Kidepo Valley National Park is tucked away in the savannah of the remote Northeast region. Many say it has the most striking scenery in all of Uganda. It is host to more large mammal species than any other national park in Uganda; 28 are found nowhere else in Uganda, among these are: jackal, African hunting dog, bat eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, cheetah, and caracal, Grant¹s gazelle, greater kudu, lesser kudu, roan antelope, Beira oryx, Guenther¹s dik dik, mountain reedbuck, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, and bohor reedbuck.
This alone is impressive, but when combined with the over 460 bird species, it becomes one of the most faunistically impressive national park in all Uganda. The only drawback is the fact that it takes considerable time or money or both to reach. By far the best way to reach Kidepo is by chartering a flight. This will cost about $380 a person but you need a minimum of 5 people before you can charter the flight. Otherwise you are looking at a 280 km. road through treacherous land. There are a few places to stay, but they range widely in price from $10 to $200.
If you want off the beaten track then this is the place for you. Or it is possible to catch public transport up to Soroti then make your way up to Kaabong from there you may get the supply truck from the park which comes into Kaabong every Saturday morning to pick up supplies and returns to the park Saturday afternoon. This arrangement is only for travellers (tourists) to get into to park and not a local transport.
Although it is considered safe to travel to Moroto via Soroti, it is NOT recommended to travel Mbale directly to Moroto as there is problems with renegade groups. However having said that a much better way to get up to Kidepo National Park is to travel from Kampala to Kidepo is via Lira to Kotido by bus. This bus leaves Kampala daily and arrives in Kitido at around sunset. From Kitido although not regular you can get transport to Kaabong where every Saturday you may catch the supply truck which goes to Kaabong on a shopping trip every saturday.. This is a special arrangement for tourists only who wish to visit Kidepo National Park.