Kidepo valley national park Vs Murchison falls national park;
Kidepo national park and Murchison falls national park are among the best 3 wildlife national parks in Uganda that need to be visited separately different that each of the parks have its own unique attracts that may not be experienced if only one is visited. The only similarity between Kidepo national park and Murchison falls national park is fact that both parks have the “Big 4 game” including the Lions, Leopards, Elephants and the Cape buffalo. The other animals that can be found in both parks are the giraffes, hippos, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, Orib and hyenas. Hence the need to visit both parks while on a Uganda safari.
Kidepo national park is unique for the fact that it’s where you will only find Cheetah and the Ostrich bird in Uganda. The cheetah is one of the rare animals to be spots in most of the wild national parks in Africa; however, a visit to Kidepo Park will put a smile on your face while on a game drive to explore the park. It’s not guaranteed to spot it however you have great chances of finding it. The wild endangered Ostrich too can be found in this remote park. The Ostriches are however endangered as they stand a high chance of vanishing given the poaching activities done near the park.
Interestingly, Kidepo valley national park is a semi-arid savannah and boosts about 77 mammals compared to Murchison falls national park. Kidepo is surrounded by mountains that border Kenya and South Sudan, creating a valley where animals can stay without crossing the other sides. Kidepo is formed into two valleys that is Narus valley and Kidepo valley which do not existing in Murchison falls national park. Narus valley has most of the animals that you can find in big groups given its type of vegetation and water supply from Narus River, mainly the buffaloes, elephants, zebras that move in very big groups. Kidepo valley is also sustained by Kidepo River which also forms the Kanangorok hot springs in the extreme north of the park in Lotukei, south Sudan boarder. The hot spring is a permanent source of water in the park and it’s a this area where you will find most of the animals including the ostriches, cheetah, lions, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, giraffes, elephants, to mention but a few.
Compared to Murchison falls national park, Kidepo national park has been named over the years one of the top 10 Safari destinations in Africa. In 2018, CNN ranked Kidepo national park as the second most beautiful park in Africa out of the top 8 safari destinations in Africa. This is because of its thriving wildlife and growing tourist appeal. The park for years had been hidden and its beauty mostly gone unnoticed, you can say it’s the hidden treasure of Uganda. Kidepo was also nominated as the third best safari destination in Africa by CNN in the World Travel Awards.