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“Very friendly staff, but very poor accommodation”
Review of Outamba Kilimi National Park - CLOSED

Outamba Kilimi National Park
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Booking was not possible, as both numbers mentioned in a travel guide were not working.

After a very bumpy, dusty and long ride (4-5 hours), a ferry that probably does not operate in the rainy season, almost no public transport, we arrived at the camp.

Very friendly staff, but not trained in customer service, and not assigned to welcome visitors, as they are the park rangers.

At least, all bungalows had mosquito nets, but if you don't like to shower in the river with muts-muts (black and biting flies) it is surely not the best place to be.
The pit toilet was clean.

We were able to approach the hippos very closely, but did only see "indirect traces" (called dung) from elephants and duikers.

(Simple) food can be organised from the nearby village, but you need your own transport.

Thank LeonNo2
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

I go to the park, specifically the Cheifdom Headquarter Town of Fintonia every month. Fintonia is an hour-long hike from the park-proper. You can see real relationship betwen the forest and the forest-fringe dwellers as you enter. See them preparing their pepper and groundnut fields for example.
In the park you can arrange for a canoe ride to see the pygmy hippopotamus. Sleep there and you will be awoken by the sound of monkeys coming down to the river for their morning drink. Hike for half a day further and you can see elephants or evidence of their presence.
Imagine a vast triangle of forest, bordered on two sides by rivers and on one side by the ascending hills which merge into the Fouta Djallon Plateaus. This jungle reserve is where all of these animals and more can be seen.
3-4 days is a good tenure of stay. The Park residences are spartan with slightly better accomodations available in Fintonia. Highly recommended. Reasonable expenditure

2  Thank 598HaroldW
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

The road to OK park is terrible - even in a good 4x4 in the dry season it takes 6-7 hours from Makeni (around 4 to Kamakwie, then the road to Kabba ferry, then another hour or so on the other side), but is totally worth it. Take everything with you - they can loan you some cooking and eating gear, but there's nothing to buy. The accomodation is v basic but v clean, and the toilets were spotless. The hikes around the river and the boat trip to the hippos are both great value and well worth doing. I recommend staying 2+ nights if you're coming from Freetown, and you can break the journey in Makeni or Kamakwie.

2  Thank piggotti
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

This is certainly the place to find that wilderness experience. There are some simple, very inexpensive huts provided, with bed and mosquito net. The very helpful staff will provide basic cooking pots, plates etc. Bring all food and drinking water with you. Also beware mosquitoes and blackfly during daylight. We enjoyed a hike with a ranger in the morning and a trip down the river to see the hippos and the monkeys in the afternoon. All very rdlaxed. The long drop toilets are well kept and clean. We were disappointed that there was no water in the tank for camp showers, but a lovely bathe in the clear running river solved that problem. A lovely tranquil spot, apart from the jungle noises!

1  Thank Rosemary P
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Reviewed 28 May 2013
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