Kidepo makes CNN list of top ten African safari parks

January 9, 2013

Kidepo Valley National Park, a dramatic wilderness located in the far northeastern corner of Uganda, nestling up against South Sudan and Kenya, has been named the third best African national park by CNN.

Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda - Photo by Wild Places

The park’s dramatic scenery, with jagged mountain peaks laying rings around sweeping grasslands and palm-lined river valleys, is home to a variety of wildlife. But surely one of the most dramatic sights is Kidepo’s famously vast buffalo herds, with up to thousands of these bovine beasts in a single congregation. Lions are commonly seen here on game drives and it is an excellent birding destination – a recent visit by one of the senior birding guides in Uganda resulted in him spotting 25 new bird species, or ‘lifers’.

Apoka Lodge, Kidepo, Uganda - Photo by Steve Cunliffe

Accommodation options are limited, but of a high standard, with a choice between the luxury Apoka Lodge and a great value mid range wilderness camp, N’ga Moru. In the last two weeks, a third operator has started construction on a new camp, Buffalo Rocks, that promises to offer value to match its views. And for those who really want to experience the remote wilderness at its best, Journeys Discovering Africa can arrange an exclusive mobile tented camp, pitched somewhere in the Narus or Kidepo Valleys, for guided walking safaris in pristine African bush.

Elephants, Kidepo, Uganda - Photo by Patrick Shah

If Uganda is famously far from the madding crowd, offering a more intimate wildlife safari, then visiting Kidepo is to truly step ‘off the beaten path’. This is partly due to the park’s distance from other destinations within Uganda, meaning it has always been best to fly in, using either private charters or the new scheduled/seat rate services.

Once there, you will find yourself one of a select few, enjoying one of Africa’s last, true wildernesses.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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