Tourist attractions in Kidepo National Park

Tourist Attractions in Kidepo valley national park: Kidepo national park is a gem of Uganda’s tourism occasionally referred to as the Masai mara of Uganda, the park is one of the most scenic tourist destination found in north eastern region of Uganda. Kidepo national park is made up of spectacular rugged terrain dominated by mountains such as mountain Morungole, hills such as Lomej hills, savanna plains, and valleys and bisected by rivers.

Kidepo national park is located in Kaabong district covering an area of 1,442 square kilometers, the park is situated with Moroto as the nearest largest town in the sub-region which is a t a distance of 220 kilometers to the park. From Kampala the park is at a distance of 520 kilometers north east wards to the park, kidepo national park is ranked as one of the most scenic national park in Uganda with many tourists attractions.

Tourist attractions in Kidepo National Park

Tourist attractions in Kidepo national park include

Narus Valley

Narus valley is an impressive game viewing spot in kidepo national park, the valley is dominated by rolling grasslands with permanent water source that is Narus River. Because of the presence of water in the valley is a home for many animals such as lions, cheetahs, and Jackson’s hartebeest, giraffe, spotted hyena, buffaloes, giraffes, Oribis, reedbucks and many more. Narus valley has several game tracks with four loop circuits which are used for game viewing such as Katurum loop, Katurum kopje and many more.

Kidepo Valley  

Kidepo valley is a popular spot in kidepo national park famous for Kanangorok hot springs and numerous birds, the valley is crossed by Kidepo River which is a water source to the area.

Kanangorok Hot Springs

Kanangorok hot springs are situated in the northern part of kidepo national park adjacent to Kidepo River, the hot springs are a magnificent feature to explore and take beautiful scenic pictures. kanangorok hot springs give out hot water boiling at a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius, traditionally the local masai people believe that the water from the hot springs possess magical healing powers.

 

Apoka Tourism Centre

Apoka tourism centre is the hub for kidepo national park situated in the heart of the park, Apoka tourism centre is where most safaris activities like game drives, nature walks in the park start from. At the centre you get to meet rangers which are stationed in the centre, the centre also has facilities like a craft shop selling books, bottled water, sodas and souvenirs. Apoka tourism centre is adjacent to luxurious Apoka safari lodge offering accommodation to tourists visiting kidepo national park and cottage run by Uganda wildlife authority.

Culture and the local people

Kidepo national park is a great culture and traditions hub in Uganda as it is situated in the karamoja region which is inhabited by two tribal groups of people that the Karamojong living in communities sharing boundaries with the park and the Ik people living on the summit of mountain Morungole. These two tribal communities are some of the few tribes in Uganda still holding dearly to their culture, traditions, customs and norms and greatly conserve them from any interference by modernity and technology. Visiting these communities gives you an insight into the true African life style, the Karamojong people live in impressively built dome shaped houses called manyatas which are dotted in circular form with other houses belong to families to create a compound. The culture of the Karamojong is very much similar to the Masai and turkana people of Kenya, the Karamojong are typically pastoral people depending on livestock and they wonder from place to place while grazing the cattle.

The Ik people are the minority people living on the summit of mount Morungole in kidepo national park, these people a relatively few in number with their populations equaling approximately to 1,000 people. When visiting the Ik community you will be blown away by the community setting of manyattas circling a cattle kraal, be entertained by local dances and songs and many more.

Mount Morungole

Mount Morungole is an impressive feature in kidepo national park situated on the southern boundary of the park rising from the plains a few kilometers northeast of Apoka, mount Morungole stands at the altitude of 2,750 meters creating magnificent scenery in the park. Mountain Morungole is not only a tourist attraction it is a home of the Ik people the smallest tribe in Uganda living on the summit of this mountain, the mountain offers mountain hiking activity together with cultural visit to the Ik people community . Mountain Morungole is bisected by two prominent rivers that is kidepo and Narus River which fed the park and it is a home to animals and birds nesting in the mountain’s vegetation and can be encountered while on a hike.

Namamukweny Valley

Namamukweny valley is a great feature in kidepo national park situated in the north-west of the park, the valley is named from a local word Namamukweny meaning a place with no birds which is so contrary to the nature of the valley as it is filled with a huge population of birds. Namamukweny valley is a great birding spot in kidepo national park hosting many bird species such as Eastern Paradise Whydah, White-crested Turaco, Common Bulbul, Abyssinian Roller, Green Wood Hoopoe, paradise whydah and many more. Namamukweny valley is frequently visited by many tourists in kidepo national park most especially birders and photographers, the valley easily accessed on foot and by car.

 Lomej Hills

Lomej hills are spectacular feature interesting to encounter in kidepo national park situated in a few minutes’ drive from the headquarters of the park, Lomej hills create magnificent views in the park and they are great bird watching spot in the park. While at Lomej hills you spot many bird species such as karamoja apalis, Abyssinian scimitar bill, chest nut weaver, black-breasted barbets and many more. Lomej hills is also a good spot to view any animals, the hills are also have sparkling streams such as Kapeta and kaikem streams and water holes such as Lokimait and Lopitapar which serve the park and its wildlife with water.

Lonyili Mountain

Lonyilii Mountain is another magnificent tourist attraction in kidepo national park, this mountain lies between on the border of Kitgum and Sudan border. Slopes of Lonyili Mountain are dominated by green forest thus making a perfect home for primates such as colobus monkeys, currently routes connecting to mountain are in a poor condition making it a bit had to reach the mountain but plans for rehabilitating the roads by the Uganda wildlife authority are soon pushing through. The only way to reach the mountain is by using scheduled flights to the park offering aerial views of the mountain and the park.

Visiting kidepo national park is a chance for you to come in contact with the above mentioned attractions, book your safari to the park by sending your safari inquiry to info@focuseastafricatours.com.

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