Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo is one of Uganda’s most spectacular parks. It harbors scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. Tucked into the corner of Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya, the park offers breathtaking savannah and mountain landscapes which end in a rugged horizon.
A huge altitudinal range, correspondingly wide climatic conditions have evolved an extremely diverse flora. As a result the variety of animal species in the park is equally abundant including, many which are found nowhere else in Uganda like the cheetah.
Birding Uganda in Kidepo valley National Park
Kidepo Valley is second to Bwindi in Bird species diversity. It Has specials not found in any other Ugandan national parks and some of East Africa’s rarest and most sought after birds as Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apalis.
Other species that are in KIdepo include; Golden Pipit, Fox’s Weaver, Ring-necked Spurfowl, Black-winged Pranticole, Taita Fiscal, Rufous Chatterer, Fox’s Cisticola, Yellow and red spotted Barbet, Lesser Kestrel, Pallid Harrier, , White-bellied Go-Away bird, White-crested, Hartlaub’s TuraccosAbyssinian Scimitar bill, Jackson’s and African-pied Hornbills, Yellow-billed Shrike, Emin’s Shrike, Dusky-turtle Dove, Piapiac, Red-winged Lark, Black-rumped Waxbill. .
The park has 23 of Uganda’s 32 Somali-Masai biome species. There are also 21 Afro-tropical highland species Notable species are Little Rock thrush and Brown Parisona.
The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometres in Uganda, located between Lugazi and Jinja, in Buikwe District. Mabira Forest Reserve is the largest block of moist semi-deciduous forest remaining in the central region of Uganda. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932. It is home for many endangered species like the Nahan’s Francolin; Black shouldered Nightjar, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow and Grey Long-bills, Yellow-mantled weaver.
The site also holds one species of the Sudan-Guinea Savanna biome and four of the Afrotropical Highlands biome. There are over 10km well maintained trail systems for birding nature walks.
The reserve occupies gently undulating country, characterized by numerous flat-topped hills and wide, shallow valleys. Some of these valleys have papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) swamps. The topography is such that the land drains to the north, even though the reserve’s southern boundary lies only 13 km from the shores of Lake Victoria. The closeness of Mabira to Kampala, and the presence of various ecotourism facilities, makes this site popular for visitors especially bird watchers.
By virtue of its location between two main urban centres, the reserve assumes increasing importance as a recreational area; it is already popular for picnics, nature walks especially for bird watching ,butterfly viewing, and trail-biking.