KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Main Activites: Game Drives, Nature Walks

Located: Northern Uganda

Kidepo valley National Park

Kidepo valley National Park has a semi-arid climate with just one rainy season per year (April-September) and rainfall is light. The valley of the
Narus river in the south of the park receives some 890 mm of rain/year while just 635 mm of rain/year falls in the Kidepo valley to the north. Both
rivers are seasonal, and dwindle and disappear in the dry season.

During these months, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools along the southern Narus valley near Apoka and as a result,
wildlife is concentrated in this area. This consideration, combined with the valleya’s open, savanna habitat, makes it the parks prime game viewing location.
Indeed it is possible to sight a good variety of wildlife simply by scanning the valley with binoculars from the comfort of the Apoka lodge.

 

Lions in Kidepo Valley park

 

Kidepo Valley is Located in Uganda’s remote north-eastern corner, some 700 km from Kampala and tucked between the borders with Sudan
and Kenya, Kidepo Valley is our most isolated park. However the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja to visit it,
would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the national park,
a savanna landscape extends in all directions, far beyond the gazetted area of 1442 km2, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

History of Kidepo Valley National Park

Dodoth pastoralists and Ik farmers lived in the area before it was gazetted as a game reserve by the British colonial government in 1958.
The purpose was both to protect the animals from hunting and to prevent further clearing of bush for tsetse fly control. The game reserve was converted
into the Kidepo Valley National Park in 1962.

The first Chief Warden of the National Park was Ian Ross, a Briton. In 1972 Paul Ssali, a Ugandan, replaced him. Their handover and training was the
subject of the 1974 American documentary film, “The Wild and the Brave.” Geography and Climate

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