14 Days Pearls of Rwanda and Uganda in a fort night

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The 14 Days Pearls of Rwanda and Uganda in a fort night is one of the rewarding safari options that allow you to explore Uganda and Rwanda a considerable stretch. The safari takes you through Gisozi genocide memorial to pay tribute to the counts of Rwandese that lost their lives during the bloody genocide, Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking, Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a second gorilla trekking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for amazing wild game viewing including tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopard among others, Kibale National Park for an amazing Chimpanzee habituation experience, Murchison Falls National Park for wild game viewing including the Rothschild Giraffes,  Jackson Hartebeest, Aquatics like Nile Crocodiles, Hippos and the shoebill stork that tend to dwell on the river bank and the eventual encounter in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to encounter the white Rhinos.

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  • Safari highlight

    Day 1: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda and transfer to the hotel for relaxation and overnight

    Day 2: Explore the Gisozi genocide memorial & drive to Volcanoes National Park in the Ruhengeri

    Day 3: Undertake mountain gorilla trekking & relax at the lodge

    Day 4: Undertake golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park & cross to Uganda - Lake Bunyonyi

    Day 5: Undertake a sunrise boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi exploring its 29 Islands & then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP

    Day 6: Do gorilla trekking in the forested landscapes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & relax at the lodge

    Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions

    Day 8: Undertake game drive / wild game viewing in the morning & launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel

    Day 9: Drive to Kibale National Park and explore the Rwenzori Art foundation which is the only bronze casting center in Africa and the Ruboni Community wax and craft center en route

    Day 10: Undertake the whole day chimpanzee Habituation in Kibale NP dubbed the primate capital of the world.

    Day 11: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Whole day drive

    Day 12: Undertake game drive / wild game viewing in the morning, Nile launch cruise in the afternoon & hike to the top of the falls - the world’s powerful waterfall in the world.

    Day 13: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, track white Rhinos and spend an overnight

    Day 14: Transfer to Kampala and night departure through Entebbe International Airport

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda and transfer to the hotel for relaxation and overnight

    Arrive in Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport after you long day flight in the evening here you will be welcomed by your driver guide who will then transfer you to your respective lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Des Milles Collins (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange / Standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel (Budget/Basic).

    Day 2: Explore the Gisozi genocide memorial & drive to Volcanoes National Park in the Ruhengeri

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    After your  breakfast at your place of stay in Kigali city embark on the drive to Gisozi genocide memorial to pay a visit to the counts of Rwandese who lost their dear lives during the bloody genocide that befell Rwanda in the year 1994. The number of skulls line in the building and the respective writings gives you a fresh picture of what exactly transpired during that period.  After this encounter, you will have lunch in Kigali and then embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 3 hours’ drive. The drive will take you through the amazing country side landscapes marked with rolling hills and the rural farmlands presenting an ideal round for scenic photographs. You will arrive in Ruhengeri in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Hotel Lapalme (Midrange/standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/basic).

    Day 3: Undertake mountain gorilla trekking & relax at the lodge

    After a thrilling breakfast from your respective lodge, you will gather at the Volcanoes Park Headquarters in Kinigi at 8am for briefing and the eventual start of the gorilla tracking encounter. The park rangers will give you the situation that surrounds gorilla trekking and the respective dos and don’ts for the very activity while enjoying a thrilling cup of Rwandan coffee and being entertained by the famous Intore dance demonstrating the traditional Rwandan society. Embark on the actual gorilla tracking hiking through the jungle of Volcanoes following the respective assigned gorilla family and in company of those the eight team mates that have been put together with you track a given gorilla group. The duration for the gorilla tracking tends to fall between 2 – 8 hours and the encounter is more that the ordinary. The hike through the jungle passing by amazing flora and fauna, the impressive and magical scenic landscapes of the Virungas would definitely leave you in a state of bewilderment.  The eventually one hour direct encounter with mountain gorillas seeing direct in their frightening eyes enjoying the beauty of their fur and the being entertained by the playful young ones settles your thoughts of the worthiness of the gorilla permit price. Return from this encounter and transfer to your lodge for an afternoon relaxation and reciting of the memories.

    Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/basic)

    Day 4: Undertake golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park & cross to Uganda - Lake Bunyonyi

    After breakfast, embark in the golden monkey tracking starting at 8am at the Volcanoes park headquarters. The golden monkey trek is one of the thrilling encounters that you can have while on safari in Rwanda and Uganda. The golden monkeys are among the critically endangered primate species that are only thriving in the Virunga massif on global scale. They have impressive skin colors that have got a golden patch on their back thus attractive to look at. After this encounter which tends to last for about 4 hours, you will retreat to the lodge for lunch and then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi passing through magical sights of the Virunga massif and rolling hills of Kigezi known as the Switzerland of Africa. Branch off at Muko from the main Kisoro – Kabale road which is very scenic to drive along Lake Bunyonyi known as the lake of a thousand islands connecting to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Lake Bunyonyi Eco – resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

    Day 5: Undertake a sunrise boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi exploring its 29 Islands & then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP

    After breakfast, embark on the boat cruise on the lake of a thousand islands amidst the rolling hills of Kigezi. The boat will enable you explore the major islands and the history behind them. The boat can take 5 hours before returning to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will embark on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the fascinating views if the farmed Kigezi Highlands arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

    Day 6: Do gorilla trekking in the forested landscapes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & relax at the lodge

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    Gather at the respective park headquarter in the morning after an early heavy breakfast for briefing about the gorilla trekking encounter by the park rangers at 8am. After briefing, you will head to the forest for the thrilling gorilla trekking adventure. The hike across the varied landscapes of Bwindi marked with deep valleys, steep hills and dense vegetation cover is very rewarding. The moment you come across the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is one those must list moments that you can ever encounter in the life time. The gorilla trek lasts between 2 – 8 hours and after the one full hour of direct encounter with them; you will return the starting point and transfer to the lodge for an afternoon relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

    Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions

    After breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the highest visited Game Park in Uganda. The drive involves traversing the rolling hill of Kigezi and eastern forested landscapes of Bwindi as you make your way to the north before approaching the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha where you will undertake simple game drive in search of tree climbing lions that tend to rest on the fig tree branches. The tree climbing lions thrive in only in this part of Uganda and in Lake Manyara National Park but Ishasha offers ideal encounters because of its short trees. You might be lucky to spot some and then continue to your respective lodge for relaxation and overnight.

    Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Enganzi Game lodge (Midrange/standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

    Day 8: Undertake game drive / wild game viewing in the morning & launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel

    After an early morning cup of coffee, embark on the drive through impressive rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth in search of wild game. The stretch to the Kasenyi plains where the mating ground is found offers you opportunities of encountering a range of wild game including elephants, buffaloes, water bucks and Kobs along with predators like lions, leopards and jackals. The game drive takes 3 – 4 hours and you get back to the lodge after the activity for relaxation and lunch after which you connect to Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise. The Kazinga Channel boat commences at 2pm and 4 pm for the Marasa boats and 3pm and 5pm for the UWA boats. The cruise offers you opportunities of spotting Hippos and Nile Crocodiles and other counts of wild game that come to quench their thirst on the channel side. Return for the activity and the drive along the channel track as you head back to the lodge.

    Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Game Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

    Day 9: Drive to Kibale National Park and explore the Rwenzori Art foundation which is the only bronze casting center in Africa and the Ruboni Community wax and craft center en route

    Rwenzori Art foundation

    After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kibale National Park 157km about 3 - 4 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. The drive will take you through amazing sceneries of Rwenzori Mountains that were named them mountains of the moon by the ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150AD towering to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks. You will make a stop at Rwenzori Art Foundation which is the only bronze casting Center in the whole of Africa with impressive sculpture that are lined with in the building and a range of art works on the compound. You will marvel at the process of casting and you have an opportunity to participate. From the art foundation, you continue to Ruboni Community Camp which presents the traditional way of basketry and the wax processing technique. Various wax products are on display made by the local people. You can also participate in the art and craft making. Retreat from these activities and continue to Kibale National Park arriving in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket / Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Midrange / Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

    Day 10: Undertake the whole day chimpanzee Habituation in Kibale NP dubbed the primate capital of the world.

    Wake up early enough to gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center at 6am for briefing and eventual heading to the forest to embark on the whole day Chimpanzee habituation encounter. The Chimpanzee Habituation unlike Chimpanzee trekking which lasts one hour with chimps, the former offers a whole day encounter with Chimpanzees. You are able to see them as they leave their nests in the morning as they set out to feed, hunt, socialize, patrol, mate, make ant hooting calls, copulate among others until they retire in the evening and build new nests for overnight about 7pm. This is a whole day experience that does not only expose you to Chimps but also other forest offerings like birds, other primate species like Black and white colobus monkeys and impressive flora. Retire from the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket / Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Midrange / Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

    Day 11: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Whole day drive

    After breakfast at the lodge, embark on the whole day drive to Murchison Falls National Park 441km about 9 hours’ drive passing through impressive countryside landscapes with the unique features of the Albertne rift. The scenic views en route will make your long journey memorable. Arrive in Murchison Area in evening to check in at your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation:  Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

    Day 12: Undertake game drive / wild game viewing in the morning, Nile launch cruise in the afternoon & hike to the top of the falls - the world’s powerful waterfall in the world.

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    After an early morning cup of coffee, embark on the drive to the park to explore its wilderness. The game drive carried out in the northern bank of the park presents remarkable encounters with one of the finest wild life species in Uganda and Africa at large giving a typical representation of African savannah. The counts of Rothschild Giraffe, lions, elephants, buffaloes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kobs, Oribis, Leopard, among others can be encountered in this 3 – 4 hour activity. Explore the designated tracks stretching to the delta area where the wildlife tends to congregate. Retreat from the activity and return to the loge for relaxation and lunch after which you will gather at the Paraa jetty for an afternoon boat trip to the bottom of the falls.  The boat trip starting at 2pm see you depart from the Paraa Jetty cruising along the Nile up to the bottom of the falls. The sights of the Nile crocodiles and Hippos may not be missed. The Shoebill stork tends to dwell on the River and can be luckily seen. The other wild game drinking along the river including elephants and a range of antelopes combine to make the boat worth undertaking. Retreat from this 3 hour cruise and get back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation:  Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

    Day 13: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, track white Rhinos and spend an overnight

    After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 129km about 2 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. You will branch off from the main road at Nakitoma for 7km to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the white Rhino which only exist in this protected area in the whole of Uganda. The Rhinos which go extinct in 1983 saw their re-introduction in 2005 for re-breeding and later release back to the wilderness. Trekking the Rhinos which are among the big five land animals in the savannah thicket of Ziwa is very rewarding to encounter. Retreat from the activity and retire to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Amuka Lodge

    Day 14: Transfer to Kampala and departure through Entebbe International Airport

    After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the 176km transfer to Kampala driving along the flat stretches of Nakasongora with its impressive savannah landscapes and sights of Ankole long horned cattle. You will arrive in Kampala do a simpek city drive as you head for other 40km to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight back home.

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  • General Safari Inclusions

    • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
    • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
    • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
    • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
    • Fuel
    • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
    • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
    • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
    • Bottled water while on safari
    • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

    General Safari Exclusions

    • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
    • Laundry Services
    • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
    • International Flights (Arranged on request)
    • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
    • Visas
    • Optional Activity fees
    • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
    • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
    • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)


  • Rwanda

    Hotels we use in Akagera National Park

    Ruzizi Tented Lodge

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    Ruzizi Tented Camp has nine (9) tents which can up to twenty (20) clients. Every tent features an en suite bathroom that has cold and hot running water, dressing area, either 3/4 twin beds or comfortable queen beds, a front side patio and each tent is accessed by wooden board walks that lead to and from the main reception area.
    Ruzizi Tented Camp has a family tent that can accommodate up to four (4) people and a tree top tent. It also has a thatched central reception area along with a dinning and lounge bar. There is an extensive deck that has a fire place under a large fig tree with the view of Lake Ihema.

    Akagera Game Lodge

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    The Akagera Game Lodge is located within the park close to its southern entrance. The Lodge features a swimming pool, conference center and a tennis court. Accommodation is offered in standard rooms, deluxe, family and Junior Suite. The lodge features over 60 bed rooms.

    Hotels we use in Nyungwe National Park

    Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

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    The Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is a midrange accommodation establishment in Nyungwe Forest National Park presenting an impressive ground for chimpanzee trekking, canopy walk and the forest hikes. The lodge features a camp fire in the rooms if you wish or out in the open after dinner with impressive traditional Kinyarwanda dance performances.
    Accommodation at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is offered in twelve (12) units and four (4) of these feature twin beds while the eight (8) are apartments featuring queen sized beds. The rooms are self-contained. The Hotel also has a restaurant and a well-stocked bar.

    Gisakura Guesthouse

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    Positioned at 2km distance outside Nyungwe Forest National Park. Gisakura guesthouse offers accommodation in twin, double and triple rooms which are self-contained and with provision of warm water on request. The Guesthouse also features a good restaurant.

    Hotels we use in Volcanoes National Park

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

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    The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an upmarket lodge on the boundaries of Volcanoes National Park about fifteen (15) minutes’ drive to the entrance of the park. The lodge offers accommodation in a range of thirty (30) chalets with enough space, a modern bar and restaurant.

    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

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    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is positioned close to the Volcanoes Park Headquarters is about few minutes’ drive. Accommodation is provided in six cottages with two (2) suites with private verandas, inbuilt ablutions and living room overseeing fireplace.

    Virunga Lodge

    virunga-lodgeVirunga Lodge is a luxury accommodation located on a ridge with impressive views of the Virunga massif. Accommodation is presented in eight (8) bandas and each banda features a private terrace with impressive views of the Virunga massif.

    Uganda

    Hotels we use in Buhoma region in Bwindi

    Buhoma Community Rest Camp

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    Buhoma Community Rest Camp is majorly a midrange accommodation center but it also offers affordable lodging for travelers on a budget. Lodging is offered in six (6) self-contained safari tents, three (3) self-contained cottages and two (2) non-self-contained twin cottages. The accommodation centers are built in African architectural style and they dissolve in the gorgeousness of the park.

    Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp

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    The lodge offers comfort at the midrange level without compromising the environment. Its architecture involves traditionally sourced materials. The accommodation center has twenty (20) self-contained tents which offer great comfort to their guests. All tents feature comfortable beds, solar energy that is available for all hours of the day, en-suite washrooms with hot and cold showers and elegant furniture.

    Buhoma Lodge

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    This lodge can be found inside the park with ten (10) relaxed cottages that have private verandahs from which guests can enjoy vistas of the park especially the Buhoma sector which is home to the Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja mountain gorilla families. Guests will find facilities like a comfy bed, en-suite bathroom facilities which feature hot and cold showers and a bath tub for some rooms

    Lodges in Kibale national park Uganda

    Kibale Safari Lodge

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    Kibale Safari Lodge is located on the way to Bigodi in Kanyanchu. Guest accommodation is offered in two (2) rooms on the main lodge building and five (5) other private luxury cottages which are well furnished and comfortable. The cottages have private toilets and showers with both cold and hot water. Meals and drinks are served in the onsite restaurant and the well-stocked bar.

    Nyinabulitwa Resort and Safari Camp

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    Nyinabulitwa Resort and Safari Camp is located approximately 20kms outside Fort Portal Town and serves as a sleepover point for travelers on Safaris to the western National Parks of Murchison Falls National Park, Rwenzori Mountains, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the coveted Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

    Primate Lodge

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    Primate Lodge presents luxury and comfort to its guests in eco-friendly accommodation units. The Lodge is located deep in Kibale National Park and is therefore very close to where most of the park’s tourist activities start from. Check-in time is at 2:00pm and the checkout time is 10:00am. Visitor accommodation units include eight (8) superior safari tents; seven (7) ultimate forest cottages; a well maintained camping area and the sky tree house.

    Mgahinga National Park Uganda

    Kisoro Tourist Hotel

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    This is a budget range hotel which offers pleasant and comfortable accommodation. The rooms feature a fireplace each, internet and cable TV, fans, en-suite toilets with hot and cold water for a fine shower in this chilly area of the country. The hotel has a well-stocked bar and an onsite restaurant which serves delicious meals. Conference facilities are also offered at the hotel but require timely booking before they can be availed. The hotel has a tour/travel desk, an art and crafts shop

    Kisoro Travelers’ Rest Hotel

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    Situated about 14km from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park the hotel can be found in the district and town of Kisoro. The hotel rooms range from single, twin, double, triple and a suite which all include en-suite washrooms that contain hot and cold piped water. In the lounge area, tourists can warm up at the fireplace and can also enjoy free Wi-Fi internet.

    Hotels we use in bunyonyi

    Birdnest at Bunyonyi Resort

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    This resort is located just near Lake Bunyonyi in southwestern Uganda and just a few kilometers from the boarders of Tanzania, Congo DR and Rwanda. For tourists who like to travel with their babies, babysitting services are available at the lodge from 8am - 9pm. The resorts’ rooms are cleaned and serviced daily as part of the room rates.

    Hotels in Kidepo

    Apoka Safari lodge

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    Apoka Safari lodge is situated twelve (12) hours northeast of Kampala, Uganda’s Capital City in the heart of Kidepo Valley National Park. The lodge is creatively mounted on a rocky outcrop making a 24 hour picturesque surveillance of the Narus Valley. The lodge is the only luxury/upmarket lodge offering accommodation in its ten (10) huge rooms (4 twin sleeping 2-4 each & 6 double sleeping 2 each) with total capacity ranging from 20 to 28 depending on the rooming requirements.

    Apoka Tented camp

    Apoka Rest Camp
    Like Apoka Safari Lodge, this rest camp is close to the park’s headquarters and is a starting point for some of the birding safaris in Kidepo Valley National Park. accommodation is offered in fourteen (14) bandas which have two (2) beds each and two (2) camping areas where tourists are free to erect their tents. Toilets are located just outside the bandas.


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