How to get to Kidepo Valley National Park; Kidepo Valley National Park can be accessed by both air and road transport from Entebbe or Kampala to Kidepo. Take note, there are several routes; the most direct route is passing through Gulu to Lokumoit Gate is about 600kilomters and takes about 10 to 11 hours’ drive.
More fact, the trip can be broken up with an overnight stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Chobe Safari Lodge, Gulu or Kitgum. The two longer routes pass through the remote Karamoja subregion and arriving in at Nataba Gate.
Note, the park has got two entrance gates that is ; visitors coming from the southwestern side of Kitgum and Gulu enter through Lokumoit gate while Nataba gate is the main entry point that connects to southeastern side.
Fact about Karamoja region -culture has been considered safe for several years and is known as a growing center of community-based tourism focused on the small town of Moroto.
The park can also be accessed by domestic flights which are usually booked by tour operator. The tour operator also arranges for clients pick up from the airport or hotel. Tourists outside the country can enter Uganda by arriving to ‘’EBB’’ Entebbe International Airport which is located near the town of Entebbe and takes about 46kilometers from Kampala- Uganda’s capital.
Although domestic flight is quite expensive but takes few hours to access the airstrips about 2 hours from Entebbe to Kidepo Valley. Here are carriers run relatively to different Uganda national park including Fly Uganda – offers daily flights to all parks and Aero link offers a minimum of four passengers.
Requirements needed to accessed the park include; Passport and Visa.
Climate and Weather at Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo is located in the region characterized as semi-arid in the far North Eastern part of Uganda which is generally a dry region in most of the months during the year. Its temperature goes as high as 40 degrees, around29 degrees in the afternoon and 17degrees at night.
Which season is best for Kidepo?
Best time to visit Kidepo Valley National Park is all year round since it is located in semi rid region meaning it takes time for the region to receive rainfall. The best alternative months to sight see high concentration of animals around water holes is from July to September and December to February.
Attractions to see in Kidepo Valley National Park are quite many and amazing such as; Kidepo Valley and Kanangorok Hot springs, Narus Valley, Culture, Karamojong dances, Visit Mount Morungole, Game viewing, Visit Apoka tourism Centre, Namamukweny valley, Lomej hills among others. All the above-mentioned attractions and activities can be combined with a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda regions which can be easily be accessed by a domestic flight. You can combine game drive, cultural encounter in Kidepo with gorilla trekking or habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Generally, Kidepo Valley National Park is quite untouched wilderness being mentioned among the top tourism destination in Africa ranked by CNN. The park is a UNESCO heritage site, located in northeastern region of Uganda and covers around 1,442 square kilometers. More so, it is home to over 86 mammal species including cheetahs, leopards, wild dog, elephants, giraffes, zebra, African buffalo, bat-eared foxes, Rothschild’s giraffes, spotted hyenas among others and hosts more than 500 bird species including; Red-throated bee-eater ,Rufous chatterer ,Golden pipit ,Greater kestrel ,Fox kestrel ,Chestnut weaver , Abyssinian scimitar bill ,Abyssinian roller, Rose ringed parakeet ,Pygmy falcon ,Purple grenadier ,Karamoja appalls ,Jackson’s hornbill among others. Get Started Now!