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Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but those 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 Valley National Park ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.

Kidepo Valley National Park contains two rivers – Kidepo and Narus – which disappear in the dry season, leaving just pools for the wildlife. The park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala.

Elephants in Kidepo Valley National Park
Elephants in Kidepo Valley National Park

Gazetted as a national park in 1962, Kidepo Valley National Park has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

From Apoka, in the heart of Kidepo Valley National Park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

Zebras in Kidepo Valley National Park
Zebras in Kidepo Valley National Park

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.