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Red Chilli Rest Camp, Paraa
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25 reviews
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“Hippo encounter!”
Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

I stayed here as part of the 2 night tour from RC Kampala. The park is fantastic and the setting here is amazing.
The game drives were fun as was the Nile cruise with lots of sightings including a male lion standing on a termite mound! It was fun watching the baboons play around the cars as we waited for the ferry, but felt bad for the family that didn't roll up their windows.
The camp was great! The staff were super friendly and patiently took orders of the large groups. I liked the fire pit overlooking the river valley. The food was good and was brought out in pretty good time.
I stayed in one of the tents which was fun, but it got a lil hot. Also the zipper was hard to zip and unzip as part of it was broken off. The bathrooms could use a bit more cleaning and some hooks or benches to sit on.
The hippo in camp was interesting to see. People enjoyed checking it out, but I took off once people were beaming their torches on her and using the flash on their cameras. I'd suggest a lil more of a how-to-deal-with-the-hippo from the staff tho.
Overall, I loved the whole experience here. Very well organized and as a solo traveler Red Chili made getting to Murchison easy, fun and a great way to meet other travelers.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Kerry, Ireland
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Booked the Falls and Game safari via Red Chilli Kampala. There were 4 of us travelling together and 5 other people in our mini bus.

The tents are extremely hot during the day, and on the middle day you have two hours spare in the afternoon, but you'll be exhausted and sweating trying to sleep in the tents at that time.

Better to order food the minute you get to the camp, as they only have 3/4 fresh specials each day and these are soon rubbed off the board - once they're gone, they're gone! So book your food immediately and you won't have to wait too long. There is a snack menu available too.

Toilets get blocked quite easily and are difficult to unblock, but that's the tourists' fault for using too much paper! The showers have cold water.

Warthogs are all over the camp and have an excellent sense of smell so you have to store food, toiletries etc. at reception or else they'll force their way into the tent.

My sister slept in a banda on the 2nd night as she had a bit of tummy sickness so had to be near a toilet. The bandas seem really nice with a fan, towels, mosquito nets, double and single bed for $50 extra pn.

We saw lions, elephants, water buffalo, cobs, hippos and giraffes. Drinks like beer, wine, sodas and water are expensive at Red Chilli Murchison but that's because you are miles away from anywhere else.

Red Chilli camp is right beside the ferry which you take both days for the river cruise and game drive.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

As I was sitting at a picnic table enjoying a delicious bacon-cheeseburger, a fellow traveler said "look at that hippo!" I turned around, and sure enough a hippo was casually strolling up the path and into the camp; what an awesome experience!
We stayed in the bandas, so I cannot speak for the tents. The room was comfortable, although the solar powered fan gave out around 1AM each night and the bandas became very hot. The food and staff were great. We traveled as a group and had our own driver. We hired a guide for the game drive, and he took us to see a pair of lions, as well as elephants, giraffe, water buffalo, Ugandan Kob, etc... We did the boat ride in the evening and saw a large number of elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. My only regret is that we could not spend another night; I would have like to have done another game drive and taken the boat ride to view the Spoonbill Stork. Considering the price of other lodging in the park, and the fact that you get face to face with hippos, warthogs, and baboons, I will definitely stay again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Brussels
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Red Chilli camp is a great place to stay. The setting is beautiful and the facilities are good. The food takes a while to come but generally is delicious, well priced and good quality. There's a bonfire at night and it's a great place to sit and enjoy the tranquility of the park. The camp is in the middle of the national park, therefore there are frequent wild visitors to the camp. Warthogs lie around the camp during the day and have been known to forage in tents if food and toiletries are left inside. Hippos often roam around the tents at night. There are plastic bins provided at the bar for you to put your food and toiletries inside at night (just don't expect them to be out super early in the morning- most likely at 6.15am). The safari tents were well set up, though some were in need of maintenance (stuck zips, mould etc). The showers and bathrooms were basic but good. Don't expect hot water!

All in all, the camp was a great place to be based for a couple of days. The speed of service could be improved and the early morning service provided a little earlier for early departures, but otherwise the setting and food were fantastic.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Spent 3 nights here last weekend. The staff were so helpful and accommodating as they were fully booked. We camped and also had a banda. Low cost, great value for money and Wilfred and the staff made it seamless and easy. The toilet block needs a bit of work, otherwise a great spot. Watch out for the hippo visits at night and the friendly warthog family! Would visit again no problem

Room Tip: Bandas are good value - two single beds and mosquito nets. Electricity and lighting, no power point...
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Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This is great value for money, as is the “Big 5” 3-day safari booked via Red Chilli Hideaway (Kampala) that includes this accommodation as part of the package. Stayed tent and, travelling alone, had to share. Not much chance of getting one solo, even if you paid for it, because they often seem to be at capacity. Bandas book out, so reserve well in advance if its one of these you’re really after (and recommended). Tents were absolutely fine (though way too hot in the day to lie in) and give a very “in the wild” experience, especially with the warthogs roaming around and, the hippos that can visit at night as well. The warthogs seem almost domesticated (though you are emphatically reminded they are not!) and mind their own business, though they still give a fright the first time you spot one at night in your torchlight. No roaming without an escort is allowed when hippos are on-site (the animal responsible for the highest number of human deaths in Africa). All food and toiletries must be stored and locked in the bar (warthogs are highly attracted to the scent), so remember to be teeth-cleaned and bed-ready by the time the bar closes and you’ll need to wait for it open again in the morning (which is early for safari starts).

The state of shared bathroom/toilets is the downfall here (largely because of the inconsiderate ignorance of many of the guests I might add: too much toilet paper, cigarette butts! et al) but, an increased roster of staff to service these areas at peak-times is desperately needed. Particularly because the majority of the camp is looking to make use of these facilities in the same short periods, morning and night, they’re just simply overloaded (and not helped by the disgraceful habits of some guests). They are well cleaned in-between.

There’s no views to be had here, but it is in easy enough surrounds to kick back and relax (but, if you’re on safari, most of your day will be away from the camp anyway). The communal dining area is open-sided, large hutching and very pleasant. There’s charging points for electronics, but same as bathrooms, everyone is looking to make use of them at the same time. Remember to share and don’t hijack six outlets! Food is western styling and good, if a little slow. Staff are magnificent!

The safari to the Falls themselves includes a very easy walk, too easy in my opinion, but apparently you can do a harder hike by your own steam, so if you’re interested in that, just ask. The Nile sundown boat cruise (which will pick you up if you’ve done the harder hike) is definitely something you should do, just because you’re there, and includes beers and soft-drinks, and sightings of sunbaking crocodiles and swimming hippos, but wasn’t everything I’d expected. The park safari, enroute returning to Kampala, and done from the same minibus in which you arrive, is teeming with wildlife and, compared to prices in Kruger and the Serengeti, ahhhmazing value for money.

*TIP:* the ferry, which your minibus has to arrive early to park in line and wait, is actually an easy walk from the camp, so just load your gear into the bus, let it get on its way, grab a coffee and walk down.

The safari and these accoms were simply outstanding value for money. It’s cheap, but in my opinion, delivers beyond expectations for what you pay.

ANOTHER *TIP:* many independent operators out of Kampala (not sure of their legals/insurances and all that) were offering the same types of safari and accoms, for around the same price, if you had a full group (between 6-10, I think). If you’re travelling with a bunch of people, or have met a few along the way, you might want to check out sorting your own personalised tour. But if travelling solo, this one is great!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

I travelled out as part of a university trip. Travel from Mbale to Murchison Falls and to the Airport provided. Great for a student budget, cheap drinks and food, but it still retained quality. The safari was amazing. We saw a Hippo the first night and Warthogs the second. The staff were very friendly along with many of the other visitors. While accommodation was basic it was only used for sleeping so served its purpose.

Would recommend to anyone wanted to safari on a budget in Uganda.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Red Chilli Rest Camp, Paraa
Address: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Murchison Falls National Park
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Ranked #9 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Murchison Falls National Park
Number of rooms: 19
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Red Chilli Rest Camp, Paraa Uganda/Murchison Falls National Park

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