APOKA SAFARI LODGE
Apoka Safari lodge is located in Kidepo Valley National Park found in Northern Uganda. When you close your eyes and think of Africa, the landscape you imagine – the jagged hills, the golden grasses, the plains dotted with wildlife, the soft glowing light – is likely to be Kidepo. This is Uganda’s most remote park, far away from city life.
The vast golden green plains punctuated with craggy, rocky outcrops, reveal an even bigger sky at night. Under a canopy of impossibly bright stars, this is where we are reminded that the earth is round.
Wildlife in Kidepo is abundant. Lions, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra (this is Uganda’s only park where giraffe and zebra are found together), possibly Africa’s largest herds of buffalo, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog…the list is endless. Better still, much of it can be seen from the privacy of your veranda or in open-top Land cruisers.
The rooms at Apoka have been built to ensure a comfortable stay. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen. 10 expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surround a rocky kopje with endless views across the savannah. With inside sitting rooms and private verandas there are plenty of places to relax, read and sprawl. Big hand-hewn beds with soft duvets are draped with mosquito nets, woollen carpets, towels, over-sized dressing gown are all at your disposal. Step outside to a sheltered terrace and slip into your own outdoor stone bathtub, big enough for the whole family.
The swimming pool at Apoka Lodge – deep and cool – has been carved out of the big rock. This is the kind of pool that makes you want to jump in, splashing and yelling, evoking a child-like feeling.
Do you want stride out across the savannah and walk with zebras? Spend time in a Karamojong village learning about their traditional way of life? Enjoy a sun downer in the arms of a massive fig tree? Sit and watch a breeding herd of elephant frolicking in the mud? Hear the lions roar by the night? This is the place for you.
How to get there
Access from Entebbe: Scheduled or charter flight (2hrs)
Kampala- Gulu through Kitgum to Kidepo Valley National Park
Kampala- Lira through Kotido to Kidepo NP
Kampala- Mbale- Sironko- Kotido to Kidepo NP
Kampala- Soroti- Kotido via Amuria to Kidepo NP