Kidepo valley national park is one of the magnificent national parks in Uganda. It is located in the remote Karamoja region in Kaabong district between Uganda and South Sudan border.
The national park covers a total land area of 1442 square kilometers an its comprised of the savannah vegetation, hills and valleys like Kidepo and Narus Valley, mount morungole among others.
According to CNN travel, Kidepo national park was named the second most attractive and beautiful park in Africa due to the charming and breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife.
The park is known for its wildlife which includes over 76 mammal species and 480 bird species
The national park is a home of mammals’ species including the big four mammals which include the elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, and other animals like zebras, ostrich, orx, hyenas, bat eared fox, aardwolf, caracal, jackal, klipspringer, bohor reed buck, bushbuck, bush duiker, waterbuck, elands, oribi, Uganda kobs, greater and lesser kudu, Jackson’s hartebeest among others.
The national park is home to over 474 bird species which makes it the second destination in Uganda with the highest number of bird’s species after.
The bird species in the park include; black breasted barbet, little bee eater, ostrich, red and yellow barbet, kori bustard, Karamoja apalis, pygmy, white bellied go away bird, purple heron, secretary bird, yellow billed shrike among others
Apoka Tourism Centre
The Centre overlooks the Narus valley and it acts as a hub for all activities in the park for example, it has a vehicle for hire for travelers, it’s a station for the park guides and rangers.
There are many lodges around the Centre, has cooking equipment’s for hire to visitors who are camping. It offers scenic views of animals which will be going to drink water at Narus Valley
There mountains act as boundary between the park and the IK people which is the smallest ethnic tribe in Karamoja region.
The IK people live on top of the mountains and visitors who want to visit will walk on foot with a park ranger