It’s no wonder Kidepo Valley National Park is the most beautiful National Park bordered by South Sudan to North and Kenya to the East covering an area of 1,442 sq.km. It is one of the most spectacular parks with a scenery that is no doubt the most eye catching in all the protected areas in Africa. It has a variety of 80 mammal species like the Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, hunting Dog, and both the Greater and Lesser Kudu among others.
It is home to 465 bird species, 58 of which are raptors and among the 58, 14 are only found in Kidepo valley National Park e.g African Swallow-tailed Kite, Lammergeier, Verreaux’s Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Eleonora’s Falcon, to mention but a few. Other species include the Stone Partridge, Clapperton’s Francolin, Quail-plover, White-bellied and Hartlaub’s Bustards, Black-faced and Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Eastern Yellow-billed, Red-billed and Jackson’s Hornbills, Black-breasted Barbet, Pink-breasted Lark, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark, Golden Pipit, Red-pate and Rock-loving Cisticola, the globally vulnarable and RARE Karamoja Apalis, Amethyst Sunbird, Taita Fiscal, Emin’s Shrike, Three-streaked Tchagra, Grey-capped Social-Weaver, White-headed and White-billed Buffalo-Weavers, Black-cheeked Waxbill, Eastern Paradise-Whydah and Yellow-rumped Seedeater among others.
If you know the and their cousins the Karamajong are inhabit of Kidepo Valley National Park .Their lives centered on cattle just like the Masai, they still live a very humble life style. For your eyes only: Whether a cow is in the Europe or Australia, it belongs to a Karamajong. Just like their Masai casines, the Karamajong too have the love for colorful clothing.
The magnificent scenery makes one lose a Heartbeat. When you get into the valley, the Morongole Mts, Napore ranges, Kalenga and Kidi Rwot rocks will surround you. A visit to the manyattas (Karamajong homestead) will give you a big lesson about the Karamajongs traditional ways like every man carrying his own one legged stool(Kicolong) everywhere he goes, the dancing, jewelery among others.
There are numerous places of accommodation like, Apoka Lodge, Savanah Lodge, Ngamoru Wilderness Lodge and Apoka Rest Camp. Kidepo Valley National Park is accessed both by road and by air. By road, you can use the Gulu- Kitgum road as well as Mbale-Soroti-Kotido-Kabong route. However, a 4wd is recommended because bad road conditions some seasons.