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Lonyiri Nature Walk, a new Uganda safari activity at Kidepo Valley National Park

Lonyiri Nature Walk, a new Uganda safari activity at Kidepo Valley National Park

For its stunning beauty and great wilderness, Kidepo Valley National Park has been known world wide and one of the reasons for Uganda wildlife safaris. With the many activities there here comes Lonyiri Nature Walk, a new Uganda safari activity at Kidepo Valley National Park. In the search of wildlife, bird species, insects, flora and the people of this place, many activities have been carried out and the nature walk is becoming one of them. And just before you thought it’s a simple walk, the Lonyiri nature walk indulges you in nature for 25km in the wilderness that hosts untamed wild species.

If you are longing to have a feel of nature within a close range to wildlife, the 25km Lonyiri Nature walk away from the busy park is the new way to get a quiet walk in this extensive shrub land. The 25km Lonyiri Nature Walk brings you to Napusmur summit in just eight hours depending on when the hike is started.

As quoted from a statement made by Mr. Zacharia Lokwee, a tourist guide at Kidepo Valley National Park, the main idea of introducing the Lonyiri nature walk is to capture the imagination and creativity of tourists by giving them a particular pursuit when involved in a nature walk.

They do this by creating some kind of a guide or collection in whatever interests them. They get to make their own guide, booklet, or collection from their discoveries,” said Mr. Lokwee.

Lonyiri Nature Walk
Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers stand at the end point of Lonyiri trail

On this walk, your rewards are only limited by your imagination and willingness for fitness adventure. If you need a psychological boost then this is one of the best options to take on since psychologically walking in untamed environments and having exposure to nature reduces stress and boots well-being by reducing obsessive, negative thoughts.

Besides this being one of the new activities in Kidepo Valley National Park, a two-day nature walk could also be organized with shorter guided walks taken through the Narus Valley extending to over 10km up to Akonya Rock.

What to see and do in Kidepo Valley National Park besides the new Lonyiri Nature Walk

Being Africa’s most picturesque safari park, the landscapes of Kidepo Valley National Park are those that are rewarding, dotted with valleys and hills in an extensive sprawling savannah land and soaring mountains.

Several mammal species live at Kidepo Valley National Park and inclusive of which is the elusive cheetah (fastest land animal though the weakest mammal), great buffalo herds, Elephants, Baboons, Wild pigs, Mountain Bushbucks, Lions.

Kidepo Valley National Park has a very impressive bird list of over 470 bird species most of these residing in Lonyiri (the second-highest population of any Ugandan reserve) making it one of the best spots for a Uganda birding safari experience following only Queen Elizabeth National Park. Taking a nature walk therefore increases your chances of sighting several bird species especially species endemic to the park like the Black-breasted Barbet, Clapperton Frankolin and Karamoja Apalis, raptors with migratory bird species being present from November to April. Other bird species here include the silver bird, Yellow-billed Shrike, Vinaceous Dove, Hoopoe, Nubian Woodpecker, Mosque Swallow, the Ruppell’s and Superb Starlings, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Little Weaver, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu and many more.

In the park are many other small species like the insects that some tourists enjoy to see.

With the Savannah plains continuing to the neighboring country of Kenya that borders Uganda in the East, Kenya is also a country filled with wildlife. Tailoring a Uganda- Kenya wildlife safari is one that definitely will reward your desires to see numerous wildlife especially if you visited Masai Mara Game Reserve.

The wilderness always has a lot to see and the best way is by getting there yourself so never miss the opportunity to tour a pristine wilderness like Kidepo Valley, its non-rivaled.

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