Kidepo National Park: Self Drive Car Rental Kidepo w/Driver
Kidepo valley National Park: Rent self drive car rental from Kampala to Kidepo for amazing wildlife, Nature walks cultural experiences and accommodation
Steeped in the land of Karamoja in Northeastern Uganda, the iconic Kidepo National Park in Uganda is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and its spectacular African wildlife. Although Kidepo National Park is an isolated Ugandan National Park, it is one of the virgin lands that harbours various extinct species of wildlife some of which are not found in other Ugandan National parks.
The Park is nestled in the core of the Savannah landscape close to some of the spectacular mountains. Taking a journey of exploration to kidepo national Park leaves every traveller who sets foot in Uganda speechless due to the incredible wildlife adventure.
Apart from the wildlife experience, kidepo National park is also another awe-inspiring spot for cultural trails for the Karamojong people, and the Acholis among other tribes, not forgetting other tourism activities such as nature walks, birding and hiking adventures.
The wildlife experience takes you to encounter other games such as Lions, Leopards, Zebras, cheetahs, eland, Jackals, roan antelopes, Hyenas etc.
The Park also contains accommodations which include; Apoka Safari Lode, Nga’Moru Wilderness camp, Kidepoi Savanah lodge, and Apoka rest camp
Getting to kidepo National Park
The best way to get to Kidepo national park is Kampala through Gulu and Kitgum to Lokumoit gate, which is a 10-12 hour drive. On the other hand, an alternative route is the Kampala through Mbale, kampong and remote areas of the Karamoja sub-region arriving at Nataaba gate; Kidepo National Park can be accessed by both road and air, with the road being the best way to access the park. Driving to Kidepo national Park is highly rewarding as it offers numerous stopover points for more road trip adventures such as visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking, as you proceed. the road conditions are sometimes poor hence a 4WD rental fleet is recommended for a kidepo national park safari. While chartered or scheduled flights to kidepo National Park can also be arranged from Entebbe Airport.
The Best Time to Visit Kidepo National Park
The best time to visit Kidepo National Park is during the dry months of July, August and September when animals gather around the water shores, whereas in the rainy months, the animals leave the valleys for higher and dryer grounds where they can be hardly found.
Since Kidepo National Park is a semi-arid region whose annual average temperature is approximately 2900C. The region experiences one long wet season during April, May, June, and mid-July.
Things to do at Kidepo National Park
Kidepo Valley national park can be visited throughout the year, although the conditions may seem tough during the rainy season, whereas the dry seasons are hot and dry, hence it is always advisable to use 4WD to Kidepo National Park. Being home to 77 mammal species and 475 bird species. Below are the activities that draw most travellers to Kidepo National Park
Game Drives In Kidepo National Park
Game drives in Kidepo National Park are the top and most famous activity that invites most travellers to the park. The game drives are done either in the morning or in the evening. It is advisable to drive around with a park ranger who will guide you to spot the Lions hiding in the valleys. Other animals include elephants, buffalo, zebras, jackals, ostrich, warthogs, the bush pig and different types of antelopes including the beautiful klipspringer.
Hiking/Nature Walks inside National Park
Hikes and nature walk take you to the Lomej Mountains-a 4 hours hike which starts at exactly 7:00 am. There are also short leisure walks for about 2 hours through the Narus valley stretching about 5km from Apoka tourism centre.
Travellers can also wander along the famous Kidepo River valley between the attractive banks of the bonuses palm forest. or Namamkweny valley which is just an hour away from Apoka tourism centre Tourists can also visit the IK people through prearranged hikes to Morungole mountains outside the park
Cultural activities at kidepo National Park
With the help of the LoroKul cultural group, you will be able to visit the local people of Karamojong and the Ik to discover the unique cultural experiences that make them similar to the Masai in Kenya and Tanzania.
Bird watching in Kidepo National park
Begin your birding adventure from Apoka Rest camp. Kidepo National park is home to 475 bird species while more are still being discovered by other tourists who come for bird-watching safaris which include the superb sterling, Ostrich, Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Clapperton’s Francolin which is only found in Kidepo National park. Apart from Apoika Rest Camp, other birding spots include Narus valley and Namamukweny which can be seen in the mornings and the evenings.
Accommodation Options in Kidepo National Park
Kidepo National Park offers an array of accommodation options ranging from Budget, to Mid-range to Luxury accommodations, built in both local and traditional materials so as match the environment of the Park
Apoka Rest Camp
Situated close to Narus valley close where you can view wildlife and managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority. Apoka Rest camp is a budget accommodation suitable for budget travellers to Kidepo National Park.
Kidepo Savanah Lodge
Kidepo Savannah lodge is a Mid-range accommodation option at Kidepo National Park, strategically located 33km at the edge of Kidepo national park away from Kalokudo gate.
Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp
Nga’Moru Wilderness camp is also amid-range accommodation strategically situated close to the park’s boundary, overlooking the Narus River valley
Apoka Safari lodge
Apoka Safari lodge is the only luxury lodge found inside Kidepo National Park. It is strategically positioned overlooking the Narus valley where guests can view wildlife in their comfort
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