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Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the remote northeastern part of Uganda. It offers a safari experience unlike any other. Here, amidst breathtaking panoramas and a sense of remote wilderness, you’ll encounter a diverse range of wildlife and participate in an array of thrilling activities.

Game Drives

Kidepo’s true magic unfolds on thrilling game drives. As your experienced guide navigates the park’s network of tracks, keep your eyes peeled for fascinating variety of animals. The park boasts one of Uganda’s most impressive predator populations, with sightings of lions, cheetahs (exclusive to Kidepo!), and leopards a distinct possibility.

Be sure to have your camera ready for majestic elephants, powerful cape buffaloes, and graceful giraffes. Don’t forget to look out for the park’s special denizens like the Rothschild giraffe and the Ugandan Kob.

Explore Hidden Watering Holes

As the sun dips low, casting long shadows across the savannah, your guide might lead you to one of Kidepo’s many watering holes. Here, witness the drama of nature unfold as various animals gather to quench their thirst. Observe the intricate social dynamics of elephants or the playful interactions of zebras and their young. Birdwatchers will delight in the vibrant flocks that flock to these life-giving sources, making for some fantastic photography opportunities.

Unwind at Your Luxurious Camp

After a thrilling day of exploration, unwind in the comfort of your luxurious tented camp. Kidepo offers a variety of accommodation options that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Relax on your private veranda, sip on a refreshing drink, and reflect on the day’s incredible sightings. As night falls, enjoy stargazing under the vast, unpolluted sky, a spectacle unmatched in many other destinations.

Nature Walks-venture beyond the Jeep

For those seeking an even deeper connection with Kidepo’s wilderness, consider a guided nature walk. Hike alongside your guide, learning about the park’s unique flora and fauna. Explore hidden valleys and rocky outcrops, getting a closer look at the smaller creatures that contribute to the park’s rich ecosystem. For the more adventurous, inquire about guided mountain biking excursions – a fantastic way to explore the savannah at a different pace.

Community tours: experience the culture.

Extend your Ugandan adventure by visiting the nearby communities bordering Kidepo. Learn about the culture and traditions of the local people, and gain insights into their harmonious coexistence with the park’s wildlife. You might even have the opportunity to witness traditional dances or purchase handcrafted souvenirs, taking home a piece of Kidepo’s unique charm.

Community tours with the Karamojong people involve visiting the homesteads, enjoying a warm welcome by traditional dance performed by local men and women dressed in their traditional attire, visiting the kraals where livestock is kept and learning about the local jewelry including beaded necklace and bracelets.

Visiting the IK people on mount Morungole is also one of the exciting community tours to embark on while in Kidepo.

Best time to visit Kidepo valley.

Uganda experience two climate seasons throughout the year, the wet and dry season.
The dry season presents the best time to visit and take part in different activities in Kidepo.

The dry season

This takes place between December- February and June-September. The vegetation is dried up and scarce during this season, so makes it easy to spot wildlife species during the game drive. This is the time that most tourist will visit the park.

Wet/Rainy season

This occurs from March-May and October-November. Safaris can still be carried out, but some roads may be impassable due to heavy rains and wildlife viewing might be a little limited. However, this time of the year also presents less numbers of tourists which can be advantageous as hotels will have price cuts during this season.

Birdwatching is one of the activities that are better situated for the rainy season. During this time of the year, migratory bird species can be spotted around the national park during bird excursions.
How to get to Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo can be accessed by road and by domestic flight. The drive from Kampala to Kidepo National Park takes roughly 10 hours. A flight from Entebbe to Apoka airstrip in Kidepo will take roughly 2 hours.

A safari in Kidepo Valley National Park in 2024 promises an unforgettable adventure. So, pack your sense of wonder, your binoculars, and your camera, and get ready to be amazed by the beauty and diversity of this hidden gem.

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