KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Tucked in the extreme north-eastern corner of Uganda, it has been said of this park: “It does not get more remote than here”. Its 1,442 square kilometers of pure remote African wilderness harbour scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. The breathtaking savannah landscapes studded with inselbergs and rock outcrops end in a rugged horizon, making a huge latitudinal range and correspondingly wide climatic conditions. These have evolved an extremely diverse flora. As a result the variety of animal species in the park is equally abundant, including many which are to be found nowhere else in Uganda.

The vegetation ranges from open tree savannah in the lowland areas, to mountain forest which dominates some of the high places and the Lorupei River basin. The flora and fauna of the park are more typical of Kenya than the rest of Uganda.

Species unique to this park include: bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, cheetah, hunting dog, lesser kudu, Chandlers Mountain Reedbuck, klipspringer, dikdik and bright gazelle, beisa oryx and roan antelope. Other species include: elephant, Burchell's zebra, bush pig, warthog, Rothschild giraffe, Cape buffalo, eland, bush buck, Bush Duskier, Defassa waterbuck, Bohor Reed Buck, buffalo, Jackson’s hartebeest and oribi. Five species of primate are found in the park of which the Kavirondo bush baby is endemic. Carnivores present include lion, leopard, several small cats, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and side-striped jackal, the easiest to see being the jackals. There are high chances of viewing the tree-climbing lions that always sits on the sausage trees in the Narus valley or on the rock just as you enter the Apoka Park Headquarters. 468 species of birds have been recorded with the ostrich and the Kori Bustard, which are principally associated with arid regions, being of special interest.

Hiking can be carried out on Lamoj Mountains and visitors can also visit the splendid Kidepo River Valley, dominated by Borassus palm forest. You may also visit the Kanangorok Hot Springs.
 
The Karimojong people, resident in the area, have kept some of their legendary African culture intact and a visit to their manyattas (homesteads) can be richly rewarding. You will see their beautiful traditional costumes, stools, spears headdress, knives, bows, arrows, jewelry and take part in local life.