Wildlife in Kidepo Valley National Park is the top attractions and the main reason why most tourists on Uganda safari consider this park a must-visit destination. There is no better place to have the best game viewing experience in East Africa than Kidepo Valley National Park in Northeastern Uganda.
Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s 3rd largest safari park, occupying an area of about 1442sq.kms. The park features diversity of habitat where huge volumes of its wildlife are confined. Over 77 mammal species are all concentrated in Kidepo Valley National Park and they include warthogs, dik-dik, cheetahs, elephants, lions, elands, bohor reedbucks, side striped jackals, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, Kudus, leopards, oryx, black backed jackals, Rothschild giraffes, spotted hyenas, Jackson hartebeest, oribis, duikers, waterbucks, zebras, Kavirondo bush babies to mention but a few.
If birding is what you are interested in then a visit to Kidepo Valley National Park should be a must-visit Uganda safari park. The park protects over 475 bird species and it ranked the second birding spot with a huge volume of bird species. These include among others the Abyssinian ground hornbill, African moustached, little green bee-eaters, mouse colored penduline tit, red winged lark, long tailed winged nightjars, violet tipped courser, white bellied go away bird, ostriches, scarlet chested sunbird, Nubian woodpecker, Kori and many more.
When to go for wildlife viewing in Kidepo Valley National Park
To enjoy excellent wildlife viewing on Uganda safari in Kidepo Valley National Park then consider visiting the park during the dry season. This is experienced from June-September and December-February. The worst weather conditions are recorded around December to February while the best weather conditions can be enjoyed from September, October and around November.
Where to stay in Kidepo Valley National Park
There are few lodges in and around Kidepo Valley National Park unlike Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The available Uganda safari lodges here include Kidepo Savanna Lodge (ideal for mid-range travelers), Apoka Rest Camp (Budget) and Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury).
How to get to Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is set in the extreme Northeast and it is accessible by road/by air. By road, tourists can take the different routes starting from Entebbe/Kampala through Karuma to Gulu then to Kitgum and you connect to the park, approximately 10 hours’ drive. There is Kampala through Karuma-Lira then to Kotido-Kabong about 12 hours’ drive. Or you can drive from Kampala via Mbale-Sironko then to Moroto-Kotido to Kabong. There is possibility to shorten the number of hours on road and this is by taking a flight from Kajjansi airfield/Entebbe airport to Lomej airstrip.
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