Kidepo national park is the most beautiful, fascinating though remote and least explored park covering an area of 1,442 square kilometers. It has a rugged Savannah area dominated by Africa’s finest wilderness with Savannah landscape extending far beyond the gazetted area towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges with an altitude of 2,750 meters above sea level, transected by Kidepo and Narus Rivers.
Initially Kidepo national park was a settlement area for the IK farmers and Dodoth pastoralists before it was first gazetted as a game reserve in 1958, the purpose was to protect wildlife from hunting and prevent further bushing clearing for Tsetse fly control. Later it was converted as a national park in 1962.
The park has the highest concentration of game with a great variety of animal species than any other park in Uganda making wildlife the main attraction in the park, those that take trouble to visit the park are rewarded with phenomena wildlife sightings and a level of exclusivity that can rarely be had at any cost in neighboring countries. It’s the only park in Uganda where you can see the ostriches and cheetahs. Other large wildlife species found in the park include different antelope species, Lions, Elephants, giraffes, cape buffaloes, Leopards to mention a few. The park also boosts an extensive birdlife of around 475 different species.
Other attractions include the hot springs (kanangorok-the place of black stones) The park is rich in cultural tourism including the pastoral Karamojong people-similar to the Masai of Kenya and the IK, also known as the mountain people of Uganda.
Location and Accessibility
Kidepo valley national park is located in karenga Sub County in Kaabong district in the Northern East corner of Uganda and it’s the farthest national park taking more than 10 hours by road to reach from both the Eastern route and the Northern route. The easiest way to reach the park is through scheduled domestic flights from Entebbe airport, which is a 2 hours flight.