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Samuka island Retreat

Samuka Island PO Box 2161, Jinja Uganda
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#8 of 60 Specialty lodging in Jinja
Samuka Island Retreat is a boutique lodge within a bird Sanctuary with over 50 species of birds. Samuka Island is just off the shores of Jinja, Uganda, only one and half hours away from Kampala but a world away from the crowd. A gentle boat trip from Rumours at the Source of the Nile in Jinja will take the discerning traveler to Samuka Island. With a spectacular waterfront setting, natural beauty, and the option of relaxing in a secluded spot, all combine to make your stay the perfect way to refresh the mind, body, and delight the senses.
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Property amenities
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Taxi service
Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
Pool / beach towels
Bar / lounge
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary welcome drink
Shared lounge / TV area
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Room features
Private balcony
Room service
Wardrobe / closet
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
On-demand movies
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Languages Spoken
English, Swahili
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Vern wrote a review May 2021
Portland, Oregon22 contributions
We had passed Samuka Island on our way to another island nearby on a few previous trips. We had talked about going to Samuka one time, and I was so glad that we finally did it. We stayed 3 days, and only saw one other group come to do a day visit. Otherwise we had the whole island to ourselves! The staff was so friendly and helpful. The room was nice and spacious, with a good bathroom. Our first day there was a storm, and the solar power didn't work so well, so we were thankful for the generator power at night. The food was excellent, though a bit spendy. And each of the 3 meals kept us full until the next meal time! The rooms were very clean. But there were always a lot of lake flies everywhere, so it was hard to enjoy food or drinks outside of the room. We enjoyed playing billiards and swimming in the pool (though the pool did need to be cleaned before we entered, and they removed a lizard for us). The restaurant was in the middle of remodeling, so it will be nice to see the results. Overall we really enjoyed our stay, including the speedboat to and from the island.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Steven K wrote a review Apr 2021
Kampala, Uganda8 contributions
This was our second visit in 5 months. To our surprise we were upgraded to the Executive cottage! Great gesture indeed. The boat ride was swift, service generally prompt and the fresh air plus wildlife to die for. The observation deck as per last time was our favorite hang out. Lovely sunsets indeed. I would recommend again. Capt did delay on return trip to Jinja. We shall come again for part 3. Au revoir.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Steven K wrote a review Oct 2020
Kampala, Uganda8 contributions
The island is prestine for nature lovers. Service is friendly and polite. Could do with better stocked bar and menu offers. We were the only couple on the island last weekend, but even more effort could have been spared to tailor our needs. Notwithstanding transport was efficient and I would highly recommend to others.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Ben G wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom9 contributions4 helpful votes
The staff and the setting are what make Samuka Island really special. Michael and his team are well-trained, wonderful hosts. Our experience was that they couldn't have done more to make us welcome and comfortable and the island has an incredible view of the surrounding lake. Food was great and drinks well-stocked. The main building and swimming pool could have been a bit cleaner but we found it to be completely fine given the circumstances of covid-19. Would recommend to anyone coming to Jinja.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Reagan L wrote a review Jun 2020
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This was the best place to rest and recuperate after months in lockdown. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. You truly feel at peace there. The food and accommodations were amazing! Recommending this to all of my friends. I hope that I get to go back very soon!
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Date of stay: May 2020
$92 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
UgandaEastern RegionJinja
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Frequently Asked Questions about Samuka island Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Samuka island Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Jinja Art Studio (5.0 miles) and Acacia Tree Dinner Theatre (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Samuka island Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Samuka island Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Samuka island Retreat?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Samuka island Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Moti Mahal, Jinja Sailing Club, and The Source Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Samuka island Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Samuka island Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Samuka island Retreat?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Source of the Nile - Speke Monument (5.8 miles).