Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National park

Hidden far in the semi-arid valleys of North Eastern Uganda 571 km from the capital city-Kampala bordered by South Susan in the North and Kenya in the east the folks since 1962 when it was gazetted call it Kidepo Valley national park but also got by the slogan “true African wilderness”.

A few people and even tourists have made it as far as north to this park but those who have traveled there have been rewarded as the park has over 70 mammals and 475 bird species and magnificent scenery as the park is untamed and far away from modernity. Kidepo Valley national park is the most isolated park of the 10 national parks in Uganda but the few who have traveled the long journey to the north tell that it’s the most beautiful and it also ranks among Africa’s finest national parks. 

Starting your journey from the capital of Uganda (Kampala) through the different altitudes past the world’s longest river and also a visit to the fascinating Sipi falls in a comfortable tour vehicle a safari to “the true African wilderness” will not only reward you with the best wildlife selection of wildlife but also with beautiful scenery and the best cultural encounter in Uganda. Kidepo valley national park holds the largest herd of buffalos amongst all the savanna national parks in Uganda and also the cheetah sightings make it Unique.

Kidepo Valley National park

Among what to do while in the park is the early morning or evening game drives around the valleys and spot the best of wildlife ranging from lions, cheetahs, jackals, zebras, leopards, elephants, buffalos so almost all the almost all of Africa’s big five apart from the rhino can be found in this park but also the birding activity in the park won’t be a disappointment as you begin your birding experience from your accommodation facility whether Luxury, mid-range or budget to the fringes of Narus and Namamukweny valleys sighting the Abyssinian roller, Clapperton’s francolin, Abyssinian ground hornbill which is found only in Kidepo.

Elephants at Kidepo Valley National park

And then to the culture lovers a trip to the north will bring you the best of culture in Uganda where you will encounter the notorious cattle herders (Karamojong) also discover one of the most indigenous and remote tribes after hiking Mt. Morungole to meet the Ik people as you walk with the guides through their homesteads (Manyattas) and also taste their local cuisines, enjoy cultural dances and narrations of the folks and beliefs.

The Karamojong, Photo By Jonathan Benaiah

You are welcome to also participate and explore these activities as it’s a rare and not an everyday experience but taking on an incredible safari to Kidepo valley national park will give you exceptional memories and stories to tell over periods because of the beauty of the park and you will not grumble about having chosen to do a safari to finest African wilderness but appreciating the countless close-up shots of wildlife, people and scenery you have taken. 

This one of Uganda’s parks that shouldn’t miss on your list if you have enough time. The roads here are less travelled but are rewarding.

Contact us for a safari to Kidepo Valley National park.


African Rock Safaris LTD is a Ugandan based tour operator company that specialises in independent and group travel packages to East Africa. Our team has a wealth of experience in dealing with East Africa, having sent a large number of travellers from around the world to the region over the years.


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