Kidepo Valley National Park, a top Africa safari destination gives travellers on Uganda safaris, Uganda tours, safaris Uganda the best Uganda wildlife safari experience like no other wildlife National Park or reserve in Africa. Tourists that have booked a short flying safari to Kidepo Valley National Park or just on a relaxed wildlife safari Uganda have found this remote unique, beautiful, interesting and simply cannot believe that such a park still exists. Kidepo National Park is one of the few places in Uganda and Africa where you can go on a wildlife safari game drive and see no other vehicle but only an abundance of wildlife, birds and the rugged and stunning scenic wonders that make up Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda.
Kidepo Valley National Park is situated miles away from the hustle and bustle of Kampala city and Jinja city, in the North-Eastern corner of Uganda. Though situated in the remote areas, a Visit Uganda or Uganda tour to this park is worth all the hours of travel. Not interested in a long journey but you would like to make your way there for a Uganda wildlife tour, we organize flying safaris Uganda to Kidepo National Park but the most popular of all is the 3 days Uganda Safari to Kidepo National Park. This park was gazetted as a national park in 1962 and named 3rd best safari park in Africa by CNN in 2017. It sits on 1442 square kilometres of open Savannah terrains, vast plains and mountainous landscape, with sights that quench the thirst of an adventurous spirit with a soul seeking solitude.
The Finest Experiential Activities in Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda
The people and culture in Kidepo will be your best Uganda cultural safari encounter
Kidepo has two unique and intact tribes; the IK and the Karimojong in and around Kidepo Valley National Park and have harmoniously co-existed with the park’s wildlife for a long time. These two tribes have unique cultures and have grossly rejected civilization despite changes in trend. They still live communally and practise their ancient traditions. A visit to Kidepo, therefore, will expose you to these unique cultures, especially the IK, one of the indigenous tribes in Uganda, who have lived within the park for a very long time and are believed to have come to Uganda from Ethiopia.
During your safari in Uganda, you can undertake a Uganda cultural safari community walk around the park, the encounter will them and you will be amazed by their beliefs and norms. The most amazing of all is that the Karamajongs think all cows in the world belong to them. Their culture, food, customs and livelihood is centred upon this milky graceful being. Both tribes live in communities. It is only through a Uganda cultural tour that you will get to explore their beliefs, comprehend their culture, share their traditional meals and because they are hospitable people, they will entertain you with their traditional stories or their traditional dance. As part of your Uganda safari tour adventure, feel free to participate in their dance is an experiential session that will make you feel it was worth travelling miles to Kidepo Valley National Park.
The Attractive Landscape of Kidepo is Worth the Miles of Travel
Christened the “True African Wilderness”, a visit to Kidepo will be a journey of discovery and will give you a feel of what Africa was 100 years ago. Experience the dirt roads traversing the true wilderness for it is a welcome sign that reminds you of travellers that came before you to explore the beauty of Kidepo Valley National Park.
It has vast plains that allow your sight to reach far beyond the places your feet cannot take you. More of the sights is Mt Morungole that rises above the plains and the open rugged Savannah which seals the terrain of the park. These are some of the sights your camera shouldn’t miss.
Abundant Bird Species
Kidepo is host to over 475 bird species with several others that have not been recorded that thrive in this remote yet beautiful park. This number of bird species makes Kidepo National Park second to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the empire of bird’s species in Uganda. It is the best Uganda bird watching safari destination in Uganda that never misses out on any birders list interested in a Uganda birding safari.
Some birds in Kidepo are specific to the Karamojong region such as the Karamoja Apalis. There are however several other bird species available for you to tick off your bird list during your Uganda bird watching tour in Kidepo Valley Park including the Lammergeyer, Egyptian Vulture, Verreaux’s Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Neophron, Black-breasted Barbet and Ostriches and 5 species of the hornbills.
It Has Amazing Numbers of Wildlife That Your Eyes Won’t Believe
During your wildlife safari tour in Uganda, you will be amazed by the numbers of wildlife species in this park living in different flora of this park hence leaving you breathless. This Uganda wildlife safari tour experience in Kidepo can only be compared to that of Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. The two parks border each other and animals understand no boundaries so they cross over and back at will.
You will sight Buffaloes in the thousands, Elephants in the hundreds roaming in their home, amazing lions that you will find sleeping under the tree and by chance up in the trees, cheetahs, leopards, Ostriches, Rothschild Giraffes, antelopes, Zebras, Duikers, Jackson’s hartebeests, Guenther’s Dik-Dik, Jackals, Klipspringer, Mountain Reedbucks, Bat Eared Fox, Striped Hyenas, Bush Pigs, Kongoni, Kobs, the list is endless.
Once you sight a crocodile in this park, it will not just be a crocodile, but you will tell a story of a unique crocodile that adapted to the arid conditions of the park. Kidepo crocodiles usually measure 2.5Meters as opposed to the usual 4Metres.
The bubbly Kanangorok Hot Springs when loosely translated means the place of black stones. These hot springs simmer away near the South-Sudan border and culturally believed to have healing powers for skin diseases. The drive to the hot springs takes you past the Kidepo seasonal.
Advice from Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd
As you set off to explore Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda on your next Africa tour, carry with you light cotton clothes for the heat of the day and layers for the cold that comes by night and at dawn.
Don’t forget a camera to freeze your best experience for the future. Pack sunscreen to shield your skin from the scorching sun and enough water to quench your thirst in this arid region. Remember to pack an insect repellant too.
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