Facts about the Park
Uganda Region : Northern Region, Uganda
Sub-region : Karamoja
District : Kaabong
sub-county: Karenga, Uganda
Park size: 1,442 square kilometres
Kidepo Valley National Park was gazetted as a national park in 1962, It hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. A step in this wild open savannah woodlands reminds you the ancient years back that described Africa to be a unique Ordinary continent just like it was 50 years back. We visit this amazing Park to keep track of the best activities in the park we customise for our clients to have a complete pleasurable authentic Africa Safari at your Palm
Authentic Guide to Kidepo Valley National Park
It is well known that years back, it was inhabited by the Dodoth and the
IK people believed to be farmers in the area before it was gazette by the British colonial masters in 1958. This was to protect the animals from hunting and to further prevent clearing of bush for tsetse fly control. Failure to take community needs into a bigger priority, the resident people got evicted thus resulting to famine that hit especially the IK (farmers) people.
What to expect to see in Kidepo Valley National Park
Our English speaking tour guide takes you to breathtaking park, straddle through its two main hearts; the two major valley systems, kidepo and Narus River. The valley floors lie between 3,000 feet and 4,000 feet. The famous tepid hot spring Kanangarok (kananorok or kanatarok) can be seen in the extreme north of the park, beside the South Sudanese boundary. This spring is the most permanent source of water in the park seen in all seasons.
The park has clay boggy soils, stretching to the kidepo valley, it is characterized by black chalky clay and sandy-clay loam predominate, while the Narus Valley has freer-draining red clays and loams
Kidepo Valley Physical Nature, Vegetation Cover
The kidepo valley is also a dry creek bed with the low-lying vegetation carpeted by a voluminous thick undergrowth where numerous kidepo birds tend to inhabit around supported by semi-desert climate characterized by precipitations below potential evapo-transpiration in the area. Streams in the Kidepo Valley are dotted with palms. Higher areas have whistling thorn acacias bush and the other being hugged by the short and scrubby vegetation twisted with grasses and shrubs.
Narus Valley in Kidepo National Park
Narus Valley is characterized by short red oat grass and taller bunchy Guinea grass and fine thatching grass. Further in its span, It can be seen with trees in the drier areas like red thorn acacias, desert dates, and drumstick trees. Also, the iconic sausage trees and fan palms occupy the water courses, camel’s foot (or the shorter monkey bread) and Buffalo thorn trees can also be seen here.
Kidepo is also characterized by its perennial waters which make its river an oasis in the semi-desert. Due to this nature, it hosts over 86 mammal species including spotted hyenas, Congo lions, Tanzanian cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes, zebras, Cape buffaloes, bat-eared foxes, Rothschild’s giraffes, water-bucks among others. And as well as over 500 bird species that can be seen following the low lying ridges down towards a patch of grass in the valley.
Getting there, Kidepo Tour Guide, What to see and Top things to Do
With African Adventure Travellers, we provide two accessible routes depending on your safari budget, the alluring experimental Safari shouldn’t rotate behind your desire to exploit the interior trek of Uganda, have two chances to either opt for flight charters to kidepo or a guided road drive to Kidepo through the stinging bed of roses.
The blue open skies lead us to the gracious sceneries of the kidepo valley occupied by the a steep rugged topography compacted by the Savannah that stirs to engulf the spreading numerous wild species, the local herdsmen families, and the famous IK people dominating the dull patches of red glowing far beyond the cliffs on the mountain slopes of the rocky mountain Morungole.
Kidepo Valley National Park Game Drives
The traceable of coiled savannah trails encompass to the kidepo wilderness, watching the iconic wildlife of Africa in open, clear and forest free plains covered by fine thatching grass, red oat grass, taller bunchy Guinea grass and bending to the most accessible dark corners of the park where the elegant lions stand as the kings of the jungle. Its true that, the adventure is worthy the squeeze, sport out Cape buffaloes, bat-eared foxes, Rothschild’s giraffes, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes and numerous park inmates.
Kidepo Valley Nature Walks, Nature Hikes, Bush walks
There isn’t any exciting adventure than visiting a national park where you have safe guided parts where you place your foot in the wilderness feeling the wilderness at glance. Most African parks are accessible but not explored as this part. Those wgho enjoy mountain climbing, have a chance to extend your desire to the feel the andulating landscape towards the mountain summit of Morungole Mountain with a rewarding encounter with the tall IK people in the area.
Birding or Bird watching Kidepo Valley Park
Bird lovers stand to enjoy birdwatching in the reverting voluminous park that harbor the Uganda bird species, the the shorter red oat grass, Guinea grass, red thorn acacias, drumstick trees, fan palm, and other grassland vegetation cover are a bench zone to the 500 bird species breeding in the thickly scented spruce branches clutching at clothes as you stepple through.
Discovering a amontaineous Tribe – Uganda mountain people – the IK People
Footing through the young trees little more than twice a man’s height, you get thrilled by the hospitable and jolly IK People sometimes called the Teuso people forming up isolated small villages arranged in clusters surrounded by an outer wall, learn abou their interesting culture like the expulsion of young children aged 4-8 years to live in junior group within the same age group and so on. Learn their susbsitance way of farming in the semi arid regions in the northern park and many more.