Getting to Kidepo Valley National Park by Road or Air -Uganda Safari News
About 705 km from Kampala -Uganda’s capital, getting to Kidepo Valley National Park by road or air is a great debate. Kidepo Valley National Park is situated far North East of Uganda in Kaabong district between the borders of the country with South Sudan and Kenya. Being distant from Kampala, this is one of the less visited Uganda safari parks hence rewarding to those who take time to visit when they tour Uganda. Stiill almost untouched, this is the best place to have a true African experience so pristine with the real touch of Africa. Traveling to Kidepo is always perceived to be a long day’s safaris though possible with the popular 3 days Kidepo wildlife safari.
How to get to Kidepo Valley National Park by road
There are four different routes that Uganda safaris tourists can use to get Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda. Driving a long these roads is as interesting and memorable as touring Kidepo Valley National Park. The distance is worth it since the road will give the unexpected sights of your Uganda tour.
- 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-hours. If this route is taken, one should organize to spend a night in one of these towns most probably at accommodations in in Murchison Falls National Park to break the journey, if one can’t take the whole days drive.
The Kampala-Karuma-Gulu-Kitgum- Kidepo road is about 517km with a drive time lasting about 10 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 National Park.
- 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 the 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.
The roads in Kidepo are substandard and therefore 4WD cars for hire are essential. For the best experience taking a round trip is rewarding, you drive to Kidepo from the Eastern direction and return from the North or vice versa.
How to get to Kidepo Valley National park Uganda by air
If you need to safari Uganda‘s Kidepo Valley National Park but then don’t wish to take the long ride, no worries. Chartered flights can be organized from Entebbe International Airport or 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.
On arrival, there’s no need to worry on where to stay in Kidepo Valley National Park for there all kinds of accommodation ranging from luxury, mid-range and budget.
Kidepo Valley is a top safari in Uganda destination, a great place to visit. Many tourists choose to tailor their trips to Uganda with Kenya safaris, Tanzania tours, Congo safaris and Rwanda tours for great wildlife interactions.