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Discover the Majestic Kidepo Valley National Park : Kenya's Premier Wildlife Sanctuary

Discover the Marvels of Kidepo Valley National Park

Situated in the picturesque landscapes of north-eastern Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park stands as a testament to the unspoiled wilderness of East Africa. This iconic park, nestled within the expansive Karamoja region, beckons travelers worldwide to immerse themselves in an unforgettable safari adventure. Renowned for its diverse wildlife and stunning vistas, Kidepo Valley offers an unmatched safari experience.

Witness the Spectacular Wildlife of Kidepo Valley

One of the highlights of Kidepo Valley National Park is its extraordinary wildlife, including the famed Big Five: elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and rhinoceroses. Additionally, visitors can marvel at the park’s abundant herds of giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, and hippos. Each safari excursion or guided nature walk presents a unique opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, creating timeless memories of your journey through Kidepo Valley.

Embark on Unforgettable Safaris and Cultural Encounters

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with exhilarating game drives that delve deep into the heart of Kidepo Valley. For a truly enchanting perspective, consider a hot air balloon safari, providing sweeping views of the vast savannahs below. Beyond wildlife encounters, Kidepo Valley offers enriching cultural experiences, allowing visitors to engage with the indigenous communities, particularly the Karamojong people. Immersing yourself in their traditions and lifestyle adds a profound dimension to your safari, enhancing your connection to the land and its people.

Plan Your Unforgettable Journey

Whether you’re a seasoned safari enthusiast or a first-time adventurer, Kidepo Valley National Park guarantees an expedition brimming with captivating sights and immersive experiences. From the majestic wildlife to the vibrant culture of the Karamojong, every moment in Kidepo Valley leaves an indelible mark on your soul. Prepare to be captivated by the raw beauty of the African wilderness and the warmth of its people.Embark on your expedition to Kidepo Valley National Park and uncover the wonders of Uganda’s premier wildlife sanctuary.

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Kidepo Valley National Park Fees Guideline

Kidepo Valley National Park Entry Fees

– Peak Season (July to December): Adults at USD 200 per day, while children and students are charged USD 50 per day. – Low Season (January to June): Adults at USD 100 per day, with children and students remaining at USD 50 per day.

Entry Fees for Residents and Ugandan Citizens

– Peak Season: Adults are charged UGX 50,000, and children/students UGX 20,000. – Low Season: Adults at UGX 40,000, with children/students fees staying at UGX 10,000.

Camping Fees

For those looking to experience the reserve overnight, camping fees vary based on residency status and the type of campsite (public or private). A notable point is that private campsites require a booking fee of UGX 100,000.

Vehicle and Other Fees

– Vehicle Entry: Fees are based on the vehicle’s capacity, with charges for vehicles ranging from UGX 50,000 for less than 6 seats to UGX 300,000 for 45 seats and above. – Ranger Fees: Game drives longer than 6 hours are charged UGX 100,000, while shorter drives and full-night camp security have their respective fees.

Payment Modes

Visitors can pay the entrance fees in cash (US Dollars or Ugandan Shillings) at the entry gates. However, for the western side of the reserve, notably the Kidepo Triangle – Kidepo Conservancy area, only cashless payments are accepted (either Visa/Mastercard or Mobile Money). Cashless modes are also an option for all other Kidepo Valley gates, including Lomej and Apoka gates.

Additional Notes

– The park fees structure was revised to accommodate the increasing costs associated with maintaining and conserving the reserve, reflecting the commitment of visitors to the sustainability of this cherished area. – It’s essential for visitors to carry identification and proof of residence to avail of the cheaper resident rates and comply with the park rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

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FAQ About Kidepo Valley National Park

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What makes Kidepo Valley National Park unique?
  1. Kidepo Valley National Park is known for its stunning landscapes, which include rugged mountain scenery, vast savannahs, and extensive valleys. It hosts a remarkable diversity of wildlife, some of which are not found anywhere else in Uganda, such as cheetahs and ostriches.

What wildlife can I see in Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. The park is home to over 77 mammal species, including lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and various antelope species. It is also one of the few places in Uganda where you can see cheetahs and ostriches.

Is birdwatching good in Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. Yes, the park is a birdwatcher's paradise, with over 475 bird species recorded. This includes the rare Karamoja apalis and the ostrich, Africa’s largest bird.

What are the accommodation options in Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. Accommodation ranges from luxury lodges to budget camping sites. There are a few options within the park, offering various levels of comfort and amenities to suit different budgets and preferences.

How do I get to Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. The park can be reached by road or air. The road journey from Kampala, Uganda’s capital, takes about 10-12 hours. Chartered flights from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield to Kidepo can be arranged, which take about 2-3 hours.

What activities can I do in Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. Activities include game drives, bird watching, hiking and nature walks, cultural visits to the local Karamojong communities, and visiting the hot springs in the Kanangorok Hot Springs area.

When is the best time to visit Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. The best time to visit is during the dry seasons from June to September and December to March. Wildlife is easier to spot as animals gather around water sources, and the roads within the park are more navigable.

Do I need a guide to visit Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. While it’s not mandatory to have a guide, hiring one can greatly enhance your experience. Guides are knowledgeable about the wildlife, bird species, and the best spots for sightings.

What should I pack for a trip to Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. Pack light clothing for the day, warmer layers for the evenings, good walking shoes, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), a camera, and binoculars for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.

Are there any safety concerns for visitors to Kidepo Valley National Park?
  1. The park is considered safe for visitors, with Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers patrolling the area. However, due to its remote location, it's important to follow the advice of your guides and park rangers, especially regarding wildlife encounters and park rules.

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