Kidepo Valley National Park, which is found in the North-Eastern part of Uganda is a true description of Africa’s wilderness. It is a remote, isolated, hot, virgin, and yet to be fully discovered. It covers 1,442 sq kilometers and is hidden into the corner of the North-Eastern part of Uganda and bordered by Kenya and South Sudan.
It is such a wonder with spectacular savannah, dry mountain forests, mountains, seasonal rivers such as the Kidepo River, Borassus palm trees, and hilltops. Such a landscape, dotted with different species of wild animals makes Kidepo Valley National Park a unique and interesting destination.
Places/Points to look out for in Kidepo Valley National Park
This valley, which has plenty of water sports and falling grassland attracts most of the animals throughout the year. You would be able to spot herds of animals such as buffaloes, elephants, oribis, waterbucks, giraffes, lions, leopards, and cheetahs in this valley.
Kidepo Valley and Kanangorok Hot Springs
Kidepo Valley has a slightly lower number of animals compared to the Narus Valley. However, the drive to this northern part of the park is worth it as visiting this place during the dry season avails the opportunity to walk along the dried-up river comprised of white sand in between the banks and blanketed with Borassus palms on the banks. “Kidepo” means “to pick from below”. You will be able to learn more about this name as your guide explains the history of the Borassus fruits and the making of palm beer.
Kanangorok Hot Springs is located 11 kilometers past the Kidepo River along the Sudan border. This is also, a worthy place to visit to help you understand more about nature.
Mount Morungule towers 2,750 meters and it is crossed by River Kidepo and River Narus. These two rivers supply the park with water for the wildlife plus the other natural habitats of this park. The slopes of the mountain are a habitat to the IK people, who are the tiniest ethnic group found in Uganda and have their own special culture.
“Namamukweny” is a native Napore word for “a place having no birds or perhaps a lonely place with very few people” – although concerning the birds, pretty the contrary is true! This valley is populated by a huge amount of bird species for example the Eastern Paradise Whydah, Green Wood Hoopoe, White-crested Turaco, Abyssinian Roller, and the Common Bulbul, among others. It’s found in the northwest part of the park and may be accessed on foot or using a car.