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“Spiders and a Broken Toilet” 5 of 5 stars
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Kalagala Falls, Jinja, Uganda   |  
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Ranked #2 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Jinja
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“Spiders and a Broken Toilet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

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!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We only stayed the one night at Wild Waters, but could easily have stayed far longer. From what we could gather, Jinja is a magnet for the young - bless 'em - keen on white-water rafting and whatever else appeals to the under-40s. Fortunately, our tour company, Imagine Africa, booked us into Wild Waters which is down river from the man-made mayhem but perfectly situated to experience what nature can do unaided.

Set on an island mid-river, the place is superbly designed. The individual accommodation is secluded - there's an open-air bathtub on the balcony which is quite an experience - and has wonderful views of the Nile rushing through a narrow, rocky gorge.

The food was excellent. On our visit we sat at our table watching the moonlight play on the river as lightning flashed silently in the distance.

Not too far from Kampala and Entebbe, it's a wonderful location to begin a tour of Uganda.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

What a great place!

The lodge has been integrated into nature leaving the beauty of this island almost untouched while at the same time offering luxury and conveniences for the guests that don’t leave anything to ask for. The canoes ride to reach the island is already a great entrée, the welcome by the friendly staff gives you a good feeling for being treated as a welcome guest and Winnie and Riaan, the managers, provide you with all support you need – in a professional, open and unassuming way. The cabins are spacious and beautifully furnished. The bathrooms integrate some rocks to give it a closer feeling to nature. The bath tub on the balcony is great – also for kids who can splish-splash as much as they like as the purified water just flows off back into the Nile. The beds are nice and big. The cabins are out of sight from each other giving you all the privacy you need to feel a bit special. We’ll be back.

Room Tip: We stayed on both sides - wild and mild - and preferred the wild side. You can't talk from the b...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Absolutely stunning location. You can literally stare out in awe at the rapids and contemplate the force of nature around you for hours on end. The lodge itself is really charming and the rooms are very spacious. We were 3 but a chalet can easily fit six people and I can imagine it being a fun way to spend a weekend with a group of friends. A great visit for tourists and also a wonderful get-away from Kampala for residents. In case you are a light sleeper ask for a room on the side of the island not facing the rapids. I personally found the view of the rapids worth it for the noise, which does make you feel a bit like you're in an aeroplane. Take insect repellent. Overall a wonderful place. My only recommendations would be perhaps to work a bit on the service, which was slightly awkward at times, e.g. the cleaner entering the bathroom while one of us was using it, and waiters being more attentive to guests sitting around the pool - little touches like that which make all the difference, especially when the price is on the higher end in relation to accommodation in Uganda. It's worth using the tub on your balcony for a relaxing bath - again as you contemplate the force of the water all around you, which is just INCREDIBLE. I would definitely return!

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper ask for a room facing a 'pool' in the Nile, not the rapids as it...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

It all starts with a canoe ride to the island. After being met at the dock by the first of many helpful and friendly staff, we were taken to the most amazing room I have ever slept in. The rushing Nile just below the outdoor deck complete with claw foot tub. Beautiful hand made furniture to lounge in and a massive shower made of local materials. Coffee in bed every morning watching multiple varieties of birds fly by and monkeys playing in the trees. If it weren't for the gorgeous pool, excellent restaurant and the most exciting raft trip I've ever been on there would be no reason to ever leave your room. Accommodation doesn't get any better.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The location is absolutely stunning and the rushing water seems to ensure a sound night's sleep. The food in the restaurant was superb - almost too much. We were most impressed with the way the Lodge laid on free transport to Jinja for some of our party to go bungee-jumping. Also idelaly placed for white water rafting. Not cheap, but an utterly memorable place to stay. After all our adventurous stuff was done, it was the ideal place to laze around on our last day. Delightful staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We went with the family - and it was wonderful. The swimming pool is fantastic.... We had the Family room facing the rapids and it was very soothing - high quality furnishings, nets, soaps etc. Take a good book as there is no tv or radio.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Kalagala Falls, Jinja, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Eastern Region > Jinja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Jinja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Wildwaters Hotel Jinja

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