highlights and main attractions of kidepo national park

One of the continent’s great wildernesses, Kidepo National Park is set deep in the north of the country in a delightfully remote area of savannah landscape which stretches as far as the eye can see, with a distant outline of mountain ranges. Contrasting heavily with the luscious bamboo and swamp forests of Bwindi, this mainly semi-arid park is a great place to enjoy typical African game viewing in Uganda and may be combined with other destinations and parks for a truly varied itinerary. 

Ornithologists will find in Kidepo an area of real interest, as there are over 475 recorded species, a total second only to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Rare birds to be seen here include the black-breasted barbet and Karamoja apallis.

where is kidepo national park?

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Situated between the borders of Kenya and Sudan, this park is tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the country in the province of Karamoja, approximately 700 kilometres from Kampala. Covering an area of 1,442 square kilometres, the park was established in 1954 and is predominantly semi-arid, with some wide open grassland. The pristine yet rugged park terrains may be less visited than other areas but this means your experience will be much more authentic and away from the tourist crowds. 

There are many carnivorous species that are unique to the Kidepo and Karamoja regions within Uganda, including the bat-eared fox, aardwolf, striped hyena, caracal, cheetah and hunting dog. The Narus Valley in the southwest is the area with the highest concentration of animals and birds due to the water source and you may see buffalo, lion, cheetah, zebra, giraffe (it is the only of Uganda’s parks where giraffe and zebra can be seen), hartebeest, waterbuck and bushbuck. During the dry season, the plains can be quite arid and animals tend to head to the woodland of Narus valley between March and April.


The range of activities to enjoy in Kidepo includes game drives, hiking trails around Morungole Mountain, visits to the Kanangorok hot springs and nature and bird walks. The nomadic lifestyle around Karenga and Kapedo can also be witnessed.

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