Experiential Kidepo Valley Park – Uganda – Top Things to do and See
Kidepo Valley Park Experiential Activities in and near the Park
The Top Things to Do and See in Kidepo Valley Park – Africa’s Hidden Gem according to CNN – No other park like it in all of Africa – Africa like it was 50 some years ago – called a “Long Forgotten Eden” – a place you might imagine Africa would be like, but only better.
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of those Out of the Ordinary places in East Africa. Africa as you might imagine it, read about in an Ernest Hemingway account, or one of the Safari tales by Karen Blixen in her “Out of Africa” – this is unspoiled Africa, remote, untouched, unvisited, Africa without the crowds – a park with less than 10 new visitors a day, Experiential Africa at its best.
Getting here is a bit tough, or expensive if you fly in, however what awaits you far outweighs the cost of a flight or the long journey to the Long Forgotten Eden.
Kidepo Valley Park – a Tapestry of rugged scenery, vibrant wildlife, Warrior Herdsmen Tribe, and the Ik people on remote Mount Morungole.
Kidepo Valley National Park – is a must visit for those that want to see Authentic, Raw, Untouched Afric3a without the crowds – there is no other Park like it in all of Africa.
It is hard to get to – You either fly in, which is very expensive or you drive to the park. The drive takes a lot of time due to the distance from Kampala, the more scenic route from Sipi Falls to Kidepo Parks break up the journey.
The lodging facilities are few, however more are coming on-line as the popularity of the Park is on the increase plus the Apoka Rest Camp has been greatly improved to the delight of Budget Travelers.
Presently there 2000-3000 visitors per year, less per ten per day, in spite of being the best park for wildlife viewing in Uganda plus unique and enriching cultural experiences with the Karamojong and the Ik People who live near the park.
Kidepo Valley Park where the stunning scenery simply takes your breath away. It is just you and a stillness only broken by the cry from the wild. The sounds of the winds sweeping through the valley – you are amazed that such a place as Kidepo Valley Park even exists – an abundance of wildlife – rough-hewn scenery and an absence of people, no caravans of vehicles meandering down the game tracks- it is simply a scene from Karen Blixen or Ernest Hemingway’s Africa – it is the Africa as you imagined it but rarely find in the 21st Century.
There are Lions in abundance-especially during the dry season of the year (even some tree climbing ones) – Elephant and Buffalo herds roaming – Giraffe – leopards – cheetahs – wild dogs – ostriches-pangolins –the bat eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, and hunting dog – antelopes such as eland, bush buck, bush duskier, defassa water buck, bohor reed buck, jackson’s hartebeest and oribi.
There is an abundance of birds including many raptors – Kidepo Valley National Park has much to offer to the visitor who flies in or the stamina to drive in – but what awaits the visitor here is well worth the flight or drive here.
This remote, out of the ordinary park in Uganda offers the best of the Wild of Africa – it is beyond Kodak moments – it is a true experience of the African Wild. Kidepo Valley Park worth your time and effort.
The Experiential Top Things to Do and See in Kidepo Valley Park
Kidepo Valley National Park – is one of East Africa’s most remote and unvisited park. It takes time, effort or money to get here.
The journey for most to Kidepo Valley National Park is from Kampala to Kitgum with an overnight stay there. The next day you enter Kidepo Valley Park.
You can also take the scenic route, taking in Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon first and then proceed to the following day to Kidepo Valley National Park.
Stephen Cunliffe who writes for Africa Geographic and Travel Africa wrote about Kidepo Valley Park calling it “A Long Forgotten Eden.
Kidepo Valley National Park Game Drives are tracks where you can encounter the Wild of Africa without the crowds. This remote – unvisited park allows you to see the best of Africa while on a game drive.
Game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park depend on where you stay – if you stay at Apoka Lodge you will find that two activities a day such as game drives are included in the price of the room per night,
Other lodges such as Nga Mmoru Wildlife Camp or the Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas mean that like in other wildlife parks we take you in our safari vehicle on game drives. We always use a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger who comes on board with weapon for your protection.
Kidepo Valley Park – some of the best game drives in all of Uganda.
Nature – Bush Walks:
Kidepo Valley Park has some great places for Nature and Bush Walks. There is nothing like taking in the African Wild on foot and there are not many better places to do so than Kidepo Valley Park.
There are also places outside of the park area where you can go for a hike such as an all day hike up the Morungole Mountains to visit the Ik People, one of the smallest tribes in Uganda.
There are many places within the park where you can hike and or climb including Idi Amin’s dream lodge that was never completed while he was president of Uganda – maybe in the future as more visitors come to the park it will be.
All Nature Walks and Hikes within the Park will guided by Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers, you cannot wander off on your own in this remote park.
Birding – Kidepo Valley Park:
Kidepo Valley Park is a great place for birders that also would like to enjoy wildlife in the remote Kidepo Valley Park.
The Karamojong People are Warrior – Nomads – the Karamoja region has often been called the Wild West of Uganda. When Uganda was a British Protectorate – they simply left this area alone. Their pride is their cattle and in the past cattle raids were the rule of the day.
Things have calmed down in recent years and the Karamojong have been disarmed and have become a lot more passive in nature. Cattle is still king, however subsistence farming has become a lot more common
This is an arid regions and people have to walk miles in order to find water, on the other hand at times their have been floods here wreaking havoc among the people who live here.
This is a cultural visit that you will find most interesting and give you insights into Authentic Africa and in particular insights into the Karamojong People who live and who are related to the Maasai.
You will need an early morning start to climb up into the Monrungole Mountains for a visit with the Ik Tribe. One of the original tribes in the in the Northeast Uganda area.
They were here long the Karamojong entered their land. Today they number around 10,000. The first University Student from the Ik Community is enrolled at Kampala International University. She is doing well.
Colin Turnbull wrote a somewhat negative book entitled “The Mountain People” about the Ik which has been disproved – he had tried to prove that the Ik people were incapable of loving.
This will be one of the highlights of your time in Uganda – learn the ways and culture of the Ik People. This activity will add one day to your safari to Kidepo Valley Park.
Practical tips – advice and information that will make your safari a success in Uganda – it begins with preparation while you are at home in your country with things such as a Bradt Travel Guide which is great reading material. There is what to wear while on safari in Uganda, gorilla tracking and what to wear while on a savannah safari.
What shoes to wear, about binoculars, photo tips while gorilla tracking, the top ten things to bring on a safari, journaling, packing for a safari, safari lodging advice and more.
More information about safari going in Uganda than you will need. We wrote this for our clients who often had questions, here they find answers and more.
A safari begins with preparing at home – it is a trip of a life-time. This page will help you along the way.
Here are Safaris that take in Kidepo Valley Park. If you do not see what you would like to do and see in Uganda. Kidepo Valley National Park.
Kidepo Valley Park is not just another safari park in Africa but an experience of the African Wilderness like no other. Past clients have been amazed as to what awaited them while they took a safari here.
If you do not find a safari that meets your needs – we would love to tailor-make a safari that is just right for you.
Kidepo Valley National Park, unvisited and remote – but not for much longer – not to be missed and more and more choose to visit the Park.
Enjoy a Safari in Africa as it used to be – wildlife without the crowds in Kidepo Valley Park.
There are not many lodging choices inside of Kidepo Valley Park. There is Apoka Lodge inside of the park – then there are the Bandas from the UWA agency and NgaMoru just outside ot the park.
The three cover the needs of most of budget, moderate and upmarket lodging. Just 8 kilometers from the park you will find more lodging that may your need.
If one uses the Uganda Wildlife Bandas, one has to bring in their own food supply. Arrangements can be made for a cook to prepare the food. There are no restaurant options for those who choose the UWA Banda option
The best two choices for most are either Apoka Lodge or the Nga’ Moru lodge. Apoka Lodge is the most popular choice. There is a new lodge being built presently just outside of the main-gate and we will update our Lodges for Kidepo Valley Park.
The Best Experiential Wildlife Park in Uganda:
We think that Kidepo Valley Park is the best all-around wildlife Park in Uganda. Few come here, but they that do rave about their Safari Experience in this remote Park.
There are not many parks in East Africa, in Uganda where you can experience Africa as it was 50 years ago, but you can at Kidepo Valley Park in northeastern Uganda.
We know the undiscovered Karamoja region of Uganda, we are always on the lookout for new experiences in the park and beyond that the experiential African Traveler might enjoy including the new Rock paintings near Moroto. This is a region in Uganda like no other and we love to take you there and share our discoveries with you.
Kidepo Valley Park is a magnificent, remote, out of the ordinary African Wildlife Park – like Africa was over 50 plus years ago – we love to introduce you to the African Wild as it used to be on Safari to the park will include your choices when it comes to the Top Things to Do and See in Kidepo Valley Park – Northeast Uganda – a park where you will feel all alone – Africa without the Crowds – something that you can only experience in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
More Kidepo Valley Park Information:
CNN’s Inside Africa finds out how water at the heart of the Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda helps nourish the wildlife.
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