Location: Eastern Border of Uganda & Kenya
Area: 1,442 km2
Nearest City: Karenga in Kaabong District in Uganda
Land Features: The park consists of the two major valley systems of the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. Kanangorok (also spelled Kananorok or Kanatarok) is a tepid hot spring in the extreme north of the park, in Lotukei, South Sudanese boundary. This spring is the most permanent source of water in the park. The park has predominantly clay soil. In the Kidepo Valley, black chalky clay and sandy-clay loam predominate, while the Narus Valley has freer-draining red clays and loams.
Biome: Most of the park is open tree savannah. Primary grasses in the Narus Valley are the shorter red oat grass and taller bunchy Guinea grass and fine thatching grass. 692 plant species have been recorded in the park.
Rivers: River Kidepo
Forests: The Benet Forest and Kapkwai Forest
Mountains: Mount Zulia & Mt. Morungole
Bird Species: 473 species of birds notably hornbills, eagles, and ostriches
Animal Species: 86 species of mammals including the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, jackal among others
Local Tribes: Narus is a name given by the Ketebo or Mening and Amening Clan were the people living in the Kidepo Valley
Activities: Hiking, Nature Walks, Nature Biking, Wildlife Excursions, Bird Watching, Photography Expeditions, Tribal Excursions
Interesting Fact: The Ketebo or Mening are the inhabitants farmers and hunters who lived in the area since 1800 before it was gazetted as a game reserve by the British colonial government in 1958. The purpose was both to protect the animals from hunting and to prevent further clearing of bushes for tsetse fly-control. The eviction of the resident people led to severe famines for the locals that thrived in the national park before it was gazetted. These locals have since migrated to South Sudan and other areas around the reserve. The then newly independent government of Uganda under Milton Obote converted the reserve into the Kidepo Valley National Park in 1962.