Kidepo valley national park 1442km2 is Uganda’s most remote and isolated protected area found in the far North east bordering Kenya and South Sudan. It’s one of the country’s alluring destination boasting a strong wilderness atmosphere with rugged mountain scenery and exceptional game viewing plus bird watching.
The highest point in the park is at Morungole ranges at 2750m this terrain is also broken by the Narus and Kidepo valleys in the southwest and Northeast of the park respectively.
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The dominant habitat is open or lightly wooded savanna, interspersed with patches of montane forest, riparian woodland, Thick miombo woodland, Borassus palm and rocky kopjes. 77 mammals are listed and over 463 birds’ species with about 60 species recorded nowhere else in Uganda. Five primates including the localized Patas monkey.
The predators are well represented with 20 species residents in the park. The black –backed Jackal, Bat eared fox, Cheetah and Caracal are found in no other park in Uganda- other predators include; lions, leopard, spotted hyenas, mongoose, Genets, and small cats. Localized antelopes like greater kudu, lesser kudu, Guenther’s dik dik and mountain reed buck are some of Kidepo’s specials. Large mammals like Elephants, Buffalos, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe are quite common.
Out of the 463bird species listed some of the Kipedo special include; Ostrich, kori bustard, fox and white eyed kestrel, carmine, little green, and red throated bee eaters, Abyssinian scimitar bill, Abyssinian roller, Karamoja apalis, White headed buffalo weaver, Northern brown bull, Golden pipit purple grenadier white bellied go away bird, black breasted barbet.