Apoka Lodge, Kidepo

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stamp3Why photographers love Apoka

  • Situated in Kidepo National Park, an isolated and remote stretch of wilderness far off the tourist trail
  • Game drives and walking safaris
  • Unusual species including Jackson’s hartebeest, bohor reedbuck, Defassa waterbuck, Rothschild’s giraffe and patas and tantalus monkeys
  • Huge herds of buffalo

How we rate Apoka

Wildlife  starstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstarstar
Lodge & Dining  starstarstar to star
Vehicles  starstarstarstar
Guides  starstarstarstarstar

Apoka at a glance

  • 10 canvas-walled cottages: 4 twin and 6 double
  • Cottages are spacious and feature outdoor stone bathtubs, en-suite bathrooms, inside sitting rooms and private verandas.
  • Main lodge area with swimming pool, lounge areas, bar and dining room
  • Wi-Fi in main lodge

The concession

Apoka is set in Kidepo National Park, the most remote park in Uganda with wide grassy plains and occasional rocky outcrops. The park is home to abundant wildlife including lions, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hartebeest, waterbuck, warthog and more. 28 of its mammal species occur nowhere else in the country.  Kidepo is also home to the rare tantalus monkey. There are over 460 bird species. The lodge looks out over grassy plains of the Narus River Valley, backed by the Lonyili Mountains.

The seasons

Apoka Lodge is open year round. October to May is quite hot and generally dry. Rain is more prevalent from June to September, and temperatures are warm.

What Kidepo costs

Rates range from $380 to $760 per person per night depending on season.  Access is by charter or regular scheduled flight to Kidepo. Otherwise, Kidepo is a 12 hour drive from Kampala.

Photographers need to know

Kidepo is a long way from anywhere, so it’s expensive to get there, but it rates as one of our top wilderness experiences.

The good news

Apoka Lodge supports tourism and community development projects in the local village of Lokorul.