Kidepo Valley National park is located near Karenga in Kaabong District, in the northeastern corner of Uganda, it lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala.
The park is approximately 520 kilometers (320 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. 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.
From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. Most of the park is open tree savannah.
Because of differences in rainfall with annual averages of 89 centimeters (35 in) in Narus and 64 centimeters (25 in) in the Kidepo basin vegetation and animal populations vary between the two valleys.
This virgin national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, harboring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can't be found in any other Ugandan national park. Kidepo is right at the core of a Savannah landscape right next to a few mountainous bodies.
Despite being most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.
Kidepo is a true rendition of tourism in Uganda but remains unknown to many, during the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.