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How Accessible is Kidepo Valley Game National Park?

Kidepo Valley National Park is situated in north eastern Uganda and covers 1.442 kms in size, is among the most spectacular parks in Uganda, though it is not very accessible, as it is located in the North-East of the country, bordering Sudan and Kenya, in the Karamoja region. It lies at an altitude range between 914 m. and 2.750 m. above sea level. This consideration, combined with the valley’s open, Savannah habitat, makes it the park’s prime game viewing location.

Indeed it is possible to sight a good variety of wildlife simply by scanning the valley with binoculars from the comfort of the Apoka Safari Lodge or on game drive viewing. It is much interesting to take a trip to Kidepo by use of the upgraded surface Road transport which provides en-route view drives and charter flights are booked from Entebbe-Kajjansi airstrip to reach Kidepo.

This park is so historical and self- Driving is more rewarding, as much of Karamoja, like Kidepo itself, is a vast and unspoiled wilderness. However, road conditions are sometimes difficult and 4WD vehicles are usually essential. There are four possible routes by road: routes via Mbale pass to the east of Lake Kyoga to reach northern Uganda; routes via Karuma pass to the west. Kampala – Karuma – Gulu – Kitgum – Kidepo = 571kms, Kampala – Karuma – Lira – Kotido – Kidepo = 705kms, Kampala – Mbale – Sironko – Kotido – Kaabong – Kidepo = 740kms, Kampala – Mbale – Soroti – Moroto – Kidepo = 792kms. Visitors should note that the road mainly in use from Kotido to Kaabong passes via Kanawat not via Losilang as indicated on most maps. Enquire at Kotido. Prospective visitors should contact 4×4 Car Hire Uganda managed by Nature Adventure Africa Safaris – Uganda to obtain up-to-date advice about road conditions and safety to identify the preferred choice of route. Charter flights to Kidepo may be arranged from Kampala (Kajjansi), Kampala Aero club, or Entebbe with Eagle Aviation. Flights take about two hours. The Civil Aviation Authority has plans to make Lomej, to the east of Apoka, an international airport to enable visitors to fly direct to Kidepo from other countries.

Once you are in Kidepo National Park, you are exposed to the vegetation dominated by an open Savannah, with dry mountain forest and acacia forest. The park hosts at least 86 mammal species (elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, bush pig), including many predators, like black backed jackal, African hunting dog, bat eared fox, cheetah, caracal, lions, leopards. There are 17 antelope species.

The bird checklist is of 463 species recorded, including 56 raptors, like pygmy falcon, Ostriches’, tawny eagle, secretary bird, vultures and there are also paces of stay from luxury to basic. All this is arranged by our travel expert that has several times visited this park on self – drive trips and escorted safaris and educating local communities in Lorukul, Karenga village the conservation of wildlife in the Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda and is full of full of knowledge of the area to make your safari memorable.

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