Explore wild and remote Kidepo

Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda's most remote safari park, and one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas. It is situated in the far north east, bordering South Sudan. Kidepo has much to offer, you come across rocky mountain ranges and vast savannah plains, its home to 500 bird species and 77 different mammals. 

While the game viewing is excellent, it is the thrilling sense of supreme isolation that many roadtrippers  enjoy most. Please note, a Landcruiser is required if you want to travel to Kidepo National Park on your road trip in Uganda. 

Roadtrip Uganda on the way to Kidepo, Africa's last wilderness

How to get to Kidepo Valley National Park 

Kidepo is too far out to visit as a single destination and is best combined as part of the Grand Circuit or the Wild North East. There are two main routes to get to Kidepo Valley:via Gulu (the west) and via Moroto (the east).

The western route is best combined with a first stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and a visit to Murchison Falls National Park. From Murchison, Kidepo could be reached in one, long travel day. But we recommend to break up the long travel day by either spending the night in the village of Gulu or Kitgum. These are also the last places to stock up on food, drinks, airtime and fuel. From Kitgum to Katurum gate via Orom is 140 kms and takes around 3,5 hours. 

The eastern route is best combined with a first stop in Jinja, followed by Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon, and than continuing north east through the land of the Karamajong. You pass the villages of Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong, where you can visit a traditional manyatta, learn about the traditional pastoral culture, and climb spiritual Mount Moroto. 

A Karamajong women, Roadtrip Uganda

How much is the entrance fee for Kidepo Valley National Park 

Refer to the Uganda Practical Information section, for an up to date overview of the entrance fees of all Ugandan Parks.  

Accomodation tips for Kidepo Valley

Where can I sleep on my Uganda roadtrip to Kidepo Valley National Park? 

Inside the park you can either stay in Apoka Safari Lodge (very high-end) or Apoka Rest Camp, a budget hostel run by the Uganda Wildlife Associations  (Tel: +256 392 899500). You can pitch your tent at the public campsite of Kakine or Nagusokopire, with lions roaring and passing by at night…

Nature Lodges has recently opened Kidepo Savannah Lodge, a mid-range alternative to Apoka Safari Lodge. It is based 500 meter from Kalokudo gate. 

Spotting leopards in Kidepo Valley on your roadtrip in Uganda