Explore the wild and remote Kidepo Valley NP

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Explore the wild and remote Kidepo Valley National Park

by Emmy van Kleef

Kidepo Valley National Park is the hidden gem of Uganda containing diverse landscapes, from rocky mountain ranges to vast plains, and is home to almost 500 bird species and 77 different mammals. Out on the savannas, you are likely see an impressive collection of animals including ostriches, hartebeest, giraffes and possibly predators such as lions, cheetah and leopards.

Kidepo Valley is a long way out, and one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas. It is an endless area of rugged savanna. It is quite incomparable with other parks in Uganda. It is possible you are one of the very few to drive around this park on any given day. You can come across flash rivers in the morning, that are dried up in the afternoon.

While the game viewing is excellent, it is the thrilling sense of supreme isolation that many people enjoy most. Please note, we allow Roadtrippers to go with a Landcruiser only. You can check our fleet for more information.

How to reach Kidepo National park?

There are two (main) routes to get to Kidepo Valley NP; via Gulu (the west) and via Moroto (the east). The drive from Kampala via Gulu/Kitgum can be done in a day, but is very long (12 hours). Rather take it relaxed and split it into 2 days. Even better, combine it with a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary or Muchison Falls NP. The largest places to stock up on fuel, airtime, and food and drink supplies are Gulu or Kitgum.

The drive through the Eastern part goes via Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong, with local food and supplies offered. Take a minimum of 2 to 3 days to reach Kidepo from Kampala through the East. Combine it with a stop at Jinja, Mount Elgon and Sipi falls and visit the Karamajong in Moroto or Kotido.

We suggest to read more about road conditions and tips for self drive roadtrippers before you travel.

What are the entrance fees of Uganda's national parks?

As a non-resident you pay $40 per 24 hours entrance fees to enter Kidepo Valley NP. You also pay a single entry fee for the car that you drive, which is UGX 30,000 ($8).

Camping at the public campsites inside the national parks is charged UGX 20,000 ($6) per person.

Download the UWA visitor tariff plan on the official website for all the fees at a glance.

Where to stay in Kidepo NP?

Inside the park you can either stay in Apoka Safari Lodge (very high-end), Apoka rest camp, which is run by the UWA hostel (Tel: +256 392 899500) or Kakine or Nagusokopire self-catering UWA campsite, with lions roaring and passing by at night…

Nature Lodges has recently opened Kidepo Savannah Lodge. It is based 500 mt from Kalokudo gate and can be reached without paying park fees.


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