Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the most magnificent national parks in Uganda. It is located in the remote Karamoja region in Kabong District between Uganda and South Sudan border.
The national park covers a total land area of 1442 square kilometers and it’s comprised of savannah vegetation, hills, and valleys like Kidepo and Narus Valley, mount Morungole among others.
These perfectly blended features radiate a unique scenery view to any visiting traveler that is rarely observed elsewhere on the globe.
According to CNN travel, Kidepo National Park has been named the second most attractive and beautiful park in Africa due to the charming and breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife.
The national park is a home of a wide variety of mammal species including the big four mammals which include the elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, and other animals like zebras, ostrich, oryx, hyenas, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, caracal, jackal, klipspringer, boho reedbuck, bushbuck, bush duiker, waterbuck, elands, oribi, Uganda kobs, greater and lesser kudu, Jackson’s hartebeest among others.
The national park is home to over 474 bird species which makes it the second destination in Uganda with the highest number of birds species. The bird species in the park include; black-breasted barbet, little bee-eater, ostrich, red and yellow barbet, kori bustard, Karamoja Apalis, pygmy, white-bellied go-away bird, purple heron, secretary bird, yellow-billed shrike among others.
Apoka Tourism Centre
Apoka Centre overlooks the Narus valley and it acts as a hub for all activities in the park, for example, it has a vehicle for hire for travelers, it’s a station for the park guides and rangers.
There are many lodges around the Centre, has cooking equipment for hire to visitors who are camping. It offers scenic views of animals that will be going to drink water at Narus Valley
These mountains act as a boundary between the park and the IK people which is the smallest ethnic tribe in the Karamoja region.
The IK people live on top of the mountains and visitors who want to visit will walk on foot with a park ranger to get to these communities.