Commonly referred to as the true African wilderness, Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the less exploited national parks in Uganda. Located in North eastern Uganda, this park is a home to several animal species including the cheetahs, Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes and many-more. A visit to this park gives you a true taste of the wilderness with its unique game drives.
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THINGS TO DO IN KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK
Game drives in the park
Kidepo valley national park is one of the places in Uganda offering visitors an excellent encounter with wildlife. Tourists can anticipate seeing wildlife like the elephants, giraffes, lions, buffalos and the Burchell’s Zebras. Game drives can be done both in the morning and in the evening, giving visitors enough time to explore the park to its best for chances to take as many pictures as possible.
Birding in Kidepo Valley National Park
Birding in Kidepo Valley National Park is very rewarding, aided by the park’s many habitats which provide both permanent and temporary homes to over 475 bird species. The birding experience can begin from the park’s pivot at Apoka, particularly at the Apoka Rest Camp or tourists can drive to the Namamukweny and Narus Valleys where birds can also be sighted in the fringes.
Birds to look out for include Clapperton’s Francolin which can only be found in Kidepo, buffalo weavers, White-crested Turaco, Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, the Common Bulbul, black-breasted barbets and the Green Wood Hoopoe. Tourists can also encounter two record birds the ostrich and the Kori bustard.
Kidepo Valley national park is surrounded by the indigenous Karamojong communities. There are largely herd cattle-rearing community in northeastern Uganda who migrate periodically with their animals in search for water and pasture. Their migrating nature forces them to construct temporary structures called “Manyattas” wherever they go. A visit to this community is rewarding one as visitors get closer to the traditional ways of life of the Karamojong people with their local dances. This is a true African experience not to be missed while in Uganda.