Kidepo Valley National Park

(“The True Wilderness of Africa”)

Kidepo Valley national Park is a 1,442 square kilometres (557 sq mi) national park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. Kidepo is rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 metres (9,020 ft) Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narusrivers.The park is approximately 220 kilometres (140 mi), by road northwest of Moroto, the largest town in the sub-region. It is approximately 520 kilometres (320 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.

Primary grasses in the Narus Valley are the shorter red oat grass and taller bunchy Guinea grass and fine thatching grass. Common trees in the drier areas are red thorn acacias, desert dates, and to a lesser extent drumstick trees. The iconic sausage trees and fan palms line the water courses.[7] Euphorbia candelabrum and the shorter monkey bread (or camel's foot) and Buffalo thorn trees are also found.
Perennial water makes River Kidepo an oasis in the semi-desert which hosts over 86 mammal species including Congo lion, Tanzanian cheetah, African leopard, bat-eared fox, Rothschild's giraffe as well as almost 500 bird species.

Getting there:

• Kampala - Karuma - Gulu - Kitgum - Kidepo = 571km (10 hours)
• Kampala - Karuma - Lira - Kotido - Kaabong - Kidepo = 705km (12 hours)
• Kampala - Mbale - Sironko - Moroto - Kotido - Kaabong - Kidepo = 740km (12 hours)
• Kampala - Mbale - Soroti - Moroto - Kotido - Kabong - Kidepo = 792km (13 hours).

Accommodation

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