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Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda

WarthogThis stunning park found in the Karamoja region (North east) of Uganda is one of Africa's great wilderness areas and covers an area of 1436 km² and borders Sudan and Kenya. It is isolated from the rest of Ugandan national parks. It consists of dry savannah country with small hills, rocky out crops and inselbergs with stunning views in all directions.

Situated in the south west of the park is the Narus valley, the rugged Napore-Nyaiga mountain range forms the western boundary. Northeast is the Kidepo valley separated from the park by the Natira and Lokoyot hills. To the border with the Sudan (north) are the Lotukei Mountains and the Morungole range mark the southern boundary of the park.

The perennial water from river Kidepo and Narus makes an oasis in the semi-desert and hosts over 80 mammal species with several bird species.

Mammal species include bat-eared fox, striped hyena, cheetah, tree climbing lions, greater and lesser kudu, Rothschild giraffes, lion, leopards, cape buffalo, eland, elephants, Jackson's hartebeest, jackals, spotted hyena, bush baby, oribi and many more.

Besides game viewing, other activities in the park include a visit to the Kidepo river valley and the Kanangorok Hot springs, which are located 11 km from Kidepo valley.

A visit to the traditional homesteads (manyattas) of the Karimojong can be arranged.

Getting to the park: driving from Kampala via Mbale or Moroto. Charter flights are available from Kampala.

Accommodation can either be at the Uganda Wildlife Authority rest camps at the entrance or the high end Apoka lodge inside the Park.

Link to Kidepo page of Uganda Wildlife Authority



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