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It’s impossible talk about Wildwaters without mentioning the utterly stunning setting. This is a wonderfully wild and natural lodge set on an island smack bang in the middle of the Nile.
What’s Wildwaters really like?
Even getting to Wildwaters is something of an adventure -you arrive by canoe, skilfully paddled through the rapids to moor safely at the lodge’s jetty. Up on dry land, boardwalks lead you to 10 large and beautiful rooms, perched on wooden decks, with canvas walls and a thatched roof up above. The style is safari-chic, with mosquito nets sweeping over the beds and lovely traditional baths out on the deck of the rooms. Each one is tucked away in the forest, so it feels very private, just you, the birdsong and glorious views over the river.
Wandering over to the main lodge you’ll find the bar and dining room, tucked under a high thatched roof and looking out at the pool and the mesmerising sight of the rapids just inches beyond. The meals our reviewer ate were pleasant, but the real star of the show was the view. We ate lunch watching cormorants drying their wings in the midday sun, and breakfast as local fishermen paddled their dugout canoes to tiny islands in the river.
What can I do at Wildwaters?
While Jinja is best known as a centre of adrenaline activities, you’re well away from the bustle of town here, so many guests here instead take advantage of the spa, yoga deck and wallow in the lovely rock pool. Should you wish to get out and about however, you are spoilt for choice: there is white water rafting, horseriding, quad-biking, or, somewhat gentler, fishing for Nile Perch from the lodge.
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