Kidepo Valley National Park located in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of Karamoja province on the far northeastern border with the South Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo Valley is Uganda's most remote national park. Kidepo is the undiscovered secret of Uganda yet the spectacular beauty of this pristine wilderness impresses all that make a traditional big 5 safari to Kidepo park. For the loves of birds, Kidepo Valley National Park boasts a bird list of over 475 species, a total second only to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Amongst the host of dry, eastern "specials" not found in any other Ugandan national park are some of East Africa's rarest and most sought after birds such as Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis.
ABOUT THE KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Province : Karamoja.
Elevation : 914m on Kidepo valley floor to 2749m a top Mount Morungole
Size : 1442 km 2
Habitat : Semi-desert scrub, open thorn-scrub, open thorn-bush, long
and short-grass open tree savannas, riparian woodland including Borassus
and Kigelia woodland, thick, "miombo- like" woodland, montane forest
and granite out-crops..
Status : National Park since 1954
Birds Recorded : 475 species.
Visiting Timing : March-April for all the specials and many transit migrants, although good year - round.
Time Required : 4-7 days
Key Species of Birds
Ostrich, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk,
Pygmy Falcon, Fox Kestrel, Stone Partridge, Clapperton's and Heuglin's
Francolins, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Kori, White-bellied and Hartlaub's
Bustards, Violet-tipped Courser, Black-headed Plover, Four-banded Sand
Grouse, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-crested
Turaco, White-bellied Go-away bird, White-faced Scoops Owl, Long-tailed
and Standard-winged Nightjars, Little Green Bee-eater, Abyssinian and
Rufous-crowned Rollers, Abyssinian Ground, Eastern Yellow and Jackson's
Hornbills, Red-fronted and Black-breasted Barbets, Brown-backed
Woodpecker, Singing Bush lark, Red-winged Lark, Ethiopian Swallow, Pied,
Isabelline and Heuglin's Wheaters, African Grey Flycatcher, Foxy and
Red pate Cisticolas, Karamoja Apalis, White-bellied Tit, Mouse-coloured
Penduline Tit, Northern White-crowned and Yellow-billed Shrikes,
Slate-coloured Boubou, Fan-tailed Raven, Superb Starling, Red billed
Oxpecker, Eastern Violet backed, Pygmy and Beautiful Sunbirds, Rufous
and Chestnut Sparrow, Yellow-spotted Petronia, White-headed and
White-billed Buffalo Weavers, White-browed and Chestnut- crowned Sparrow
Weavers, Grey-capped Social and Speckle-fronted Weavers, Green-winged,
Orange-winged and Red-winged Pytilias, Black-bellied and Black-faded
Waxbill, Steel-blue and Strawtailed Whydahs, Brown-rumped Bunting.
The Apoka Rest Camp and Park Headquarters overlooking the swallow,
southern Narus Valley is a great spot to begin your Kidepo birding. The
attractive Silverbird and small bands of Yellow-billed Shrike frequent
the thorn trees around camp, as do a number of other widespread species
such as Vinaceous Dove, Hoopoe, Nubian Woodpecker, Mosque Swallow,
Ruppell's and Superb Starlings, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Little Weaver
and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. A small permanent water hole at the edge of
camp attracts swallows and a variety of seedeaters including
Yellow-rumped Seedeater and is visited at night by Four-banded
Sandgrouse, Elephant, Buffalo and occasionally Lion. Clapperton's
Francolin, Black Coucal, African Moustached and Broad-tailed Warblers,
Marsh Tchagra and Crimson-rumped Waxbill may be seen in the rank grass
along the normally dry stream bed adjacent to camp or along the track to
Kidepo's mammal list of over 80 species includes 28 that are found in
no other Ugandan National park. Amongst these are such charismatic
African animals as Bat-eared Fox, Carcal, Cheetah and Klipspringer.
Unfortunately, Kidepo suffered the same fate as many other Ugandan parks
during the Amin era and is still recovering from years of poaching that
left game herds depleted. Striped Hyena, Lesser Kudu, Grant's Gazelle
and Beisa Oryx have not been seen at all in recent times and are
presumed to be locally extinct. Other large mammals have shown a
remarkable recovery and there are now healthy population of Elephant,
Common Zebra, Buffalo, Bohor Reedbuck, Waterbuck and Kongoni. Predators
are plentiful and Spotted Hyena, Leopard and Lion are frequently seen.
Oribis is abundant in the Narus Valley, whilst the dry thorn thickets in
the north are home to Guenther's Dik Dik. Senegal Galago and
Sidestriped Jackal may be found in the rest camp at night and
White-tailed Mongoose is common but more likely to be found on a night
drive. The park also has a very rich and diverse reptile fauna.
Apoka Rest Camp, run by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, offers
comfortable bandas within the national park, including bedding, mosquito
netting and showers. It is recommended that you bring all your own food
although it can be cooked for you if necessary.
A more upmarket option is the exclusive Apoka Lodge. This luxury
lodge is located in the middle of Kidepo National Park with spacious
rooms and private veranda. Each room has a sitting room and ensuite
bathroom. A restaurant and swimming pool are available as well.
It is recommended that a ranger-guide accompany you at all times
whilst at Kidepo Valley National park and this can be arranged on
arrival at Apoka. Patrick is an excellent ranger who knows many of the
birds. Park officials also suggest that all vehicles travelling north
into the Kidepo Valley be escorted by multiple armed guards due to the
periodic presence of poachers and cattle rustlers in the area.
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