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“DO NOT STAY, YOU WILL BE ROBBED.”
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The Nile Porch
Ranked #7 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Jinja
Kampala, Uganda
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“DO NOT STAY, YOU WILL BE ROBBED.”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

I am desperately sad to write this review, but feel that I have no choice. As residents in Uganda we have enjoyed visits to Nile Porch over the past couple of years. However, when we visited with family in September we found only disappointment and fear. The tents are getting very run down, with stains and a general lack of cleanliness very offputting. However, it was at night that the whole experience exploded for us.
I awoke around 1am to footsteps along the side of our tent, followed shortly by the sound of the velcro of the main tent flap opening (there is no way to fasten or lock the tent, when you are out or in). I immediately got up and was terrified to find a man inside the tent rifling through our stuff. One accomplice was waiting outside the tent crouched down to receive our stolen goods, and another man stood up further back. I chased them away screaming, and once we had calmed down we went to look for a security guard. It took us a long time to find one, who eventually came with us back to our tent, but did not go immediately searching for the would-be thieves. We decided to awaken our family members in the neighbouring two tents, who discovered that they had had numerous items stolen, including two rucksacks full of belongings, which had been resting on the bed next to where they were sleeping. Very upset we insisted on waking the manager. We walked down to his house and upon explaining the situation to him he was not sympathetic or concerned, instead berating the guard because "this has already happened this week!". When I protested he turned to me and said "I didn't ask you to come to Uganda love". I was horrified. He then shut his door on us and we returned to our tent where we did not sleep at all, fearful that the thieves would return, and disturbed by noises a few hours later.
The next morning we went to the reception area early to meet with local tourist police to give our statements. We were further horrified to discover other guests there who had had items stolen from their tents a number of hours after we had raised the alarm. At this point security guards were nowhere to be found. That night six out of eight tents were robbed. During the entire process of giving our statements and talking to the police, the manager made no appearance, instead driving past us on his quadbike twice, stopping only to greet his dogs, resolutely ignoring all of us and the police present on his property. We were absolutely disgusted by his behaviour.
On a trip to Jinja made a month after this experience, of course staying in a different place, we stopped by Nile Porch only to encounter police present in the reception taking statements from people who had had their tents broken into.
This was an absolutely terrible experience, especially for our family on their first visit to Africa.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Namapa, Mozambique
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

My husband and I took a couple of friends to stay at Nile Porch on our way through to Kampala/Entebbe. I had previously stayed there with four female friends a couple of years ago and I was so impressed. This time - what a HUGE disappointment. Our rooms were lovely, with solar heated showers and a magnificent view of the Nile. However, we asked for coffee for our tented rooms for the morning. We were told that we could take it to bed with us in a flask. No problem there. On waking and pouring our coffee it was STONE COLD! Not a good start. When we went to breakfast, which is excellent, our coffee there was luke-warm. Nile Porch/Black Lantern Restaurant was rapidly going down in my estimation. We booked a birding trip on the Nile, and although we saw many birds, our guide hit a hidden rock with his boat and was not concerned at all about his clients (who had paid $50 pp) he was more concerned about his propeller,but even with that he showed minimal concern. My friend hit the back of the seat with her knee, she has a dodgy knee and nearly smashed her camera, and y husband's binoculars were damaged. To add insult to injury, when I paid the bill, there was an "optional" gratuity added into the total. When I enquired as to why add it into the total then, I was just told "it is optional"! Sadly, after taking good friends there with the hope of giving a good impression, and giving them a treat I WILL NOT be staying there ever again. It is NOT cheap, but we were not looking for cheap and I was bitterly disappointed!

Room Tip: Don't ask for morning coffee. Watch what is written on your bill. "Optional gratuity"...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Kent
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stayed at Nile Porch for one night on our way from Mbale to Entebbe. Our friends had stayed there a few years ago when their children went rafting - rapids now sadly gone (perhaps along with Nile Porch's visitors)
The beds were comfortable (would have preferred a double in the middle of the room rather than a double against the wall and a single) and the shower warmish (fine on a hot day).
The staff were friendly and helpful but didn't always do as they said they would (eg early morning coffee in thermos offered but then was not available).
Dinner in Black Lantern was delicious - especially matoke chips!
Breakfast was less impressive, especially as we had to ask for HOT coffee.
The staff arranged an early bird watching boat trip which we thoroughly enjoyed but thought $50 each was rather expensive.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2012

We arrived at the Nile Porch on our first night in Africa. It is so cool, you have a site looking out over the Nile River. You have a cement wall in the back and half walls around the side and the rest of you is incased in canvas. Our porch had a hammock and 2 chairs and our inner room had a loveseat and table, etc. Then there was mosquito netting and 2 beds, a flush toilet and a shower overlooking the Nile. There was no sounds from the Nile, though the first night we were here it was the opening ceremony of the Olympics and the celebration went on for hours...until about 4 am, which the hotel had no control over. There are backpacker hostels on both sides of the hotel, so you have to be flexible. We didn't eat breakfast the first morning because we were rafting, but on Sunday we had a great breakfast on the porch, even though a monkey peed on our waiter. On Monday our breakfast was different.....there was a short supply of yogurt and our pineapple juice was watered down. Nobody from the Nile Porch gave reasons for the lack of food. That was a big disappointment. We had a delicious dinner there on Friday night, talipia wrapped in banana leaves, melt in your mouth!! Also, they were great about having us play cribbage on the porch enjoyng just a few beers. A fun place to stay!!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Kampala, Uganda
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395 reviews
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

A recent stay at the Nile Porch brought the changes to the forefront, which the area has undergone since November last year. At that time, the view from the Nile Porch tented bandas or the Black Lantern restaurant showed the white waters of the upper Nile fly over the rocks of the falls and rapids below, and day and night that was the sound to be heard, overshadowing all else and blanking out most of the bird song..
Now, that the new hydro electric plant is in full operation, the falls and rapids are submerged and there is suddenly a Bujagali Lake visible, and the noise of the waters gave way to an almost erie silence for those who were used to the sound of the falls, but also now permits to hear the bird song, in the early hours as dawn breaks and throughout the day.
The tented bandas are very much upgraded now compared to a few years ago and offer all creature comfort one needs, hot showers too, weather permitting as the solar heating elements do need some sun to warm up.
The place is ideal for birdwatching now, or simply listening to them from the secluded porch in front of each tented banda, and few other noises intrude.
The poolside is popular on sunny days and the crystal clear water invites for a cooling dive, and the Black Lantern, reviewed here separately recently, offers breakfast, lunch, snacks and supper, large portions, a wide range of culinary choices, vegetarian included, and of good quality.
Though there is now no more rafting visible as it used to be, boating is now available and the Nile Porch offers guided birding trips by boat in the early morning and the late afternoon.
Great value for money and for sure a place to relax and enjoy a few days away from the hustle and bustle of Kampala, which is just under 100 kilometres away.
Comes highly recommended!

Room Tip: All the tents offer a great view over 'Bujagali Lake', and while those nearer to the restaur...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2012

I stayed at the Nile Porch with part of a mission team for two nights in June. It was such a great place to call home while working on our projects. Rebecca was such a pleasure to deal with when making our reservations. We booked four of the Bandas and everyone was thrilled! Every Banda is situated to be very private, with a beautiful view of the Nile River. We had a hammock on our private porch, couches to relax, comfortable beds and hot water for a great shower over looking the river. The entire place was very clean and the staff was wonderful! I really know of nothing they could have added to make it more special. They also have a beautiful swimming pool, we didn't go in but is was so relaxing just laying around in the lounge chairs around the pool. We had "sundowners", ( love that name for happy hour!) and a fabulous dinner at the Black Lantern. I will write a review on the Black Lantern next!
I am already finding work to do in Jinja to have a great excuse to head back!

Room Tip: You will be thrilled with any of the Bandas!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Kathmandu, Nepal
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2012

Stayed here again (previous visit over last Christmas) and still love it. Stayed in tents overlooking River Nile: beautiful, peaceful setting. Restaurant food fantastic, adjacent to relaxing pool.

If you want somewhere peaceful and quiet, with good food and service, away from the TV, then here is your ticket! Rebecca and Damien run a lovely establishment here. All the staff are friendly, helpful and honest; and we loved all the animals and birds there too.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the permanently located tents which overlook the River Nile.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Nile Porch
Address: Bujagali, Jinja, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Eastern Region > Jinja
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Jinja
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