In the far, remote North of Uganda bordering South Sudan, Kidepo is one of Uganda’s least visited parks. Transected by Rivers Kidepo and Narus and well fed with ample rainfall, Kidepo is an oasis in the semi-desert; unsurpassed scenery, dense Acacia geradi forest along Lorupei River and breathtaking savannah landscapes dominated by Mt. Morungole (2750m).
The park’s extremely diverse flora and fauna includes over 500 species of birds and over 80 mammals species, (28 of which do not occur anywhere else in Ugandan), including the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, cheetah and leopard, aardwolf, caracal, hunting dogs, elephants, zebra, bush pigs, warthog, rothschild giraffe, buffalo, eland, jackson’s hartbeest and oribi. Less common residents include the greater and lesser kudu, Chandlers Mountain reedbuck, klipspringer, etc.
The rugged, arid terrain and the silence of the open plains gives it a feeling of true wilderness. Visitors here can be rewarded with sightings of animal not seen elsewhere in Uganda such as Ostrich or Cheetah. Lion sightings in this park have been reported as nothing less than spectacular.
Activities include: Hiking on Lamoj Mountains just a few kilometers from the Park HQs, sightseeing at the splendid Kidepo River Valley dominated by Borassus palm forest, the Kanangorok Hot Springs, located only 11 km from Kidepo river valley and Cultural Performances such as the Emuya of the Naporre and Nyangia ethnic groups and Larakaraka and Apiti dances of the Acholi.