Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jacana Safari Lodge

Jacana Safari Lodge is part of the Geo Lodges of Uganda group and is a sister property to Nile Safari Lodge and has a very similar feel. I do think it is slightly nicer than Nile Safari Lodge, although I found that I prefer Nile a bit more just because of the location and the more intimate feel. Jacana has 10 cabins and one family cabin with two bedrooms. The cabins are the same style and almost exactly the same as the cabins at Nile Safari Lodge.

Rooms feature wooden walls and floors, a nice screened sitting area overlooking the lake directly in front of the lodge and en suite bathrooms. Once again, the linens were quite outdated but this is not a luxury-level lodge so I suppose it is expected.

The public areas, bar, patios and dining room were dark, but very cozy and had a nice, arty feel to them. The swimming pool had seen better days! There is a pontoon boat that is designed for floating dinners or sundowners – definitely a nice surprise for a small group or family to enjoy.

The one thing that I didn’t care for about the lodge was how deep in the forest it was set – it was a bit dark and damp feeling. I personally preferred the location and feel of Kyambura Game Lodge, but do remember that Kyambura Lodge is not in the park and doesn’t feel as far out in the bush as Jacana does. Kyambura is certainly newer with a more updated, chic feeling. (Note: Kyambura Game Lodge was severely damaged by a fire in early February 2012, but we are hoping it will re-open).

(See more in my full Uganda trip report from November 2011)

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Photos by Lyndsay Harshman/The Kusini Collection

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