This national park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s boarder and that of south Sudan and Kenya. It’s just 700km from Kampala and was gazette as a national park in 1962. It has got lots of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as 475 bird species. This park is the most isolated one, however the few who make the long journey to this park will agree that it’s the most magnificent. It ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.
Around the park, there is savannah land scape that extends far beyond the gazatted area towards the horizons outlined by the distant mountain ranges. During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in the wetlands and remnant pools in the board Narus Valley near Apoka.the Park has long been dominated by Dodoth pastoralists and the IK farmers who lived in the area before it was gazette as a game reserve.
The main reason why this park was gazette was both to protect the animals from hunting and to prevent further clearing of bush for tsetse fly control. This game reserve was converted into Kidepo National Park in 1962. Its first chief warden was Ian Ross, a Briton and in 1972, Paul Ssali replaced him. The park’s altitude ranges between 914m and 2750m above sea level. There are two rivers in the park which include Kidepo and Narus. The communities surrounding this park include; pastoral Karamojong people, masai of Kenya, and the IK.
The park has many wildlife species which can be enjoyed on a Ugandan safari by many people who visit the park. These species include; the lions, elephants, buffalos, monkeys, birds, kobs, and many more. These can also be enjoyed on both morning and night game drives with in the park. More so, tourists can enjoy cultural and village performances which are so interesting as well as nature walks.