Overview – Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most remote and isolated park, yet breathtaking, admirable and unspoiled, waiting to be discovered. Kidepo is rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 metres (9,020 ft) Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers. Streams in the Kidepo Valley are likewise dotted with palms. Higher areas have whistling thorn acacias bushes. It has outstanding wildlife viewing during the Dry season, featuring several species not encountered anywhere else in the country.

  • Wildlife11 animals

  • High SeasonSeptember to March

  • Best Time to GoSeptember to March

Pros & Cons

  • The dry season is the best time for an amazing wildlife experience
  • Some of the species can be only found here as compared to other parks of Uganda
  • Gives the best Birding experience
  • Many accommodation options are available
  • Amazing views over the Narus Valley
  • Very remote & isolated and comparatively expensive

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Wildlife & Animals – Kidepo Valley National Park

Most of the park is open tree savannah. Perennial rains may make Kidepo an oasis in the semi-desert, but its tract of rugged savannah is home to 77 mammal species, with 28 of its resident species not found in any other Ugandan park. The park has seen an amazing recovery of mammal species in recent years and has a healthy population of large mammals, including the elephant. 

Wildlife Highlights

Large species that can be spotted regularly are zebras, warthogs, Rothschild’s giraffes, buffaloes, reedbucks and waterbucks. Lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and black-backed and side-striped jackals are some of the carnivores residing within the park, and cheetahs can only be seen in this Ugandan park.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The park can be visited all year round for wildlife viewing. The best time for wildlife viewing is in the Dry seasons from November to February as animals gather around rivers and waterholes. During the wet seasons from April to August, most of the animals disperse from the valleys and move to higher ground, where it's difficult to locate them.

Birds – Kidepo Valley National Park

For the birder, Kidepo Valley National Park boasts a bird list of over 500 species, a total second only to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Birding can be done on the fringes of the Narus and Namamukweny Valleys. Among the birds seen are the Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and Clapperton's Francolin, which is found only in Kidepo.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birding can be done all year round in Kidepo Valley but it's best in March to April for all the specials and the many migrants. During heavy rainfalls in March and April, it's difficult for bird watch. Rainfall is not much of a concern in this semi-arid part of the country. Migratory birds are in the valley from November to April.

Best Time to Visit – Kidepo Valley National Park

The park can be visited all year round as it's located in a semi-arid region, But still, the best time for wildlife viewing is in Dry seasons from September to March. The Wet season from April to August has its own perks and provides beautiful scenery and nice sunny weather. For bird watching is a preferable time.

  • Best Time

    September to March

  • High Season

    September to March

  • Low Season

    April & May April & May

  • Best Weather

    September, October & November

  • Worst Weather

    December to February

September to March (Dry Season)

  • Animals are found more easily since they gather at water sources
  • Days are lovely and sunny
  • The views aren't that great as the sky is hazy
  • It is very arid and dusty

September to March (Wet Season)

  • Migratory birds can be found, and the best time for birding
  • The air is clear, and landscapes are green
  • The heat is less oppressive
  • Animals disperse from the valleys and move to higher ground, where it's difficult to locate them

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