Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park2019-11-01T12:28:41+00:00

Physical features: The Park consists of shallow valley systems, with a dry mountain terrain. In the South-west is the Narus Valley, bordered by the Napore range to the north-west, South of Kidepo Valley is the Morungola range, north is Mount Lotuke in Sudan.

  • Size: 1,442 sq km
  • District: Kotido
  • Altitude: 914m on Kidepo valley floor to 2749m a top Mount Morungole
  • Geographical location: North of the country, bordering Kenya and Sudan between the hills of Karamoja and Nageya Valley.
  • Best Visit Period: March-April for all the specials and many transit migrants, although good year – round.

Tour Activities:

  • Uganda Birding
  • Hiking and scenery viewing
  • Cultural performances
  • Game viewing

Vegetation: The acacia-filled Kidepo Valley National Park covers a variety of Habitats namely; Montane forest, Grassy plains, open tree Savannah, thick miombo-like woodlands and the rocky outcrops.

Kidepo Valley National Park Mammal List:

Kidepo’s mammal list of over 80 species includes 28 species restricted to it in Ugandan. Amongst these are such charismatic African animals as the Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Klipspringer and more. Unfortunately, Kidepo Valley suffered the same fate as many other Ugandan parks during the Amin era and is still recovering from years of poaching that left game herds depleted. Spotted Hyena, Lesser Kudu, Grant’s Gazelle and Beisa Oryx have not been seen at all in recent times and are presumed to be locally extinct. Other large mammals have shown a remarkable recovery and there are now healthy populations of Elephants, Common Zebras, Buffaloes, Bohor Reedbucks, Waterbucks and the Kongoni. Predators are plentiful the Leopards and Lion are frequently seen. Oribises are abundant in the Narus Valley, whilst the dry thorn thickets in the north are home to Guenther’s Dik Dik. Senegal Galago and Side-striped Jackal may be found in the rest camp at night and White-tailed Mongoose is common but more likely to be found on a night drive. The park also has a very rich and diverse reptile fauna.

Birdwatching

Kidepo valley national park has a record of 480 species of birds which include; The Common Ostrich, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon, Fox Kestrel, Stone Partridge, Clapperton’s and Heuglin’s Francolins, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Kori, White-bellied and Hartlaub’s Bustards, Violet-tipped Courser, Black-headed Plover, Four-banded Sand Grouse, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-crested Turaco, White-bellied Go-away bird, White-faced Scoops Owl, Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars, Little Green Bee-eater, Abyssinian and Rufous-crowned Rollers, Abyssinian Ground, Eastern Yellow and Jackson’s Hornbills, Red-fronted and Black-breasted Barbets, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Singing Bush lark, Red-winged Lark, Ethiopian Swallow, Pied, Isabelline and Heuglin’s Wheaters, African Grey Flycatcher, Foxy and Red pate Cisticolas, Karamoja Apalis, White-bellied Tit, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Northern White-crowned and Yellow-billed Shrikes, Slate-coloured Boubou, Fan-tailed Raven, Superb Starling, Red billed Oxpecker, Eastern Violet backed, Pygmy and Beautiful Sunbirds, Rufous and Chestnut Sparrow, Yellow-spotted Petronia, White-headed and White-billed Buffalo Weavers, White-browed and Chestnut- crowned Sparrow Weavers, Grey-capped Social and Speckle-fronted Weavers, Green-winged, Orange-winged and Red-winged Pytilias, Black-bellied and Black-faded Waxbill, Steel-blue and Strawtailed Whydahs, Brown-rumped Bunting.

The Apoka Rest Camp and Park Headquarters overlooking southern Narus Valley, is a great spot to begin your Kidepo birding. The attractive Silverbird and small bands of Yellow-billed Shrike, frequent the thorn trees around the camp as do a number of other widespread species such as Vinaceous Dove, Hoopoe, Nubian Woodpecker, Mosque Swallow, Ruppell’s and Superb Starlings, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Little Weaver and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. A small permanent water hole at the edge of camp attracts swallows and a variety of seedeaters including Yellow-rumped Seedeater and is visited at night by Four-banded Sandgrouse, Elephant, Buffalo and occasionally Lion. Clapperton’s Francolin, Black Coucal, African Moustached and Broad-tailed Warblers, Marsh Tchagra and Crimson-rumped Waxbill may be seen in the rank grass along the normally dry stream bed adjacent to camp or along the track to Apoka lodge.

Local People:

The Karimojong people live around the area grazing and searching for water, grass for their animals to feed their animals and the other people in the area are the Pokot.

Kidepo Valley National Park is accessible either by road or by air. The most commonly driven route from Kampala is via Gulu and Kitgum, a 12 hours journey. Take a 4WD to complete.

CNN 2013, ranked Kidepo Valley National park 3rd best national park in Africa

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