Apoka Safari Lodge is situated in the vast golden-green plains punctuated with craggy, rocky outcrops reveal and even bigger sky at night. Under an impossibly bright canopy of stars, this is where we are reminded that the earth is round. Wildlife in Kidepo is abundant. Lions, Leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra (This is Uganda only park where giraffe and Zebra are found together), possibly Africa’s Largest herds of buffalo, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog…. The list is endless. Better still, much of it can be seen from the privacy of your veranda or your outdoor bathtub, but the best way to see the wildlife is up close: on feet, or in one of our open-top land cruisers.
You close your eyes and think of Africa, the landscape you imagine the jagged hills, the golden grasses, the plains dotted with wildlife, the soft glowing light – is likely to be Kidepo Valley National Park. This is Uganda’s most remote park, far away from city life (Kidepo has been voted 3rd Best Park, in Africa by CNN TRAVELLER, 2013 and has been nominated for the World Travel Awards as the Leading park in Africa, 2013).
The rooms at Apoka Safari Lodge have been built with comfort in mind. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen, everything is large and capacious. 10 expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surround a rocky kopje with endless views across savannah. With sitting rooms and private verandas, there are plenty of places to relax, read and sprawl. Big hand-hewn beds with soft duvets are draped with mosquito nets, hand-woven woolen carpets…you may be as far away from the city as you’ll ever be, but you won’t miss a thing.
Step outside to a sheltered terrace and slip into your own outdoor stone bathtub, big enough to fit the whole family. The swimming pool – deep and cool – has been carved out of the big rock. This is the kind of pool that makes you want to jump in, splashing and yelling, feeling like a kid again.
Do you want to stride out across the savanna and walk with Zebras? Spend time in a Karamojong village learning about their traditional way of life? Enjoy a sundowner in the arms of a massive fig tree? Sit and watch a breeding herd of elephant frolicking in the mud?
How long to stay in Apoka Safari Lodge
Game activities morning and then In the afternoon go visit the Karamojong community with a game drive on the way. probably 3 to 4 nights will be the best nights to discover Kidepo. It is said that the Karamojong was originally known as the Jie. The name Karamojong derived from the phrase “ekar ngimojong”, meaning “the old man can walk no farther” According to tradition, the people now known as the Karamojong cluster or Teso cluster are said to have migrated from Abyssinia between the 1600 and 1700 AD as a single group.
As both a rite of passage into manhood, as well as a requirement, a young Karamojong man is required to wrestle the woman he desires to marry. If he is successful in winning the wrestling match against the woman, he is now considered to be a man and is permitted to marry the woman. This ensures that the man will be strong enough to care for and protect his wife. After a successful match, the dowry negotiation is allowed to commence. In an instance where the young man is unable to defeat the woman in the wrestling match, he will not be considered by his people to be a man and will often leave to marry a woman from a different people-group where a test of strength is not required. If a non-Karamojong man desires to marry a Karamojong woman, he is also required to go through this ceremony. They are settled in small clans and stay in their homesteads called ManyattasBook Now