staying at Apoka safari lodge


As far as game lodges in Uganda go, I can say I’ve found a favorite spot, nestled in Kidepo Valley National Park. Our experience started the moment we drove into the lodge’s entrance and were met by three smartly dressed staff, with a refreshing glass of lemonade.

We sank into the comfortable leather seats as we were taken through a brief orientation. This is a special place to take the ones you love, to spend some quality time together. It is a 5 star lodge with 10 cottages each with a unique view of the park which indicates that the focus is in the quality over quantity.

You are offered a personal butler who caters to your every need, and are advised to call for a guide should you wish to walk to your room in the night.


The viewing deck that is close to the main reception is an incredible place to sit and relax, with some beautiful views overlooking the cottages and the park. Breakfast here was absolutely perfect!


Our cottage was very spacious, tastefully decorated with rich dark wood, offering a big bed with soft duvets, draped with mosquito nets, hand-woven woolen carpets, plush towels, over-sized dressing gowns and exquisite views over Kidepo National park. It felt extremely relaxed and clam here, especially relaxing on the veranda and having breakfast in the sitting room. In total there are 10 expansive cottages with endless views across the savannah.

The bathroom shower is large and there is a large soaking bathtub right outside perfect for just sitting and relaxing whilst enjoying the sweeping views and occasional water-bucks and buffaloes that stroll by.


After the game drive and walk, we took a dip in the deep, beautiful, cool swimming pool carved out of big rock. The pool is simply enticing and perfect for you to unwind with a cold drink.

Tip: this beautiful pool looks really tempting for you to jump or dive in yelling, but be careful as it is quite rocky underneath.



Apoka guarantees good food with stunning views. It was a delight to be woken up with a selection of fresh muffins and green tea, fruit and fresh juice. The viewing deck is a perfect spot for breakfast. Lunch by the pool was also ultra-pleasant. I fell in love with these two spots. There are super comfy loungers for you to relax after you swim.

I can’t stop talking about my amazing experience here, which was made excellent by the comfort in the rooms, our amazing guide Julius, who shared with us so much about the animals and birds. We got to explore fully thanks to him.

Apoka has established great experience accumulated over the years to cater to making everything blend perfectly, from the game drive to the rooms and food! It was worthwhile because the staff also pay attention to your every need and make you feel pampered.

Have you been to Apoka Safari Lodge? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Your travel-buddy,


  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Aaw this post makes me wanna go back on my Safari trip as well! Looks like you had an amazing time in this beautiful lodge 🙂
    xx, Carmen –

    • I’m so glad you like it Carmen, thank you! I had a wonderful experience at Apoka 🙂 Have a wonderful day,xxx

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    These photos are gorgeous!! Omg I want to got there someday. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len

    • Thank you so much hun, you should add this to your list for sure 🙂 Have a great day,xxx

  • merel

    This place looks so lovely! I can’t wait to visit one day!

    X Merel

  • Woah! This looks incredible! I hope to visit 🙂

    Love, Lindsey

  • Looks like you had a blast! I loved looking through these photos.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  • Savannah Ivy

    Oh I cannot WAIT to go on Safari and stay at a Game Lodge! This is on the bucket list hopefully in the next year or 2! Was it really expensive? Thanks for sharing!

  • Toni Frazer

    Wow this is beautiful! If I ever do a safari I am so staying at a place like this. So glad you enjoyed it and had a great experience!

  • Thank you for sharing your experience at this amazing cottage. All of the views and amenities look amazing. I would love to go on a safari now!

  • Melissa Olson Downham

    Wow I was super excited to read this! We’re doing a safari in a month (Tanzania) and are so excited. This looks gorgeous. Uganda might have to be next!

  • Nerissa

    This place looks so amazing! Doing a safari has been on my bucket list for so long now, I can’t wait to actually do one. I’m keeping this place in mind, looks so nice!

  • Jenn Vukojevic

    I’ve just done a safari in Kenya and would love to fly to Uganda now and visit apoka safari lodge. Looks like a great place to relax, hang out by the pool and take in the beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicky Mackenzie

    We’ve not experienced a game drive before. Did you see many animals while you were there? It definitely looks like a super comfy place to spend a few days that’s for sure!

  • Wow! That place looks absolutely amazing! Especially love the views, and the pool carved in the rock. Would love to visit!

  • The cottage life looks very comfortable and enjoyable. What stunninh views 😍 didn’t know Uganda has so much to offer.

  • This is exactly what I think of when I picture a safari location. The views are stunning!! I would love being able to look right outside and see the wild animals. So cool!