Kidepo Valley National Park is a true wilderness paradise in Africa, rewarding travel endeavors with authentic African experiences. Kidepo National Park spans up to 1,442 square kilometers within the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. It is an isolated destination boasting of its hidden gem that is confined within its exceptionally extensive rugged savanna grassland, Mount Morungole, and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers.


The northwestern boundary of Kidepo Valley National Park stretches along the international frontier with South Sudan and borders against its Kidepo Game Reserve, which has Kanatarok, a lukewarm hot spring in the extreme north of the park, beside the South Sudanese boundary, which is the most permanent source of water in Kidepo Valley National Park.

Kidepo National Park straddles an elevation range of 914 and 2749 meters. It was founded in 1962 to offer refuge to its diverse wildlife species, including more than 77 mammal species, 475 bird species, and many more. On a game viewing tour in Kidepo National Park, you have the opportunity to see African leopards, Kudus, buffalo, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, bush babies, lions, Uganda Kobs, and many others.

Kidepo National Park largely comprises semi-arid scrub, thorn scrub, thorn bush, long and short grass open tree savannas, and others.

Safari activities to do in Kidepo Valley National Park

Game viewing/drives

A game drive in Kidepo National Park gets you the best views of the distinct wildlife species that thrive in this particular part of Africa. The notable wildlife species to spot include the bat-eared fox, Rothschild giraffes, Cape buffalo, eland, bush buck, bush duskier, Defassa water buck, bohor reed buck, Jackson’s hartebeest, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, cheetah, hunting dog, elephants, bush pigs, warthogs, and Oribis: lions, leopards, buffalo, black-backed jackal, and side-striped jackal Besides, there are also five primates for you to sight, and they are found in the park—the Kavirondo bush baby being endemic. Oribis are abundant in the Narus Valley, while the dry thorn thickets in the north are home to Guenther’s Dik-Dik. The Senegal galago can be spotted within the rest camp at night, as can the common white-tailed mongoose, but they are more likely to be found on a night drive.

Bird watching

Kidepo National Park is one of Uganda’s most important birding areas. It gets you the best sights at bird species, especially around the shallow, southern Narus Valley, which is home to numerous birds, including the Silver Bird and small bands of Yellow-billed Shrike, mostly around the thorny trees around the camp. At the edge of the camp exists a small, permanent water hole that attracts swallows and a variety of seed eaters, among which is the Yellow-ramped Seed Eater. Other bird species to sight include African Moustache and Broad-tailed Warblers, Clapperton’s Francolin, Black Coucal, Marsh Tchagra, Crimson-trumped Waxbill, and many others.


Kidepo National Park is also ideal for hiking experiences. Your hikes begin a few kilometers from the park headquarters on the Lamoj Mountains. The Kidepo river valley is characterized mainly by the Borassus palm forest. Only 11km from Kidepo Valley is the Kanangorok hot springs, which are worth exploring while on a Uganda safari in this park. The mountain and savannah landscape of the park and the Narus valley, situated in the south-west of the park (the rugged Napore-Nyagia mountain range forms its western boundary), are great attractions in Kidepo. It is separated by the Natira and Lokayot hills from the Kidepo Valley in the north-east. The Lotukei Mountains in the south of Sudan mark the northern and southern boundaries of the park, which are marked by the Morungole range marks.

Community encounter

A cultural safari in Kidepo Valley National Park is one way to make your Ugandan safari complete. In Kidepo National Park, you get to see the best of the traditional dances, including Emuya of the Naporre and Nyangia ethnic groups and Larakaraka and Apitidances of the AcholiEmuya of the Naporre and Nyangia ethnic groups and Larakaraka and Apitidances of the Acholi. Explore the unique culture of this remote tribe with the Lorukul Cultural Group, located just outside Kidepo Valley National Park. It also takes you through the Karamojong homesteads, locally called manyattas, that give you the best of the African experience. It allows you to explore kraals to see traditional costumes, stools, spears, headdresses, knives, bows and arrows, and jewelry because it is the main local community inhabiting the Karamoja region and neighboring the park. They are some of the most remote people in Uganda and have not been embraced by modernization.

Nature walks

The best way for you to discover the hidden treasures within Kidepo Valley National Park is by embarking on a nature walk around Apoka Camp. This will reward you with astonishing sights at elephants, reedbucks, and buffalos. You will also find long trails and circuits that you can walk in the early morning to observe species at close range and enjoy the beautiful wilderness.

Accommodation options  Kidepo Valley National Park

The best accommodation options for visitor overnight stays at Kidepo National Park include Apoka Safari Lodge, a luxury accommodation facility in this park, the Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp, and Apoka Rest Camp, which provide both mid-range and budget accommodations in Kidepo Valley National Park.

How to get to Kidepo Valley National Park

There are many ways that you can get to Kidepo National Park. By road, you can drive through the Soroti-Moroto road, and you will be amazed by excellent views over the steep Alekilek volcano about midway between Moroto and Soroti. The Lira-Kotido route gets you the best scenic views of the Labwor hills, in particular the massive and bare Alerek (Kidi Rwot) rock about 55 km to Kotido.

In conclusion, for authentic African experiences, Kidepo Valley National Park should be a must-visit.