Just a Glance at Uganda Wildlife Safari in Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park. It is one of Africa’s best parks with the most beautiful landscape.The park is becoming a preferred destination for many tourists planning to go on an African safari especially Uganda wildlife safaris and cultural tours.The park has two rivers; Kidepo and Narus which disappear in the dry season leaving just pools for the wildlife.
The park is a home to some of Africa’s big five and other rare wildlife and birds. Uganda is indeed gifted by nature with more and more Uganda safari tours such as Gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi impenetrable, Uganda gorilla safaris and Kidepo National Park safari which includes watching very many animals, birds and culture;
The common animals include Elephants, Zebra, Bush Pigs, Rothschild Giraffes, Eland, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Buffalo, Oribi, Lion, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Black-backed and Side-backed Jackal. Kidepo is the best park in Africa for great buffalo herd.
Activities to do on visit to Kidepo Valley National Park
Game drives are mostly done along the Narus Valley since much of the year the park’s wildlife gather at this place. This area is well designed with track circuits that visitors have clear views of herbivores grazing in the short savanna plains. Lions and other cats are often sighted on top of rocks and kopjes looking out for prey in the vast plains. The best time for the game drive is in the early morning when herbivores are grazing and the cats are on hunt.
The Sand bed along River Kidepo
This charming experience is done during the dry season on river Kidepo. One can enjoy the wilderness experience while listening to different bird calls.
The Park is one of Uganda’s Important Bird Areas. Some of Africa’s rarest and most sought-after birds occur in the park including the Black-breasted Barbet and the Karamoja Apalis. The park is good for semi-arid species which cannot be found in other parts of Uganda such as the Ostrich.
Nature walks can be done around Apoka camp at any time of the day and visitors are able to observe a number of animals such as Zebra, Elephant, Reedbuck, Buffalo.
Climbing Mount Morungole & Visit the IK tribe
Trekking on Morungole Mountain is an attractive activity which leads to the IK people. The great Morungole expedition which involves a day’s hike through varying vegetation and rocky terrain commanding spectacular views of Kidepo Valley National Park will expose visitors to variety of dances from the IK, their way of life, their unique settlements and you get to learn their unique migration history.
Karamajong Community tour
The Karamajong tribe is the main local community inhabiting the Karamoja region and neighboring the park. They are some of the most remote people in Uganda and who have just been embraced with modernization. The Karamajong culture and way of life is as undisturbed and Kidepo’s wilderness. Set out for a visit to enjoy their unique cultures, traditional houses called manyatta and their setting of homesteads, traditional dances, traditional handcraft stools, spears and hand bungles from beads.
To reach Kidepo by road, it takes not less than 12 hours of drive and this is one reason why it is one of the least visited parks in the country.After all this exposure, don’t miss out on Gorilla tracking safari to Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safari tours.