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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

The “Otters Rock Cottage” is a perfectly intimate hideaway on the south bank of the River Nile, approx. 22 km downstream from Jinja, Uganda, between The Haven and Wildwaters Lodge.

This gorgeous little house is everything you will need – and more – for the ideal escape.

- on 10 acre private estate

- delightfully bright, stylish and eco-friendly

- veranda with beautiful, serene views across the Nile

- entirely solar powered

- self-catering with fully equipped kitchen

- birding, fishing, boat trips, or just relaxing

- BBQ

- salt water swimming pool (9.5×4.5 m)

Size Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Entebbe 150 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Boat available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 3
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking

The Central Uganda region

Uganda's second-largest town (assuming that you treat the satellite settlement of Njeru on the opposite bank of the Nile as a suburb), Jinja lies about 80km east of Kampala, overlooking the point where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria. And it is the mighty river rather than the moderately interesting town that attracts visitors to Jinja. There is a certain poignancy attached to standing on the slopes from where Speke first identified that geographical holy grail which, less than a decade earlier, had lured an obsessed (and hopelessly misdirected) Livingstone to a feverish death near Lake Bangweulu in Zambia. No less impressive is the knowledge that the water flowing past these green slopes will eventually drain into the Mediterranean, following a 6,500km journey through the desert wastes of Sudan and Egypt. But what really pulls the crowds these days is the thrilling series of rapids along the Nile north of the town. Raft ed by three different companies, these now represent Uganda's most popular tourist activity, surpassing even the mountain gorillas of the southwest. The appeal of the rafting epicentre at Bujagali Falls was further enhanced by additional developments such as kayaking, quad biking and even a bungee jump. However, the last two years have been a testing time for Jinja's adventure tourism industry as three major rapids, including the talismanic Bujagali Falls, disappeared beneath the reservoir created by a new hydropower dam. But life goes on. While the embarkation points for rafting have shifted across to the western bank of the river and Bujagali Falls has been replaced by the

so-called Lake Bujagali, the east-side cluster of tourism developments and activities at. The Location Previously Known As' Bujagali Falls seems as busy as ever.

Njeru

Though Bujagali-minus-the-Falls remains the primary tourism hub on the Jinja Nile, additional tourism developments on the western side of the river are emerging. The undoubted jewel in this area is the section of river between the west-bank Kalagala Falls Forest Reserve (KFFR) and the east-side Nile Bank Forest Reserve (NBFR), 28km north of Jinja. Though tree cover within the KFFR is unremarkable and the NBFR is a conifer plantation, three stunning rapids (Kalagala Falls, Hypoxia and Itanda Falls/Th e Bad Place) thunder between the rocky channels created between the two reserves and two naturally forested mid-river islands.

Tourism activity in the vicinity of Kalagala Falls is being driven by the raft ing company, Adrift . A fabulous upmarket lodge has been built on Kalagala Island and a jet boat brought up from Bujagali, a mid-range tented camp is under construction on a KFFR promontory overlooking all three rapids, an inter-island zip line is being erected, a bungee tower is planned and one of the craft used in the 1954 African Queen movie is being restored for river cruises. Visit www.adrift.ug for updates.

The KFFR is also a prominent Baganda cultural site: a massive tree beneath which visiting kabakas sat stands on the aforementioned promontory, while a shrine, still of considerable importance to traditionalists, is found with a jumble of massive riverside boulders. Other relaxed tourism sites on this side of the river are the mid-range Haven and the self-catering Holland Park, the budget Hairy Lemon Island to the north and the self-explanatory Nile Horseback Safaris.

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Calendar last updated:16 Jul 2014

Based in Ireland

Languages spoken
  • English
  • German
  • Dutch