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Kidepo Valley National Park

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KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK-UGANDA Kidepo Valley National Park is located in Kabong in North Eastern Uganda in the rugged semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s boarder with Kenya and Sudan. It covers an area of 1442km2. It is Uganda’s most isolated park due to the long distance from the capital (approx.700km) and the poor road network. However, […]

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK-UGANDA

Kidepo Valley National Park is located in Kabong in North Eastern Uganda in the rugged semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s boarder with Kenya and Sudan. It covers an area of 1442km2. It is Uganda’s most isolated park due to the long distance from the capital (approx.700km) and the poor road network. However, the few people who have made a journey their have come to agree that it’s among Africa’s finest wilderness.

Kidepo is home to over 86 mammal species including four of the big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard) and the only Ugandan Park that is home to cheetah and ostrich. Other wildlife includes; spotted hyenas, wild dogs, Rothschild’s giraffes, zebras, bat-eared foxes. 475 bird species have been recorded including the ostrich, egrets, herons, fish eagles and so on.

The Park consists of two major valley systems of the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. Kanangarok is a tepid hot spring in the extreme north of the park, beside the South Sudanese boarder. This is the most permanent source of water in the park.

Most of the park is open savannah .Due to differences in rain fall levels, with annual averages of 89centimeters in the Narus and 64 centimeters in the Kidepo basin, vegetation and animal life vary between the two valleys.

Local people are the Karimajongs. These people are nomadic pastoralists and are known for their strong cultural bonds just like the Maasai. Dodoth pastoralists and Ik farmers lived in the area before it was gazetted as a game reserve by the British colonial government in 1958. The purpose was both to protect the animals from hunting and to prevent further clearing of bush for tsetse fly control. The game reserve was converted into the Kidepo Valley National Park in 1962.