The Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most magnificent parks. It is located along the border of Uganda with Southern Sudan in the northeast, approximately 700 kilometres from the capital of Kampala. It covers an area of 1,442 square kilometres. The park has been listed as a national park since 1962 and is home to many animal species found nowhere else in the country.
Kidepo has an abundance of big game and hosts around 475 bird species and over 77 mammal species, some of these include: cheetahs, caracal, aardwolf, greater and lesser kudu, mountain reedbuck and Guenther's dik-dik. Although primarily a savannah reserve, five primate species are present in Kidepo, including the rare and localized Patas monkey. The endangered Rothschild's giraffe is also present in the park.
The best time to visit the park for wildlife viewing is the dry season (September to March), this is when animals concentrate around reliable water sources. During the Wet season. From April to August, the animals disperse from the valleys and move to higher ground, where they are more difficult to locate.
The major tourist activities in Kidepo Valley park include game viewing by vehicles on dirt roads that crisscross the southern and western parts of the park. Details and advice can be obtained from local Uganda safari operator on how to access the park and also how to book a particular activity.
Admission fees Foreign non-residents: Adults: 40US$ Children: 20US$ Foreign residents: Adults: 30US$ Children: 10US$ Citizens of East African Member States: Adults: 15,000UGX Children: 5,000UGX