Game drives in Kidepo valley national park; Kidepo valley national park is one of the stunning protected areas located in northeastern part of Uganda in Karamajong region bordering with Kenya and south Sudan. Kidepo valley national park  is a home of abundant wildlife species including elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, zebras, giraffes, black bellied and side striped jackals, Jacksons hartebeest, oribi, bat eared fox, cheetahs, elands, klipspringer, caracal, aardwolf, greater and lesser kudus, mountain reedbucks, Guenthers Dik-dik and over 470 recorded bird species including ostriches, kori bustard Karamoja apalis among others.

Game drive is one of the top safari activities in Kidepo valley national park where you will be able to explore the open savannah grasslands in a comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. Game drives in Kidepo valley national park can either be done very early in the morning when animals are most active or in the afternoon and they are carried out in two sections namely Narus valley and Kidepo valley.

Game drives in Kidepo valley national park
Kidepo wildlife safari

Game drive in Narus valley section

Narus valley is comprised of savannah grassland and its one of the sectors.  Narus valley is known for harboring large concentrations of animals due to the fact that it’s supplied by River Narus which floods during the rainy season and the only river that remains with water during the dry season. During the game drive in the Narus valley, you will follow different game tracks where you will be able to view different animals grazing in the open savannah grasslands including buffaloes, reedbucks, warthogs, elephants, waterbucks, giraffes, klipspringer, zebras, giraffes, dik-dik, cheetahs, bat-eared fox, Jackson’s hartebeests among others. You will also be able to view different bird species like secretary birds, Karamoja apalis, ostriches, Abyssinian ground hornbill, little weaver among others.

Game drive in Kidepo valley section

Kidepo valley is another area in Kidepo valley national park that is known for game drives.  Kidepo valley has few concentrations of animals compared the Narus valley and the area is supplied by Kidepo river, a seasonal river that floods during the wet or rainy season and dries up during the dry season. During the game drive in the Kidepo valley section, you will be able to view different animals which gather around Kidepo river to drink water including elands, kudus, bohor reedbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, waterbucks, oribi, zebras, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, view different bird species among others.

Best time to go for game drives in Kidepo valley national park

Game drives in Kidepo valley national park can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of September to March and December to February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the park therefore vegetation will be short and animals will gather around the water bodies to drink water which helps you to view different animals clearly.

Cost of game drives in Kidepo valley national park

Game drives in Kidepo valley national park costs 20 USD per person for foreign non residents, 15 USD per person for foreign residents and 20,000 UGX per person for East African citizens when using private vehicles and 30 USD per person for foreign non residents, 25 USD per person for foreign residents and 30,000 UGX for East African citizens when using Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)

Travelers can also do self-game drives in Kidepo valley national park which costs 10 USD per vehicle for foreign non residents, 10 USD per vehicle for foreign residents and 10,000 UGX per vehicle for East African citizens.

How to get to Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo valley national park is located in north eastern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means where you will be able to use one of the routes to the park including the route from Kampala via Karuma, Gulu, Kitgum and then to Kidepo national park which takes about 10 hours’ drive.

Route from Kampala via Karuma, Lira, Kotido, Kaabong and then the Kidepo valley national park which takes about 12 hours’ drive.

Route from Kampala via Mbale, Sironko, Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and then to the park headquarters which takes about 12 hours’ drive

Route from Kampala via Mbale, Soroti, Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and then to Kidepo valley national park which takes about 13 hours’ drive.

Kidepo valley national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter flights with Aero link Uganda or Bar aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Apoka airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.

Where to stay in Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo valley national park has limited number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you will stay during your safari including Apoka safari lodge, Adere safari lodge, Kidepo savannah lodge, Nga Moru wilderness camp, Apoka rest camp among others.

Game drives in Kidepo valley national park
Kidepo savannah lodge

Other safari activities in Kidepo valley national park

Apart from game drives, Kidepo valley national park offers other interesting safari activities like Nature walks/ hiking where you will be able to explore the savannah plains on foot, bird watching where you will be able to view variety of bird species, community experience where you will be able to interact with the Karamajong and Ik people who live in the neighboring communities.

Game drive is an interesting activity in Kidepo Valley national park that can be combined with gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park. For more information about Game drives in Kidepo valley national park, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website

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