In the far northeast, the remote, wild and little-visited Kidepo Valley National Park provides refuge to a long list of dry-country species not found elsewhere in the country, including cheetah and greater Kudu, while its perennial waters attract large numbers of elephant and thousand-strong buffalo herds, especially during the dry season.
This national park was established in 1952 and it’s situated in the north east of Uganda in the district of Kabong which was the traditional home land of the indigenous Karamajong who are among the unique things to view on any Uganda safari. This park is also considered to be among the largest remaining intact wilderness areas not only in Uganda but also in Africa generally. This is also a broad expanse of semi arid landscapes that are dotted with multitudes of typical African game which have always made Kidepo an admirable item of many travelers wanting to come for safaris to Uganda.
This park boast of the best scenery of all the East African parks. The park consists of sensational mountain and savannah landscapes. It is quiet and serene. It is located in the north eastern Ugandan corner bordering with Kenya and Sudan. Animals to be seen here include: leopard, Kudu, zebra, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, oryx, bush baby, lions, kobs, etc. With its sensational landscape,this park is not to be missed.
Isolated from the Ugandan mainstream by the harsh plains north of Mount Elgon, Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas, a tract of rugged savannah dominated by the 2,750m mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. Perennial water makes Kidepo an oasis in the semi-desert, reflected in its 86 mammal species,28 of which are nowhere else in Uganda and almost 500 birds. Predators are available. There is opportunity to see not only lion, cheetah and leopard, but also the delightful bat-eared fox and insectivorous hyena-like aardwolf with a long list of dry country antelopes including the regal greater kudu and beisa oryx. While the game viewing can be excellent, it is the thrilling sense of supreme isolation that distinguishes this rare slice of wild Africa, as yet undiscovered by the mass safari makers Activities include rewarding game drives, foot safaris across the Narus Valley and enjoying the isolated wilderness. Look out for the Karamojong people with their traditional pastoralists with few cultural affiliations to other East African groups.
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Due to its remoteness and great travel distance from the country’s capital, it has been protected from a large number of Uganda safari undertakers who would have otherwise deprived it out of virgin wilderness. This national park also contains a great deal of wildlife , some of which is endemic to it for the case of Uganda like the cheetah, Kayirondo bush baby, ostrich, patas monkeys and many more. The other common wildlife species found here include lions, zebras, antelopes like the lesser and the greater Kudu, dik dik and many more. These are also spread in the scenic land scapes of Narus valley which always provide a perfect ground for game drives for the tourists while on Ugandan safaris.
There are also many other tourist activities which are found within the park and these include; game drives, cultural walks especially to the Karamojong people, nature walks, night game drives and many more which are enjoyed by the safari tourists. Uganda has also got many other national parks which are found in the different parts of the country and these include; Murchison falls national park, kibale national park, queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, Mgahinga national park , Semuliki National Park, Rwenzori National Park, Mount Elgon National park and Bwindi impenetrable National park.