Just back from Kidepo Valley National Park and had an incredible five days. The road via Gulu and Kitgum is superb at the moment and we managed to drive from Kampala to the park gate in nine hours including a lunch stop at Gulu on the way back. Kampala – Gulu is about four hours flat on mostly good roads. Gulu – Kitgum a further two hours on graded murram roads. On the way up we spent the night at Fuglys in Kitgum in a lovely en-suite double for 130,00 Ush including fully cooked breakfast. The next two hours from Kitgum – Orom is newly graded and perfectly flat. The final half an hour from Orom to Katarum is not great but manageable.
We spent the first two nights at the UWA bandas at Apoka. 52,000 Ush for a thatched banda with shower, toilet and electricity. Couldn’t ask for more at that price. The canteen old great local food for about 10,000 Ush depending on the meat. You get what is available so not much choice but simple and tasty and beers and soda also available.
We spent the next three nights at Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp just on the outside of the park and run by the same couple who own Fugly’s in Kitgum. The camp is new and still in the final stages of completion. Nga’Moru is $140 pppn inclusive of all your food and drink. It is set in a stunning location and consists of both covered safari tents and houses. Lyn and Patrick are some of the best hosts you are likely to find and treated us to drives around their 168 acre concession and limitless stories. We can’t recommend it highly enough. It sits just a twenty minute drive along the edge of the park from Katarum and has a ton of game on the property.
It has been two years since i last visited the park and was amazed by the sheer scale and diversity of animals. In our five days we saw lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, dik dik, oribi, caracal, jackal, ostrich, three species of Hornbill including Abyssinian Ground, Secretary Bird, crocodile, giraffe, waterbuck, bushbuck, reedbuck, hyraxe and dozens of other bird species. Simply breathtaking scenery and still largely missing tourists in any great number.
One of the last great wildernesses but now with a great road and accommodation options.