Experiencing the true wilderness of kidepo valley national park – Uganda safari news
Nominated as Africa’s Leading National Park by World Travel Awards in 2013, Kidepo Valley National Park is indeed a blessed region in the country. The beauty in visiting Kidepo is not only clothed in the many botanical and faunal species that the park boasts of, but also in the novelty of this undiscovered safari and tours destination in Uganda. In fact someone who visits Kidepo joins the list of the lucky few who have tasted the mellifluousness of this virgin land.
Everything about visiting Kidepo Valley National Park is fascinating, ranging from the long hours’ drive from Kampala to the roasting rays of sun in the northeastern corner of Uganda. Kidepo is surely the place for those in pursuit of “genuinely real” wilderness Safari and Tour adventures in Uganda; plentifully decorated with over 77 mammalian species, 475 bird species; a variety of wilderness vegetation and the likable topography.
The park in its extensive diversity is home to animals like the Rothschild’s giraffes (only found here and in the parks of Murchison Falls and Mburo); the cheetahs which can only be found here in Uganda; several stripes of black and white (zebras), a healthy population of lions, a vicious population of buffalos and the gigantic elephants.
In addition to the world’s fastest two-legged animal and biggest bird species, the Ostrich, Kidepo holds many more bird species, second to only the western National park of Queen Elizabeth in Uganda (which has 600 bird species). Kidepo’s bird list includes the huge Kori Bustard, the Abyssinian ground hornbill and the Karamoja apalis. Many more Uganda Safaris and Tours should be directed towards this region of the country because it has so many treasures to be discovered.
This 1,442km2 dry area is partially moistened by two major sand rivers called Narus and Kidepo. Although they dry up during the dry season, they at least leave drinking ponds from which the park’s wildlife can quench their thirst as they wait for the next season of light rains. A game drive to the Narus valley allows tourists to see most of the park’s wildlife guarding the banks of the Narus River for the larger part of the year.
The Kidepo Valley though not as endowed as the Narus Valley in wildlife numbers; is one of those places which would easily serve as a muse for the most critical of artists. The Kidepo Valley is a must-reach area for visitors on Uganda Tours and Safaris to Kidepo Valley National Park. The river banks have some of the whitest sand particles in Uganda, and when the riverbanks ally with the Borassus palms; they cunningly attract many of the park’s bird species to this area. Tourists will be impressed at how nice the birds of this area sing; with each bird adding its voice to the song being sung irrespective of whether it sings soprano, bass, tenor or alto. Kidepo is the best place to experience the true African wilderness that we watch in the documentaries. Kidepo Valley National Park is unique in so many ways and is one place which holiday travelers will be very thankful for having visited.