This place is so great that despite having a broken toilet the first morning, no running water the second morning, and a HUGE, nearly-tarantula-sized spider INSIDE my bed net, I loved it! It is built on an island, as you know, surrounded by raging rapids. The noise is soothing, nothing like a jet engine (or just a little). Each room is a separate cottage, surrounded by lush vegetation, which shields you from view as you step, naked, into your bathtub-on-the-deck. It's a good place for lovers--the beds are generous and only a little squeaky.
The service is good. When the water pump broke, I was instantly brought TWO buckets of water, one for showering and one for toilet-flushing. In fact, I didn't need to use either--that's how quickly they got it back working!
The night here is blackest black, which scared me, as the electricity is shut off at 11:30. When I saw that spider I freaked mightily, tried to murder it with insecticide, but it would not die. They switched my room to spider-free accommodation. I still thought maybe the spider had family so I dreaded the coming of 11:30. However, a small lantern was provided, which comforted me and I slept soundly, only waking up every so often to check my surroundings for arachnids.
I will tell you--the food is great. They do something here called "Post-Dinner." It is after dessert! So, like, you get two desserts, except your choices are a cheese platter or a shot (of course I chose the shot). However, it might be wise not to throw back the shot as I did, 'cause it was mighty strong, which burned my throat, and filled with pomegranate seeds, which nearly choked me.
If you decide to stay here, stay here--don't head off to Jinja to see the source or go rafting. You will be gone most of the day, when you should be bathing or making love.
One more tip: if you get up very, very early before the maids have had time to clear the walkway, you will see all the giant slugs that have been squished by people walking after dark. A squished slug looks like a twisted mushroom in a pile of snot--check it out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WILD WATERS LODGE is nestled in a luxuriant rainforest on it's own private island, mid-stream in the mighty Nile and is breathtakingly beautiful. The expansive, canvas walled, traditionally thatched rooms each boast private decks with elegant free-standing baths and wash basins carved from the local pink granite. Softly lit with hand-made furniture, you can relax in comfort on this island paradise listening to the thunder of the Nile rapids, and the calls of the many species of bird who call the island home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wildwaters Hotel Jinja