THE LIONS OF KIDEPO
Kidepo national park is the park in Uganda where you will have 90% chances of encountering the lion in its’ natural habitat. Our safari began as early as 5:00 am departing from Kampala. We stopped over in Gulu to refuel and had a late lunch in Kitgum at around 3pm. We then set off for Kabong reaching at around 10pm since the road was bad because of the rainy weather. After my experience, I realized how important it is to have a night in Kitgum since the drive is really long. We found the UWA gate closed but our guide managed to get permission from the headquarters, allowing us entry into the park. We didn’t encounter any wildlife that night but had a light dinner then retired for the night. An early morning drive yielded encounters with large herds of elephants, buffaloes and giraffes. We had breakfast then went in search of the lion which we saw after about 2 hours on the game drive. We then realized why we had trouble locating the lions. Two of the animals were watching over a lioness that had been wounded by a trap set by probably poachers. Despite our excitement, this was a very moving sight and the UWA rangers immediately made plans to have the wounded animal attended to. Kidepo has lots of bird and wildlife and because we spent only one night there we did not get to see much. The food at Nga’Moru wilderness camp was heavenly and the ambience of the lodge and its’ staff made our short visit a lifetime memory.