ACCOMMODATION IN KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Kidepo Valley is a hidden treasure perched in the northeastern part of Uganda surrounded by Mountain Kadam and Morungole bordering South Sudan. The park covers an area of 1,442 km2 and the least visited parks because of its remoteness, however it has started to pick up and quite a number of tourists are booking safaris to this destination. Most of them prefer to fly to the park because of the long journey however use road transport to get the best views along the way with stopovers at Sipi falls, Mountain Elgon National Park, Pian Upe Reserve and Nyero Rock Paintings. The visit the park to enjoy the best game drives in Uganda, birding, cultural encounters with the Karamojong people and nature walks.
The park is endowed with a number of unique animals and birds which can be seen in the dry savannah plains. These include; lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, caracal, aardwolf, greater and lesser kudu, mountain reedbuck and Guenther’s dik-dik. oribis, Burch ell’s zebras, Jackson’s hartebeests, bush pigs, cape buffaloes, Bohor reedbucks, warthogs, defassa waterbucks, Rothschild giraffes, bush duskier and elands, bushbucks, rare patas monkey, baboons, and many others. The Birds; the Kori bustard, Abyssinian ground hornbill, secretary bird, ostrich, carmine, Yellow-billed and Jackson’s hornbills etc. Not forgetting the beautiful eye-catching sceneries with background drops of the domed hills. The near communities with people who have smiling faces who make you feel at home.
Once you plan to visit Kidepo Valley National Park know that you have made the right choice and will be rewarded with a true wilderness experience. The accommodation should not worry you at all, the park has a variety of facilities ranging from Luxury-Midrange-budget to campsites or dormitories. Each of these offers comfortable accommodation depending on the type you have selected. They also serve delicious local and international foods with excellent customer care service.
Apoka Safari Lodge.
It is located in the center of the park with a charming view overlooking the Narus River Valley. It is the only luxury accommodation facility in the park and you will feel at home. It was built with a touch of antiquated fashions and materials with 10 spacious rooms, professional staff that offer excellent customer care. The lodge has a swimming pool which helps you cool off the high temperatures in this region. They have a restaurant which prepares figure licking continental and local dishes plus the well-stocked bar with the best refreshing drinks. The night campfire where the Karamojong people entertain guests with cultural songs and dances. The animals can also be seen through your room window like; elephants, lions, zebras, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, giraffes, and many others. Your stay at Apoka Lodge gives you the best feel of the countryside.
Adere Safari Lodge
Located a few kilometers from the Kidepo gate is this high-end accommodation facility with 17 self-contained cottages built with natural materials giving it the best wilderness display. The lodge also has a pool which strategically located to give you a beautiful view of the park as you cool off in the waters. They have an excellent African designed restaurant that serves tasty meals and a well-stalked bar with your favorite drink. Your stay at Adere is not only a stay but you will also create memories which last.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge.
A typical African accommodation facility situated at the edge of the park in the rich Narus valley surrounded by Mt. Morungole. Offering both luxurious and budget accommodation to cater for all travelers. The lodge also gives you glamorous undeniable scenery and wildlife is seen roaming around the facility. It has self-contained safari tents which give you the best camping experience in the wilderness. It has a grass-thatched restaurant and bar which offer the exquisite dishes served with great customer care and drinks of all kind. Enjoy your meal, sip on your drink as you have a glance at nature.
Nga’Moru Wilderness camp.
Nga’Moru means ‘the place of rocks’, the campsite overlooks the linked Narus Valley of the park. It is an absolute place to relax and view wildlife as you enjoy the wilderness feel. It has comfortable en-suite accommodation in either Safari Tents under thatch or Cabanas. The camp offers an exclusive true bush breakfast experience, delicious dishes both local and continental not forgetting the experienced professional staff. You will also see more wildlife species around the camp as they roam around looking for food. The camp is affordable offering mid-range and budget accommodation at a relatively fair price.
Apoka Rest Camp
This camp is owned by Uganda Wildlife Authority located at the park headquarters. It is a pocket friendly accommodation with self- contained, non-self-contained and camping ground for those who carry their own tents and beddings. The camp doesn’t have a restaurant, travelers carry their own food and pay the cooks at the park.
Other accommodations include; Kara-Tunga safari camp and Kakine Self-Catering Campsite.