Apoka bandas Kidepo valley national park (Run by the Uganda wildlife authority)
The Apoka bandas or hostel is essentially the only budget option for visitors to Kidepo other than camping for those with their own equipment. The hostel provides merely a place to sleep and nothing else. You will need to provide your own food stuffs and cooking equipment should you need to stay here. For details of the pricing structure see details in ugandawildlife.org.
Apoka Lodge Kidepo valley accommodation
A franchise to manage and operate Apoka Lodge was won by The Green Wilderness Group who own the Semliki Game Lodge in The Semliki Game Reserve, Clouds mountain gorillas in bwindi and pinapple bay on Lake victoria. The newly refurbish lodge opened early 2006 with major infrastructure changes and higher pricing.
For reservations and bookings contact Affordable Uganda Safaris Limited, tel: +256 (0)41 251182 or +256 (0)772 489497, Fax: +256 (0)41 434 4653, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wildplacesafrica.com.
The lodge now comprises 10 rooms each built of wood, thatch and canvas that spring from a large rock kopje. Each unit has a well appointed uninterrupted view of the Narus River Valley.
The accommodation overview is outlined below
6 rooms with 1 King size bed
4 rooms with 2 queen size beds
All beds have mosquito nets, electric lights and power points (Generator is turned off at 11pm.)
All rooms have en-suite bathroom with flush toilets, double basins, shower with large shower rose, and hot and cold running water
Hot water is solar powered
All rooms have private outdoor bathtub, with privacy screening
All rooms have sitting area inside the room as well as private veranda with comfortable seating
Kidepo Savannah Lodge is the latest addition to the ragged Kidepo valley national park which has received several international awards as one of the greatest Parks of Africa. Being just 500meter away from Kalokudo gate, the lodge is literally on a stone’s throw from the Park. It offers unparalled vistas of the expansive Narus Valley, Mount Morungole and the distant mountain ranges which form the border with Southern Sudan. The lodge is inspired by the savannah surroundings, the grasslands, rocky outcrops, and … by the karamajong, the tribe with their typical manyattas and colorful blankets. The lodge had to blend in rater than stick out, so we opted for a choice between the more luxurious self contained safari tents and comfortable lazy camping tents.
Nga’Moru, meaning ‘the place of rocks’, overlooks the teeming Narus Valley in Kidepo Valley National Park. It is an ideal place to relax and view wildlife, many species of which are found nowhere else in Uganda. With its great food, excellent service and elegant bandas – each with a breathtaking view of the Narus Valley – it provides the perfect location to enjoy one of East Africa’s best kept secrets. It deserves a few nights stay.
As Nga’Moru is situated next to the park boundary, daily game-viewing from camp is a leisurely affair. Sightings from camp include hartebeest, waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, elephant, lion, and buffalo which regularly graze in the high rocky grounds of Nga’Moru, along with oribi, warthog, and a plethora of bird species – including nine raptors.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Being just 500 mt away from Kalokudo gate, the lodge is literally on a stone’s throw from the Park. It offers unparalled vistas of the expansive Narus Valley, Mount Morungole and the distant mountain ranges which form the border with Southern Sudan. The lodge is inspired by the savannah surroundings, the grasslands, rocky outcrops, and … by the karamajong, the tribe with their typical manyattas and colorful blankets. Tel: +256 312 29 48 94