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How to get to Kidepo National Park?
A trip to Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park can be undertaken by road and air. When flying from abroad, you’ll arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB).
It is located 40km from the capital (Kampala). Your local Uganda tour operator will usually arrange for you to be picked up at the airport and will take care of all further transportation as part of your Uganda safari package.
Uganda road trip to Kidepo National Park
There are several routes to Kidepo Valley National Park. These include;
Kampala – Karuma – Gulu – Kitgum – Kidepo
This is the most direct route, through Gulu to Lokumoit Gate and takes about (571) 10 hours drive. The trip can be broken up with an overnight stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Chobe Safari Lodge, Gulu or Kitgum.
Two longer routes pass through the remote Karamoja subregion, arriving at Nataba Gate. These include
Kampala – Mbale – Sironko – Moroto – Kotido – Kaabong – Kidepo
This route in popularity for travellers on a Uganda trip seeking to explore the real wilderness and authentic African lifestyle, as it was years back.
It is approximately 740km and takes a 12 hours drive. There are several attractions along this route to break the road travel.
The route takes the eastern direction from Kampala, traverses the Mabira rainforest and crosses the mighty River Nile at Jinja town. The visitors have an opportunity to tour Lake Victoria and explore the source of the Nile.
To access Sironko town, branch to the right a few kilometers on Mbale-Soroti road. The hike to the Sipi falls in Sironko is exciting and a test of body fitness while the travelers explore life in the countryside touring coffee plantations and interacting with indigenous people.
The travelers on this route have an opportunity to explore Matheniko and Bokora wildlife reserves, wander into the wilderness and discover breathtaking landscapes in virgin territory. The travelers can opt to spend a night in Kapchorwa or Moroto towns.
Kampala – Mbale – Soroti – Moroto – Kotido – Kaabong – Kidepo
This route takes the eastern direction from Kampala bisects the Mabira rainforest and crosses the bridge on the Nile before accessing Jinja.
The visitors explore the source of the Nile where she departs Lake Victoria for her 6400 km long travel to the Mediterranean Sea.
The visitors on this route can tour the Nyero rock in Kumi town and explore the authentic African lifestyle. Kumi and Soroti are strategic towns for a night depending on which tourism activity visitors take part in to break the long travel.
The route is about 792km and takes approximately 13 hours drive.
Note: Driving is rewarding, as Kidepo itself, however, road conditions are sometimes poor and a 4WD vehicle is essential.
Uganda domestic flights to Kedepo Valley National Park
The best and the fastest way to get to Kidepo Valley National Park is by a scheduled or chartered flight. Flights between parks are usually scheduled by your Uganda safari tour operator. They will also arrange for your pick-up from the airport or your hotel in most cases.
A flight to Kidepo Valley National Park takes about 2 hours from either Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip in Kampala.
Aerolink operates scheduled domestic flights from Entebbe airport to Lomej airstrip in the Apoka tourism zone on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays departing at 12:30 hours and arriving Kidepo at 14:45 hours.
Fly Uganda are other private air travel companies that offer charter flights to Lomej airstrip. The airstrip at Lomej is approximately 3 kilometers (2 mi) south of the headquarters of Kidepo Valley National Park.