Truly, this is one of the best wildlife areas in the whole of Africa where wildlife is in abundance but visitors in short supply and one is likely to have the park all to yourself. The grasslands are home to a cornucopia of animals - waterbuck, elephant, warthog and buffalo, tree climbing lions, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah, oribi, zebra, Chandler’s mountain Reedbuck and leopard, in fact over 77 mammal species including the patas monkey. One of the endemic species is the Kavirondo bush baby. The bird watching here is extraordinary with birdwatchers being kept very happy. Around 475 bird species have been recorded here including silverbird, yellow throated long claw, and Clappertons Francolin and Abyssinian roller.
Kidepo is simply stunning and has that iconic African landscape view, miles and miles of pure wilderness that lies in the wild frontier region of Karamoja. Here live the Masaai and Ik related pastoral Karamojong people, much as they have done for thousands of years.
Explore Kidepo with daily game drives and walks; spend time near either of the two rivers in the park - the Kidepo and the Narus and around the wetlands in the Narus Valley where these seasonal oases reward one time and again with wildlife sightings. Within the park to the north is the Namamukweny Valley for fabulous bird watching including white crested turaco or eastern paradise whydah. The Kanangorok hot springs is a lovely place to rest before heading south towards the Morungule Mountain range at the southern edge of the park.
Set in the heart of this spectacular wilderness area and situated on a ridge surrounded by these open views across borassus palm dotted plains lies Apoka Lodge. All rooms have uninterrupted views and where at the end of the day one can sink into a sunken bubble bath in a private rock and aloe garden, sipping a cocktail as the sun descends across an intensely golden vision of Africa. Follow with a sumptuous dinner and then submerge yourself between Egyptian cotton sheets, soft white duvets under billowing mosquito nets each evening. Guests can game view from their rooms where waterbuck and warthog act as local lawn mowers, or from the swimming pool or indeed from the high look out tower.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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