Key points about this information item Kidepo Valley National ParkInformation Description:
The Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most popular parks. Covering an amazing 1,442 square kilometers, the park has unique scenery that is not common in all other parks of the region.
The park is well stocked with a variety of animal species, including many which are found nowhere else in Uganda, these include; elephants, buffaloes, elands, zebras, cheetahs, Rothschild’s giraffes, Defassa waterbucks, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, gazelles and black rhinos. The predator list includes; Nile crocodiles in the Narus River, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and bat-eared foxes.
There also is an extremely diverse flora which can best be described as open tree Savannah and it varies much in structure and composition.
The flora and fauna of the park are more typical of Kenya than the rest of Uganda. The landscape throughout the park is studded with small hills, rocky outcrops and inselbergs from which one can obtain stunning views in all directions.
Driving is more rewarding as vast parts of Karamoja are scenic and total wilderness. However road conditions are sometimes difficult and 4-wheel drive vehicles (4WD) are recommended. Visitors should note that the road mainly in use from Kotido to Kaabong passes via Kanawauat. Visitors intending to travel by road are advised to contact UWA headquarters to seek advice about conditions and safety on the roads.
Kampala-Soroti -Kotido via Amuria 656 km
Chartered aircraft are available from Entebbe International Airport and Kajjansi Airfield to the Park Headquarters. The Civil Aviation Authority manages an airstrip at Lomej about 3 km south of the Park Headquarters.
Where to stay
At the Park itself, there are 16 self-contained chalets at Apoka Rest Camp. There is also a hostel comprising of 14 bandas each with two beds; these bandas are not self contained. Both Apoka Lodge and the Bandas are managed by the park. Make your reservations through Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters in Kampala.