Kidepo Valley National Park is regarded as the most isolated national park in Uganda and despite of its isolation, the park is well endowed with a diversity of species. Kidepo Valley National Park is bordered by southern Sudan in the north and Kenya to the east, it covers 1442km² of land and it was gazetted in 1962 with an aim of protecting the wildlife and also 914m and 2,750m above sea level. The park can be accessed by both air and road transport, to reach the park, to reach the park, it takes around 10-12 hours of drive and Apoka is the central point of the park where you start from to do game drive on your Uganda wildlife safari and cultural visit to the Karamoja.
Kidepo Valley National Park though being somehow very far from Kampala the capital city of Uganda, it has won the first priority of most of the tourist who enjoy wildlife safaris in the country. The park has got herds of wildlife that are permanent residents within including the big five except the rhinos that can be trekked from Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary but the rest of the games can be found here.
Kidepo Valley National Park is located in a semi-arid climate which is generally hot during day and the only source of water within the park is around the wetlands of Narus valley near Apoka. The park has got a savannah type of grassland; the place is mostly occupied by the Karamojong who the local people within the place are. Among the activities performed at the park includes,
Game drives, Narus valley gives visitors a nice and an enjoyable game drive since this is the best place to spot herds of wild animals as they come around to have some water. This is due to the fact that the place has got water scarcity, game drives are done both in the morning and afternoon plus evening but the most enjoyable game drive is in the afternoon. Most of the lions hide themselves in the rocky outcrops but park rangers usually help visitors to trace most of the animals within the park. Other animals seen around include elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushcbuck, bush pig, Kavirondo bush baby and the buffaloes.
Nature walks and hiking, it’s approximately 5km from Apoka Tourism Centre to the valley of Narus where a lot of animals are spotted. Visitors who are on a hike can take around two hours and hiking start from 7am, the trails lead you to the mountain of Lomej. Walking to Kidepo River can also make you enjoy the park and you will pass through palm forests, you will also be taken to Kidepo Sand River including the Kanangorok Hot springs towards Uganda-Sudan border is also another interesting hike.
Birding, Apoka which is the park centre is a great place to spot a number of bird species with ostriches which are seen only here in Kidepo valley national park in Uganda hence rendering it a unique park of its own though considered isolated to the north. Other bird species that can be watched in this park includes the, Eastern Paradise Whydah, White-crested Turaco, Common Bulbul, Abyssinian Roller and Green Wood Hoopoe just to mention but a few.