Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Red Chilli Rest Camp on the Nile

We arrived for our 3 nights at the Red Chilli Restcamp in a bit of a fluster following the encounters with the tsetse flies - but were quickly assured by the bar man that the flies are sterile and don't carry any bugs.  As soon as we got out the vehicle the flies just disappeared.  Whew.

We are staying in a banda again - twin beds, en-suite shower and electricity from 7pm to 11pm.  No hot water though - but this again doesn't feel like a problem as it is so hot.  Both beds have good mosquito nets.

It's a short walk to the bar/restaurant which has view over the treetops to the Nile.  That's the River Nile - arguably the longest river in the world.  Wow!!!  And the bar sells Nile Special beer which is very tasty and very cold.

It's a lively place - there is a campsite, safari tents and bandas so it is popular with the overlander/backpacker crowd.  But there are others here too - and the place has a lovely atmosphere.  The staff are very relaxed and friendly and the food is plentiful, tasty and cheap.  Two choices of main for the meat eaters and a single veggie option.  This turns out to be fairly normal throughout our travels.

Red Chilli bar and restaurant

The bar turns out to be a great place to watch the thunderstorms that roll in from South Sudan away to the North. It has a noticeboard with useful information and strips of electric plugs (2 pin European and 3 pin UK) for charging phones, cameras etc.  Again this turns out to be fairly normal at the places where we stayed.

Try the toasted sandwiches (not toasted but fried in butter - yum).

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