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Simba Safari Camp
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Amanda E
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simbasafaricamp, Guest Relations Manager at Simba Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2013

Dear Amanda,

Thank you for choosing to stay with Simba Safari Camp during your trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park. More so we are grateful for the feedback about your experience with us during your stay. We highly apologize for the short comings that you had at the camp. Unfortunately some were beyond our control like Electricity as the oil in the Transformer had been stolen. UMEME which is in charge had already been informed but delayed with no much explanation. The electricity has now been restored so all is well now. The staff have been issued a memo in regard to the TV which is now exclusive to guests alone.Measures have been put in place to control rats from getting to the lodge though we have a challenge of being next to the wilderness where they reside. We have hired a new experienced manager with a good service background which has highly influenced the quality of service as he has been making sure all service points are in order including the meals served. We look forward to host you again in future

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Stayed here as part of tour, very close to Equator. Basic but comfortable room with nice terrace to sit and read. Food is ok, nothing special. Nearby sites include Sempaya N.P., Queen Elizabeth N.P. where you can do day and night game drives.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Mike W
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Out of all of the places we stayed during out two weeks in Uganda, this was by far our favorite. The staff was friendly and helpful. The place was clean. And the food was pretty decent. It isn't luxurious, but was definitely worth it for the price. Compared to other places we stayed at in a simliar price range, this was definitely a steal in our opinion. Highly recommend it and we would definitely stay here again if we came back.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Paul K
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Don't expect a very fancy or luxurious lodge. This is a rather basic lodge, but everything you need is absolutely there. The bed is good, the shower is ok, the room is somewhat basic, but the central buildings are very nice, so you only need to room to sleep anyway. You have a small terrace in front of your room as well.

The food is good in this place, although we did miss the vegetables a little. Most places in Uganda serve their meals with plenty of vegetables, which we really like. But this place provided a good dinner with not so many vegetables.

Personnel is very friendly and helpful, although a little shy every now and then. What I really liked about this place is that guests and guides just mingle in the central area. In other places you only find your guide the next morning when you leave on another drive, but here they spend time in the same central area.

The lodge is located just outside the Queen Elizabeth National Park and is a good place to have access to that park. We visited the Kyambura Gorge, did a boat safari on the channel and did a couple of game drives in the park. Each of the activities did not take much travelling time and when you travel, you are passing through the park, so it is basically a game drive.

This kind of place really give you the feeling that you are out there in nature, with all the nocturnal sounds and everything.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

This place is a bit anonymous and caters to a lot of tourists, therefore it's a bit impersonal and just more or less practical for the budget. It's clean and comfy so no complaints. The food is probably at best ok.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lunakat
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