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Kitandara Hippo Hill Camp
Reviewed July 10, 2011

As a previous reviewer has commented, the Hippo Hill website is very misleading. This is a budget tented camp, no more. When we were there, the only other guests were the passengers of an overland truck who were camping in the grounds.

Its location is a 'curates egg' - great views of the lake one way where we saw elephants wading/swimming between islands and mainland; the other way, great views of a sunset over a flamingo-filled lake; well positioned for the main park gate; but located just outside a run-down settlement based around the local salt works.

The staff were friendly and helpful enough, the food plentiful - but poor lighting and a miserable en-suite bathroom lose points. I paid the foreign resident rate of USD70/night full board for a single room and really don't think it is worth more than that to anyone.

NB - the name is surprisingly apt. Although the main lake is 1000-1500m away, I was woken late at night by a hippo eating grass very noisily just outside my tent. What was also surprising was that the staff didn't give any form or briefing/warning that this might happen. Insomniacs and sleepwalkers stay here at their peril!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

Kitandara Hippo Hill Camp is neither a luxury tented camp nor situated in the wilderness as billed on the web. This is a seriously dilapidated tented camp situated directly next to Katwe town. If you are visiting Queen Elizabeth park to enjoy a nature related experience this place is downright depressing with more prospects of dodging herds of cows and goats then actual park wildlife. When we arrived the grounds were covered with large quantities of cow dung making the walk to and from the tents an unenjoyable experience. Yes, the bedding and mosquito netting was fine but the actual tents and platforms they are situated on had seen better days. Basically the place was built a few years ago and has not been maintained by the management. It's a real disappointment. It should be rated at the level of a backpacker or hostel type facility and rates should reflect that accordingly. This place cannot be compared positively with other Queen Elizabeth accommodations. I would not advise anyone to stay at this camp under current conditions. Again it is neither luxurious or situated in the wilderness. You will be disspointed.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 12, 2010

The site consists of about a dozen permanent canvas tents with ensuite toilet, basin and bath with shower. Each tent has a sitting area at the front. Mosquito nets are provided and were in very good condition. The lighting was very dim and I needed to use a torch in the tent even with it on. Everything was clean and tidy. The staff were friendly. There is a restaurant and bar at the site. We were full board. Brekkie was taken to order. Dinner was abit bland for me but it is a camp. The bar prices were reasonable. The site has great views over Lake Edward. There is crater lake behind the camp. The camp has many bird species in residence. Although it's called Hippo Hill there weren't any Hippos at the camp while I was there though there are Hippos in the Lake about a mile away.

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Reviewed September 13, 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed: October 2014
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Reviewed January 21, 2014
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 14, 2014
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Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: Katwe town | Queen Elizabeth Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Ranked #30 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Number of rooms: 10
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Kitandara Hippo Hill Camp Uganda/Queen Elizabeth National Park

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