Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is on a size of 1,442 km2. The park’s altitude ranges between 914m and 2,750m above sea level. The park contains two rivers - Kidepo and Narus- which disappear in the dry season, leaving just pools for wildlife.

The local communities around the park include pastoral Karamojong people similar to the masai of Kenya and the IK a hunter- gatherer tribe whose survival is threatened.

During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.

Wildlife is most active in the Narus Valley during early mornings and afternoon optimum times to set off on game drives. You are advised to use a ranger at all times; they will help you spot some of the park’s lions that may be sitting on the Valley’s various rocks. Other wildlife includes elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, Kavirondo bush baby, buffalo and much more.

Though wildlife is scarce in the arid Kidepo Valley, the hour- long drive to Kanangorok Hot Springs passes some magnificent landscapes. North of Apoka, beyond the river crossing, the road passes the Kidepo Sand River and traversing open plains that extend past Kanangorok Hot Springs towards mountains a cross the Sudanese border. This is the part of park where ostriches are most commonly seen.

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