Which is the third largest National Park in Uganda : Kidepo Valley National Parkis the third-largest national park After Queen Elizabeth National Park, the park is one of the magnificent national parks in Uganda, located in the remote Karamoja region in Kaabong district, between Uganda and the South Sudan border and was gazetted in 1958 due to its beautiful and breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife species. The park covers a total area of 1442 square kilometres and is comprised of savannah vegetation, hills, valleys like Kidepo and Narus Valley, and Mount Morungole, among others. Kidepo Valley National Park is a true gem with huge abundance in wildlife, the park houses about 77 mammal species and 475 bird species, such as the ostrich, Karamoja Apalis, the Abyssinian roller, purple heron, Abyssinian ground hornbill, and Clapperton’s Francolin. Kidepo Valley National Park is home to astonishing diversity of wildlife such as large herds of elephants, buffaloes, lions, zebras, leopards and cheetahs which are seen roaming in the park, offering visitors the chance to witness the true African wilderness. While on a Uganda wildlife safari here, you will get a chance of spotting all the savannah species, in addition to the astonishing views of the surrounding area

Major tourist activities to do at Kidepo Valley National Park

Game drives

Game drive at Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the ways you can explore the hidden gems of the park. Game drives in the park offer unforgettable opportunities for visitors to explore the park’s diverse wildlife and its beautiful environment. During the game drive safari in the park, you’ll have a great opportunity to spot a variety of the park’s wildlife, such as elephants, buffalo, giraffes, warthogs, zebras, water bucks, Jackson’s Harte beast, white-striped jackals, porcupines, pangolins, and other different types of antelopes, as well as colorful birds’ species like the ostrich, Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, and Clapperton’s Francolin, among others.

Birdwatching

Kidepo valley national park is home to over 480 bird species, making it the second destination holding the highest number of the bird species after queen Elizabeth national park. The park is blessed with both migratory birds, Karamoja endemics, Somali Masai biome species, afro tropical highlights, guinea savannah among others. bird watching in kidepo valley  national park can be done on the edge of Narus and Namumukweny valley were you will have a great opportunity to spot a variety of different colorful birds such as straw -tailed whydahs, brown-backed woodpecker, white bellied tit, African flycatcher, yellow billed shrike, red spotted barbet, ring necked spur fowl, black-winged pranticole, black rumped, Karamoja Apalis, green bee-eater, African pied hornbill, Ostrich, Kori bustard, secretary birds, red-throated beetles, Golden Pipit, Ring-necked Spurfowl, Taita Fiscal, Rufous Chatterer, Fox’s Cisticola among others

Cultural tours

Cultural tours are one of the most thrilling activities to do while on a Uganda safari in kidepo valley national park.  visitors on a safari here will get an opportunity to interact with the local indigenous in the neighboring communities. While on your cultural tours, you will be able to encounter with the Ik cultural group, Lorokul village group where you will be able to interact with the indigenous Karamojong people, learn about their tradition, culture and way of life. Visitors will also get a chance to participate in a number of cultural activities with the Karamojong people such as cultural dances, bead making, visiting the kraal, miking, visiting the manyatta where they sell handmade souvenirs such as bows and arrows, jewels, beads, stools, art paintings, knives and sandals among others

Guided nature walks

Guided nature walks in Kidepo Valley National Park offer visitors a unique opportunity to explore the park’s wilderness on foot, accompanied by experienced guides who are well equipped with information about the park’s history, ecology, and wildlife species. During the guided nature walks which start at 7:00am at Apoka tourism office, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in the magnificent views of the landscape, including the rolling hills, rocky outcrops, vast savannah, seasonal rivers, and stunning wildlife species. Nature walks in the park also take you to one of the exciting IK communities to learn about their traditional lifestyles, cultural practices, and beliefs, among others.  You will get an opportunity to get spot animals like elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, reedbucks, waterbucks, zebras, giraffes which will be grazing, different bird species like ostriches, beautiful scenery, landscape, listen to sweet sounds of bird species, enjoy the cool breeze among others.

Hiking Mount Morungole and visiting the IK tribe

Hiking on Morungole Mountain is an attractive activity for the IK people. The great Morungole hike, which involves a day’s hike through varying vegetation and rocky terrain commanding astonishing views of Kidepo Valley National Park, will expose visitors to a variety of dances from the IK, their way of life, their unique settlements, and their unique migration history. Visiting the IK community gives you a glimpse into the tribe’s way of life.

Which is the third largest National Park in Uganda
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Best time to visit kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo valley national park is open for tourism activities throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the park is during the dry /peak season which runs from the months of June, July, August, September December January and February, this is the perfect time for game viewing, animals gather at the Narus valley for water and the vegetation in the park will be clear making it easy to spot variety of wildlife including its exceptional savannah landscape.

Kidepo valley national park can also be visited during the wet /rainy seasons which runs from the months of March to May and then November.  During this season, visitors are always marvelled with few crowds and birds lovers gets great opportunity to spot variety of birdlife including the migratory species.

Accommodation safari at Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park offers a range of accommodation options to suit various preferences and budgets, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the wilderness while enjoying comfortable lodging such as Apoka Safari Lodge, Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp, Mara Safari Lodge, Kidepo, Karatunga Safari Camp, Katurum Lodge, Apoka Rest Camps, Kidepo Savannah Lodge, Nga Moru Wilderness Camp, and Zebra’s Safari Lodge, Kidepo, among others.

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