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Samuka island Retreat

Samuka Island PO Box 2161, Jinja Uganda
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#8 of 55 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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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
DVD / CD player
On-demand movies
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Languages Spoken
English, Swahili
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Ben G wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom8 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
Joshua M wrote a review Mar 2020
Kampala, Uganda150 contributions22 helpful votes
I visited Samuka island on the 11th of March 2020. I visited this island with my girlfriend and another couple. Am not exactly a bird lover but I love adventure and touring so this was my next destination. We set off in the morning at around 11am and boarded a boat next to Jinja sailing club.it took us about 40 minutes to get to the island.Our guide engaged us through out the entire journey telling us about the different places we saw along the way. When we got to the island, I was not disappointed at all, the island is so beautiful. The carpet grass was so soft and unique, the flowers were colorful and beautiful. The island has lots of different birds unfortunately I don't remember their names but they were many bird species. The island has a number of monitor lizards, these caught my eye. The monitor lizards had amazing features and colours. There was one with stripes of orange and black, it was beautiful. The infrastructure is unique especially the swimming pool and furniture. I loved the food. The French fries were delicious we infact ordered for more. The fish was well prepared. The toilets and bathrooms are good but need regular cleaning. I loved the entire experience and have lots of photos to remember Samuka island.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Nats P wrote a review Jul 2019
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We visited the island & we found out it a good place away from home. Hospitality from the Steve manager,Sarah receptionist, chef & pool attendant was super. Will recommend couples to spend their wkend
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Daniel T, Owner at Samuka island Retreat
Responded Jul 26, 2019
Thank you for your kind words and we are pleased that you had a good relaxing experience at Samuka Island. We look forward to welcoming you back to Samuka Island again. Thank you.
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Chris P wrote a review Jul 2019
Worldwide4 contributions
Samuka Island is really unique, and has a beutiful view over the Nile. But I think its quite Strange they say they take 300.000 for the speedboat to the island. The pool was also really dirty and nothing i would like to swim in. The food was good, and nothing to set on that.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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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).