Shoebill Campsite

Booking Office:1-3 Coral Crescent Kololo


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For one of Murchison Falls National Park’s most intimate, wild and memorable accommodation experiences, why not stay at Shoebill Campsite? Located near the entrance to Murchison Falls National Park, Shoebill Campsite offers unspoiled views of the blue waters of the River Nile, expansive skies, and ultimate peace and tranquility.

After a day at the falls or on a game drive through the park, you will appreciate this calm spot to relax in the seating area around the campfire, listening to the calls of hippos and watching the stars. Guests must provied their own tents.

Guests can choose to prepare their own food if they bring their equipment, or eat at the superb Nile Safari Lodge restaurant just two minutes away on foot. They also have access to the Lodge’s swimming pool overlooking the river.

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  1. WheredmyScreen UK says:

    We visited the Nile Safari Lodge having heard that they allowed camping, which they do. From arrival, the staff were brilliant. One of them came along with us to show the way to drive to the Shoebill Campsite, which is right next to the lodge but accessed down a different road slightly to the west.

    It was just $20 to camp. (I suspect the lodge houses are rather a lot more!) We were the only people there but as soon as we arrived, 2 people came to open up and clean out both the ladies and the gents showers and toilets.

    We were allocated our own guard. I did wonder who on earth might threaten us here, but we soon met the baboons and learnt that they were the threat! Apparently tents mean food to those guys! But our guard was fantastic and we had no trouble. The ground was quite hard but our guard helped hammer in the tent pegs!

    From the campsite you can see over the Nile and we could see elephants, fully in the wild as this is before the entrance to the national park!

    After showers, we headed over to the main lodge where we were welcome to use the restaurant, bar, and apparently also the pool (though we didn’t try it).

    Be aware that it’s a rough footpath down and up a muddy hill to get there, so it wouldn’t suit anyone with mobility troubles (although the lodge itself has paved paths and would be better for this).

    The food – I had the veggie option of tempura vegetables – was delicious and not bad value for how excellent it was. I did notice that one member of staff wasn’t sure if there was a veggie option, but apparently there always is and he was just new! There were 2 or 3 non-veggie options, and there was also dessert.

    The bar has seats on a wooden terrace over the Nile itself. We met some lovely fellow travellers who were also self-drive touring. They were staying in the main lodge and spoke very highly of it. I might add that using the toilet facilities in a wooden cabin near the bar gave me a sense of what the rooms are like and they were of very high quality and beautifully decorated.

    Back at the campsite, we found our guard had put up little petrol lanterns in charming places, and made us a bonfire! He was great company, and in the morning even washed our car! Of course we gave him a little thank-you tip for that but he honestly hadn’t put on any pressure at all to do so.

    One warning — overnight 2 storms had converged on the location. The road out had become too much even for our 4×4 because it had road-biased tyres. However, a bunch of local people came to our rescue and helped me dig the car out. Eventually the guard heard and came to check we were okay too. The people could not have been more wonderful. They never said “silly guy can’t drive” but rather “we’re so sorry about the state of our road”! They basically helped dig a new road for us. Spectacular people, just like all of Uganda in my experience.

    So, in summary, this is a fantastic place with super staff, and I’d recommend it if you’re on your way to Murchison Falls, or for anyone exploring this area.

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