Kidepo National Park in Uganda

This video is about Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.

By Geoffrey Bakulu in East African Business Week (Kampala, Uganda):

East Africa: Kidepo National Park Speaks to the Soul

The feel of Kidepo stems from the wide variety of things to do and see. For those interested in wild game, Kidepo Valley National Park provides a wealth of wildlife including 86 species of mammals of which 28 are not found in any other Ugandan park. Some of the wild game includes the dik-dik, cheetah, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, zebra, eland, Bright’s gazelle and greater kudu.

Game drive loops through Narus Valley and around Kanangarok hot springs across Kidepo River will most likely enable you get the opportunity of seeing the eland, zebra and giraffe feeding together.

For the ornithologist, over 462 bird species have been recorded among which are the ostrich, kori bustard and the giant ground hornbill.

Addo Park in South Africa: here.

August 2010: In a historic move, the boundary fence between two sections of Addo Elephant National Park was taken down, providing new habitat for many of the park’s wildlife species: here.

Hunting in Uganda: here.

Tragelaphus nakuae: evolutionary change, biochronology, and turnover in the African Plio-Pleistocene: here.

2 thoughts on “Kidepo National Park in Uganda

  1. Uganda: Tourism Promoters Turn Ugandans

    Paul Tentena

    New Vision, 4 May 2009

    Kasese — WITH the global financial meltdown hitting the tourism industry, promoters have turned to local tourists, the Uganda Tourists Association president has said.

    Amos Wekesa said the promotion started by enticing local tourists with good tourism packages to encourage them visit the country’s attractions.

    Uganda’s star attraction is the endangered mountain gorilla, the bulkiest and one of the most peaceful living primates.

    “Staring into the pensive brown eyes of these gentle giants, who share 95% of their genes with humans, is as humbling as it is thrilling,” Wekesa observed.

    Tom Okello Obong, the Uganda Wildlife Authority conservation manager for Queen Elizabeth National Park, said that to encourage Ugandans to visit the park, they had reduced the entry fees to sh5,000 from sh8,000.

    He said a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel would cost sh10,000 from sh150,000. Obong said the number of Ugandans visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park had increased steadily over the last three years.

    He said in 2006, 8,556 Ugandans visited the park, while 9,835 visited in 2007. Obong said last year 11,563 Ugandans visited Queen Elizabeth National Park. This was almost three times the number of foreign tourists.

    The number of foreign non-residents who visited the park last year were 3,900. There are only about 700 mountain gorillas and they are divided between Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga Mountains.

    Within Uganda, there are five habituated gorilla species. Four are in Bwindi National Park and is one in Mgahinga National Park. They can be visited by 30 tourists daily.

    Uganda is also home to man’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, a delightful ape whose evocative pant-hoot call is a definitive sound of the African rainforest.

    Chimpanzee communities have been habituated for tourism at Kibale Forest, Budongo Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Kyambura Gorge.


  2. Uganda’s oil quest seen as threat to biodiversity

    Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:53am EDT

    KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s oil finds in the Albertine Graben, involving Britain’s Tullow Oil, threaten biodiversity there, an environmental body said.

    Foreign companies continue to make hydrocarbon finds in western Uganda on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, with estimated reserves of two billion barrels and $500 million invested by the end of 2008.

    There are four companies exploring for crude in the area with four blocs still open.

    “Although environment impact assessments have been undertaken, and mitigation measures proposed, the current activities are already having impact on wildlife, the ecosystem and the human environment,” the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) said in its 2008 annual report published on Thursday.

    The Albertine Graben has mountain gorillas and monkeys, the golden monkey and 42 bird species as well as Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and other national parks, the semi-autonomous body said.

    In March, NEMA approved an early production scheme by Tullow Oil after moving the proposed site 2 km (1.2 miles) from the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.

    Early production of crude has been a bone of contention between the government and oil explorers, observers say. Uganda has said it wants to build a large refinery and use the oil domestically before considering exports.

    Analysts say a refinery would cost billions of dollars and take years to construct. Any export of Uganda’s waxy crude would also require a heated pipeline, they say.

    (Reporting by Jack Kimball; Editing by William Hardy)


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