Uganda is an amazing and spontaneously with the remotest and most authentic wonders supplied in many national parks and other protected areas through the country. Many travelers flood the legendary national parks in the country annually for safari game viewing in Queen Elizabeth national park, and the enormous primate safaris in Bwindi forest national park and Kibale national parks plus nature walks in Murchison falls national park where the falls roam around the devils’ caldron.
However, so much of the secrets are left unrevealed within the deepest receptacles of Uganda and GoExplore Safaris, we have most of Travelers asking for Kidepo valley and Pian Up. though because of the remoteness and the awareness of its remoteness, as a fact, Uganda’s preeminent charmed and wildest places have been discovered.
Kidepo valley national park is positioned in a wilderness at the edge of one of the virgin countrysides of the pearl of Africa. Last year it was ranked Second to Serengeti national park of Tanzania by CNN Travel Kidepo valley national park is one of the exceptional protected areas in Uganda with also an undiscovered natural secret in all aspects of nature. You can see a lot of wild animals in the national parks of Uganda but Kidepo harbors the rarest wildlife species in Africa. Kidepo Valley national park is found in Kabong district within the northeastern region of Uganda. The tremendous Kidepo valley national park is located near the Karenga in kaabong district in the uppermost northeastern corner of Uganda.
Kidepo Valley National park is to the vast protected area but is vast in terms of uniqueness. It covers up an area of about 1442sq.km rugged with a wide savannah with one erect mountain morungole and two impressive valleys, that’s Narus Valley and Kidepo. Kidepo valley national park is approximately 220km, by road, northwest of Moroto town which is also the largest town in the region. However, from Kampala, Kidepo valley is reached in a distance of approximately 520km, by road, northeast of Kampala the capital city of Uganda and Kidepo valley national park is bordered by bira in the north, and Kidepo valley reserve in the northwest, next to the borderline of Uganda and Kenya.
Kidepo valley’s history is intriguing, the wildlands of Kidepo are said to have been the first inhabitants of the area, practicing farming and hunting from the savannahs of the main objective for gazetting Kidepo national park was to protect wild animals that were being hunted to extinction by the kidepo and the mening people of Northern Uganda, and also to prevent bush burning in the act of chasing tsetse flies. This was the time when the colonial times were totally done within Uganda and the handover of warden Ian featured as them for some English directed movie.
The vast savannah area of Kidepo is served with two main river course valley systems; Kidepo and nares rivers. The river valley of Kidepo valley national park lies between altitude 910m and 2100m above sea level. The national park is also featured with a magnificent hot spring known as Kanamori hot spring found in the northern part of the park; just within the lotus’s boundary of South Sudan. The hot spring in Kidepo national park is the most permanent water source in this semi-arid area. The national park’s soil is mainly clay; black chalky clay and sandy-clay loam which are not favorable to lustrous growth of vegetation but the drought acacia trees and short grass. However, nares valley and Kidepo, have red clay soil good for the growth of some palms along the river line.
Besides being a well-protected area for wildlife, Kidepo valley national park is a surprise to many tourists who visit the area every year. Kadapa valley national park is a great area to learn about the most indigenous tribes of Africa through what is called the Kidepo cultural trails. The cultural trails in Kidepo national park will land you into the knowledge about the kidepo and Acholi people.
The wildlife of Kidepo valley national park, that is, flora and fauna, population and distribution changes according to the landscape and the wildlife is mainly concentrated in the two valleys of nares and kidepo. The vegetation cover in Kidepo valley national park is common with short red oat grass, desert dates, fan palms, and the euphorbia candelabrum trees in the Narus valley.
The savannah area is dominated with the acacia tree types and desert shrubs which hide cheetahs and leopards. Kadapa river acts as an oasis of freshwater in this semi-desert area where almost all the park’s wild animals shelter from the dry season. the river harbors over 86 mammal species including the hyenas, lions, cheetah, leopard, the wolves, elephants, giraffes, bat-eared foxes, African buffaloes among others. the palm forests of Kidepo valley along the river and streams nest almost 500 bird species apoka rest camp is the best site for bird watching, for example, the silver birds, yellow-billed shrike, the Nubian woodpecker; endemic, red-cheeked cardon among others. To note; Kidepo national park is a home for endemic animals such as the bat-eared fox, caracal, klipspringer, and the cheetahs, cannot be found in any other national park in Uganda.
Kidepo national park is well supplied with a range of accommodation facilities to fit perfectly in your safari suit. All our safari to Kidepo offers guests a wide range of luxury treat to meet their safari expectation.
Apoka Safari lodge where Our Guests always feel the comfort and as a luxury facility this offer an ultimate wilderness experience within its stylish, comfortable cottages. You can experience the wild of Africa as you gaze at the giraffe right at your doorstep. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms plus a stone bathtub outside on the veranda to allow you enjoy your bath under the starry skies. You can enjoy the sounds of the wolves in the night from your tented cottage. The surrounding is full of tranquility to soothe your moods through your vacation and stay; this is all made possible by the very hospitable staff which is ready to help you about anything. We offer you with the best standard accommodation but no restaurant, however, the environment is tranquil with the scenic beauty of the plains ahead.
From the same region in the far northeastern Uganda, is where you find the virgin pain up game reserve. It is virgin not because it has no inhabitants, but rather not known by a lot of tourists, despite its natural endowment ranging from the unique vegetation to the rare cultures and domesticated ostriches.
Pian upe game reserve is located in the northeastern semi-arid region of Uganda, covering an area of 2275sq.km. The nearest city or town to pian upe game reserve is Mbale. Pian upe game reserve is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Uganda after Murchison falls national park. pian upe game reserve has its headquarters located at moruajore.
Reaching Pian upe game reserve headquarters takes about 8 hours and 30 minutes from Kampala capital of Uganda, however, it is just about 2 hours and 30 minutes for the magnificent sipi falls in kapchorwa district. It is also five hours from the beautiful epic Kidepo valley national park. You can access pian upe game reserve for the south via chepsikunya trading center if at all you are coming from Kampala and through Mbale town. However, for the north, pian upe is reached via namalu trading center from moroto town or amudat airstrip; the only nearest airfield in the region.
Almost nine districts within the northern region of Uganda take part of this vast pian upe game reserve, for example, amudat, nakapiripit, bukedia, kween , napak, katakwi, bulambuli and kumi among others. Other protected areas around the region include mountain Elgon national park, bokora wildlife reserve all managed by the Uganda Wildlife authority.
Pian Upe game reserve’s history comes from way back in 1958, pian upe was gazzated as an animal sanctuary located in the southern part of pian upe. Before the area is believed to have been a battleground for the two dominant tribes of the north, the Karamojong of the north and Pokot who are said to have come from northern Kenya. In 2003, the wildlife reserve of pian upe faced a threat when the government of Uganda proposed it to be degazetted for fruit farming, however, the proposal was blocked, thanks to the conservationists in the country.
From the local language of the Karamojong who dominated the community, pian means a sub group or clan that belongs to the big Karamojong community which inhabits the area. upe, on the other side, means foreign, referring to the kelengin speaking pastoralist who came from Kenya. Thus, in a clear understanding, pian upe means a good-spirited person but also an enemy, of a friendly enemy.
The area is so flat making the sunrise and the sunset so awesome and terrific as seen beyond the horizon. Form your view point, you can see the hot orange sun setting from the sky, the moment is awesome for evening photography.
Wildlife of pian upe is unique varying from the vegetation to the animals. The reserve is mainly a plateau or flat land dominated by the green and golden savannah woodland. However, the vast savannah is spotted with a number of rock outcrops which harbor a lot of reptiles like monitor lizards and snakes. Pian upe game reserve is a home to a unique selection of wild animals such as cheetahs, roan antelopes, common eland, hartebeests, oribis and cape buffaloes among others.
On the other side, the unique birds which shelter in pian upe, make the reserve much favorable for birding activities such as the Karamojong apalis which is also only found in this game reserve, ostriches, the green pitta, the Abyssinian ground horn bill and the fox weaver bird is only endemic around the lake opeta.
The tribes within pian upe make up a good cultural encounter for the tourists to this magnificent reserve in the reserve of nature. The area is mainly dominated by the Karamojong tribe who are mainly pastoralists by tradition. Visiting on of the Karamojong settlement area, will reward you with a lot of entertainment form the traditional dance of the Karamojong people, cultural folk songs, drama performances among others.
For safari lovers, this is the. Best park which you will fall for while you are in a quest for the adventure, activities like nature walks in pian upe game reserve are the most rewarding. They involve hikes to mountains like napark in west of the reserve, kadam in the north, and perhaps Elgon which borders pian upe in the south. The nature walks in pian upe will lead you to the napedet cave which was such a phenomenal traditional meeting place for the ancient people who inhabited the area many years ago; evident from the different paintings in the hole of the different animals that where proved to have lived in the area before.
The best time is between November and February, because, these are the drier months of the year in this region. You will also enjoy the controlled bush burning project of the park management in an attempt to keep the grass short for clear viewing of the game with in the area. the wet season is not ideal as most of the places get flooded from the heavy rains making the trucks almost impassable. However, you can booking our Safaris with Pian Upe our GoExplore Experts will show you how beautiful this place is, an exploration to pian upe at any time of the year, basing on your preference and time of travel.
We talk about the best hidden treasure of Uganda and Semliki national park is yet another magical wild place which is still under exploration by a number of tourists. This nature’s secret is located deep in bwamba community, Bundibugyo district within the western region of Uganda. Semliki national park is the only low land tropical rain forest in East Africa, and perhaps, Africa at large. Semliki national park was established 1993 and is one of the newest national parks in Uganda. Semliki national park is also one of the small protected areas in Uganda covering an area of about 194sq.km; managed by the Uganda wildlife authority within the Albertine rift on the gentle slope of altitude 670m to 760m above sea level.
The best time to visit semuliki national park is between late November and February; these are the driest months of the year. The wet season in semliki national park receives heavy rainfall totals; average about 1250mm, the peak rainfall months are March to May and then September to December. The wet season is no good for vistas to semliki national park. The Semliki River is another feature which drains the semliki national park together with river lamia. The hot springs too are phenomenal however produce salty water. A lot of wildlife flocks along river semliki during the dry season; you have a big chance to see a lot of animals during the dry season.
During the dry season, semliki national park experiences a relative temperature from 18 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. The variation in the daily temperature of semliki national park is much attributed to the location and the terrain of the area. The lowlands in semliki national park experience a warmer temperature than the areas on the higher altitude.
Semliki national park is one of the richest bio diverse areas in the whole Africa; the wildlife in the forest can be similar to some in the other national park such as Kibale national park, Queen Elizabeth national park among others. semliki national park covers unique area of ecological importance within the Albertine rift ecosystem; it is strategically situated in a meet point of different climatic zones and ecological zones. This is the reason as to why semliki national park is diverse in both flora and fauna or plants and wild animals.
Birding is at its best supported by huge population of birds, about 400 bird species, of which 216 are truly forest birds such as the forest ground thrush, and over 9 species of hornbills among others. Most of the birds are found with in semliki valley along the river banks. However, the nature walks through the forest offer an opportunity for you to see a lot of forest birds.
Semliki national park has over 57 recorded species of mammals, 5 of which are ranked under the large mammals and 6 are small mammals which are also endemic to the national park. The nature walk in semliki national park is a guarantee for you to see a lot of animals such as the Mona monkeys, forest buffalo, pygmy flying squirrel, fruit bat, water chevrotain bay duikers, forest buffaloes among others. semliki national park is a good place for reptiles and amphibians to flourish.
Besides the flora and fauna in semliki national park, sempaya hot springs also attract a lot of visitors to the area. The hot spring is believed to be having the female and the male hot springs called bitente and nyansimbi, respectively. The water from the hot spring is believed to be having a chemical that cures a lot of skin ailments. The national park is drained by Semliki River which carries a run off the mountain of the moon, famously known as Rwenzori Mountains. Semliki River broadens into the muddy forest providing a playground for the lone buffaloes, and elephants providing a good miniature of the Congo River.
The cultural journey will lead you to understanding the different tribes of the people that live around and near semliki national park. The area is mainly known for the bakonjo people of Bundibugyo; they stay around the area and are good cultivators. The bamba people carry out terrace cropping on the gentle slopes of the Rwenzori mountain foothills. The bamba tribe is another group of people living within the vicinity of semliki national park; they are also farmers and live around the lowland areas near the Rwenzori Mountain.
The batwa people of semliki national park are mainly hunters and fruit gatherers by tradition and they use semliki national park to gather a few life-supporting materials like firewood, forest fruits and herbs among others. The people of semliki national park are good and hospitable people; you will enjoy the interactions with them and perhaps buy some of their fruits like mangoes and guavas among others.
Semliki safari lodge is one of the finest lodges within the national park and our GoExplore Experts have been to this amazing place and you will love the areas. it’s found within semliki valley and it is a luxury or upscale safari lodge. It was constructed using the local raw materials which help it to blend in the natural environment of semliki national park. semliki safari lodge provides standard accommodation from spacious canvas and tents set in a tranquil environment with the view of the national park forest.
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