Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda
“The pristine magical true African Wilderness” - Kidepo Valley National Park
Background of Kidepo valley national park Uganda - The 3rd Best Africa Safari Destination!!
Africa just like you imagine though not common in the 21st century only remained existent in this one Uganda safari tour destination.
The word Kidepo comes from a Dodoth verb “akidep” meaning “to pick up” which can literally be described as telling you to come and pick up the true African savanna wilderness during your safari in Uganda.
The park was formerly occupied by the Dodoth pastoralist and IK farmers, gazetted as a game reserve in 1958 during the British colonial government which decided to leave this place alone purposely to protect the animals from hunting and prevent further clearing of the bush for tsetse fly control.
The game reserve was later converted into a national park in 1962, the year Uganda gained her sovereignty, the first chief warden was Ian Ross a Briton later replaced by a Ugandan named Paul Ssali in 1972.
Brief Facts about Kidepo National Park Uganda
Region: Northern Region, Uganda
Sub Region: Karamoja
Sub County: Karenga, Uganda
Area: 776 km2 (300 sq mi)
Governing body: Ugandan Wildlife Authority
What to see at Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda
This park has a variety of attractions that provoke tourists to endure the long distance to on this Uganda safari tour that has always left tourists wishing to come back to this park and these include;
Uganda Birding Safari lovers are blessed with a tune of birds that add up to more than 475 species ranks the park as the second national park with diverse bird species including the Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis that are endemic to this park. The silver bird and small bands of yellow-billed birds are frequent on the thorn trees of the open wilderness, the Vinaceous Dove, Hoopoe, Nubian wood pecker, Ruppels and superb starling are some of the sky beauties of this vast open wilderness.
Kanangorok hot springs in the northern part of the park beyond Kidepo river is one of the magical spots to sit nearby and relax on your adventure Uganda safari tour. The hot spring is in the middle of the park, about 500 C hot which can boil an egg and believed by the locals to have healing powers
A profusion of wildlife with over 77 mammal species with about 28 endemics to this park including the fastest land animal-the cheetah, Bat-eared fox, carcal and klipspringer. The other big game of the park includes the lions, Elephants, maneless Zebras ranging from North west Kenya and South Sudan, giraffe, Hyenas, Eland, Hartebeest and probably Africa’s largest single herd of Buffalo, a wildlife Uganda safari which gives an extension to Kenya wildlife safari tours as well Tanzania wildlife safari tours.
What to do at Kidepo National Park Uganda | Kidepo Valley National Park Activities
Uganda tour Wildlife Game Drives; are a perfect Uganda safari activity in this wild game packed but little accessed. The park with its rugged savanna allows the drive through the open park easy with sighting of the lions that maybe on the valley’s various rocks. Other game that can be sighted at the park are the elephants, leopards, bush duiker, jackal, ostrich, bush buck, buffalo all together with the uniqueness of this land giving the best wildlife safaris in Uganda through the park.
Uganda Birding Tours; are thrilling for passionate birders at this park especially on the fringes of the Narus and Namamukweny valleys with 475 beautiful bird species like the silver bird, small bands of yellow -billed birds, Vinaceous Dove, Hoopoe, Nubian wood pecker, Ruppels and superb starling. The must tick bird species on your bird list are the endemics of Kibale valley national park which include the Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis.
Mountain Hiking Safaris in Uganda; on the high striking Morungole mountain 2,749m (9,019ft) high above the open sky within Kidepo Valley national park Uganda near the border with Sudan covered by rugged terrain for the daring climbers of the excruciating but rewarding mountain. The mountain hike is more rewarding accompanied with nature walks on the splendid Kidepo river valley between banks of borassus palm forest and an amazing visit to the mountain people.
Uganda Cultural Safari Tour Encounters; with the friendly natives of the region is a true reward of an African experience as you visit a “manyatta”-the home setting of the Karamojong where the home is surrounded with sticks attached with mud.