Kidepo valley national park is dry, hot and isolated, yet spectacular, magnificent and virgin, waiting to be discovered.

It is located in the Karamoja region of North Eastern Uganda and borders the Sudan in the North West and Kenya in the north east.

The park is known for its distinctive composition of wild game co-existing with the day mountain forests, open savanna and hilltops capped by rock kopjes.

Kidepo valley national park has perennial rains which make it an oasis in the semi-desert, but its tract of rugged savannah is home to 77 mammal species and almost 500 bird species.



These include game viewing, bird watching, foot safaris and mountain climbing.

During the dry season, the long drive will take you along the seasonal kidepo river as it moves too wards its 50m wide bed of white sand between banks covered with borassus palm trees.

The katurum kopje provides superb views north across the valley towards the morungole mountain range.

Nature walks can be done around apoka camp at any time of the day and visitors are able to view different species of animals like elephants, bulbul, zebras, and reedbucks.

Community walks, are an interactive way of learning more about the Karamajong lifestyle, culture, dressing style, dancing and livelihood.


Accessibility can be by both road and air

  • 571km from Kampala through Gulu, Kitgum, and to Kidepo.
  • 705 km from Kampala via Lira, Kotido, kaabong and then to Kidepo.
  • 740km from Kampala via Mbale, Soroti, Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and ten Kidepo.
  • 780km from Kampala via Mbale, Soroti, Matan, Kotido, Kaabong, and on to Kidepo.


Charter flights to Kidepo can be arranged from Kajjansi or Entebbe international airport to Lomej airstrip near the park headquarters.