The essence of a birding safari
Renowned for its spectacular array of bird species (over 475), the beautiful Kidepo National Park attracts keen twitchers from all over the world. Endemic species such as the Abyssinian roller, purple heron, Abyssinian ground hornbill and Clapperton’s francolin promise to delight, not to mention the fantastic raptor viewing opportunities. The park’s varied landscapes make for fantastic photographic opportunities too.
Boasting scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa, Kidepo is nestled snugly into the corner of Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya. Offering stunning, sweeping savannah and vast rolling rugged mountain landscapes the Park harbours an extremely diverse flora. The prolific variety of wildlife in the park is equally abundant and many of the animals are found nowhere else in Uganda.
Second only to Bwindi in bird variety, Kidepo displays the rarest and most sought after birds including the Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apalis. A fascinating discovery is that Kidepo is recognised 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. If you are an avid bird watcher, make sure to have your bird book handy and your binoculars, there are some fluttering sights here that you will never see again.