Kidepo Valley National Park Nominated in 2017 World Travel Awards

Uganda’s Kidepo Valley national park has been nominated in this years World Travel Awards as Africa’s Leading National Park for the year 2017.

The prestigious annual awards recognize organisations in Africa that push the boundaries of excellence in the tourism and travel industry.

The Awards Gala will be held at the five star Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre in Kigali, salve Rwanda on October 11.

The Awards constitute several categories including best; airlines, hotels, conference centres, travel agencies, national parks, tour operators, inflight magazines and safari among others.

In the national park category, Kidepo Valley will compete against Kenya’s Masai Mara, Central Kalahari Game Reserve (Botswana), Etosha national park (Namibia), Kruger national park (South Africa) and Serengeti national park (Tanzania).

This is the only nomination Uganda has received in the entire categories list.

Kidepo Valley national park, located in the Karamoja sub region, 520 kilometers northeast of Kampala sits on 1,442 square kilometers of land dominated by rugged savanna grassland, trees and two rivers (Kidepo and Narus)

The park is known for several mammal species including spotted hyenas, Congo lions, Tanzania cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, zebras, elephants, giraffes, bat eared foxes and over 500 bird species.


In a statement released over the weekend, WTA President and Founder, Graham Cooke, said: “Preparations for the Grand Tour 2017 are now well underway and we are very much looking forward to our debut in Remarkable Rwanda.”

“With voting now open for our Africa region, it’s time to make your voice heard. Recognition by WTA is rightly seen as the highest accolade in the industry, and your vote can really make a difference.”

Voting for the nominees will be preceded by registration on the World Travel Awards website after which one will be logged into the voting system. Voting for the African categories opened on March 29 and will close on August 21.

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