Accommodations in Kidepo Valley National Park
Accommodations in Kidepo Valley National Park : Kidepo valley national park is located in northeastern region of Uganda, home rich in diversity of wildlife species with over 86 mammals and paradise of over 470 bird species. Above all, the park offers to guests a number of option accommodation facilities ranging from Luxury, Mid-range and Budget. These safari lodges were built and designed with both local and traditional material to blend with the natural environment of the park, overlooking the wilderness and other outside attractive places.
Depending on choice of safari lodge, they provide different comfort and good amenities that suites with guest’s choice as listed below;
Apoka Rest Camp
This camp is managed by the ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority it’s a budget accommodations found in Kidepo Valley national park. It is one of campsite located inside the wild area, guests interested in wilderness camping. Apoka rest camp can work out for you.
The park itself provides a safe camping areas with a toilet, bathroom and water. To those wishing to camp here you are required to either carry your own travel camping materials inclusive of the tents, own food and beddings. If not, you can hire a tent direct from park authorities and travel only with your beddings and others necessities.
Note, its advisable requirement to stay with a ranger guide in the wilderness.
Apoka rest camp is a budget accommodation positioned near Narus valley close to where you can have gainful view of the wildlife even when sitting at the veranda of your rest camp .The camp also offers hostel that has 16 self-contained chalets with bathroom and toilet ,the beds vary on single or double .They also offer cheaper bandas ‘’ 14 in number’’ but non self-contained ,toilets and bathroom can be reached outside the bandas .The rate are pocket friendly for budget visitors depending on where you decide to stay.
More so, guests are advised to carry their own food and drinks for the couple of days you’re met to stay on safari to Kidepo simply because the camps do not provide meals and drinks. Cooking arrangements can be done by the camp staff for you at a small cost. In addition to diet requirement let say chicken or goat’s meat, this can be arranged from the community close to the park for visitors hoping to stay number of days in the park. This is another way of life changing experience of its own on African continent.
Nga Moru Wilderness Camp
Nga Moru wilderness camp is a mid- range lodge found on the park’s boundary. Nga Moru its in local word which means a place of rocks. The camp is positioned overlooking the Narus river that contains large groups of mammals and other wildlife species. It’s absolutely a thrilling place while relaxing and viewing wildlife. Animals that gives great sights just by relaxing at the lodge on the high rocky sites of Nga Moru are Zebras, Cape buffaloes, giraffes, Ostriches and Cheetahs, Waterbucks among others. After your day activity, the lodge will offer to you a fireplace where you can camp with a drink and story sharing about the activity you had with other guests or sit back on the camp chair has you share into the night sky so rewarding as well as listening to the grunting lions, yelping jackals and laughing hyenas just closer to you.
This camp offers 5 comfortable and spacious rooms/caravans all with en suite bathrooms and veranda overlooking the Narus valley. All rooms have both warm and cold showers as well as power through solar panel are provided at the lodge. It is well designed with stocked bar and nice restaurant with perfect place to explore. The lodge provides all kinds of meals and dietary requirements that are considered upon prior notification.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Kidepo savannah lodge is located 33 kilometers at the edge of Kidepo valley national park few meters away from kalokudo gate. This lodge is a mid-range motivated by the green savannah environment, rocky outcrops, the vast wildlife and the Karamojong people.
Kidepo savannah lodge was en suited on the stone’s throw of the park with great views of the endless Narus valley and the distant views of Mount Morungole where you visit and meet with the Ik people tall and small in size .This Mount Morungole ranges is close to southern Sudan and can be accessed without park entry fees .This lodge provides excellent and comfortable lodging facilities to guests visiting the park on safari .It also opt to provide luxurious self-contained and non-self-contained lazy camping tents .The self-contained tents have comfortable beds clad in beautiful Masai blankets and hot showers attached in open air bathrooms unlike the non-self-contained tents with outside showers .Some tents have balcony where you can relax in your free time with a splendid views of the park and the mountains.
The lodge has well organized staff, restaurant and bar. The restaurant and bar are well constructed in form of thatched grass that are positioned with fine views of the breathtaking endless savannah. The lodge offers 3 meals per day and dietary requirements which are handled upon prior communication to the lodge since it sits in remote areas and everything runs off solar including the fridges and working on a fixed menu.
Apoka Safari Lodge
This is a high-end accommodation facility located inside Kidepo Valley national park with overlooking the Narus River valley within the distant Kidepo wilderness, thus giving your ability to have a great view of wildlife right from your comfort and enjoy the endless views of the savannah. The lodge was built by the local craftsmen with only wooden materials in order to avoid madding with the natural appearance of the park.
Apoka safari lodge is attached with rooms which were constructed with comfort in and adorned with beautiful pieces of art and craft with inside luxurious sitting rooms. It also offers private verandas arrangements with plenty of places to relax and while reading novels and taking a glass of juice or aroma coffee tea drink probably done after an interesting safari game drive.
The lodge has 10 spacious bedrooms each having canvas walls incorporated with a rocky kopje with unforgettable views of the savannah landscape. The big hand hewn are attached with soft duvet draped with mosquito nets, extra-large towels, hand woolen carpets and oversized dressing gowns. The lodge is located in the remote area but the way it was beautified you may think that you’re in the city, it looks like those one in the city.
Apoka Safari lodge also offers amazing facilities in all the rooms right from an en-suite bathroom with double sinks and nice tropical shower. Stepping outside a sheltered balcony in your own stone bathtub which fits the whole family. The swimming pool at the lodge was carved of the big rock refreshing and attracts many who jump in and feel alive again the hot nature of the park.
The lodge offers an excellent restaurant that provides all kinds of meals to the guests. Since it is located in remote dry region, water and food supply is limited, it has stocked bar with all kinds of drinks for the guest and enough place for relaxation. At the bar it provides rewardable view as you feel the lion’s roar in your chest quite memorable.