Kidepo Valley National Park is 1442kmsq in the northern part of Uganda on an isolated land of karamajong, bordered by south Sudan in the North West and Kenya in the North East. The people are traditionally nomadic pastoralists and slowly adopting to some changes in their lifestyle. The tourists who are interested in the visiting the communities are given an opportunity to visit the house holds through making arrangements with the karamajong people. Their buildings are referred to as the “Manyatas”, which are built using cowdung for cementing the floor and smearing the walls. The kjongs also have interesting traditional customs like their dress code, rare life style as cattle raiders and their traditional dance in addition to the moulded hand craft materials like; stools, knives, arrows, bows, jewellery, beads and earrings.
Kidepo Valley National Park experiences alight rainy season yearly, especially from April to September where by Nurus river receives 890 mm and the northern area receives 635 mm both being seasonal rivers. Some ofthe attractions are; valleys, wild life especially the elephants, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, ostriches, lions, kudus, Reedbucksand hot springs like kanangorok (black stones) which is 40km from Apoka camp in between 2 main biomes of kidepo. As a tourist you are expectedto pick on interesting activities at the park for example; game drive, community& nature walks around akopa camp and Rionome trial in Narus valley, mountain hiking by foot along the beautiful sceneries of morungole ranges, sand along River Kidepo, Narus muddy area.
The valley is covered by borasus plantation hence obtaining its name as kidepo. The natural forest that was planted with manure gotten from elephant’s droppings stretches for approximately 100 meters. These trees were eaten by the local people during famine periods in the 17th and 18th century. The park is bestowed with 475 bird species namely; ostrich, kori bustard, secretary bird, Abyssinian ground horn bill, Egyptian vulture, pigmy falcon, verreuxand red throated bee eaters.
Kidepo River is covered by Borasus palms, making it look as an oasis in Sahara desert. The park is accessible using different routes that is; lira, kotido, kabong and kidepo by road or aircraft transport via Entebbe/kajjansi to lomej air strip near the park headquarters for 2 hours. The park has 21 banda hotels each with 2 beds and 14 are self-contained