A wilderness park; dry, hot and isolated, yet spectacular, magnificent and virgin, waiting to be discovered, traversed by large sand rivers, the park is renowned for its distinctive composition of wild game co- existing with the dry mountain forests, open Savannah and hilltops capped by rock Kopies. Enjoy the isolated wilderness dominated by the 2,750m Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and great Narus rivers.
Perennial rains may make Kidepo an oasis in the semi- desert, but its tract of rugged Savannah is home to 77 mammal species and almost 500 birds. Game viewing exciting all year round and so is bird watching, foot safaris and mountain climbing. And even in the dry season, it is worth the drive just to visit the seasonal Kidepo River and stroll along its 50m wide bed of white sand between banks covered with Borassus palm trees.
The 1442km is located in the Karamoja region of northern Uganda and borders the Sudan in the North West and Kenya in the north east.
There are four routes by road; the 705km journey from Kampala via Lira, Kotido, Kaabongand then to Kidepo; the 740km journey from Kampala via Mable, Soroti, Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and then Kidepo; the 780km journey from Kampala via Mable, Soroti, Matany, Kotido, Kaabong and on to Kidepo, and the 571km journey from Kampala through Gulu, Kitugum and to Kidepo. Driving through the wilderness is an exciting experience as one gets the chance of better scenery. One will need a good 4×4 vehicle especially during the rainy season.
Chartered air crafts to Kidepo may be arranged from Kajansi, or from Entebbe international airport to Lomej airstrip near the park headquarters. Flight takes two hours. Civil aviation authority plans to make Lomej airstrip, to the east of Apoka tourism centre, an international airport to airport to enable visitors fly in direct to Kidepo from abroad.
Game drives/ viewing
Game drives can be done along Narus valley as the park’s wildlife congregates here much of the year. This area has adequate track circuits enabling visitors view the animals at a close range. The katurum Kopje provides superb views north across the valley towards Morungole mountain range.
Nature walks can be done around Apoka camp at any time of the day and visitors will be to view different species of animals like elephants, bul bul, zebras and reed bucks. At the eastern Kakine circuit, visitors can see wildlife at a close range of up to 50- 70 meters. Nature walks can also be done along Rinonomoe trail and around this hill where one can view the lower side of the Narus valley.
Community walks are one of the ways you can get to know more about the Karamajong lifestyle, cultures, dressing style, dancing and the tools used. The Karamajong are traditionally cattle raiders and hunters. However, through community conservation education, their lifestyle is gradually changing and most of them now know the value of conservation of the park.
The Morungole ranges rise from the plains a few kilometres north of Apoka. A trip to Kidepo valley is needed to get a good view of Morungole Mountain, the highest peak in Kidepo. Even at 2,749m, this peak is not easily seen from most vantage points in the Narus valley. This can be explored on foot with a ranger guide escort.
Sand along River Kidepo
Kidepo River is an intermittent sand river found in the northern part of the park. It stands out because it is lined by Borassus palms, making it took like an oasis in the Sahara. The sand bed experience on river Kidepo can be very fascinating especially during the dry season. Many bird species can be found around this area and one can enjoy the wilderness experience while listening to the different bird calls.
This activity can be done in the morning or afternoon and the park has got a variety of birds. The experienced guides will show you around.
Accommodation & Camps