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WILDLIFE SAFARI IN UGANDA
WILDLIFE SAFARI IN RWANDA.

This national park lies in the rugged, , semi-arid valleys that are found between Uganda’s borders with Kenya and Sudan, its 700km from Kampala. It was gazetted as a national park in 1962 and it has variety of big game and has over 77 mammal species as well as 475 species of birds. This is the most isolated national park but so magnificent in nature. You will find a savannah lqand scape that extends far beyond the gazzetted area towards the horizons that are outlined by the distant mountain ranges. During the dry season, water can only be got in wetlands and the remnant pools with in the broad Narus valley near the Apoka.you can also find variety of game in these areas.

The Kidepo Valley National Park is among Uganda’s most magnificent parks along the border of Uganda with Southern Sudan in the northeast. It covers 1,442 sq kilometers and offers scenery unparalleled in any other national park within East Africa. What is talked about by the visitors in regards to its scenery is that “It couldn’t be any better!”, and repeatedly the visitors promise and actually return to Kidepo. Hidden into the corner of the border of Uganda with Kenya and South Sudan, this park offers spectacular Savannah landscapes that end in rocky horizon.

The park also has two major valley systems of the Kidepo and Narus rivers. The valley floors also lies between 90m and 1,200 m above the sea level. The Kanangarok is a tepid hot spring with in the far north of the park and besides the south Sudanese boundary, the sping is also the most permanent source of water with in the park. This park has clay soils even though in the kidepo valley, black chalky clay as well as the sandy clay dominate.

The climate here is divided into one short wet season as well as a long dry spell. These wet seasons fall between April and October and the dry season also fills the rest of the year. It receives 800mm of rain annually, the dry season is also featured by very hot north easterly monsoon winds that resulted into drought with no green vegetation. The relief of the park rises from 900-1200m above the sea level. It has got semi-arid plains crossed with hills, rocky out crops and the mountain ranges.

The Kidepo Valley National Park is among Uganda’s most magnificent parks along the border of Uganda with Southern Sudan in the northeast. It covers 1,442 sq kilometers and offers scenery unparalleled in any other national park within East Africa. What is talked about by the visitors in regards to its scenery is that “It couldn’t be any better!”, and repeatedly the visitors promise and actually return to Kidepo. Hidden into the corner of the border of Uganda with Kenya and South Sudan, this park offers spectacular Savannah landscapes that end in rocky horizon.

The vegetation of the park can be divided into four associations including the Narus Valley which contains the grey haired acacia, savannah woodland, grassland, tree and shrub steppe as well as the bush lands with the forests. The park is also composed of open savannah grassland mixed with acacia and other perennial grasses and the seteria species.

The park has 86 mammal species, 475 bird species as well as 692 species, and some of the animals also include; hyenas, aardwolf, caracal, cheetah, the greater and lesser kudu, Klipspringer, dik, dik, and many more. The park has got variety of bird species and 58 of these are recorded including; the ptgmy falcon, the Egyptian vulture, and many more. Here are also 14 raptors as well as the hornbills. The Narus valley is filled with elephants, Nile crocodiles as well as lions.

The tourists can also visit at any time of the year, even though the conditions in the park are had during the rainy season. It’s also hot and dry while in June to Sept. the rain is more predominant, the temperatures are warm and storms don’t last more than 1 hour. Ita also advisable to use a 4×4 vehicles while in the park. The main accommodation facilities here include; Apoka safari lodge, Nga Moru Wilderness camp as well as the budget accommodation at Apoka Rest Camp, this is managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority.

The main tourist attractions in this park include game viewing while in vehicles as well as the cultural walks to the Karamojongo people. You can also seek advice from the local Uganda safari operator on how best you can access the park as well as how to pay for any of the above activities. It’s also approximately 12 hours drive from Kampala by road, there are also scheduled flights by Aero Link that take only 2 hours and these fly in Kideppo from Entebbe airport.

Tourist activities in Kidepo Valley National Park

Hiking and Sightseeing in Kidepo

Hiking may be conducted on Lamoj Mountains only a couple of kilometers from the Headquarters of the Park. Visitors may as well go to see the marvelous Kidepo River Valley covered with Borassus palm forest; its broad

flat bed is dried out through the biggest part of the year. From the Kidepo Valley, also you can visit Kanangorok

Hot Springs that are situated just 11 km from the Kidepo river valley.

Game viewing in Kidepo

Among the various species to see within this park are: the Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Caracal, the aard Wolf, elephants, oribi, burchell’s zebras, Jackson’s hartebeests, bush pigs, bohor reed buck, warthogs, rothschild giraffes, defassa water bucks, cape buffaloes, elands, bush duskier, bush bucks, lions, side-striped jackals, leopards, black-backed jackals, various small cats as well as spotted hyenas.

Bird Watching in Kidepo

The park is renowned for its exceptional variety of birds. Out of the Fifty eight recorded birds of prey, fourteen are thought to be specifically endemic to the Kidepo as well as the Karamoja

region. Included in these are: the pygmy Falcon, Varreaux’s Eagle plus the Egyptian Vulture and  many other species.

Cultural Performance

The nearby local communities possess teams of cultural entertainers that are normally accessible to offer performances on request. These performers have a wide range of traditional dances as well as songs such as the Emuya of the Nyangia as well as the Naporre ethnic groups along with Larakaraka plus Apiti dances performed by the native Acholi people.

Attractions in Kidepo

Apoka Tourism Centre

Looking over the game filled Narus Valley and habitat to a luxury lodge and the standard UWA managed cottages; the Apoka is the tourism centre of the park. Ranger guides are positioned at Apoka to accompany tourists on their game drives plus nature walks. For people not having their private transport, there are park trucks offered for hired. In addition, there is a craft shop having books plus souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, bottled-water plus sodas which can as well be bought here. Food is prepared on request and also cooking gas as well as utensils may be hired by people who desire to cook on their own.

Narus Valley

Narus Valley is a rising and falling grassland plain surrounded by faraway mountains. This valley provides permanent water, and through most of the year its wildlife gathers here. Therefore, this area is properly supplied with game tracks, having 4 loop circuits that explore the valley close to Apoka. Several creatures for example lions, reedbucks, Jackson’s hartebeests, oribis, buffaloes and giraffes are visible within the valley.  Cheetahs plus leopards are as well seen but in smaller numbers. The Narus dam together with the water hole close to the Tourism Centre are ideal observation places for game, particularly throughout the dry season. At the far southern tip of the Katurum loop, there is the Katurum kopje (a site of an abandoned lodge) is an eye-catching destination with outstanding views north over the valley in the direction of the Morungule mountain range.

Kidepo Valley and Kanangorok Hot Springs

Through most of the year, shortage of surface water implies that less wildlife is seen within Kidepo Valley, although it is still definitely worth the drive to go to the dried out Kidepo River to walk along its 50 meter wide river bed comprised of white sand in between the banks blanketed with borassus palms.

“Kidepo” means “to pick from below” and this valley was frequented by people traveling to collect fallen borassus fruits to use for fermenting when making palm beer. Kanangorok Hot Springs are located 11 kilometers past the Kidepo River along the Sudan border. It is a marvelous place to sit down and observe the mountains far past the frontier.

Mount Morungule

Mount Morungole towers to 2,750 meters and it is crossed by River Kidepo and River Narus which nourish the wildlife plus the natural habitat of this park. The Morungole Range defines the southern boundary of this park and soars from these plains a couple of kilometers north-east of Apoka. This area may be visited on foot in the company of a ranger. The slopes of the mountain are habitat to the IK people, who are the tiniest ethnic group found in Uganda, and have their own special culture.

Accommodation at Kidepo Valley National Park

Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp

You may choose to fly up to Kidepo from Entebbe International Airport and in less than Two hours you will be there, alternatively, you may choose to take an exciting drive by using the Gulu to Kitgum road and in 10 hours you will as well be arriving. A number of the wild animals which often visit the camp include: Elephants, Lions, Hyenas, Zebras and Waterbucks.

Apoka Safari Lodge

Within this distant part of Uganda, Apoka Lodge has established a heaven experience here on earth just for you. The convenience, the luxury, the fashion and class encompasses you in the middle of this African Wild.Wild animals come to your door-steps, you are in the middle of beautiful wonders, wild animals in abundance yet you’re in what is known as the Pearl of Africa.

 

Apoka Rest Camp

With regard to visitors who choose camping, this park has 2 ‘Do it yourself’ camping grounds. You have to carry your own tent along with other camping gear. Sixteen self contained chalets are offered at Apoka Rest Camp which is a hostel consisting of Fourteen Bandas each having 2 beds; the Bandas are actually not self contained.

 

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