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Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo valley is Uganda's most isolated national park and also the most magnificent Park. Kidepo Valley ranks among Africa's finest wildernesses. Kidepo Valley National Park is a 1,442 square kilometers (557 sq mi) national park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. Kidepo is rugged Savannah, dominated by the 2,750 meters (9,020 ft) Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers. The northwestern boundary of the park runs along the international frontier with South Sudan Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda's most isolated national park and also the most magnificent. Kidepo ranks among Africa's finest wildernesses. From Apoka in the heart of the park, a Savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

The park contains one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan national park. Along with the neighboring Karamoja region, it houses many species found nowhere else in Uganda, including the greater and lesser kudu, eland and cheetah. Carnivores here include the lion, leopard, spotted hyena and black-backed and side-striped jackals. Other large species regularly seen here are elephant, Burchell's zebra, bushpig, warthog, Rothschild's giraffe, Cape buffalo, bushbuck, bush duiker, Defassa waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Jackson's hartebeest and Oribi.

The park boasts an extensive bird list of around 475 species, making it second only in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A few species of note are the Ostrich, Kori Bustard and Karamoja Apalis. Kidepo is notable for its birds of prey. Of the 56 species recorded, 14 including Verreaux's Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Pygmy Falcon are believed to be endemic to the Kidepo and Karamoja region. There has, however, been no comprehensive survey of birds in Kidepo and visitors stand a good chance of adding to the current list.

Game drives and bird watching are the two major activities in this Park. Kidepo Valley hosts avariety of animals and mammals. The park boast of three of the "big five", Elephants, Lions amd Buffaloes. Kidepo is also a home of the beautiful Zebras. it's one of the Park in the country with the largest concentration of Zebras.

Birding in Kidepo Valley National Park

Birding is one of the many activities that attract hundreds of tourists to Kidepo Valley National Park. There is an estimate of 475 species of birds sighted in Kidepo Valley. Kidepo Valley National Park ranks second after Queen Elizabeth National Park in terms of number of bird species. The commonly sighted birds are; Ostrich, Kori Bustard and Karamoja Apalis.

As birding is a fabulous activity in Kidepo Valley and Uganda at large, the Crested Crane is a symbolic bird in Uganda. This bird with it's colors symbolizes and describes the Uganda flag. The bird boasts with the three colors of Uganda's flag; Black, Yellow, Red. It's therefore a national symbol to the government and people of Uganda. It's therefore a mandate and a must for everyone living or visiting Uganda to protect this bird.