Kidepo valley national park is one of the remote parks in East Africa and Uganda’s most magnificent park that is found along the border of Uganda, Kenya and south Sudan in the northeast. It has an incredible scenery that can’t be got elsewhere in East Africa. The park provides shelter to abundant wildlife and numerous bird species. A visit to this park is an assurance to sight resident Lions, leopards, ostrich, cheetah, herds of Buffaloes and antelopes. Ostriches and cheetahs can only be found in this park. Bird life in Kidepo is superb because of the presence of some rare species that are endemic to this park such as Black-breasted barbe and karamoja apallis. Kidepo national park is perched in unexploited environment with typically a virgin and incredible culture of the native Karamojongs. Some of the activities one can engage in include scenic game drives, birding, nature walks, hiking, culture encounter and many others.
Accommodation in Kidepo national park is offered in various categories including budget, midrange and luxury / high end facilities. There are also budget campsites and thatched bandas that provide alternative economy lodging options in the interior of the park.
The luxurious Apoka safari lodge is perched right inside the park, it is one of the ultimate safari lodges in Uganda overlooking the undulating savannah plains of Karamoja. The lodge provides accommodation for high end travelers who prefer to get an expenisve treat amidst untouched African wilderness. Apoka is so close to nature and residents can enjoy wildlife right from the comfort of their rooms.
This lodge presents classic, comfortable and luxury lodging while in the midst of African wilderness. It has a superb décor, en-suite bathrooms and the stone tub that is outside enables you to experience a bath under the bright stars of kidepo valley national park, it also has a fantastic balcony.
The rooms at Apoka have been crafted to satisfy visitors looking for comfort and luxury. Everything is spacious and locally handmade by native craftsmen. The lodge has 10 expansive deluxe and executive rooms featuring natural canvas walls that offer endless views across the savannah. The sitting rooms and private balconies are perfect spots to chill, unwind and admire nature.
Nga’moru wilderness camp is a moderate lodge in Kidepo national park. With good and impressive neighborhood, this lodge offers residents a super cool atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, quality but affordable lodge facilities. If you want to spend less on accommodation but still with quality and comfort this is the best option for you. It is neat, good food and spacious rooms and good views. Nga’Moru wilderness camp is located on a hill presenting breathtaking views of the magnificent Morungule Mountains and the impressive Narus Valley. The lodge offers accommodation in unique African thatched safari tents and hand crafted Cabanas.
Another midrange lodge in Kidepo valley national park is the recently opened Kidepo savannah lodge which offers two alternative lodging options depending on your budget and choice. The lodge presents accommodation in both budget and moderate tents with breath taking views and cosy environment.
The midrange safari tents have ensuite bath rooms while in the budget tents bathrooms and toilets are shared, however they share a common restaurant located in the main house. The lodge boats a total of 8 impressive safari tents that are appointed on raised decks to cater for midrange visitors while budget travelers are catered for within the comfortably furnished tents which offer up to 9 non self-contained tents.
Apoka rest camp on the other hand is a typical budget lodge with bandas. Travelers who decide to use this camp are advised to carry food or inform the staff early in advance about meal arrangements. The toilets are outside the bandas and the camp is managed by the Uganda wildlife Authority. All bandas have been built in an African style and comprise of up to 14 Bandas each with 1 non self-contained double room.
In a conclusion, if you are planning to visit Kidepo valley national park in norther Uganda whether on a guided or self drive safari, the above place are the best to stay at to make your tour wonderful.