Just returned from our safari to Queen Elizabeth. I don't know where to begin. Our safari trip and itinerary were magnificent. The game drive was excellent, the community walk and forest walk were memorable, but it was really hard to enjoy our 4 day safari knowing that everyday we had to return to such a horrible lodge.
First - the lodge hadn't had electricity in 7 days. They would run a generator from 7 pm - 10 pm. It was like being at a church camp. Lights out, bar closed, everyone go to bed at 10 pm. Unbelievable that this was the experience that we were paying for!
Second - the food was mediocre. They couldn't tell us at lunch what would be served for dinner. The only breakfast option was a buffet that only included coffee, toast, eggs, and fruit. It was very over priced. Lunch had 2 options...pasta or spaghetti. Dinner was appalling at the choices and portions. Literally was given half the portions of the kitchen staff. Guests would be served and then after plates were cleared, the staff would come out and eat. They had piles of food on their plates while we were offered half of what they were eating. Prices were the same a nice restaurants in the city...not reasonable for the food we were served.
Third - what's the first thing you want after a game drive? An ice old coke or beer. Nope...not on this trip. Because they refused to keep the coolers cool, we were only offered warm sodas or beers. Literally...it was unbelievable. Plus they didn't have a full selection of sodas. Coke, fanta or tonic. That's it. (and this was after they went to market to re-stock)
Fourth - RATS!!!!! We heard them in the room...our second night we saw one running down the bed post...third night we found where they had eaten through a pringles can. Seriously...we were living with the rodents.
Fifth - the staff were less than hospitable...less than excited to serve...and more excited to change the TV channel in the dining area to a drama show that brought them all out of the kitchen. I literally had to walk over to one of them watching TV to ask if I could buy a drink. I felt like I was bothering them.
Overall, our trip was really fun...until we headed back to the lodge. It was awful and we will never stay there again. Even though it's a budget price...it would be better to save, save, save your money and go to a place that was enjoyable. Seriously...I can show you the rat teeth marks on the pringles can. Did I mention that the mossy net had so many holes I shouldn't have even bothered putting it over the bed. Oh and did I mention that on the first night, I picked up my pillow and found gnut shells on the bed. Oh yes...first night.
And yes, I would have complained to the manager, except no one in our group even figured out who the manager was. Seriously, we tried...and were never given a straight answer. Please, please please choose a different lodge so you can enjoy your trip.
- Also Known As:
- Simba Safari Camp Hotel Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Simba Safari Camp Hotel
- Simba Safari Camp Uganda/Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simba Safari Camp is a new safari accommodation on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park and only 2 km from the equator. Located on a hill it offers spectacular views of Lake George, the Kazinga Channel and the savannah plains teemed with wildlife. The camp offers 11 spacious rooms with en suite facilities and private verandas, as well as 4 dormitory rooms and a campsite. A restaurant and well-stocked bar are also available. ... more less