Kidepo valley national park is one of the ultimate safari destinations to do camping in Uganda, boosting with beautiful grounds safe and comfortable for your wildlife adventure. Note, camping in African National Park allows visitors to explore a range of wildlife animals in few distances right from your tented site and so optimistic during night hour where visitors get amazed by the brightening star while listing to different sounds of animals in their covers and during early morning you can get excited of sweet melodies of birds.
Generally, Kidepo Valley National park is famously known as world’s untouched African wilderness for life adventure, located in semi-arid desert in Kaabong district in northeastern Uganda regions, approximately 520 kilometers by road from northeast of Kampala –Uganda’s capital. The park can easily be accessed by use of a domestic flight from ‘’EBB’’ Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip –fly with Aerolink Uganda or Bar Aviation to Lomej Airstrip that lands within 1:30 hours. . More so, Kidepo Valley National Park is renowned as a home to variety of wildlife species with over 86 mammals such as ‘’big fours ‘’ lions, leopards, buffaloes, herd of elephants and other animals.
Wild game like spotted hyenas, Rothschild’s giraffe, zebra, cheetah, giraffes many more 500 bird species such as Ostriches, Yellow-billed shrike, Karamoja apalis, yellow-rumped Seedeater, Spotting Egyptian vulture as well as unique vulture among others are are found in the wildlife haven. It is located in northeastern Uganda corners, on a total land area of about 1,442 square kilometers and was established in 1958 as a gazette area. Thus making it a stopping safari destination for a remarkable and unforgettable wildlife adventure.
Below is the best camping site in Kidepo National Park Uganda as highlighted below;
The Apoka rest camp is one of the excellent public camping site a traveler can access in need for camping within the Kidepo Valley National Park. The camp offers variety of good amenities; cleanliness, spacious on site restaurants that serves perfect meals with excitement overlooking of pavilion viewing an open savannah grassland as well as impressive view of Mr. lion at Kidepo lion’s rock alongside scenic landscape. Right from your tent you can enjoy fabulous view of wildlife roaming around camping grounds such as Warthogs, kobs, impala, Eland, Buffaloes, lions among others. Best time to view the big cat can be explored through the morning game drive adventure such as lions, leopards and the fastest bird –Ostriches.
More so, the camp is comfortable budget safari accommodation located in the heart of Kidepo National Park right at the park headquarter and is under responsible of ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Apoka rest camp offers 16 vibrant chalets which are all self-contained with amazing looking beds well designed with mosquito nets ,14 Bandas but they are not self-contained and self –camping ground and share bathroom. However, tourists are advised to carry their own camping equipment including tents and other required amenities during their stay. You’re also advised to carry your own food basing on number of days to stay. On site, there are well skilled staff to assist you ‘’the camper’’ in buying needful stuff to use such as chicken, meat and other local food from their local community markets. Along the site, chefs are around to help those who can’t prepare food on their own.
Note; They have no electricity power but they use local Kerosene lamp at night.
Apoka Rest Camp- Facility Offers;
Well canteen; Sells snacks, biscuits, drinks and much more.
Small bar selling soft drinks.
Activities offered by Apoka Rest Camp;
Game driving viewing
The Karatunga safari camp is a perfect safari camp created to serve tourists on their safari adventure to Kidepo Valley National Parks and some reserves in the regions, located in the heart of the Karamoja region at the slopes of stunning Mount Moroto which raise around 3,085 meter. This camp is well furnished and blends of beautiful traditional custom and local materials with a modern touch thus providing a memorable life experience of heritage, comfort and friendly during a visit to Uganda’s unmatched safari destination. More so, its purpose of existence was based on serving the perfect safari adventure through northeast Uganda Safari Adventure.
Karatunga safari camp offers six comfortable en-suite safari rooms positioned underneath the large indigenous trees, seven beautifully safari tents and four guest rooms. Well, each safari tents were designed with an overlooking private verandah, solar heated showers, electricity to charge the equipment, flushing toilets as well as washing basin.
Karatunga safari camp is comprised of; Costs ranges between USD50 to USD80
Double tents with one long king size bed
Twin tents designed with two long single beds.
Karatunga Safari Camp – Amenities Offered;
24 desks –reception
Check in and check out
Organizes shuttle bus services
Free internet and free parking
Room Features at Karatunga Safari Camp
They have housekeeping and extra-long beds
Activities offered by Karatunga Safari Camp Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda
Outdoor adventure tours in Moroto
Bicycle safaris – Wildlife Adventure.
Nga Moru Wilderness Camp is a unique Mid-range lodge established to serve travelers on wildlife safari in Kidepo Valley National Park. The camp got its name ‘’Nga Moru’’ from local word which means a place of rock, which is located close outside the park’s boundary thus giving spectacular view of Narus River where variety of wildlife species can be explored while on game drive. More then, its location allows visitors to sight see animal species on the high rocky ground of Nga Noru right from your camp such as Cape buffaloes, zebra, buffaloes, Ostriches, cheetahs, waterbucks among others, also a perfect place to relax and be able to enjoy the cool climate during morning and evening hours.
The camp offers a perfect camp fireplace where you can sit in the evening after day activity with a drink and jazz with other follow guests as well as enjoying great time of amazing story telling by the guide. While at the campfire seated, you will enjoy beautiful night sky the view is rewarding as you listen to the yelping jackals, grunting lions and laughing hyenas just close to your camping site. Nga Moru wilderness camp offers 5 well maintained rooms –caravans, that suits with en-suite bathrooms and veranda overlooking beautiful Narus Valley. There room offers both warm and cold shower, power that is provided through solar panel.
They have excellent restaurant that serves tasty meals. The camp lies at the border of Kidepo Valley national park which takes only 15-minute drive from the park’s gate and about 20 minutes away from Narus valley.
Nga Moru Wilderness Camp stuns with 2 safari stone Banda and 3 thatch shelter safari tents. The Banda –stone cabanas are gorgeous rooms serving to a maximum of 4 individuals. More so, the Bandas are spacious and consists of good en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and were designed with an open air screen widow offering wonderful view of the park. There safari tents are simple and comfortable for visitors, accommodating 2 individuals per night.
Facility & Amenities at Nga Moru Wilderness Camp
Rooms are comfortable and clean
Mosquito net with extra pillow
On site hot water
Serve delicious food
They have welcoming and friendly staffs.
Things to do at Nga Moru Wilderness Camp
Visit Narus valley a great location to encounter diversity of animals.
Visit the IK People who stays at Mount Morungule
Birding and nature walk.
The Kakine Self – Catering camping is a budget safari accommodation in Kidepo Valley National Park, built to cater –serve for low income earners who visit the park for a safari adventure and it is one of the perfect site booked by the tourists on their safari to the park. Along your safari stay here, you will be able to adventure wide range of animals as you also listen to their amazing sounds ; lion roaring, hyenas laugh as well as morning soothing songs of the birds.
However, Kakine is awesome self –catering accommodation facility that requires visitors to carry their own food and camping gears such as tents and covers as well as packing your own food. On site you can be assisted by cooks to help you prepare meals and when you run out food while at the campsite – you can buy some from the close local market. There is no lack of water, water is provided and clean shared bathrooms are available at the campsites. Generally, its best place for travelers on self-drive.
Activities offered by Kakine self – catering camping
While camping at Kidepo Valley National Park, you need to know about climate changes in the area; First of all, Kidepo Valley National Park is lies in semi-arid region ,where the area experiences an average annual temperature of about 29 degrees Celsius. During day the temperature get to 40 degrees Celsius. In actual sense, the park experiences one seasonal rain per year from the month of April to September. The rain season may take long but is erratic and the volume lower on average of about 700mm per annum.
Dry Season –September to March
September, October & November; This can be drier months though sometime rain can fall. It can get warmer, with average temperature of around 29degrees Celsius -84F during afternoon hours and 17 degrees Celsius in the morning.
December, January & February; During this period, almost receives no rain and it gets drier and hotter. January and February are the warmest months, that experiences day time temperature of about 32 degrees Celsius and morning temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. During peak season – temperatures easily rises to 40 degrees Celsius /104F.
Month of March; Still ca be dry month, but rain will first break the heat and wash away the dust.
During dry season – Kidepo Valley National Park can be an ideal for spotting wide population game on Game Safari because of the remarkable open vegetation cover of the park.
The months of April, May, June, July and August; Expect rain to fall any time of the day. Although to the southern part of the park, rainfall can be less. Therefore, the lowest annual temperature can be experienced yet the daytime will still average around 27degrees Celsius, with morning temperature around 17degrees Celsius /63F.
During the rainy season, the park’s vegetation can be all green, grassland and shrub sprout and the wilderness can be a visible rewarding of spotting wildlife species.
Note; The large parts of Karamoja region are sandy with low plant nutrients and cannot withstand rainwater for long periods. The combination of climates and type of soil features the vegetation patterns in the whole region.
Kidepo Valley National Park can be visited all year around but the best time for camping safaris within the park is best in dry season when the camping ground are drier that starts from September to March and vegetation is sparser thus making gainful adventure of animals while quenching for thirsty around the Narus area –a watering holes in the park. Then July and August are the next best month to experience unforgettable Wildlife Viewing Experience as well as Camping on dry ground is quite comfortable and exciting.
Get started planning now, a visit to truly world’s untouched wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park and be able to adventure a wide range of animals and discovering of the remarkable sceneries of the park.
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We have experienced adventurous gorilla trecking, chimpanzee tours, safari accompanied by waterbuffalo, pumba, giraffe, antilops etc encounter that has made our trip supercool I appreciate to have Martin as a… read more local fixer/guide/driver who was familiar in topics, flexible in unusual clients requests and cheerful guy that is soooo needed when travel long hours in a van.Samuel also was cooperative and reliable too
18 days with tent on top of the car with driver. Our driver Alonso helped us and guided us at all times! Good tips for sleeping, where to eat… read more and buy!!! In the safaris he knew all the parks very well and was passionate about birds!!! Agustin and Silvia from Spain we return in love with this country and its nice people!!! Thanks Alonso and Samuel!!! from Laba Africa Expedition!!
We had a 8-day wonderfull travel in Uganda, so well organized by LABA Africa. If you want to discover Uganda, choose this company, and you will have the… read more best experience ever.
We visited Bwindi Forest National Park with gorilla trekking – unforgettable -, beautiful Lake Bunyonyi – with a refreshing swim -, cykling safari between zebras, giraffes, antilopes and birds and finally boat trip to the source of the river Nile in Jinja.
All guides were knowledgeable and took very well care of us, espacially Robert, our excellent driver and guide for the whole tour.
The accomodations were perfect, confortable rooms, helpful staff and good food.
It’s amazing to be able to get so close to the animals, and experence the beautiful landscape and scenery of Uganda.
Thank you so much, Samuel and Robert.
AMAZING journey with Laba Africa all around Uganda for 21 days !! – We’ve had the chance to travel with ALONSO from LABA AFRICA for 21 days all around Uganda. We have met a lot of turists along our trip and I can… read more assure you one thing… LABA AFRICA is THE best company to discover Uganda.
Communication is really easy with Samuel (Laba’s Boss). He will take care of the itinerary, chimps and gorilla’s permits and will advise you perfectly on what to do, what to expect, and will make sure to answer all of your questions before your arrival.
Samuel even bought a Sim card for us to make sure we could get internet data as soon as we arrive in Entebbe Airport.
Our guide was Alonso.
Alonso is our best guide ever… We’ve traveled in a lot of countries, but I can assure you Alonso knows his country better than any other guide. He is very open minded and is able to talk for hours about everything related to his country (way to live, politics, economy, religion, local us and beliefs, etc.).
Alonso is also a true legend all around his country, he knows someone at every places we have been.. he knows perfectly all the natural reserve and taught us many things about the animals during our safaris.
He is an excellent driver.
If your are planning to come in Uganda and do self driving… Please don’t.. The roads are terrible and I wouldn’t advise anyone that is not used to it to drive on these roads by himself.
The car that Laba Africa provided us was amazing. Big SUV with 4 wheel drive with an open roof and a tent on the roof (amazingly comfortable).
The car is very comfortable and safe. Laba Africa even provided us sleeping bags (for the roof tent), cooler, camping chairs, cooking gaz and all the ustensiles we needed to cook ourself.
Alonso and the company has always been attentive to our wishes, needs and desires and is really customer focused.
During our trip, we’ve met a lot of locals, and it has been an amazing human adventure. Uganda is not only a destination to see animals and wildlife, it’s also a beautiful country that has so many to offer (waterfalls, landscape, tea fields, lakes, mountains, volcana, natural reserve, culture, traditions, people, local dance, music, crafts, hikings, cycling, rafting, boats trip, etc.)
Here are the main places we’ve visited : Kidepo National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchinson Falls National Park, Queen Elisabeth National Park, Bwindi Forest, Bigodi Village, Kibale, Lake Mburo National Park, Sipi Falls, Jinja, Kampala.
Among our best memories, we will remember for ever our homestaying with a lovely local family within the Bigodi community, our night safari in Queen Elizabeth NP with the Lions turning around the car, and the quiet Jinja city on the Nile.
We really wanted to spend some time with locals and share a night with them. Laba Africa never organise Homestaying before. We’ve asked Alonso if it was possible. Of course, he made it possible because Alonso would make anything possible for you. So i wanted to thank him again because he made this trip amazing for us and now we keep this experience as our best memory from this trip.
Our trip was supposed to end on the 31st of December as our flight was very early in the morning on the 1st of January.
Alonso drove us to Samuel’s house. Samuel and Morgan (Sam’s GF) cooked for us for lunch and have spend the 31st of December with us. They’ve made a city tour for us, drove us to the craft market in order to buy some gifts for our family before our departure.
And the cherry on the cake… They took us with them in a party to show us “how we celebrate new year Eve in Uganda”. It was on the best rooftop of Kampala, to watch the midnight fireworks.
Honestly, do you know some company that can offer you such experience?
Don’t make a mistake and hire Laba Africa for your journey in Uganda, and please, stay at least 2 weeks if you want to discover most of the things this country has to offer.
Thank you again Samuel, Morgan and Alonso.
I will not forget you guys and I wish you the best for the future, you deserve it!!
Hope to see you again.
we keep in touch
We experienced a very well organized 9-day trip with a driver& guide (Robert) filled with amazing experiences like game drives, chimpz and gorilla tracking and boat safaris. The communication… read more with Laba Africa was very smooth and they tailored the trip according our wishes. The guide was very flexible and came up with ideas and options while on the road. We really appreciated him being with us. The Laba Africa guide had a vast knowledge about flora and fauna and was happy to answer all our questions. The accomodations chosen and booked by Laba Africa were absolutely stunning with very helpful staff.
Laba Africa planned a (4 days, 3 nights) trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with a stop in Lake Mburu (Uganda’s smallest national park). We had a great and friendly guide… read more in Alonso, who was very organized and patient. Making a stop in Lake Mburu breaks up the long drive to Bwindi, and is a great opportunity to get very close to giraffes and many other animals in the park. The gorilla trek itself was amazing and surreal getting very close to a gorilla family. All the lodges booked by Laba Africa, were in beautiful and serene locations with nice rooms, friendly staff and good food! After my third trip with Laba Africa, I would recommend them to anyone any day!
Great 3day trip go Murchison national park and falls! Also passed by rhino sanctuary on our way there. Really liked our driver and guide (Robert) who drove is there safely… read more and found tons of animals for us to see in the park.
Robert was a great guide. We went on Safari at Murchison and to the rhino sanctuary. The bGreat food and company. 10/10
On the way to the safari we went to the rhino sanctuary which was a cool experience. We slept at Fort Murchison which was a really good place to stay… read more in. The next day we went on the safari trip and a boat trip which was amazing. We saw so much animals.
Our guide, Robert, really gave us the best experience one could get.
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Sam put together a perfect itinerary for our mother-daughter trip. Alonso took us around Kampala and showed us the main sights (Buganda kingdom, the mosque and bustling downtown Kampala), and… read more Robert took us to Murchison Falls National Park, then to Jinja and our final destination Entebbe (4 days). We had such a wonderful time and loved every minute of it: the roadside life, the food, the nature, the magestic animals, the friendly people – everything. They say that once you have experienced Africa, you will always feel a tug to return. Be prepared Laba!
My mom and me went on a two nights trip to Murchison Falls for safari and it was amazing! Sam organized a great trip for us and the communication was… read more very smooth the whole way. Our guide Robert was so nice and we saw so many animals each day. Sam also organized a city tour in Kampala for us and we also went to Jinja on a boat trip to see the source of the Nile, the local markets, and ate Ugandan food. Every part of our holiday was amazing and I would recommend Laba to anyone travelling to Uganda (and elsewhere)!!
I went on a two day Safari in Lake Mburo with Laba Africa Expeditions and it was an amazing trip. Everything was organized very well and our guide Samuel was… read more wonderful and came with suggestions during the trip and listened to our wishes as well. I would recommend this to everybody who wants a fun, safe and amazing safari. Even the rangers at Lake Mburo was great. I had not expected a safari to be such a incredible experience but it really was!
Samuel is the real fixer in Uganda! Within a week he got me the Gorilas permit to Bwindi. He also advised me in anything else I needed.
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We went three friends on a safari to Murchison Falls (2 nights) and we had the best time. Everything was timed and organized to the last detail by Sam –… read more the best guide and the best company. We saw so many animals and it was an incredible experience for all of us. Sam was very knowledgable about the animals and the nature in general, which added to the whole experience. We stayed in a great lodge just outside the park. There was great food and a nice pool! We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone!
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We hired a land cruiser with a tent on the roof. The car and tent were great and pick up and drop off were very smooth- they met us at… read more our hostel each time.
We had a wonderful time with Laba Africa. From the beginning till the end of the trip we felt welcomed and very comfortable.
The accomodations we‘re well chosen and they… read more even prepared a surprise for our honeymoon :).
Samuel and our driver Alonso know a lot about the country and their way of presenting it to us was very pleasant.
The gorilla trekking in bwindi forest was definitely the highlight of our trip. Only after 30 minutes of walking we met the gorilla family and the rangers made sure that all of us could take nice pictures of the animals without disrespecting their personal space. We can really recommend the Bakiga Lodge for the Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi. The staff was really friendly and the food was great. The view from the top is breathtaking and the lodges are lovely decorated.
All in all a trip we‘ll never forget.
The gorilla trekking with Laba Africa was absolutely gorgeous. We were lucky to find the family after just 20 minutes of walking through forest. The rangers were always helping us… read more to get great pictures and they knew much about the animals.
Our driver Alonso was also very kind and gave us many valuable information on the pearl of Africa.
We really enjoyed every single moment that trip and can recommend it to everyone else.
An amazing experience! We saw so many animals, so many incredible landscapes. We also have the chance to discover the local cultures.
The guides were very nice… read more and we learned a lot!
Every lodge we slept in, was perfectly chosen. Uganda is worth a visit! Go there!
Did a great weekend tour visiting the Mundari tribe near Juba, South Sudan. Everything went well, I really enjoyed the trip.
Traveling with Laba Africa was a great experience!
We saw amazing landscapes and animals in different national parks and spent the nights in beautiful lodges. The guides were extemely… read more nice and fun to be around.
Especially the planning of our trip was amazing. We had some special requests because I wanted to visit some friends in between our Safari tours. That was no problem and got nicely included in our plan for the trip. Whatever we requested was made possible!
I can only recommend traveling with Laba Africa. We will definitely return!
My family and I just came back from a three-week-customized roudtrip of Uganda with Laba Africa. It was a tremendous experience!
Starting with chimp tracking in Kibale, we saw lions… read more the same day in Queen Elizabeth NP. Then on to Ishasha, Lake Mburo NP and jinja, where we had a short break. Then we went to a small village near Soroti to visit friends of our daughter. From there we went on to Karamoja, Kibale NP, Murchison Falls NP before we came back to Entebbe.
It didn’t matter what special requests we made, Laba Africa made them possible, sometimes even more!
But the most important thing is this: The planning of this trip startet in autumn 2019 and it was mostly paid for in January 2020. It should have taken place in March 2020, but then the pandemic destroyed our plans. Through all the insecurities for that 18 months peroid until we finally could make the trip, Laba Africa held contact, took care that our chimp tracking permits did not to expire und charged nothing additional – except for some new requests we had.
So Laba Africa is absolutely the best and most reliable partner for visiting Uganda or any of the other countries they are offering tours to! We will return to Uganda and to Laba Africa for sure!
The best part was definitely chimpanzee tracking, that was an incredible experience! Next amazing part of our trip was community walk, where locals showed us their traditional beer, gin, coffee… read more and basket making. It was great to have time to talk to them :) Game drives through savanas was so amazing, our guide Alonso did everything to try to find the best parts of the park and to find every animal there is to see, but you can never be sure, you’ll be lucky enough to see them all. We also saw Murchison falls, that was so nice, although the boat ride to see them from the river was kind of boring, too long for too little of experience. But overall amazing trip!
We really enjoyed out trip through Uganda with Laba Africa. The tourguides took good care of us and they showed us so many fascinating things! Furthermore, it was very… read more easy to change or add additional things to our already existing program.
I can really recommend a trip with Laba Africa to everyone! :)
Thank you very much to Samuel and his team! We really enjoyed our time in Uganda and with you.
Amazing experience!! Very serious and friendly team!! I really advise this company to travel in Uganda!!!
My friend and I did a 10 days Safari through Uganda which was one of the best things we‘ve ever done! Laba Africa organized an amazing tour and we really… read more enjoyed all of it. They took very good care of us. We also got to know local communities such as the Batwa tribe. Thanks to Samuel for this unforgettable adventure.
The trip was simply amazing! Had an experienced guide(Alonso) who showed is not only ugandian nature, but also explained many things about culture of this country. I would aspecially recommend… read more visiting community near Kibale NP.
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