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Apoka Safari Lodge, Kidepo Valley National Park

Picture golden plains, rocky outcrops, countless stars and boundless horizons. Add a flourishing population of wildlife and you have the setting of the serene Apoka Safari Lodge.

Only reachable by light aircraft, Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated park and pretty much as far as you can get from the bustle of the city. Those who travel to this forgotten wilderness can be sure of a truly private safari experience where days are spent tracking lions, crocodiles, waterbuck, bat-eared foxes, wild dogs and countless birds on game drives and bush walks. Apoka prides itself on being the only lodge within the park, meaning you’re likely to have sightings all to yourself.

The camp is made up of 10 amply sized rooms, simply furnished with natural materials, hand-woven woollen carpets and hand-crafted wooden beds elegantly draped with mosquito nets. When you’re not on game drives you can watch for wildlife from the privacy of your own shaded veranda or outdoor stone bathtub. Between activities, cool off in the rock-carved swimming pool, enjoy a sundowner in the shade of a fig tree or visit the local village to learn more about their traditional way of life.

Apoka Safari Lodge, at a glance

  • Peaceful safari lodge situated in the heart of Uganda’s remote Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Spacious and cosy rooms nestled around a rocky kopje and built from wood, canvas and thatch
  • Sitting rooms, hardwood floors and furniture hand-made by local craftsmen
  • Beautiful bathrooms with outdoor stone bathtubs
  • Drink in the endless views from your private veranda
  • Very welcoming and friendly staff
  • Raised dining and lounge areas overlooking the savannah and wildlife below

For leisure and pleasure

  • Swimming pool hewn out of the rock where you can observe animals gathering around the waterhole below
  • Catch up on some reading or play a board game in the main sitting room
  • Game drives during the day and night in search of lions, leopards, cheetah and some of Africa’s largest buffalo herds
  • Guided walks alongside expert guides
  • Exceptional bird watching opportunities with over 460 species
  • Excursions to the local Karamajong village
  • Spotlit night drives
  • Picnics, bush breakfasts, sundowners and private dinners

  • Absolutely outstanding. This was the best holiday we have ever had.

    SF, Mexico