Kidepo Valley, Uganda

Kidepo Valley, Uganda Photo
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Tucked into Uganda’s northeastern corner along the border with Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo Valley National Park has breathtaking savannahs studded with hills and outcrops. In its 555 square miles, 86 species of mammals—including bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, jackal, cheetah, and wild dog, 473 species of birds—notably hornbills, eagles, and ostriches—and 692 plant species have been recorded.

Fast Facts

  • Kidepo Valley is Uganda's most remote national park and has beautiful vistas.
  • Visitors may view tree-climbing lions that sit in sausage trees along the Narus Valley in addition to some of the 400 elephants and 3,500 buffalos in the park.


Kidepo Valley National Park was gazetted in 1962. Its remoteness from headquarters in Kampala, political instability in the region, and intertribal conflict have complicated efforts to control poaching. However, in recent years, park management has re-established full control over much of Kidepo, one of Uganda’s most beautiful and finest protected areas.

WCS Responds

WCS is working with the Uganda government to improve park management through training, cross-border collaboration, provision of equipment, and technical advice.  We also monitor elephant movements in this park and have undertaken biodiversity and crocodile surveys.

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