About Kidepo National Park
Gazetted as a National Park in 1962, the rugged isolated wilderness of the Kidepo Valley National Park ranks as one of Africa’s most prized, less explored destinations. Here, over 77 mammals and around 475 bird species find shelter amidst a pristine savannah landscape, broken by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. Animals, some of which cannot be found elsewhere in Uganda (greater and lesser kudu, eland and cheetah); include lion, leopard, elephant and an assortment of plains game. Kidepo is birdwatchers paradise-specifically for those interested in Africa’s birds of prey.
Dotted with small green hills, rocky rugged out crops and inselberg the vast landscape throughout the park is incredible, and one can enjoy spectacular views in all directions. The park contains two rivers – Kidepo and Narus – which disappear in the dry season, leaving just pools for the wildlife. The local communities around the park are mainly pastoral Karamojong people, similar to the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania, and the IK, a hunter-gatherer tribe whose survival is threatened.