Isolated from the Uganda mainstream by the harsh plains north of Mount Elgon, Kidepo is one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas, attracts rugged savannah dominated by the 2,750m Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers .Perennial water makes Kidepo an oasis in the semi-desert, reflected in its 86 mammal species (28 occurring nowhere else in Uganda) and almost 500 birds. Predators are well-represented not only lions; cheeter and leopards, but also the delightful bat-eared fox and insectivorous Hyena-like aardwolf while a long list of dry country antelopes include the regal greater kudu and Beisa Oryx. While the game viewing can be excellent, it is the thrilling sense of supreme isolation that distinguishes this rare slice of wild Africa, as yet undiscovered by the mass safari market.
Size: 1,436 sq Km
Location: On the Sudanese boarder in the northeast
Getting there and away:
The drive from Kampala via Mbale and Moroto, best split over two days, requires a good 4*4. Charter flights from Kampala are a popular way to reach Kidepo.
Rewarding game drives, foot safaris across the Narus Valley and enjoying the isolated wilderness. Lookout too, for the Karamojong people, traditional pastoralists with few linguistic or cultural affiliations to other East African groups.
Visiting time; through out the year
There is a lodge near the entrance gate, as well as the UWA rest camp and a Campsite.