Kidepo Valley NP

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About Kidepo Valley National Park

The Kidepo Valley is in a remote corner of the country, which is rarely visited by tourists, due to the expense and difficulty of getting there. The park is a true wilderness destination for the adventurous and has excellent wildlife viewing during the Dry season, featuring several species not encountered anywhere else in the country.

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1,442km² / 557mi²
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999-2,720m / 3,278-8,924ft
Pros and Cons
  • Top wildlife-viewing in the Dry season
  • Several antelope and predator species (including cheetah) that don't occur elsewhere in Uganda
  • Excellent birding with many birds of prey
  • Very exclusive with lots of wilderness appeal
  • Very remote and expensive destination


The park has a very impressive mammals list. Twenty species of predator are resident, and several don't exist in any other Ugandan park (including cheetah and black-backed jackal). Lion and leopard also occur. Elephant, Burchell's zebra, buffalo and Rothschild's giraffe are all regularly seen, but black rhino has recently become extinct. Twelve antelope species are present – some of which don't occur anywhere else in the country.
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Two valleys (Kidepo Valley and Narus Valley) on either side of predominantly mountainous terrain dominate the park. Open grassland is interspersed with woodland, rocky outcrops and forest patches.

Weather & Climate

Kidepo has a semi-arid climate that occasionally invites drought in the Dry season (September to March). Average afternoon temperatures sit around 29°C/84°F, except in the park’s higher-altitude areas where it gets colder. The Wet season lasts from April to August. In these months, keep one eye on the sky in the afternoon, when showers arrive like clockwork.
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Best Time to Visit

Sunny days and thin vegetation make the Dry season (September to March) the best time to go wildlife watching in Kidepo. This is also when animals go searching for a dependable source of water. An advantage of exploring Kidepo when the rains come is that the dust and heat tend to get washed away, and the birding is better.
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By Joseph from SwitzerlandCH

This is is certainly the best park in Uganda, with the most wildlife and the elusive wild dog, cheetah and ostrich. Other animals include hyena, lion, leopard, zebra, water buck, buffalo, giraffe, jackals and many more. You learn so much about the tr... Full review

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