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Kidepo valley National Park

“True African Wilderness”

PARK AT A GLANCE

Size: 1,442km2

The park's altitude ranges between 914m and 2,750m above sea level.

 

Nestled in the wild frontier region of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is apparently the most isolated national park in Uganda but still stands out to be one of the best virgin places every wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. This virgin national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, harboring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can't be found in any other Ugandan national park. Kidepo is right at the core of a Savannah landscape right next to a few mountainous bodies. The reasons for planning your safari here are endless, something you will definitely see when you set foot on Uganda's soil. Besides the exceptional wildlife safari experience, this national park is another great spot for a cultural trail especially to those who would like to see the Karamojongs, Acholis,IK plus other great tribes. Some of the other exciting tourism activities in the wilderness of this area include nature walks, birding and hiking. The outstanding lodging / accommodation options of Apoka safari lodge, Kidepo Savannah Lodge, Nga'Moru Wilderness camp coupled along with the cool environment, exceptional views of the Savannah grasslands plus so many more attractions, Kidepo Valley National Park was truly gifted by nature.

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda's borders with Sudan and Kenya, about 5-6hours from Gulu town,  700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda's most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa's finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park's prime game viewing location.

Kidepo is in the Northern region, Karamoja sub region. Being named the 3rd best national park in Africa, this national park is definitely a must visit for any traveler to Uganda withnorthernnaturesafaris@gmail.com

Why visit Kidepo Valley National Park

 Kidepo national park is fast opening up as the new frontier in safari tourism and rightly so because it has been regarded as Africa's true wilderness – and that's no mean feat! A visit to Kidepo will be a journey of discovery and will give you a feel of what Africa was 100 years ago. Why visit Kidepo? There are many reasons as to why you should visit Kidepo.

 

Kidepo for Nature

 Kidepo is Africa's true wilderness, is insightful enough to tell you about the beauty of Kidepo. The park lies between verdant valleys giving you expansive landscape views while taking in crisp – fresh air breaths! Kidepo's nature is nothing less than captivating.

 

The Wildlife

 The game viewing experience in Kidepo national park can only be compared to that of Masai Mara in Kenya and even better considering Kidepo is still intact. The two parks boarder each other and animals understand no boundaries so they cross over and back at will.

 

For many visitors, lions rank high on the wish list but there is more interesting and rare wildlife in Kidepo including Cheetahs and the African Wild dog. The more common animals in the park include predators, including lion, leopard, black-backed jackal and bat-eared fox. Twelve antelope species occur in the park, including Jackson's hartebeest, oribi, eland and klipspringer.

  

Northern Nature Safaris, Kidepo VNP

  

 

Bird Watching / Birding

 Kidepo is a great birding destination for its birds of prey with 58 species recorded including lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus), Verreaux's eagle (Aquila verreauxii), the pygmy falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus), and Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus). Fourteen raptors are unique to this park in Uganda. Of the hornbills (Bucerotidae) which are characteristic of the savannah habitat, five species are represented. Some of Africa's rarest and most sought after birds occur in KVNP, including the the Karamoja apalis (Apalis karamojae) and black-breasted barbet (Lybius rolleti).

 

 

Kidepo for Culture

 

There are two unique and intact tribes in and around Kidepo national park who have co-existed with the park's wildlife for a long time and that is the IK and the Karamojong. These two tribes have unique cultures and have grossly rejected civilization. They still live communally and practice their ancient traditions. A visit to Kidepo therefore, will expose you to these unique cultures, especially the IK who have lived within the park for a very long time and are believed to have come to Uganda from Ethiopia.

Cultural safaris in Kidepo valley, are a must add to your itinerary while visiting Uganda's treasure, located in the North Eastern part of the country, tourists can experience real African culture in this region of Uganda

Visiting the Karamojong people and the Ik tribes.

Many cultures differ throughout the whole world some tribes can even hardly show case their culture but the Karamojong and Ik tribes are very rich in culture from everything they do.

 With all the above reasons combined, you can tell Kidepo is surely a must visit destination for a safari in Uganda.

The Karamojong

The Karamojong are nomadic pastoralists who are believed to have migrated from Ethiopia1600 AD, they mainly survive on cow grazing and the secondary activity is farming the Karamojong people move from place to place especially during dry season looking for pasture for their animals.

 

They migrated in one group but divided into two groups from the Kenya Ethiopia border.

The Turkanaremained inKenya, theToposa group to Sudan and the IK settled in karamoja.

The Karamojong we're mainly jie, before they were named by the itesots the Karamojong. The name was derived from the iteso word "ekar imojong" meaning the old men can't walk further.

The itesots were young Karamojong who left their elders after they could not walk any further. The itesots later intermarried and formed the Kumam and langi groups.

The Turkana in Kenya intermarried and formed the Masai and the Kalenjin groups. The Turkana, the Toposa, and the Karamojong share one language the other groups have words in common.

The Karamojong man is considered a man after wrestling with a woman for marriage, if he wins he takes the woman and dowry price is negotiated if the man doesn't win he is considered very weak and must marry from else wherehe's also a real man by how many cows he owns, having many herds of cattle is prestige in karamoja wealth is measured by cows.

Wealth can be inherited through parents or personally others years ago would acquire through raiding the neighbouring weak tribes.

The Karamojong people have one of the most unique and outstanding cultures in the whole world compared to the Masai and the Turkana of Kenya.

They take blood and milk freshly got from cows. Women do a lot of homework while men's lives revolves around cattle grazing, they have a very outstanding way of dressing, the Karamojong homesteads are very big and in Kotido district you will find the largest village in central and Eastern Africa.

They live in very large homes protected by a thorned and wood fence but inside of it are many families fenced within you can find over 50 different families in one homestead and the kraals where cattle sleep, are always protected in the middle men can set up fires around the kraal and sleep there as watchmen. In fact tourists can get some souvenirs or take a lot of pictures to take home for remembrance or for their loved ones. Karamoja has a lot to offer if you're looking for true African traditional experience contact us and get started!!!

  

 

 
 
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