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Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is a 1,442 square kilometers (557 sq. mi) national park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. Kidepo is rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 meters (9,020ft) Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers.

The park consists of the two major valley systems of the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. The valley floors lie between 3,000feet (910m) and 4,000feet (1,200m) AMSL. Kanangarok (also spelled Kananorok or Kanatarok) is a tepid hot spring in the extreme north of the Park, beside the South Sudanese boundary. This spring is the most permanent source of water in the park. The soil in the park is clayey. In the Kidepo Valley blackchalky clay and sandy-clay loam pre dominate, while the Narus Valley has free draininged clays and loams.

Game viewing is possible by vehicle on dirt roads that criss cross the southern and western parts of the park. A few trunk roads are improved with murram and are passable in all weather.

Activities in Kidepo Valley National Park

Game Drives in Kidepo Valley National Park

Game drives in Kidepo can be done along Narus valley as the park’s wildlife congregates here much of the year.This area has adequate track circuits enabling tourists view the animals at a close range.The katurum kopie provides spectacular views north across the valley towards morungole mountain range.

Community Walks in Kidepo Valley National Park

Community walks are one of the ways you can get to know more about the lifestyles, culture, dressing style, dancing of the karamonjongs. The karamojongs are traditionally cattle raiders and hunters.However through community conservation education,their lifestyle is gradually changing and most of them now know the value of conservation of the park. Alot is experienced on this community walk for example tourists are able to taste the traditional drink of the Karamojongs which is a mixture of cow milk and blood.

Accommodations In Kidepo National Park

Apoka Safari Lodge.

The rooms at Apoka have been built with comfort in mind. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen, everything is large and capacious. 10 expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surround a rocky kopje with endless views across the savannah. With inside sitting rooms and private verandas there are plenty of places to relax, read and sprawl.  Big hand-hewn beds with soft duvets are draped with mosquito nets, hand-woven woolen carpets, extra large plush towels, over-sized dressing gowns…you may be as far away from the city as you’ll ever be, but you won’t miss a thing.Step outside to a sheltered terrace and slip into your own outdoor stone bathtub, big enough to fit the whole family.The swimming pool at Apoka Lodge – deep and cool – has been carved out of the big rock. This is the kind of pool that makes you want to jump in, splashing and yelling, feeling like a kid again.

Kidepo Savannah Lodge.

On the edge of one of the most beautiful National Parks in Uganda…

Our latest and most remote property of Nature lodges, Kidepo Savannah Lodge does justice to this wildlife gem which has received several international awards as one of the greatest Parks of Africa. Being just 500 mt away from Kalokudo gate, the lodge is literally on a stone’s throw from the Park. It offers  unparalled vistas of the expansive Narus Valley, Mount Morungole and the distant mountain ranges which form the border with Southern Sudan.

The lodge is inspired by the savannah surroundings, the grasslands, rocky outcrops, and … by the karamajong, the tribe with their typical manyattas and colorful blankets.  The lodge had to blend in rater than stick out, so we opted for a choice between the more luxurious self contained safari tents and comfortable lazy camping tents.Whichever you would choose for, we strive to offer you a great value for money

Nga’moru Wilderness Camp.

Nga’Moru, meaning ‘the place of rocks’, overlooks the teeming Narus Valley in Kidepo Valley National Park. It is an ideal place to relax and view wildlife, many species of which are found nowhere else in Uganda.

With its great food, excellent service and elegant bandas – each with a breathtaking view of the Narus Valley – it provides the perfect location to enjoy one of East Africa’s best kept secrets. It deserves a few nights stay.

As Nga’Moru is situated next to the park boundary, daily game-viewing from camp is a leisurely affair. Sightings from camp include waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, elephant, lion, and buffalo which regularly graze in the high rocky grounds of Nga’Moru, along with oribi, warthog, and a plethora of bird species – including nine raptors.

And at the end of each day, there’s a spot by the fire to unwind and share safari tales with the other guests at Nga’Moru. Sit back in your camp chair, look up, and gaze into a night sky like no other you’ve ever seen. Listen for grunting lions, yelping jackals and laughing hyena near camp.
Big sigh…yes, Nga’Moru certainly is off the beaten track, beyond the prevailing horizons, a restful, isolated wilderness teeming with wildlife, a place where you can truly relax.

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