A Uganda safari to The True African Wilderness- Kidepo Valley Park
Are you looking for a Uganda safari destination that will give you a thrilling Uganda wildlife safari experience? Look no further, get your Africa wildlife safari jungle boots on and grab your travel bags and we make a Uganda safari to Kidepo valley national park. this safari Uganda to Kidepo valley national park Uganda takes us to Uganda which is found in the East African region on the geographical co-ordinates of 03o54’ N 33o51’ E. Located in the north eastern corner of Uganda in Kaabong district, Kidepo valley national park lies about 600km or 14-hour drive away from Kampala city Uganda’s capital and its bordered by South Sudan in the north, Kenya in the east and Kotido district in the south and Kitgum district in the west.
On visiting Kidepo using any of our numerous Uganda wildlife safari packages such as a 3 days Uganda safari to Kidepo Valley, 8 days Uganda wildlife safari in Kidepo & Murchison falls, you will realize that Kidepo, is one of the jewels that make Uganda truly the Pearl of Africa as per the words of Sir Winston Churchill in his book entitled “My African Journey” in 1906, due to its beauty and splendor and that’s why its commonly referred to as the “True African Wilderness”.
A safari Uganda to Kidepo Valley park puts on an exploration journey of a sprawling dry savanna grasslands that spans to cover 1442sq kilometers of land that is mainly dominated by the Mungole mountain and it further wide down into the Narus and Kidepo valleys with its lowest elevation being 999m or 3,278ft found in the Narus valley and the highest elevation being 2340m or 7707ft above sea level. The Narus valley is very essential to the existence of this park because it has the permanent Narus River which provides a constant water source to the wild game in this park all year round and also nourishes the grass in this valley hence ensuring the continued survival of game in the harsh semi-arid conditions of Karamoja sub region.
The history behind the name Kidepo
Kidepo valley national park has its name stemming from the Mening or Kitebo tribe which occupied these lands as early as 1800. The meaning of the verb Kitebo is “HELP US”. The Mening people were predominately hunters-gatherer community and as a result carried out massive hunting escapades of wild game. This community got infected with sleeping sickness due to presence of tsetse flies in this region, they carried out massive bush burning in an attempt to control tsetse flies, this in turn forced the colonial government to relocate these people to areas such as Birra and Kulo-kudo in South Sudan in 1958 to have the Kidepo valley area gazetted into a national wild reserve, this resulted into many of these communities to die as a result of famine in areas where they were relocated. Kidepo valley national park is one of the earliest game reserves to have been designated a national park as early as 1962 by the post-colonial Ugandan government of Milton Obote with Ian Ross a British national as its 1st warden who later handed over to Kidepo’s 1st Ugandan warden Paul Ssali in 1972.
Overtime, Kidepo has collected a number of international accolades from different international tourism groups and also international news agencies given its spectacular landscape, vegetation and fascinating wildlife encounters. Some of these accolades such as CNN’s park with the best buffalo herds in Africa in 2015, 2016 listed among the top destinations of Africa in the safari category, CNN 2nd best safari park in 2017 out of 8 safari parks in Africa and it was voted by Safari bookings an international travel agency which Prime safaris & tours ltd is proud to partner to. On your Uganda wildlife safari to Kidepo, you will understand why this park has managed to scoop these various wards given the spectacular attractions that are within this park has attractions ranging from wild game like 4 out the big 5 game i.e. lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants with only the black rhino missing here other animals Zebras, Kiplisinger, Hippos, Gazelle, Greater and Lesser kudu, mountain Reedbucks, Rothchild’s giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, Oribis, Elands, and also host to the fastest animal on the planet the Cheetah. As of recent, the Uganda kob is also present here though rarely sighted after a transfer of 100 Uganda kobs from Murchison Falls National Game Park in 2017. Since Kidepo Valley is located quite far from Kampala, you would require flying to Kidepo valley if you don’t have time for a road trip. However, a road trip to Kidepo Valley is a thrilling tour in Uganda expedition as you get to encounter a wide range of spectacular road sightings. A road trip to Kidepo valley is best enjoyed when you’re in the comfort of any of our various car hire rental cars in Kampala Uganda such as 4×4 safari vans for hire in Uganda, buses for hire in Uganda, 4×4 safari land cruisers for hire in Uganda, 4×4 safari jeeps for hire in Uganda and ordinary land cruisers for hire in Uganda.
Kidepo Valley Park isn’t the only Uganda tour destination that will give unique encounters with Uganda’s wildlife. You can easily make a Uganda safari tour to other safari in Uganda destinations such as Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Mburo National Park and you will have an enchanted opportunity to enjoy thrilling encounters with several of the 5 big Africa game which include lions, leopards, cape buffaloes, African bush elephants and rhinos as well as a variety of other wild mammals. On top of an epic Uganda safari adventure to many of these savanna parks, you have an opportunity to encounter mountain gorillas since Uganda is home to these magnificent beings. Because Uganda is home to these magical beings, many Africa Wildlife Safari goers who visit Uganda enjoy a Uganda gorilla safari experience as they visit Mgahinga Gorilla National park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A gorilla safari Uganda to any of these puts you in the right place to have a fascinating encounter with any of the 19 gorilla families are found here. However, Gorilla trekking isn’t only done in Uganda but also in Congo and Rwanda. A Rwanda gorilla safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park which is home to 10 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you a fantastic Rwanda gorilla tour experience. A Congo gorilla safari experience, on the other hand, takes you either Virunga National Park where you have a chance to encounter Mountain gorillas as this park is home to 8 gorilla families or Kahuzi Biega National Park where you will be in for a thrilling moment with the eastern lowland gorillas
Kidepo valley the birding paradise you should never miss
When it comes to birds, a Uganda birding safari to Kidepo will never disappoint you because there is close to over 475 bird species in this park with the sight of the Karamoja apalis being the highlight of a Uganda bird watching safari excursion to this park. other bird species you will encounter include the White-bellied go-away bird, Great white turaco, Pygmy falcon, Clapperton’s and Heuglins francolins, Giant hornbill. Kidepo Valley National Park also prides itself as the only park in Uganda to be the home of the biggest bird on the planet the ostrich
If you’re interested in a Uganda tour to Kidepo valley, you have to understand that Kidepo Valley experiences a semi-desert climate pattern with relatively long winter or dry seasons that are characterized by very little or no rainfall received during this period between September- March that experience relatively high temperatures of between 30-34oC and short summer or wet seasons characterized by 650m-1000m of rainfall received during this period of April-August with relatively low temperatures of 28-30oC.
Would you like to make a Uganda safari? There are numerous Uganda safari companies/ tour operators in Uganda that organize various tour Uganda packages that come in form of Uganda wildlife safaris that can be either short Uganda wildlife safaris or long Uganda wildlife safaris. Uganda gorilla safaris which also can be either short Uganda gorilla tours or long Uganda gorilla safaris. These tour operator in Uganda include Prime safaris ltd and Wild gorilla safaris.
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