A painful fact is that poaching in the 1980s has drastically reduced the number of animals in Kidepo Valley National Park. Fortunately, the current figures show an upward trend in the number of animals. With about 450 species of birds and more than 80 species of mammals, you can say that Kidepo Valley National Park is rich in wildlife. For example, there are cheetahs, leopards, lions, roan antelopes, reeds, and waterbuck. The giraffes and elephants protrude high above the grass and are therefore easier to find. Take a Ugandan Steve Backshall from Apoka Tourism Centre to find out exactly how the rest of the wild is moving. These rangers talk passionately about the animals and their motives, about the history of the park and the Karamojong culture.
THE WHAT- CULTURE!?
The Karamojong culture. Yes, Kidepo Valley National Park is located in Karamoja which is inhabited by the Karamojong: indigenous people who adhere to traditional ways of life and resemble the Kenyan and Tanzanian Maasai. When you drive south from the north-eastern Kidepo you pass several sprawling thatched villages. When you reach the town of Moroto you will find Mount Moroto on the right, the highest mountain in the Karamoja district. On the left, you look into a vast savanna landscape with round, simple houses of clay and see colourfully dressed nomads walking around with their cattle.