Kidepo Valley National Park, set in the remote northeast corner of Uganda, is one of the most beautiful parks in Africa. From Buffalo Base Guesthouse in Karenga it is only a 15 minute drive to get there. Once you enter the gate, you will be most likely blown away by the stunning landscape. The grassland with the occasional acacia tree or sausage tree is surrounded by majestic mountains. The ever-changing African sky completes the spectacular scenery.
With some luck, you will get close encounters with a variety of wildlife, ranging from tiny chameleons to mighty predators. Large numbers of buffaloes are grazing on the plains or taking a mud bath. Vigilant hartebeests and elegant giraffes are regularly seen, sometimes accompanied by zebras and waterbucks. Since a group of Uganda kobs were introduced in the park in the spring of 2017, it is even possible to spot these agile antelopes. Herds of elephants are constantly on the move, and they may just cross the road in front of your jeep. When you pass the large rock formations (kopjes), slow down to look for lazy lions, sunbathing in the early morning. Should you happen to see rabbit sized creatures running up and down the stones, they most definitely will be some cute looking rock hyraxes.
Furthermore, Kidepo Valley National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, since 475 different species have been recorded. Eurasian rollers, hamerkops, francolins, guineafowl and hornbills are the most common ones. There is even a possibility to observe ostriches, which can be found close to the border with South-Sudan.
Periods to visit
March-November – During the rainy season, the park is most beautiful because of the lush and green vegetation. However, animals can easily hide among the long grass and are sometimes difficult to spot. Moreover, some of the roads can be inaccessible because of floods.
December-February – During the dry season wildlife viewing is easier as animals often gather around the water resources. But you will have to resist the dust and heat, with temperatures up to 40 °C.