Kidepo Valley National Park
When people remember their visit to Kidepo Valley National Park, the lion they saw catch a buffalo is not the first thing they will recall. Nor is it the Cheetah that they saw disappearing in the long grass of the Narus valley. While most think the giraffes, that roam the buffalo littered plains of Kidepo, are majestic, most would agree that the special thing about Kidepo is how untouched the park feels.
is not just the lack of other tourists that makes the park feel special, it also the journey there. The road takes you past villages where the people of northern Uganda and the Karamojong in particular still live in the most traditional of settings. Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the last parts of Africa that still resembles the Africa you thought you knew when you were a kid.
Highlights of the park include:
- The many lions that are an – almost – guaranteed attraction of the park.
- The birds of prey that sit on every other tree. This includes the rare and truly gigantic Martial Eagle. There are also quite a few endemic species that can only be found in Kidepo.
- The over 15.000 buffalo that sometimes travel in herds of 2500 individuals.
- The ostriches that can be seen running through the Kidepo Valley.
- Apart from lake Mburo, it is the only place in Uganda where the zebra still lives freely.