Lying in the asperous, semi-arid valleys of Karamoja province on the northern border with the Sudan, Kidepo Valley is Uganda’s most isolated national park. Few visitors embark on such a journey but the spectacular beauty of this immaculate wilderness astounds all that make it.
For the visiting bird watcher, Kidepo Valley National Park boasts a bird list of over 470 species, a total second only to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Amongst the host of dry, eastern species not found in any other park in Uganda are some of East Africa’s most sought after birds such as Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis.
Kidepo is one of Uganda’s most spectacular parks, it harbors a panoramic view unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. Tucked into the corner of Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya, the park offers breathtaking savanna and mountain landscapes, which end in a rugged horizon.
The vegetation can best be described as open tree savanna which varies much in structure and composition. Dry mountain forest dominates some of the hills, while areas along the Lorupei River support dense Acacia forest.
The park harbors a greater diversity of animal species than other parks in Uganda. Of the 80 species of mammals listed 28 are not known to occur in any other park. Carnivore species unique to Kidepo and Karamoja region include the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, ardwolf, caracal and hunting dog. Less common ungulates include the greater and lesser kudu, Chandlers mountain redbuck, klipspringer.
Among other large ungulates are bush elephant, Burchell’s zebra, bush pig, warthog, Rothschild giraffe, bushbuck, bush duiker, defassa waterbuck, bohor reedbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest and oribi. Carnivores present include lion, leopards, spotted hyena, black-backed jackals and side-striped jackal.