Tim Bewer
United States US
Jun 30, 2014 June 30, 2014

Tim is a travel writer who has covered 10 African countries for Lonely Planet's Africa, East Africa and West Africa guidebooks.

Category: Best Kept Safari Secrets

Hidden away in Uganda's far northeast, Kidepo Valley isn't just one of the best African parks you've never heard of: it's one of the best African parks period.

The broad savannah and its mountain backdrop paint a gorgeous and if there wasn't a single animal living there it would still be a wonderful place to visit. But, that's not a concern because the animal populations are high and the sightings are easy. And even by Ugandan standards, it's very uncrowded.

Part of the reason for its continued obscurity, now that the region is mostly peaceful again, is that it's a long, rough drive there, though flights are available. Accommodation is expanding and the Ugandans are pushing to popularize the park. This is still one place where, if you get there now, you'll someday be able to tell people that you went there back when.