Kidepo valley national park
The Kidepo valley national park lies in the far northeast of Uganda, isolated by sparsely populated, arid badlands of the Karamoja region. Kidepo game park is rarely visited by tourists, largely due to the expense and toughness of accessing the park.
Nevertheless one of the most alluring destinations in Uganda with a strong wilderness atmosphere, rugged mountains scenery, and exceptional game viewing and bird watching.
The Flora & Fauna
This park protects one of the most exciting faunas of any national park in Uganda.
A total of 86 mammal species thrive in this park, including 28 species found nowhere else in the country.
The bird checklist for Kidepo is 463 confirmed and 26 unconfirmed species second only to Queen Elizabeth national park and more than 60 of the birds listed have been recorded in no other park in Uganda.
Five primate species have been recorded including the localized patas monkey.
Predators are particularly well represented, with 22 species resident.
Of these the black-backed jackal, African hunting dog, bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, cheetah, and caracal are found in no other Ugandan national park.
Other predators recorded are the side-striped jackal, spotted hyena, leopard, lion, and a variety of must lids, genets, mongooses, and small cats.
A remarkable 17 antelope species occur seven of these are found nowhere else in Uganda.
The list includes Grant’s gazelle, greater kudu, lesser kudu, roan antelope, Beira Oryx, Guenther’s Dik-dik, and mount reedbuck. Other antelope species found are Jackson’s hartebeest, topi, eland, bushbuck, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Deffassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, and boho reedbuck.
Kidepo national park also supports a population of elephants, Burchell's zebra, warthog, bushpig, and buffaloes.
The black rhinoceros become extinct, while giraffes are threatened with local extinction.
The People of Kidepo valley
The northeast is home to Uganda's most singular ethnic group, the Karamojong, nomadic pastoralists whose love of cattle has obsessive quality rivaling that of the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania.
The Karamojong of the northeast is divided into six groups, each with its own dialect of the Nilotic Karamoja language.