Kidepo National Park, Uganda
At a Glance
Bathe under the stars as each cottage has its own outdoor stone bathtub
Explore the Kidepo National Park on foot and see the smaller things which make up the ecosystem
Lie in the pool and watch game come in to drink at the waterhole
Walk through the herd of zebra who often graze between the cottages
Kidepo National Park must be one of Africa's most remote
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Uganda can be visited at any time of year. Most of Uganda enjoys the perfect tropical climate. Temperatures average about 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. The hottest months are from December to February.
It is generally rainy (particularly during the months of March to May, September to November), while the remaining months (December to February, June to August) comprise Uganda's two dry seasons.
To start planning your holiday to Apoka Lodge
Apoka Lodge is in the beautiful and remote Kidepo Valley National Park on Uganda’s northern border. The lodge has just ten cottages with fabulous views of the park and dotted with giraffe, elephant, buffalo, and zebra.
Apoka Lodge is situated towards the western edge of the Great Rift Valley allowing magnificent views across Kidepo Valley National Park and the panoramic scenery below. From the verandas of the Lodge guests can sit back, relax and take in the surroundings whilst planning the adventures they will have discovering Kidepo Valley and all it has to offer, such as the almost impenetrable Acacia geradi forest, the magnificent mountains and of course the abundance of wildlife.
Apoka Lodge has been built to show off the glorious natural surroundings which it combines with luxurious comfort. Everything is locally made by craftsmen from nearby villages. The lodge has ten spacious cottages surrounded by natural canvas and rocky outcrops, which are very traditional for East Africa, offering stunning views across the endless savannah. All of the cottages at the lodge have the most comfortable facilities including their own en suite bathroom with double sink and large shower. An added luxury are the rooms' private bathtubs which are found on a sheltered terrace a few steps away from the room itself, with wonderful views of the Kidepo Valley National Park. The lodge also has a swimming pool and main lodge with dining room and plenty of sitting areas.
Apoka Lodge offers a number of activities including game drives, bird watching and spot lit night drives. Kidepo Valley National Park holds an abundance of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and possibly the largest herds of buffalo found in Africa. The best way to enjoy all the wildlife that is on offer is by the guided walks through the magical park as it enables you to really get up close, especially to the smaller species.
Apoka has just ten spacious cottages with canvas walls, all offering uninterrupted views across the savannah. Hand-made beds and fabrics add a traditional touch to the cottages. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom, and outside a sheltered terrace contains a large stone bathtub, big enough to fit the whole family!
There are 10 charming rooms made from canvas, wood and thatch. All the rooms have outdoor bathtubs and private verandas.
Although there are no specific child care facilities, children are most welcome at Apoka Lodge. Food and meal times can be altered to suit younger guests and babysitting can easily be arranged for those that require it. The cottages are large enough that an extra couple of beds for children can easily be added.
Apoka Lodge has a lovely big swimming pool for guests to relax around and the main lodge with dining room and plenty of lounge space both inside and out. There is also a curio shop with local handicrafts for sale.
Apoka Lodge offers a number of activities including game drives, bird watching and spot lit night drives, all of which take place in Kidepo Valley National Park. Drives and walks are guided by excellent guides with a wealth of local knowledge to share with the guests.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
For those who love Africa at its most remote and spectacular will fall in love with Kidepo National Park. I was lucky enough to spend Christmas there a couple of years ago, as the lodge is best accessed by a two hour private charter you realise how far from civilisation you are. Days were spent exploring the park on foot, game drives and relaxing by the pool watching a huge herd of buffalo moving closer to the lodge. Something I will never forget was the vastness of the plains, dotted with game and ringed by mountains and as we had the whole park to ourselves there was not another game vehicle in sight.
Game drives in Kidepo National Park
As one of Uganda's most remote national parks, Kidepo offers one of the most exclusive safari experiences. Head out on a game drive to see which animals you can find in this unspoilt Ugandan wilderness.
Mobile camping in Uganda
For the ultimate luxury bush camp experience, try mobile camping in Uganda. Completely off the beaten track, camp will be set up in a remote area of a national park, with all modern facilities included. Find a secluded spot and enjoy the views in privacy!
Walking safari in Kidepo National Park
Experience safari from a different perspective with this walking safari in Kidepo National Park. Away from the 4WD vehicles, you are able to get closer to nature. Keep your eyes peeled for the smaller species as you survey the park from a different level.
Location & directions
Kidepo National Park, Uganda
Apoka Lodge is in the heart of the Kidepo Valley National Park, in the north-eastern corner of Uganda where it meets Sudan and Kenya.
How to get there
8.5 hour international flight from London to Entebbe-Kampala. By road it is at least 9 hours drive from Kampala. Most guests fly to Kidepo Airport, either using the lodge's private plane, or by chartering a private plane, or through the 3-times weekly scheduled service of the local scheduled airline Eagle Air. The Kidepo airstrip is close to Apoka and the lodge runs complimentary transfers to and from this airstrip.
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