Want a fantastic wildlife safari in Uganda? Are you a typical photographer? Do you want to spend your honeymoon with your lover in the wilderness? All you need to do is giving the photogenic Kidepo Valley National Park a visit. The Park lies in the far North-east of the Pearl of Africa – Uganda and it remains one of the most astounding destinations in Africa, ideal for wildlife safaris. A visit to this Park will see you spot almost every African wildlife species, thus returning home with a very great experience. The Park harbors a couple of extinct wildlife species that can’t be met anywhere else in Uganda – it is a fully compacted Ugandan Park!
Attractions in the Park
Kidepo is an amazing Ugandan National Park with a rich diversity of wildlife, such as; the African lions, African Leopards, Cheetahs (only found here in Uganda), Cape Buffaloes, Savannah Elephants, Bat-eared foxes, Zebras, Rothschild’s Giraffes, Spotted Hyenas, Hippos, Crocodiles, Jackson’s hartebeests, Oribis, and very many other animals. Going to Uganda for a wildlife safari and you miss the fantastic Kidepo on your itinerary is totally a fake wildlife trip to the Pearl of Africa. Besides its varied wildlife, the Park has very many other attractions which are definitely breathtaking. The Park’s picturesque landscape is one of the things that you will not need to miss, especially when you are a true photographer.
The Kanangorok hot spring is another eye-catching attraction in the Park. Besides the exceptional wildlife safaris in the Park and the beautiful scenery it boasts, Kidepo is another great spot for cultural trails – you will interact with the typical cattle keepers, Karamajongs. The Karamajongs have a great and surely shocking history behind them that will be shared to you during the interaction with them. Locally, the Karamajongs are renowned for their amazing past history of not wearing clothes and move freely, only covering the private parts. However due to modernization, many Karamajongs now wear clothes and many things have really changed in their lives as compared to the past centuries. It’s really a great time to meet with them! In summary, Kidepo is a miniature version of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park, so if you have ever been there or read about it you know what it means, everything fantastic!!
Where to stay
The Park is arguably the most isolated one from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and in the Past there were few accommodations. However, nowadays there are various options to choose from, such as; the newly opened Adere Safari Lodge, Apoka Safari Lodge, Kidepo Savannah Lodg, and Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp, among others. Some of the accommodations are luxury (high-end) and others are mid-range well as the others are budget. Therefore, you can choose to either stay in luxury, midrange or budget depending on your desires and budget. The Kakine self-catering campsite is an ideal camping ground for those who are interested in sleeping outdoors, campers.