By Mable Nakibuuka
In a bid to boost Uganda’s domestic tourism, city mogul Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia and several members of his family over the weekend toured Kidepo Valley National Park.
Dr. Sudhir, who is also the Honorary Consul of Nepal, enjoyed his tour of Kidepo National Park in Kaboong District with some of his very close friends.
Renowned for his passion for tourism and efforts towards conservation in Uganda, Sudhir conducted on a game drive on arrival to the park, and within about twenty (20) minutes his family had spotted a pack of lions lounging on a rock.
“Can you imagine within 20 minutes of landing we are actually able to see a lion. This is Kidepo National Game Park for you, it’s my second time here,” Sudhir said.
As a way of encouraging other Ugandans to indulge in domestic tourism, Sudhir urged all those who have not visited Kidepo National Park to do so, because it is a very amazing experience.
“It’s a place that one needs to visit from wherever you are in the world-Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda, truly the Pearl of Africa,” he noted.
During their tour of Kidepo National Park, Sudhir and family checked into Apoka Safari Lodge, which boasts of 10 expansive rooms with natural canvas walls surrounding a rocky kopje with endless views across the savannah.
The swimming pool at Apoka Lodge – deep and cool – has been carved out of the big rock. This is the kind of pool that makes you want to jump in, splashing and yelling, feeling like a kid again.
About Kidepo National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala.
Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.
Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.
From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.
During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka.
These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.
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