Isolated from the Ugandan mainstream by the harsh plains to the north of Mount Elgon, Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s second biggest National Park, and Apoka Lodge is the only lodge in the entire area. Kidepo is one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas, a tract of rugged savannah dominated by Mount Morungole and surrounded by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. Perennial running water in the Narus River makes Kidepo an oasis in the semi desert.
Day 1: Kampala – Kidepo National Park
Have an early breakfast, before being transferred to Kajjansi Airstrip to board a Private charter plane to Kidepo National Park. The journey takes 2-3 hrs. You will arrive at 1pm in time for a lunch break. The afternoon can be used take a game drive around the lodge area or recover from your flight with a refreshing dip in stunning swimming pool carved out of a granite kopje. The pool affords fantastic views down the Narus valley and over a waterhole frequented by many animals. Dinner and Overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge.
Day 02: Kidepo National park
Have an early breakfast and then proceed for a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. A variety of animals can be seen roaming around. Return to the lodge for lunch and then the afternoon will be used for a cultural experience that will bring you into contact with Karamojong peoples at Karenga and Kapedo. Meet and interact with the local elders, who will willingly show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge.
Day 03: Kidepo National Park
An Early breakfast, before visiting the abandoned Katurum Lodge an impressive structure built by Idi Amin. It’s worth a visit for the view alone. View the Fox Kestrel, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Grasshopper Buzzard, Montague’s Harrier, Fan Tailed Raven and the very rare Stone Partridge. Dinner and Overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge.
Day 04: Kidepo National park – Kampala
Past breakfast, you will be able to 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 arriving on time for your flight back home or Airport pickup to return to Kampala. The safari package includes; Air Charter/Car hire, accommodation and meals as per the itinerary, park entrance fees, airport transfer, game drives, nature walk, landing fees, cultural visit, vehicle hire for game drives and services of an English / Karamajong / Ateso speaking guide.