Planning a safari trip to Kidepo valley national park.
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most remote and picturesque national parks, located in the north-eastern region of Karamoja district, near Uganda’s borders with South Sudan and Kenya. Buffaloes, elephants, leopards, zebras, cheatahs, oribi, elands, hyenas, and many bird species can be found in Kidepo Valley National Park. When planning a safari trip to Kidepo Valley National Park, there are a number of factors to consider, including the Uganda safari activities to engage in while in the park, the best time to visit the park, where to stay during the safari, and how to get to the park, among others.
Best time to Visit Kidepo valley national park.
Kidepo Valley National Park can be visited at any time of year, but the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February because there is less or no rainfall in the park during this period, so vegetation is short and many animals gather around water bodies to drink water, giving you a clear view of various wildlife species. Access roads and game drive paths will be dry and navigable during the dry season, making game drives easier.
Safari activities in Kidepo valley national park.
Among the safari activities available at Kidepo Valley National Park during your Uganda wildlife safari are:
One of the main activities at Kidepo Valley National Park is game drives, which allow visitors to explore the savannah plains in a comfortable safari vehicle with a trained driver guide. Game drives at Kidepo Valley National Park can be done very early in the morning, when the animals are most active, or in the afternoon or evening, following various game tracks in the Narus and Kidepo valleys. Among the creatures you will see on the game drive are elephants, buffaloes, zebras, Uganda kobs, giraffes, bush bucks, waterbucks, lions, leopards, hyenas, jackson’s hartebeest, elands, oribi, and bohor reedbucks.
A nature walk in Kidepo Valley National area is an intriguing activity in which tourists can explore the area on foot with the assistance of an experienced park guide and an armed park ranger to protect them from dangerous animals. During the guided nature walk, you will be able to get up close and personal with various creatures, listen to bird species’ pleasant songs, admire colorful butterflies, enjoy the cool wind, and snap stunning photographs, among other things.
Kidepo Valley National Park is home to approximately 480 bird species, including savannah birds and migratory birds, making it one of the top bird viewing places in Uganda. Bird watching in Kidepo Valley National Park can be done early in the morning or late in the evening during a guided nature walk or game drive, where you will be able to spot various bird species such as yellow-billed shrike, ostriches, red winged lark, black-headed plover, Nubian wood pecker, little weaver, and many others.
Cultural tours in Kidepo Valley National Park are exciting activities that allow you to interact with the Karamajong people, learn about their culture, lifestyle, and way of life, visit their manyatta homesteads, enjoy their traditional homesteads, listen to their ancient stories, and purchase souvenirs and art pieces, among other things.
Where to stay in Kidepo valley national park.
Kidepo Valley National Park has a limited number of hotel options where you can stay throughout your safari. Apoka safari lodge, Kidepo savannah lodge, Apoka rest camp, Adere safari lodge, Zebra safari lodge, and many more are among the budget, midrange, and premium accommodations.
How to get to Kidepo valley national park.
Kidepo Valley National Park is located in northern Uganda and can be reached by air, with scheduled or charter flights from Entebbe International Airport to Apoka airstrip, and then by road to the park headquarters. Domestic flights to Kidepo Valley National Park can be arranged by your trip operator.
Kidepo Valley National Park is also accessible by road, with a 10-hour trip from Kampala via Karuma, Gulu, Kitgum, and ultimately to the park headquarters. The alternate way is from Kampala via Mbale, Sironko, Moroto, Kaabong, and then to the park headquarters, which takes around 12 hours.
If you are considering a safari trip to Kidepo Valley National Park, please contact Adventure in the wild safaris for more information.