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Nga'Moru Wilderness Camp
Reviewed 8 July 2014

The staff are all very friendly and accommodating and cook the most delicious food (seeing as you are in the middle of nowhere), you will definitely not go hungry. They also catered beautifully for me as a vegetarian.
The accommodation is basic but seeing as you are staying on the border of Kidepo Valley National Park it's like luxury. We stayed in a safari tent which had 2 single beds which were very comfortable and although we were worried about getting cold the blankets kept us toasty warm. The tent also backs onto a stone ensuite with hot running water, which was bliss.
John (the owner's father) personally drove us from Fugly's in Kitgum to Nga Moru, showed us around the property and sat with us around the fire after dinner telling stories from being a park ranger. Such great personable hospitality.
The views look out over the valley and were amazing (the sunrise is worth getting up early for). We were even told that wildlife frequently walk through the camp, including lions which was a bit scary but awesome as you really are in the middle of the African wilderness.
Augustine was our driver through the park, he was very friendly and informative and we managed to see elephants, buffalo, water buck, eland, warthog, crocodile, zebra and more.
I would highly recommend Nga Moru if you are looking for a place to be close to nature and enjoy Kidepo Valley National Park.

Room Tip: Ask for a tent room - makes the safari experience so much better!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

We have recently stayed three nights in this camp , week of 7/2014 . On arrival we were kindly welcomed by manager Greg who has briefed us about the risks and procedures to pay attention on especially at night because the place isn't fenced at all . The location is very good to start the morning and afternoon safari's in the Narus Valley surrounded by a chain of mountains up to the border of South-Soudan and Kenya .
Greg and his staff are doing their upmost best to make your stay memorial after returning home . At night after diner the open fire close to the main building gives a special attraction and is lovely to drink a beer or more and chatting with Greg and John about various subjects . We were the only visitors and being treated as VIP's ... on top getting a piece of John's birthday cake was most welcomed. Walking to your lodge at night and being guided by a staff member with led torches gives a real bush experience spotting the stars . One night we have heart a lion roar not far away we assume and another evening a group of buffalo's coming close to the premises. Thanks a lot to Greg and staff for your great hospitality and assistance on requests , best regards from Gerard & Gaby of Belgium.

Room Tip: You have the choice of selecting an accommodation as thatched tent with bathroom or a brick banda...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank brusselsairlines
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We really enjoyed our three nights stay at Kidepo. I read the bad reviews other clients have written, but frankly, I don't understand them. The place was very well maintained when we stayed there. They were still building one banda, but the banda's that we occupied were completely finished with all luxury one would need in the wilderness, even hot showers.
You are staying in the wild, so we weren't very surprised when we were visited by a bat and a small rodent at night. We even named the rodent: Fons, a really nice fella...
The food was just wonderful. Incredible that they succeed in cooking this good so far away from civilisation.
The scenery of Kidepo and the peace and quiet of this place is great. Kidepo isn't trampled by massive hordes of tourists and has beautiful wildlife to offer. One of the greatest nature experiences in Uganda.
Why only 4 stars.... Well there was just one catch. Something we did find inappropriate. There is this policy about the driver (our driver from the tour company, a nice man named Alfred) not being allowed to eat with us. Well, he was allowed but was charged so much for this that he couldn't join anyway. Eating with the kitchen help in the parking lot was free for him, but eating with us wasn't. Now the main problem we have with this policy is the way this was communicated. It was suggested to us that the driver was eating with us on our costs and that he was keeping this a secret. This suggestion gave the idea that we couldn't trust him while we were sure he was trustworthy. It is very unfortunate that this wasn't communicated in a different fashion and wasn't communicated in advance through our tour operator. This is something that should be done in the future because the entire ordeal led us to believe there was a very deeply rooted prejudice at the core of this policy.
If the camp wasn't so wonderful, my general score wouldn't be 4 stars but much less because of this policy.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

I was lucky enough to visit this stunning valley twice in a few months. Each time the food was amazing ( I still cannot believe the style of food served in the middle of nowhere). The attention to detail in the huts makes you forget you are in one of the most remote places on earth. The bathrooms are not only amazing but energy efficient with solar panels for heating the water. The driver and the vehicle made the safari unforgettable, especially since I saw a leopard. The peacefulness was unbelievable and the lion roaring in the morning made a great start to the day.The drive there was awe inspiring.
My second trip was as a girls weekend, which was so much fun, we all had such a great time and the staff were so attentive and aware of our needs.
Both times I was able to sit with the camp managers and drink and eat as well as having interesting conversations what a great bunch of people.
I can only say thank you for a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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5  Thank MissSparkles80
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

We stayed in a lovely cabin at Nga'Moru in late January. We were the only travelers there, in part because Kidepo is in such a remote part of Uganda. The bed and the ensuite bath were perfect -- the solar heating for the water worked great! We loved the sitting area looking over the park, and the staff even brought our lunch down for us! The food was simple but good and the staff attentive and kind. We had some excellent soups, meatballs, and a generous breakfast every day. Nga' Moru is expensive, but much more affordable than the high end stay in the park itself. Still, the drive to the park once or twice a day is quite long (at least 45 m) over very bumpy roads, so be prepared for that inconvenience. Some of it is in the park so it is beautiful -- but it adds significant time. Also, we felt rushed to have our meal as soon as we returned from our late afternoon game drive -- when we would have liked to relax a bit. Especially, as we were the only guests there, we felt like they could have accommodated our late returns better. And, they ran out of wine by our second night -- the manager seemed somewhat laissez faire about that and things in general. These are minor complaints -- overall, the stay was lovely and Kidepo is so worth the journey.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Meg P
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

I stayed here twice within 1 month - the first time I was in one of the tents and found it very comfortable. They all have ensuite bathrooms so you don't have to travel to go to the bathroom at night.

Second time I stayed in the villas which were also very nice! I felt a little more comfortable in the villa than the tent though.

Prices are very reasonable as they include all your food and beverages. The food is REALLY good and they give you plenty of it. If you know you will be out the whole day on safari they pack you a lunch.

I got to hang with the owners - drinking wine, chatting and watching out for the lions.

Its a short drive to the Park but be careful of the Tutsi flies as there is a part of the road on the way into the park that is infested with them. Wear white, cream or neutral colours as they are attracted to bright colours... especially blue.

Room Tip: If you like to the lions at night - pick a room closer to the fire break
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Libby C
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Reviewed 24 December 2012

The road to Kidepo is one of the best drives I've ever done. Finding NgaMoru -- or anything in this region -- can be a little challenging. All of the locals knew this hotel as Afrimax for some reason. We could hardly believe how peaceful and organized the place was once we arrived there, and also how attentive the staff were.
We stayed three nights and all of us loved the privacy of the separate chalets. The family that owns this place and Fugly's in Kitgum was a load of fun as well. As our group was traveling independently in a rented 4x4 we really appreciated Pat's advice for the park.
Thanks!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Amy L
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Address: Kikis Loitanit Hill, Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Northern Region > Kidepo Valley National Park
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Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Kidepo Valley National Park
Number of rooms: 5

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