Kidepo Valley National Park : Uganda tour safaris can mean to be so fun most especially when one moves to the right place in the view of their fun point and what they would wand to experience, on a Uganda tour safari you will come to realize that there are so many things on earth that will give ones side of tourism a point of fun and entertainment.
Uganda safaris are always organized according to what one may truly desire to see and advent therefore in most cases you get to realize that there is a lot to understand and to discover,
When we speak about tourism in Uganda this sparks a mindset and the whole sense of the body to the measures of electrifying moments and a lot start to wonder what exactly is meant by the thrilling adventure.
We can’t speak about venture in Uganda and we don’t speak about the most famous and second greatest loved national park in Uganda. This park is an amusement on its own and it needs no supplements at any corner.
Kidepo Valley National Park is in the most northeastern part of Uganda. The park lies near the border of South Sudan and Kenya.
The northern section of the park experiences plenty of rainfall during the months of March to May and September to November, so be sure to take along a raincoat during those wet months.
Things to do at kidepo national park.
Narus Valley Game Drive: Narus Valley comprises the only permanent water points in Kidepo Valley National Park. This makes it the perfect location for scouting big game congregating for most of the year. In Narus Valley, you’ll find buffalo, elephants, warthogs, giraffes, lions, and zebras. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a cheetah.
A male lion lays on a rock in Narus Valley in Kidepo Valley National Park.
Kidepo Valley Game Drive: Kidepo Valley does not have as much big game as Narus Valley, but it makes up for it with the scenery.
While making the drive to Kidepo Valley, the road crosses with the Kidepo River. During the dry season, white sand and a Borassus palm forest are the only remnants of the once flowing Kidepo River.
In Kidepo Valley you can keep an eye out for ostriches and secretary birds.
Kidepo River: While visiting the national park during the dry season, the Kidepo River does not look like a river. Rather, it is a 50-meter wide bed of white sand that stretches as far as the eye can see on either side.
The river beds are lined with Borassus palms and the remaining vegetation from the wet season. During the two brief rainy seasons, Kidepo River fills and becomes a refuge for the many animals in the park.
If you plan to visit Kidepo during the dry season, you can arrange with your tour company and the UWA rangers to camp in the river bed.
Kanangorok Hot Springs: If you are traveling the Kidepo Valley, make sure to continue driving to Kanangorok Hot Springs.
The hot springs are located on the South Sudan border of Uganda and provide wonderful views of the mountain ranges.
The hot springs in Kidepo Valley National Park are a constant water source during the year.
Lorokul Cultural Group: If you want to learn about the Karamojong tribe, a visit to the Lorokul Cultural Group located just outside of Kidepo Valley National Park is a must. Notorious cattle-herders, the remote Karamojong tribe have created a welcoming space to share their culture and traditions with visitors to the region. This is one of the most unique tourist attractions in Kidepo Valley National Park.
Northern Nature Safaris tour guide enjoys a cultural dance with Lorokul Cultural Group.
Mount Morungole: At 2,750m, Mount Morungole is the highest point and the source to both the Narus and Kidepo Rivers in Kidepo Valley National Park. It is also home to the smallest ethnic group in Uganda, the IK tribe. Planning a hike on Mount Morungole offers a chance to see forest vegetation and capture incredible photos of Kidepo Valley National Park.
Birding: Kidepo is home to approximately 475 different species of birds. Some of the birds you will find in the national park are Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Red-billed Oxpeckers, African Hoopoe, Red-Cheeked Cordon Bleu, Ruppel’s Super Starlings, and Karamoja Apalis among many others. You can also find Clapperton’s Francolin here, which is the only place you will find this bird in Uganda.
The best places for bird watching are in Narus Valley and Namamukweny Valley in the northeast. Interestingly, in the local language, Namamukweny means “a place with no birds” yet it has some of the best birding opportunities in the park.
If you’re looking to find Ostriches and the Secretary Bird, make your way to the northern Kidepo Valley.
How to Get To Kidepo Valley National Park
There are a couple of ways to get to Kidepo Valley National Park. Here are the options you can consider for your trip:
By Car: Most people who visit the park drive. Driving from Kampala to Kidepo Valley National Park is about 10 hours.
Some people may prefer to spend one full day driving, while others prefer to break the trip into two days with a stopover in Guru (5 hours from Kampala).
If you do plan on driving to Kidepo Valley National Park, we recommend hiring a driver or tour company who can take care of these details and allow you to enjoy sightseeing during your trip.
By Plane: If you fly to Kidepo Valley by plane, you’ll want to book a plane ticket through aero link.
The plane ride from Entebbe to Kidepo Valley National Park is approximately one hour and thirty. The airstrip is less than a 10 minutes’ drive to the accommodations at the park, so it is very convenient to fly to. It is necessary to coordinate your flight arrival with your hotel so that someone can pick you up and have a vehicle reserved for your game drives during your stay.
What to carry?
Everything is brought into Kidepo Valley National Park, including bottled water for drinking. Not only does this become a high expense for visitors trying to stay hydrated throughout their stay, but all of the plastic bottle waste is not good for the environment.
Steripen: Consider bringing along a Steripen, which allows you to treat water with UV light, making it safe for drinking, and reducing the amount of plastic waste created.
Power Bank: Most accommodations in Kidepo Valley are run on solar power. If you’d like to have an additional power source during your stay and while driving to charge your phone, camera, or other electronic devices, we recommend getting this awesome power bank.
Lighter-colored clothes. You can check out our detailed packing list for Uganda here.
Sweater: Although days are extraordinarily hot in Kidepo, the evenings can be quite chilly in the valley and so very more.