KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
The park is hidden in a valley in north eastern Uganda along the border with Sudan. Surrounded by mountains it is considered by many to offer the most stunning scenery of any national park in Uganda.
This savannah remote park is located north-eastern Uganda of Moroto district (Karamoja region). The 1,436sq km park with mountain landscapes which end in rugged horizon, offers some of the wildest and most chartered flights available from Entebbe airport.
At 1440 km2, Kidepo is notable for a number of animals that are not found anywhere else in Uganda including Cheetahs, Ostriches and bat-eared foxes.
Five primates have been recorded in the park including the localized Patas monkey. It also has large concentrations of elephants, zebras, bushbucks, buffaloes and a number of 20 predators including Lions, Leopards and hyenas .There’s also a variety of mustelids, genets, mongooses and small cats.
Twelve antelopes are found in Kidepo and they include the greater and lesser kudu, Guenther’s dik- dik, and mountain reedbuck which occur nowhere else in Uganda. Others are Jackson’s Hartebeest, Eland, Bushbuck, common duiker, Klipspringer, Oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bohor reedbuck. The park also supports populations of elephant, Burchell’s Zebra, Warthog, Bush pig and buffalo. The black rhinoceros recently became extinct in kidepo.It’s also a good bird – watching destination, with a recorded number of 463 birds which includes endemic birds,%6 raptors including the pigmy falcon and Kidepo “specials” which are restricted to the park.
The beautiful national park though rarely visited has a wonderful scenic viewing, game viewing, visit to the hot springs, hiking on Morungole Mountain, bird watching, community walks while learning the ancient customs and beliefs of the karimojong people and dancers.
Birding in Kidepo Valley National Park
It is one of Uganda’s most alluring birding destinations with a birdlist of 463 confirmed and sadly 26 extinctions. Nevertheless, Kidepo is birdlife rich and comes second to Queen Elizabeth. Kidepo’s relatively small size makes birding even more rewarding. As many as a 100 of the dry country species within Uganda are confined in Kidepo. It also has 56 species of raptors of which the most commonly seen are the Pigmy falcon, Tawny eagle, Bataleur, Chanting goshawk, Secretary bird and several types of vulture. Other birds which are only found in Kidepo are the Ostrich , Kori bustard, White-bellied go-away bird, Carmine, Fox and white-eyed kestrels, Abyssinian roller, Little green and red-throated bee-eaters, Black-breasted barbet, Red-billed and red-billed hornbills, Jackson’s hornbill, Karamoja apalis, Rufous chatterer, Northern brownbul, Golden pipit and Red-billed and white-headed buffalo weavers besides others.Book Now