Kidepo Valley Park – Africa as you imagine it in Uganda
Kidepo Valley Park – one of Africa’s most remote scenic Wildlife Parks
CNN Chooses Kidepo Valley Park as one of the Best Parks in Africa
Kidepo Valley Park – one could give you the statistics as to how many species of or that are found at the park – but the park is beyond statistics –beyond mere numbers and dry facts – Kidepo Valley Park in Uganda represents the best of the Wild of Africa.
Hard to get to – You either fly in which is very expensive or you drive to the park – and the drive takes a lot of time due to the distance. The accommodation facilities are few, expensive or it is simply roughing it – Reasons why many bypassthe Park. (2000-3000 visitors per year) in spite of being the best area for wildlife in Uganda and some unique and enriching cultural experience with Karamajong people that live around the park.
Kidepo Valley Park Landscapes are never ending and simply take your breath away – and a stillness only broken by the cry from the wild – the sounds of the winds sweeping through the valley – you are amazed that such a place as Kidepo Valley Park even exists – an abundance of wildlife – stunning scenery and an absence of people, no caravans of vehicles meandering down the game tracks- it is simply you- a scene from Karen Blixen or Ernest Hemingway – mindful of the Africa as you imagined but rarely find.
Lions in abundance-especially during the dry season of the year (even some tree climbing ones) – Elephant and Buffalo herds roaming – Giraffe – leopards – cheetahs – wild dogs – ostriches –the bat eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, and hunting dog – antelopes such as eland, bush buck, bush duskier, defassa water buck, bohor reed buck, jackson’s hartebeest and oribi. There is an abundance of birds including many raptors – Kidepo Valley National Park has much to offer to the visitor who has the cash to fly in or the stamina to drive in – but what awaits the visitor here is well worth the flight or drive here. This remote park in Uganda offers only the best of the Wild of Africa – it is beyond Kodak moments – it is a true experience in the African Wild.
A five or six day safari here is best if you use a tour operator such as Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – a four day one if you fly there– both means of getting here add cost – but one has to consider what one experiences at Kidepo Valley National Park – an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else in East Africa…from Kampala…jon
Where one can stay at Kidepo Valley Park
Apoka Lodge (Up-Market Luxury) $$$$$:
Apoka Safari Lodge is one of the ultimate safari lodges in Uganda. The wildlife comes to your door step, you are surrounded by scenic wonders, wildlife in abundance and yet you are in what is referred to as the Wild West of Uganda. In this remote spot in Uganda Apoka Lodge has created a heaven on earth experience for you. The comfort, the luxury, the style and class is all around you in the midst of the African Wild.
The decor is fantastic, en-suite bathrooms, stone tub outside of your room to enjoy a bath under the bright stars of Kidepo Valley, verandas, a fantastic honeymoon location in the wilderness of Uganda. Words cannot describe what will await you at Apoka Lodge. No matter where you come from, this will be one of the best experiences in your life.
There are ten rooms that await you at Apoka Lodge.
Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp (moderate $$$): This is a newly opened lodging facility and offers some room and tented facilities – people love the atmosphere – the surrounding – the helpful staff and the quality of the Lodging facility.It gives travelers another choice from a very limited selection and allows people who want to spend less on lodging but at the same time not forsake quality a great option here at Kidepo Valley Park.
Apoka Rest Camp (Budget) $: There are Bandas available at a budget price, bring your own food and toilet facilities are outside of the Bandas or cabins. The scenic rugged beauty of Kidepo Valley National Park along with the wildlife that awaits will be well worth it. (Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – brings in their own cook to meet your culinary needs while staying here.)
“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” John Hemingway, African Journeys
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