Nestled in the wild frontier region of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is apparently the most isolated national park in Uganda but still stands out to be one of the best virgin places every wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. This virgin national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, harboring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can’t be found in any other Ugandan national park. Kidepo is right at the core of a Savannah landscape right next to a few mountainous bodies. The reasons for planning your safari here are endless, something you will definitely see when you set foot on Uganda’s soil. Besides the exceptional wildlife safari experience, this national park is another great spot for a cultural trail especially to those who would like to see the Karamojong, Acholis plus other great tribes. Some of the other exciting tourism activities in the wilderness of this area include nature walks, birding, and hiking. The outstanding lodging/accommodation options of Apoka safari lodge, Kidepo Savannah Lodge, Nga’Moru Wilderness camp coupled along with the cool environment, exceptional views of the Savannah grasslands plus so many more attractions, Kidepo Valley National Park was truly gifted by nature.
Discover Kidepo Valley National Park
In the indigenous community dialect, Kidepo loosely translates “to pick” from under. The Kidepo valley is famous for scenic Borassus palm trees; a delicacy of elephants as well as indigenous communities, that are beautifully scattered all through the valley. Possibly the name was coined from the many communities who wander into the valley to pick fallen ripened Borassus palm fruits for domestic use during the dry season. In Kidepo valley is a seasonal Kidepo river that flows north into South Sudan where Narus River supplements it before pouring into the White Nile. During the rainy season, the valley floods, and the Kidepo river is a threatening giant that only the stone-hearted creature can dare cross. The vegetation is lush and there is a very vibrant mammal presence in all corners. Wildlife species congregate in the Kidepo valley and there are possibilities of spotting any of the games that reside in the Kidepo National Park. In the dry season, vegetation in Kidepo withers to bare white sand dunes. The blood vessel, Kidepo river slumbers, and snores till the next rains come. Most wildlife species desert the Kidepo Valley to Narus valley searching for resources to survive on. To the adventure travelers on tour Uganda, this is an ideal time for nature walk safari in the valley to explore the wilderness, discover and hold the beauty of Uganda wilderness within your hands. This is an ideal time for walking safaris in the valley to explore the wilderness, discover and hold the beauty of Uganda wilderness within your hands.
Best Time to Visit Kidepo
The best time to visit Kidepo valley national park is during the dry season and that is from the month of September to March however since the park is semi-arid with no heavy rains in the wet season. The park can be visited anytime throughout the year depending on the visitor’s interest. From the month of September to March the park is less crowded, April and May the camps and tents tend to close due to rains, September, October, and November the rains end ushering in the dry season and then finally from December to February is when the park is extremely hot and dusty. For visitors interested in wildlife adventure, it’s best you visit Kidepo valley national park in the dry season because wildlife viewing is much easier as animals are on a move looking out for water sources and vegetation and also game driving is easier on the bumpy marram roads in the park compared when the roads are muddy. On the other hand, the wet season is best for bird watching tours. It’s during this period you will find migratory birds, the park is lush and green, the heat is less repressive and even though the animals are less spotted during this wet season, you will still spot some of them.