GUIDE ON APOKA SAFARI LODGE IN UGANDA
Apoka Safari Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?Kidepo Valley National Park is a pristine wilderness cradled within a depression between the Morungole Mountains on the east and Napore Mountains on the west. Perched atop a kopje in the valley, offering spectacular views for miles around, is the Apoka Safari Lodge. A rustic luxury safari holiday accommodation, the lodge is a series of structures made from rough-hewn wood and canvas erected on stilts, with a thick thatched roof supported on a framework of bamboo.
Spend time in the lounge or on the viewing platform watching wildlife drink from various watering holes. Some of the more curious kongoni antelopes of Kidepo Park might climb the kopje for a closer look at the tourists, while the resident family of side-striped jackals and buffaloes roams around. You can also watch the wildlife activity at the watering hole from the swimming pool that was carved out of the rock.
- Standing on a kopje offering spellbinding views of the surrounding wilderness
- Comprising of a series of wood, canvas, and thatched roof structures for a rustic ambiance
- Lounge and viewing platform overlooking watering holes frequented by wildlife coming to drink
- Swimming pool carved out of the rock for taking dips and napping in loungers
- Sightings of resident kongoni, buffaloes and jackals roaming the lodge environs
What To Expect At Apoka Safari Lodge Accommodation?
- Premier Safari Tier 1 Experience. Total of 10 thatched cottages with rough-hewn furniture, affording a rustic feel
- Choice of rooms with a large double bed or twin singles which are spacious enough for 2 extra beds
- Ensuite bathroom featuring rock-lined shower stall, bathrobes, single or twin vanities, and outdoor bathtub on the patio
- Private verandah for relaxing and reveling in the marvelous views
- Solar panels used to heat water for showers and lower carbon footprint
For a relaxing soak, step out on the patio to the alfresco natural stone bath. Or, take a siesta on the verandah outside. Enjoy views of the savannah of Kidepo Valley National Park (best time to go) and its denizens, and listen to the songs of some of the 475 bird species that live here. You will be pleased to know that the lodge operates on eco-friendly principles, warming your bathwater with solar heaters.
Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Apoka Safari Lodge On Kidepo Valley Safari?
- Game drives in the reserve to spot lions napping on the kopjes and herbivores munching on grasses
- Nature walks to view the smaller denizens of the wild including small animals, birds, insects, reptiles, and other creatures
- Traveling to explore the Kanangorok Hot Springs across the Kidepo Sand River
- Visiting the local Karamoja community and participating in their regular activities
- Spending time at the lodge enjoying the fabulous views of the golden and green plains dotted with trees abounding with wildlife
Look out for the birds that adorn the stark landscape with their brilliant hues. If you are lucky, you may spot cheetahs, and it is the only park in Uganda that has them. You can also go on walking safaris in Kidepo, for an introduction to the smaller creatures of the bush, including insects, amphibians, and reptiles. Or, travel to the Kanangorok Hot Springs across the Kidepo Sand River. A cultural visit to the Karamoja community will be another memorable activity during your trip in Uganda.
How Is The Dining At Apoka Safari Lodge?
- Dining area located within the lounge area
- Delicious meals cooked and served by the in-house chef, orders accepted for unique dietary preferences
- Selection of traditional Ugandan and global dishes along with vegetarian and barbecued preparations
- Small bar area for ordering alcoholic drinks and other beverages
- Enjoy meals while watching animals grazing on the abundant grasses and drinking from the watering holes
What We Like About Apoka Safari Lodge
- Small safari vacation accommodation offering just 10 rooms, allowing for a personalized safari experience with few other guests.
- Located inside the park. Has a swimming pool. Offers excellent services and delicious meals.
- Has a rustic ambiance, with spectacular views of the savannah, completely in keeping with the safari setting. The nearby waterhole attracts traversing wildlife.
- Rooms stand on stilts off the ground, but the staff assists physically disabled guests to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable.
- Eco-friendly lodge uses a combination of generator and solar panels for power for lighting and charging electronics; also recycles much of its waste.
Things To Note When Staying At Apoka Safari Lodge
- Prices are on the higher end of the spectrum as there are no alternative or comparable luxury or deluxe lodges in Kidepo.
- Does not have facilities such as a fitness center or spa. Internet access is limited at the lodge.
- Due to its remoteness, power supply is limited, and guests may have to make do with a single outlet in the cabins.
- Not young family-friendly; kids younger than 5 years are not permitted.
- It is a 12 hours drive or 2 hours flight to get to Kidepo from Kampala. For your stay at Apoka, we recommend you fly to the park.
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When staying at Apoka Safari Lodge in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki or Lake Mburo for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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