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Trip Report Kidepo NP in remote northern Uganda using the Moroto/Kotido road

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In December 2012 me and my girlfriend made a 2-weeks trip to Kidepo NP in the far north of Uganda.
As it was my 2nd time in Uganda, my focus was on the northert/north-eastern part of the country.
We took the Moroto-Kotido-Kaabong route...the "virtually impassable eastern route through desolate, remote, authentic and colourful Karamoja land".
Beforehand I had very high expectations of this trip and I must admit that they have been exceeded...it was very safe, the people and local tribes we met were very friendly and welcoming, the landscapes were overwhelming, there are hardly any "muzungus", no traffic (just a few UN trucks) and the roads...well, they were...quite a challenge. It took us 2 full days of from Mt Elgon NP up to Kidepo, but despite the very long drives...I enjoyed every minute of it. This is the "real Uganda" and I can only recommend it to anyone who has the time to go up there.

Also...we spent 3 full days (4 nights) in Kidepo NP (stayed at the UWA bandas) and for me, it's by far the most beautiful national park in Uganda...Murchison Falls NP where we ended our trip (via the Gulu-Kitgum road) comes second.

Since we has only 2 weeks and the drive up to Kidepo NP is a very challenging one (safety and especially the road conditions), we arranged this trip with Primate Watch Safaris (PWS), based in Kampala.
Our very experienced driver/guide Ben and his 4WD Landcruiser really made our trip. Beforehand we were told to be very flexible during this trip (as this was also unknown territory to PWS) and...that proved to be correct.
It was an adventure for the 3 of us...and thanks to Ben, the great back-up from the PWS office and to all great people we met during our trip...I can only say...go there!

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