Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park
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Richard R
Mukono, Uganda42 contributions
Dec 2021
Kidepo is not easy to get to. Any overland drive from greater Kampala will realistically take two days with an overnight stop somewhere, and the second day from any direction will involve hours bouncing on unpaved laterite ‘murram’ roads. Kidepo is located in what could be called Uganda’s ‘empty quarter’, where Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan come together. Other Uganda parks offer great wildlife viewing with more tourist-friendly logistics. But only a few places we have seen in our travels – Alaska, where we were privileged to live for over a dozen years, southern Utah, Chile’s Torres de Paine – offer the ‘dawn of creation’ landscape that Kidepo offers. At Kidepo you find top class wildlife (that includes Uganda’s only resident zebra and eland) in breathtaking and silent vistas. Sunset and sunrise scenes are uniquely haunting. The game drive tracks through the park are much less traveled than those at Murchison or at Queen Elizabeth. The accommodation options rival those anywhere in East Africa. Most any African park destination will meet the expectation framed in the words “once in a lifetime”. A visit to Kidepo just may redefine your whole bucket list.
Written 31 December 2021
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scott b
Coudersport, PA244 contributions
Nov 2021
Excellent, remote park in the very north of Uganda. I spent 4 nights there and maybe saw 5 other vehicles. LOTS of buffalo and was fortunate to see 2 cheetah kill a Hartebeest calf right in front of me. Beautiful park.
Written 29 December 2021
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Shaun H
Kampala, Uganda187 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This park is amazingly un tampered or commercialised, It has on of Idi Amin's legacies , Katurum Lodge, You need many days here as it is vast and some routes can be difficult if rained.

The UWA rangers here ($20/half day) are well worth it, they know the place inside out, and are immensely knowledgably about routes, animals, habits etc. They deserve to be supported.
Written 13 September 2021
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Hayley F
Lincolnshire, UK194 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We recently spent a week in Kidepo NP and having visited numerous other NPs in both Uganda and the rest of Africa, base this review on experiences here in comparison. This is a beautiful NP and I am so glad we visited but......
Go here for the amazing scenery, the magnificent herds of elephants and to witness buffaloes in their thousands. Its not a NP to statistically see the cats that many travel here to see. Yes there are Cheetahs and Lions and yes we did see them during our visit but I think its only right to say that for others only spending a couple of nights here, there is little chance of seeing them. Our sightings were at significant distances and we spent the days and hours looking for them with a guide. It is wild, rugged and beautiful and at times, you feel like you are the only ones in the park but for us, we didn't feel it was anything special when comparing it to other places we have been lucky to visit. If you go for the scenery and experience of a more untouched location you won't be disappointed. If you go for the predators, you are likely to be left wanting. I'm glad we went to experience the location but we wouldn't go back...I do understand its not a zoo and sightings aren't guaranteed but given our extensive safari experience, I do feel able to pass statistical opinion on the liklihood of cat sightings people are likely to experience whilst here. Don't base your decision to go here in hope of seeing Cheetahs and Lions, base it on the want to see a relatively untouched NP where you can experience magical sightings of the other things it has to offer.
Written 18 June 2021
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BrunoBee
Kampala, Uganda110 contributions
Aug 2020
Kidepo is a huge park. Although it said to be only the second in terms of size, the animals are more scattered than in Murchison. As a result, it is a little bit more difficult to see animals. Go and check the big rocks early in the morning or late in the evening to see if you can see any lions sitting on them. We were unlucky but I suggest that you stay more than one day to increase your chances. The best/fastest way to get there is through the Gulu/Kitgum road, but it is still a very long way from Kampala. For us it was more a break before discovering Karamoja.
Written 31 August 2020
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SriniShenoy
Bengaluru, India291 contributions
Feb 2020
Remote, less frequented - but what a pleasure this park was! The spectacular landscapes was the first thing to amaze me! Absolutely stunning - especially on sunset and sunrise!

Wildlife: 20 mammals and 54 species of birds in 1.5 days - I suppose I had a ball of a time! The remote location also results in your viewing of certain species which are not found elsewhere in Uganda e.g. Cheetahs and Ostriches (both of which are difficult to spot in any case).

The only constraint of visiting this park is its remote and difficult location. Would take a full day (or two with a break) to reach this location. With the major attractions of Uganda (i.e. Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking) - more to the south, including Kidepo in your itinerary with a limited time would be a challenge!

Special points: See if you can stay in the middle of the park in Apoka.- right in the middle of the productive Narus Valley. But then lodges on the periphery are equally good.
Idi Amin had a guest house here in the middle of the park. Now privatised - maybe worth a casual visit - just to understand how paranoid this man was!

Note: While the productivity of wildlife sightings cannot be compared to the mara / serengeti, note that this place is only recovering from years of strife and poaching. The absence of crowds more than makes up for it!
Written 3 April 2020
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IvonneS.
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Sep 2019 • Couples
Despite the high grass due to the rainy season we were enjoying some wildlife. The high gras has its special charme, looked like wheatfields. Staying at the campsite was good, the ranger kept the lions away at night by snoring really hard:-)) when the watertank was empty it got refilled within a day.
We loved it to not meeting a lot of folks.

We also treated us by staying in nga moru lodge. The place itself is situated wonderfully right beside the park. Food was of high quality and served exactly on time. Yet, the service and the place itself do not really reflect what you see on the pics (anymore?). The USD 165 (full board)appeared to us a bit overprized at this point in time.

Kidepo is great for all who love to go a little bit off the main roads and away from crowds. Getting there already is an adventure in itself and might become really hard when the rain is pouring down. The same applies to most of the tracks within the park.
Written 6 October 2019
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interior safaris East Africa
Kampala, Uganda27 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
One of #Africa’s more mysterious destinations kidepo valley national park is a concentration of every wondrous aspect on the continent.
From the wildlife to the multitude of local culture and geographical spectacles, This destination in Uganda will surprise and enchant every visitor.
Written 12 July 2019
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Samantha256
Kampala, Uganda70 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Gorgeous landscape, an abundance of buffalo, bushbacks, elephants and some giraffes. Very helpful guide. Good overall experience (even though my group, unfortunately, did not manage to see any lions)
Written 14 June 2019
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africanman_840
Nairobi, Kenya4,134 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
I have to say that after no less than 18 safaris and having spent no less than a year of my life on safari,Kidepo is simply one of my favorite national parks. I was particularly impressed by the biggest herds of buffalo I've ever seen, elephants,Jackson's hartebeest,bush duikers, Defassa waterbucks,patas monkey,olive baboons,zebras and lions. The birdwatching was also excellent.

I have to say that the great appeal of Kidepo is the feeling that you'll virtually have the entire park to yourself. There are no crowds of tourists. It's truly awesome. It is a true wilderness.

The scenery was beautiful and unique. I also enjoyed seeing Idi Amin's abandoned palace on the hillside.
Written 5 February 2019
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