Kidepo Valley National Park is located at the northeastern tip of Uganda touching two border sides of Kenya and South Sudan where it extends northwards. The park occupies an area of 1,442 square kilometers while its altitude ranges between 914m and 2,750m above sea level.
Kidepo is crossed by two rivers including River Kidepo and River Narus which both disappear in the dry season leaving wildlife with a few pools that collect water. The Karamojong people, who are similar to the Masaai of Keny together with the IK, a hunter-gatherer tribe, whose survival is threatened are the two local communities living around Kidepo Valley National Park. Visitors to the park have a chance of visiting these communities and test their unique way of life.
Kidepo, is Uganda’s most isolated national park located some 700km away from the capital Kampala. The park boasts huge numbers of big game including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, among others and together there are over 77 mammal species in the park as well as 475 species of birds.
Kidepo may be the most isolated national park in Uganda but a few visitors who make it there all admit that it is the most magnificent as the park ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. Kidepo offers an endless view of wildlife from Apoka that lies in the heart of the park, the savannah landscape dominated park extends even beyond the gazetted area to the horizons above the surrounding mountain ranges.
The wetlands and the remnant pools in the the broad Narus Valley near Apoka offer the only permanent water source in the park during the dry season. Together with the open savannah terrain, these seasonal oases make the Narus Valley a haven and a game viewing location in the park.