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Game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park

Game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park offer the true African wilderness experience.  Many adventurous travelers seek spectacular views and they can get them in this great park. The park is well known for its stunning landscape, diverse wildlife, and its remoteness. Rare animal species can be seen during game drives, including Klipspringer, Dikdik, Gazelle, Beisa Oryx, and Roan Antelope, among others. Kidepo features the largest population of buffaloes and is the only park in Uganda where you can encounter cheetahs. Additionally, CNN ranked it among the top 5 destinations to visit for a safari due to its unique animal species, wilderness, and remoteness.

When to conduct game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park

Game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park can be conducted throughout the year. However, the best time to do a game drive is during the dry season from June to August and  December to February. During this period, vegetation is sparse, making it easier to spot wildlife. They often congregate around water sources.  Besides the roads are also in better condition, facilitating easier navigation through the park.

Travelers should remember that these seasons are usually the peak of tourism in Uganda. Therefore the park might be crowded. Those who prefer quiet and intimate safaris should consider visiting from January to February. However, during other months rains might interfere with the game drives.

Morning game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park

The morning game drives in Kidepo usually start early at around 6 am.  The temperatures are cooler compared to later in the day. This allows travelers to experience enjoyable and unhurried game viewing without the discomfort of excessive heat.

Animals are often active during the morning hours and are usually spotted roaming the savannah in search of food or water. Conducting game drives in the morning increases the likelihood of encountering a diverse range of wildlife, including predators such as lions and leopards on the hunt.

The beauty of morning game drives is that there are often fewer vehicles on the trails. This provides a more intimate and immersive safari experience. With fewer distractions, visitors have a better chance of encountering wildlife undisturbed in their natural habitat.

Evening and night game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park

The evening and night game drives give a glimpse of nocturnal animals becoming active after sunset. Travelers get an opportunity to observe species such as hyenas, civets, genets, bush babies, and aardvarks. Predators such as lions and leopards are often more active during the cooler evening hours.

These game drives are conducted with the help of the park’s guides or rangers.  They are well-conversant with the park. They use powerful spotlights to illuminate wildlife without disturbing them. This technique allows for better visibility and enables visitors to observe animals’ behavior and interactions during the night.

Night drives typically have fewer vehicles on the trails compared to daytime safaris, providing a more exclusive and intimate wildlife viewing experience.

What to expect during game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park

 Kidepo Valley National Park is renowned for its abundant and diverse wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural heritage. Travelers should expect to have a wide range of animals to see and different places to explore within the park and in the neighboring communities.

Visitors can expect to encounter elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, antelopes such as Uganda kobs and Jackson’s hartebeests, and numerous bird species.

Additionally, travelers can expect to explore the park’s landscapes characterized by vast savannah plains, rugged hills, rocky outcrops, and seasonal rivers. There are distant mountains that can be seen as well, giving great views of the surroundings.

Last but not least, after game drives most tourists usually visit locals who live within the park. The Karamajong is the tribe that lives within this area, visiting them gives an insight into their way of living.  Visitors may have the chance to interact with them learn about their traditional way of life, and observe cultural practices such as traditional dances and cafts.