National Park, Safaris, Attractions - Apoka Safari Lodge
National Park (Kidepo National Park) is one of the most endowed
of Ugandas’ National Parks.
A safari to Kidepo Valley is a whole cultural experience as one
learns. Our safaris include visits to Karamoja cultural Kraals
Kidepo National Park is located at the North Eastern tip of Karamoja
Province bordering Kenya to the East and Sudan to North. Kidepo
Valley is Uganda's most remote national park.
With 475 species of birds, Kidepo Valley in an
Access to Kidepo Valley National Park
Two routes are
–Mbale-Soroti-Moroto to Kidepo (840Km takes 12 Hrs in
a 4 WD vehicle
The best option is to fly into Lamoj near the park headquarters
Kidepo Valley Park lies at an altitude of 914m on Kidepo
valley floor to 2749m a top Mount Morungole.
Size: Kidepo occupies an area of 1442 km Sq. and was
gazetted a national park in 1954.
Game drives, cultural visits to kraals and karamojong homesteads
called Manyatas. View the rolling savannah grasslands. Nature walks.
Habitats: Kidepo Valley has a diversity of
habitats-semi-desert scrub, open thorn-scrub, open thorn-bush, long
and short-grass open tree savannas, riparian woodland including
Borassus and Kigelia woodland, thick, "miombo- like" woodland,
montane forest and granite out-crops. This makes among the best
places to watch birds in Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The best time to visit the park is between April and March.
With such diverse habitats, wildlife is profuse.
Mammals in Kidepo National Park:
80 species of mammals have
been recorded in Kidepo Valley. These includes carnivores like
Bat-eared Fox, Striped Hyena, Aard Wolf, Caracal, Cheetah, Black
Backed and Side Stripped Jackals and Hunting dog. Tree
climbing lions can be spoted at Narus valley or on rock as you enter
the park at Apoka Park Headquarter.
Ungulates include, Greater
and Lesser Kudu, Chandler’s mountain Reedbuck, Klipspringer,
Bright’s Gazelle; Beisa Oryx, Roan Anterlopes, Elephant, Burchell's
zebra, Bush pig, Warthog, Rothschild Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Eland,
Bush Buck, Defassa Water Buck, Bohor’s Reed Buck, Jackson’s
Hartebeest and Oribi. Five species of primate are found in the park
of which the Kavirondo bush baby is endemic.
Bird life in Kidepo Valley National Park:
Among the 475 species recorded in Kidepo Valley are, Ostrich,
African Swallow-tailed Kite, Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Pygmy
Falcon, Fox Kestrel, Stone Partridge, Clapperton's and Heuglin's
Francolins, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Kori, White-bellied and
Hartlaub's Bustards, Violet-tipped Courser, Black-headed Plover,
Four-banded Sand Grouse, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet,
White-crested Turaco, White-bellied Go-away bird, White-faced Scoops
Owl, Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars, Little Green
Bee-eater, Abyssinian and Rufous-crowned Rollers, Abyssinian Ground,
Eastern Yellow and Jackson's Hornbills, Red-fronted and
Black-breasted Barbets, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Singing Bush lark,
Hiking ,trekking and Scenery in Kidepo Valley Park:
From park headquarters one
can hike to Lamoj. One can also enjoy the splendid view of Kidepo
River Valley dominated by Borassus palm forest; You may also visit
the Kanangorok Hot Springs.
Other features are
The Narus valley is situated in the South West of the park.
The rugged Napore-Nyagia mountain range that forms its western
Natira and Lokayot Hills
Lotukei mountains in the North (Sudan)
Morungole marks the southern border of the park.
Accommodation in Kidepo Valley Park:
Private Apoka Lodge overlooks the Narus Valley has comfortable
National Park Bandas at Apoka have beddings, mosquito nets, hot
showers, fresh drinking water and firewood provided. Bring all
your own food, you can be assisted to cook. Drinks are available
from the camp shop.
Kakine Campsite has drop toilet, fresh drinking water and
firewood will be brought to you. Bring your camping gear.
at Moroto can serve as a base to explore the park.
periodic poaching it
is recommended you be accompanied by rangers at all time you are
Kidepo Valley National park. This can be
arranged at Apoka headquarters.
Kidepo Valley 4 days
3 Nights Safari
Day1 Fly Entebbe-Kidepo Valley
will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to board a
chartered light aircraft to Kidepo. Arrive at Apoka Lodge. After
lunch, enjoy panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and
photographic opportunities of wildlife from the verandah of the
lodge. An evening game drive along the Narus River Valley for game
Viewing and photography of Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals,
Jackson's Hartebeest, Klipspringer and possibly Lions. Dinner and
overnight at Apoka Lodge.
Full day Kidepo Valley Cultural and Wildlife Safari
After an early breakfast, go for morning game drive to Kanangorok
hot spring. You are likely to spot a variety of animals including
Ostrich. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon have a
cultural experience that will bring into contact with Karamjong
peoples at Karenna and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an
opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals,
the grinding stones and many more interesting items. Return to the
lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day3 Full Day Kidepo Valley Safari
Full day at Kidepo enjoying the beautiful landscape. Full board
accommodation in Apoka Lodge.
After breakfast, visit the bird hide and enjoy a guided nature walk.
Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch board your chartered
flight back to Entebbe. Airport pickup to return to Kampala late in