Narus River, Uganda

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Narus River
Countries Uganda, South Sudan
Region Karamoja
Districts Kaabong, Eastern Equatoria
 - right Namamkweng
City Apoka
Source Narus Valley
 - location Kidepo Valley National Park, Karamoja, Uganda
 - coordinates 3°40′13″N 33°46′11″E / 3.67028°N 33.76972°E / 3.67028; 33.76972
Mouth Kidepo River
 - location Komoloich, Sudan
 - coordinates 3°58′N 33°35′E / 3.967°N 33.583°E / 3.967; 33.583Coordinates: 3°58′N 33°35′E / 3.967°N 33.583°E / 3.967; 33.583

The Narus River flows in a northwesterly direction through the southern portion of Kidepo Valley National Park in northern Uganda, joining the larger Kidepo River near Komoloich, about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) after entering Eastern Equatoria state of South Sudan. [1] The name Narus is derived from the Karamajong word for mud.[2]

The Narus Valley has a 40% higher mean annual precipitation than the Kidepo Valley (89 centimetres (35 in) versus 64 centimetres (25 in)). [3] Together with a different soil structure, this creates perennial swamps and water pools along the Narus River in the middle of undulating grassland and bushland mosaic savanna,[4] which draw plains game and are home to the Nile crocodile. [5] Most of the Park's tourist infrastructure is in Narus Valley, as much of the game from the more expansive northern Kidepo Valley migrates there during the dry season .[4]


  1. ^ Map of Komoloich (Map). Cartography by OpenStreetMap contributors. OpenStreetMap. 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Simon Musasizi (24 October 2010). "Kidepo; Uganda's hidden treasure". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  3. ^ Field, C. R.; Ross, I. C. (1 March 1976). "The savanna ecology of Kidepo Valley National Park.". African Journal of Ecology. 14 (1): 1–15. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2028.1976.tb00148.x. 
  4. ^ a b Philip Briggs, Andrew Roberts (2007). Uganda: the Bradt travel guide. Bradt Travel Guides. ISBN 1-84162-182-X. 
  5. ^ Matthew Firestone (2009). Watching Wildlife East Africa. Lonely Planet. p. 165. ISBN 1-74104-208-9.