect destination on your African safari.
Kidepo valley national park contains two rivers; Narus and Kidepo all of which disappear in the dry season, leaving behind just a small pool of water and wetlands for the plethora of wildlife found within the park. Stroll along the Kidepo River in the dry season and enjoy its 100m bed of white sand between banks covered by borassus palm trees.
On this Kidepo Valley National Park Experience, you will have community experiences of certain tribes whose traditional beliefs and way of life have been best preserved. Such communities include the Karamojong and the Ik, whose survival is threatened. Unique to this park are the stunning landscapes spanning throughout the entire park; flat valleys enclosed within a continuous ridge of hills and mountain ranges; a clear depiction of an African setting thus “The True African.
Wilderness”. You will also have game drives where you will watch animals like Rothschild’s giraffes, Burchella’s Zebras, elands, hartebeests, lions, hyenas, cheetahs among others. The park excitingly presents a record of having the highest number of African buffalos.
A Sample Detailed Itinerary Will Look Something Like This:
Day 1: Mukono>Kitgum: Have breakfast very early in the morning from the Kyampisi Backpackers Home. The Wanderlust Adventures driver will arrive and brief you about the whole safari and then set off for the journey heading north towards Kitgum town. The time spent from Kampala to Kitgum is about 7 hours.
Day 2: Kitgum>Kidepo Valley National Park. Have breakfast and then transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park. You will view green savannah along the way and beautiful landscape. On arrival at Kidepo valley national park, you will have views of mountains, rocks, animals and plenty of bird species. Check-in with the park’s office enroute to the lodge with game drive along the park’s trails spotting, herds of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, leopards, cheetahs, bush babies and zebras to list a few. You will check in at the lodge for lunch and later have an afternoon relaxation awaiting dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Game Drive. Have breakfast early in the morning and then head out for the morning game drive. Spot the lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants, bush babies, cheetah to mention but a few and you may also be able to spot some bird species. You will explore the park then return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you may opt to visit the hot springs in Kidepo and the rocky places viewing the landscape. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Visiting the Karamojong community. Have breakfast and you will head out to visit the Manyattas for a cultural experience. While there, you can participate in activities like milking the cows, the Mori traditional dance, blood suckling from the cows and interacting with the local people to learn about their way of life. Later you will return to the lodge, have lunch and enjoy an afternoon relaxation.
Day 5: Kidepo Valley National Park>Kampala. Wake up very early in the morning, have breakfast and embark on the journey to Kampala. You will view different activities done alongside the road en route.
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