Seated on an expansive area of 1,442sqkms; Kidepo Valley National Park is situated in the North Eastern Uganda at the edge of Karamonja region. The park stretches up to the border of Uganda and South Sudan and also proximate to the border of Uganda and North Western Kenya in the Turkana Land. The elevation of the park ranges between 914m and 2750m above sea level.
Nominated as one of the most beautiful national parks in Africa, Kidepo Valley National Park is a hidden natural gem. Gazette in 1962, the eco system of Kidepo park is supported by two seasonal rivers; Narus and Kidepo. These completely lose water in the dry season and the only sources of water are natural pools and wetlands within the park. Kidepo experiences semi-arid climate with only annual wet-season between April and September. Narus Valley receives 890mm of rain while Kidepo receives on 635mm; Narus valley is the perpetual source of water to wildlife in the park.
The park is beautifully decorated by dry mountain vegetation, open savannah grasslands and semi-arid vegetation in the Kidepo valley section of the park. Kidepo National Park nestles 77 mammal species and these include bart-eared fox, stripped hyena, caracal, tree-climbing lion, leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed and side-stripped jack and cheetah (only found in Kidepo N.P. in Uganda). Among chandlers are Burchell’s zebra, bush-pig, Rothschild giraffe, elephants, mountain reedbucks, bushbucks, buffalo and eland among others. Endowed with over 475 bird-species, kidepo is home to Ostrich , kori bustard, secretary bird, red throated bee-eater and the Abyssinian ground hornbill. Among preying birds are Egyptian vulture, Verreaux Eagle and pygmy falcon.