This is one of Uganda’s most spectacular parks. It is 1,442 square kilometers and harbors scenery unsurpassed by any other park in East Africa. Tucked into the corner of Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya, the park offers breathtaking savanna landscapes, which end in rugged horizon.
From Kidepo, you may also visit the Kanangorok Hot Springs, which are located only 11km from Kidepo river valley. The park also boasts of ostriches and Uganda’s only cheetah.
There are four routes to the park; Kampala-Mbale-Soroti-Moroto- Kotido-Kaabong-Kidepo (792km), Kampala-Mbale-Sironko- Nakapiripirit-Moroto-Kotido- Kaabong-Kidepo (740km), Kampala-Karuma-Lira-Kidepo (705km) and Kampala-Karuma-Gulu-Kitgum- Kidepo (571km). Yes, Kidepo’s inaccessibility is its major pitfall, but once you get there, there is no place like it.
- Game safaris: Whilst on a safari, be sure to encounter a variety of antelopes, elephants, jackal, giraffes, buffalo, lions and much more. Look out for the ostrich as you drive towards the Kanangorok hot springs.
- Birding: the best time for the birding activity in Kidepo is early morning and late evening where you may have a chance to see some francolins, rollers, herons, hornbills among others.
- Nature Walks: visitors to Kidepo Valley National Park can enjoy guided nature walks to Lomej Mountains which takes approximately 4 hours or can also opt for shorter walks.
- Community visit: visit the indigenous Ik people living in the mountains to learn about the life style and culture.