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Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda

Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda

Uganda Safaris & Tours:

Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda,  Kidepo Valley is in the remote Northeast corner of the Country and park has a true wilderness feel and is a great destination for the tourists and others travelers. It has excellent wildlife view during the dry season. Featuring several species and none encountered anywhere else in the country.

Wildlife & Animals

This park has a very exciting mammals list. Twenty species of predator are resident, and many more don’t exist in any other Ugandan park; including, black-backed jackal and cheetah. Leopard is common and Lion also follows. Meanwhile Elephant, Burch ell’s zebra, buffalo and Rothschild’s giraffe are all regularly visited, but black Rhino has become extinct. Twelve antelope species are available. Although some of them don’t occur anywhere else in the country.

 

Therefore park has questionably the most diverse savannah fauna of any park in the country. It is mainly rich in predators, including side-striped jackal, Black-backed, bat-eared fox and lion, leopard, cheetah are all available. There are also twelve antelope species occur in park and large herds of buffalo, with Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, eland, Uganda kob and klipspringer.

 

Activities to do in Kidepo Valley National Park

The both valleys Narus and kidepo valley on either of predominantly mountainous terrain dominate the park. There are varied, sweeping views of the Narus Valley from many vantage points. Open grassland is interspersed with acacia trees, desert dates and rocky outcrops.

 

Wildlife & Animals Highlights

Kidepo Valley National Park,

Kidepo usually offers beautiful wildlife animals such as lion and elephant sightings. Herds of up to 1,000 buffalo are often encountered. Cheetah is as seen with increasing frequency, and it is a home to many dry-country species, among them. The following are: caracal, aardwolf, greater and lesser kudu, mountain reedbuck and Guenther’s dik-dik. Five primate species are avialable, and also the localized patas monkey. Lucky travellers might spot the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe.

 

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing:

The most beautiful time for wildlife viewing is the middle and end of the dry season (November- February) when wildlife animals focus around reliable water sources. Thereafter, during the Wet season (April-August) animals disappear from the valleys and move to higher place, where they are more difficult to uncover.

Bird Watching Safari Tours.

Kidepo Valley National Park,

Further, Kidepo Valley has a very remarkable bird list of over [470] species, the second-highest population of any Ugandan reserve, following Queen Elizabeth National Park alone. Sixty birds on its list haven not been recorded in any other Ugandan park. No complete survey has been done, so tourists could easily access some species not formerly recorded for the park. The valley is mainly good for spotting raptors, with 56 species on record. Migratory birds are available from November –April.

Best Time for Bird Watching.

The birdlife in Kidepo is always the best in a year-round, but at its best from March – April for all the specials and the many travellers. November – February has the least rain, whereas June – August has more and more. Also rainfall should not be a problem in this semi-arid part of the country much as that. Migratory birds are in the valley from November – April. For the wildlife view, the end and middle of the dry season (November – February) is the best.

 

Best Time to Visit to Kidepo Valley National Park.

The best time to see wildlife in Kidepo Valley National park is during the dry season September – March. It is located in a semi-arid region and can be seen throughout the year. However the Wet season months, April – August is satisfyingly less hot and bring beautiful scenery. Bird watching is better between those times as well.

Weather & Climate.

The climate change and weather in Kidepo Valley National park is a semi-arid. Droughts are common, Temperatures can reach as high as 40°C/104°F, but average around 29°C/84°F in the afternoon and 17°C/63°F at night. Thereafter kidepo has one Wet season (differing from two Wet seasons in most of the country) from April -August.

Dry season. [March – September]

These months of September, October & November,  might still have rain fall; some days as the Wet season transitions into the dry season, It gets warmer, with average temperatures of about 29°C/84°F in the afternoon and 17°C/63°F in the morning.

December, January & February; it’s thoroughly drought, and it gets hotter and drier. During  January and February are the warmest months with daytime temperatures of 32°C/90°F and morning temperatures of 18°C/64°F. Peak temperatures can easily increase to 40°C/104°F.

March; also this month of March, It has drought, but the first rainfall will break the heat and slow down the dust.

Wet season. [April to August]

April May, June, July & August; these will also create afternoon showers. When compared to the Wet seasons of the parks in the south, there is not a lot of rainfall and the lowest yearly temperatures are experienced. But during the daytime still averages show around 27°C/81°F, with morning temperatures around 17°C/63°F.

 

How to get to Kidepo Valley National Park?

The best way to get to Kidepo Valley National Park is by driving or flight to. And there are several routes. The most direct route, through Gulu to Lokumoit Gate, takes about 10 hours. The trip can be broken up with an overnight stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Chobe Safari Lodge, Gulu or Kitgum.  Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda, Two longer routes pass through the remote Karamoja subregion, arriving at Nataba Gate. Karamoja was subjected to robbery in the past but it has been measured safe for several years and is a rising center of community-based tourism focused on the small town of Moroto.

Therefore, flights between parks are usually arranged by your tour operator. They will also organize for your pick-up from the airport or your hotel in most cases. You will enter Uganda by way of Entebbe International Airport (EBB), which is near the town of Entebbe and 46km/29mi from Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

 

Malaria & Safety.

Safety

In our view, Kidepo Valley National park, can be well-thought-out safe to official visit. As with most other parks in Uganda, you will hardly come across anyone who is not a visitor or employed by tour operators, camps and parks.

Karamoja Region its where Kidepo Valley National Park is found.

The park is located in the Karamoja region in Northernastern Uganda. This part of the country has been instable in the past but is now stable away deliberated safe. Still, some countries have issued travel warnings for the region in the past and have not reformed them – with the immunity of the national park – despite the situation improving. Before driving, it is endorsed to get local advice about the safety situation en route to the park, and if there are any concerns, there is always the option of a domestic or chartered flight.

Malaria & Vaccinations.

It is very important to lookout against malaria. You can limit that risk greatly by using mosquito nets (those covering DEET are most actual), covering up in the evening and by taking antimalarial medication.

Wildlife & Game Drive.

This Wildlife viewing arises with certain risks but can be considered safe, as long as you track your guide’s instructions. Be aware of the small groups of “retired generals”  (older buffalo kicked out of their herd) if on a heavy-duty safari. They can be very destructive – your guide should give them a wide berth. Please also take a note of the “wildlife viewing safety protections” below.

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