By Spy Uganda
Wildlife in Kidepo is abundant. Lions, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra (this is Uganda’s only park where giraffe and zebra are found together), possibly Africa’s largest herds of buffalo, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog…the list is endless.
It is always everyone’s dream to have sufficient funds and explore the true beauty of Uganda wildlife centres and parks to feed the mind with fresh exciting environments. From Kidepo valley, the Rupalerias trekked to the middle of the park, at Apoka Safari Lodge which they turned their residing centre as they chopped dollars.
Some of the exciting features at Apoka lodge are expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surrounding a rocky kopje with endless views across the savannah.
The rooms at Apoka have been built with comfort in mind. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen, everything is large and capacious. With inside sitting rooms and private verandas, there are plenty of places to relax, read and sprawl.
In addition, it has big hand-hewn beds with soft duvets draped with mosquito nets, hand-woven woollen carpets, extra-large plush towels, over-sized dressing gowns…you may be as far away from the city as you’ll ever be, but you won’t miss a thing….. I mean all this was witnessed by tycoon Sudhir and family.
Not only that, but the swimming pool at Apoka Lodge has a deep and cool breath carved out of the big rock something that left tycoon’s grandchildren unsettled, yearning to jump in, splashing in as a way of utilizing grand’s ‘deep pockets’.
About Kidepo Park
Kidepo Valley National park is located near Karenga in Kaabong District, in the northeastern corner of Uganda. The park is approximately 220 kilometres (140 mi), by road northwest of Moroto, the largest town in the sub-region. It is approximately 520 kilometres (320 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.
The Ketebo or Mening is the inhabitants’ farmers and hunters who lived in the area since 1800 before it was gazetted as a game reserve by the British colonial government in 1958. The purpose was both to protect the animals from hunting and to prevent further clearing of bush for tsetse fly control.
The eviction of the resident people and the resultant famine, especially the Ketebo people who were forcefully relocated to other areas within Bira such as Napotpot, Kalo Kudo, Namosingo, Loriwo and Naurkori in South Sudan, is cited in contemporary protected area management as an example of the unacceptable consequences of not taking community needs into account when designating reserves.
The newly independent government of Uganda under Milton Obote converted the reserve into the Kidepo Valley National Park in 1962. The first chief warden of the park was Ian Ross, a Briton. In 1972, Paul Ssali, a Ugandan, replaced him. Their handover and training was the subject of the 1974 American documentary film, ‘The Wild and the Brave’. I long to spend a night there too, how I wish Doctor Sudhir reads this last statement 🏃🏃🏃🤣🤣🤣.