How to get to Kidepo Valley National park Uganda by road.
There are four different routes of how to get to Kidepo Valley national park. Driving a long these roads is as interesting and memorable as touring Kidepo. The distance is worth it since the road will give the unexpected aspects of the safari
The two routes that pass via northern Uganda from Kampala are;
The commonly used road is Kampala-Karuma-Lira-Kotido-Kaabong-Kidepo about 705km with a drive time of about 12-hour. If this route is taken, one should organize to sleep in one of these towns most probably at Chobe safari lodge near Karuma in Murchison falls national park.
The Kampala-Karuma-Gulu-Kitgum- Kidepo road is about 517km with a drive time lasting about 10 hours.
Using the Eastern Uganda direction, these routes are the most favorable;
Kampala – Mbale – Sironko – Moroto – Kotido – Kaabong – Kidepo road is 740km with a drive time of about 12 hours. This route is distant but you pass via Jinja source of the Nile where you can have a break at the Nile waters.
The Kampala – Mbale – Soroti – Moroto – Kotido – Kaabong – Kidepo road is almost the same route with the earlier one but take different directions from Mbale. Its 792km with a drive distance of 13 hours.
After the tour the Kidepo-Kaabong-Kotido-Moroto-Sironko- Mbale-Kampala route is better such that you get a glimpse of the other part of the country through the marvelous Sipi falls and Mount Elgon. The roads in Kidepo are substandard and therefore 4WD cars for hire are essential.
How to get to Kidepo Valley National park Uganda by air
If the distance can’t be taken by road, then chartered flights can be organized from Kajjansi near Kampala by flight safari companies like AeroLink. These flights take about 2 – 3 hours to Apoka airstrip near Apoka safari lodge. Apoka safari lodge is 10minutes drive on a marram road to Kidepo valley national park. Flight safari companies like Aero link Uganda do these flights but prior bookings can be done by your tour operator.
Before getting there, plan for accommodation in Kidepo national park since you will need to spend a night there.
Great things are worth discovering, the treasure in a wilderness like kidepo will never remind you of the distance you travelled.