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Narus Valley In Kidepo National Park
The name Narus means ‘muddy’ in Karimong local dialect. Narus Valley is a rolling, grassland plain enclosed by distant mountains.
Wildlife here is prolific throughout the year, but doubly so in the later dry season (January to March) when Narus River is the only reliable source of water for miles around.
The lion Rock within the valley is often frequented by lions and the crocodile pond often attracts huge herds of buffaloes and reliably hosts a profusion of water birds including;
- African jacana
- Yellow-billed stork
- White-faced whistling duck
- Various herons and egrets
Also, herds of 20 to 30 elephants often come to drink in the Narus River in the morning before marching back to more remote grazing grounds in the afternoon.
A unique feature of the Narus Valley is the spectacular thousand-strong herds of buffaloes that are frequently encountered around Apoka, generally preferring wooded savannah to open grassland.
These buffaloes are the main prey to Kidepo Valley National Park population of around 190 lions which currently include two large prides of more than 20 individual each.
Lions in Kidepo National Park are often seen on the park’s trademark granite outcrop which they use as lookout points. The Narus Valley is also gaining the popularity for increasingly frequent sightings of Cheetahs. Other large mammals that can found in Kidepo Valley National Park include;
- Burchell’s zebras
- Rothchild’s Giraffe
- Bohor reedbuck
- Jackson’s hartebeest
Birders can look for Clapperton’s francolin and the spectacular African rose-ringed parakeet, most especially around Apoka. Othe unique bird species to look for in Narus Valley include;
- Abyssinian ground hornbill
- Superb starling
- Meyer’s parrot, and
- Black coucal (only seen in the rainy season)