When it comes to adventure, Kidepo Valley National Park truly stands out, this precious natural resource has been visited and returned to and the extra-ordinary features on it offers shape its exceptional beauty, which remains a myth to those who have not visited and a secret to those who have taken an effort to visit the beautiful remote Kidepo.
Kidepo Valley National park is Uganda’s best safari destination for taking wildlife safaris / game viewing tours on a Uganda Safari tour. Giving you an opportunity to see carnivores, ungulates, and some primates which are commonly encountered on a Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Forest National Park for the mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees tracking in Kibale National Park for the chimps.
There are also high chances of spotting tree climbing lions that always sit on sauces trees along Narus valley or on the rock just as you get into the Apoka Park Headquarter, though these rare tree climbing lions are most common in the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the south west of the country. Starting from Apoka Rest Camp other animals that can be seen include elephants, leopards, buffaloes, bush duikers, jackals, bush bucks, bush pigs, kavirondo bush babies and much more.
The Park boasts of an extensive bird species too with over 465 species recorded. Birds that standout include the ostrich and the Kori bustard which are principally associated with arid regions. The park also has quite outstanding numbers of birds of prey. In this regard, 58 species of birds of prey have been recorded and amongst these 14 are believed to be endemic to Kidepo and the Karamoja region.
With Apoka Rest Camp offering amazing accommodation in chalet, here you will get food and drink stocks that are basic and often very limited so it’s advisable to carry an extra on your own. There are also other several campsites located near Apoka.
Kidepo Valley National Park can be accessible either by road or by air. The most commonly driven Safari route from Kampala is via Gulu and Kitgum, a 600km journey taking a minimum of 12 hours and it’s advisable to use a 4×4 Safari Landcruiser on this journey.
This national game park is 1,442 square kilometers. Kidepo Valley National Park harbors scenery that cannot be easily found in any other parks in East Africa. Those few who make the journey north of the country through the wild frontier region of Karamoja to visit it, would very much agree that it is among the most remarkable in Africa’s finest wilderness.
The only two rivers in the national park; Kidepo and Narus, are seasonal rivers, which decrease and disappear in the dry season; with the only permanent water in the park seen in wetlands and remnant pools along the southern Narus valley near Apoka, and as a result most of the wild animals can be easily spotted in this area.
Kidepo’s expansive landscape, largely uninhibited by woodland and forest, are a result of the open tree savannah habitat that dominates the park. Hills have been covered by the dry mountain forest while some water courses support acacia forests.
The less common ungulates in the park involve the greater and lesser Kudu, Chandlers, Mountain Reedbuck, klipspringer and Guenther’s dik-dik.
And be sure to spot one of the most amazing animals in Kidepo is Bull Bull a huge male Elephant, such a huge animal weighing over 6,000kg, he remains the darling of Apoka. “He is a true gentleman. A star.” That is how the residents at Apoka Lodge describes him.