Wilderness is not defined by the absence of certain activities, but rather by the presence of certain unique and invaluable characteristics. Kidepo Valley National Park is the only park in Uganda that will give you that delightful wilderness experience you will always cherish. This park lies in the rugged semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya. It’s the most secluded but those who have been there can agree it is the most splendid among Africa’s finest wilderness. Its remote location and the relatively small number of safariers means that it provides a haven for wildlife and game viewing. It has a savannah landscape that extends far beyond the gazette areas of the mountain ranges. There are over 77 mammal species such as lions, elephants, buffalos, roaming giraffes, cheetahs, Orbis, boho reedbuck, defassa waterbuck, and many others. There is an abundance of diverse species of over 475 birds and it is the only park in Uganda where you can find the ostriches. CNN included this haven among the top 8 national parks that make the best safaris in Africa.
This park is the best place for those safariers who love to have a great wilderness experience without the obstruction of a large crowd. The valley has one of the most beautiful spectacular places that peck one’s curiosity and easier to explore with a convenient crowd. Kidepo’s extensive landscape is inhibited by the beautiful open tree savannah, hills covered by the dry mountain forest and some watercourses support acacia forests. It is the home of walking safaris and the best part about this experience is you get to encounter wild animals along the way. The scenery is amazing, it is just you and the stillness broken by the cry from the wild. These sounds of the winds sweeping through are an amazing, relaxing remedy for the safariers.
The attractive Narrus valley is a magical sight that has always attracted the interest of the travelers because it’s the home to the permanent Narrus wetland. The vegetation cover is largely grassland, thorny acacia, sausage trees, and desert trees that make this place an African beauty. During the rainy season, swamps and wetlands thrive in this place and retain water in the pools that stay for long periods in the dry season. Safariers on safari are given access to secret spots where they get to see animals congregating. For safariers who would love to see the rare tree-climbing lions, then you will see them on top of the sausage trees. These are some of the sights your camera wouldn’t want to miss.
One of the most interesting features found in this park is the seasonal lake at the Kidepo valley which is not only incredibly beautiful but also has a unique aspect that will fascinate you. The lake floods during rainy seasons but dries up hours later but leaves a sandy flow of over 165 feet wide and surprisingly water can be found under this sand. This is a perfect spot to find animals like elephants and baboons because they come to dig out this water.
Nature is so powerful, so strong and capturing its essence is not easy. The park has these exceptional collections of pools bubbling with the ancient volcano heat at the Kanangorok hot springs overlooking the rolling hills of South Sudan. For photography lovers, your camera will love the stunning two rocks a few meters away that appears to be confronting each other. There is an added bonus to visiting these springs, the water is hot enough to warm your food. According to the natives of this place, these springs are believed to have healing powers for skin diseases.
The cultural visit into the authentic Karamojong and the IK people who live an extraordinary life is a mind-blowing experience. The Karamojong hold their traditional customs and cultural beliefs in high esteem. The most interesting symbol of attraction are the beautiful Manyatta that safariers love to come and see. Travelers love to listen to the natives giving an insight into the life experiences and also learn about the survival games in the wilderness. Visiting these tribes in their communities is always an unforgettable experience as you get to explore their beliefs, partake in traditional foods, and even watch their dances.