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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Fantastic views of the Nile, a well stocked bar and excellent meals have made this site one of East Africa’s most popular places to stay. Whether you are camping, staying in dormitories or rooms, our bar deck overlooking the river is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer and amazing sunsets. The trees above boast a multitude of tropical bird life and the ‘riverside showers’ alone have become famous for the incredible scenery they overlook. Lush terraces offer secluded safari tents with stunning views of the River Nile. Secure and cozy with fresh linen at your disposal, they have become extremely popular. Numbers are limited so it is strongly advised you book well in advance.In addition to our terraced safari tens we now offer standard safari tents in the main camping area.
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Free parking
Free internet
Yoga room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Waterslide
Convenience store
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Laundry service
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Hair dryer
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English, Spanish, Afrikaans, Swahili
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Nina B wrote a review Mar 2022
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I come to this place 2 years ago, with my parents, husband and children. We thought the place looked nice, and the staff was friendly. Then, as we were walking across the open parking area, the manager (or boss of some sort), started screaming and yelling at on of the staff. Standing in the open area, for everybody to both see and listen. First of all, a manager should never scream and behave so disrespectful to the staff. Secondly, feedbacks to employees should not take place in public. We were all shocked by this behavior, but we hoped that it was just a one-time incident. Then we returned last month. We ended up there, just because it was late, and the other 3 places we went to was too expensive. Once again the receptionist was very friendly and helpful. As we were paying for the accommodation, the same manager as 2 years ago, came in to ask the receptionist something about another employee. He was obviously not happy about whatever the other one had done, so he started shouting out loud, ending up saying that he was "finished with that guy". I got so annoyed with his behavior, i wanted to tell him to show respect and take an education in how to be a LEADER. Such behavior should be unacceptable, as it will not only make it a horrible place to work, but also a place some tourist will not return to. And i will definitely not recommend this place to anyone. PS; the t-shirts they have saying "I love my job", is something they got for free. Many of the staff do not want to wear them, even though it means they have to buy something else to wear. I am pretty sure the staff in this place would quit their jobs if they had somewhere else to work. They are probably praying for another manager, as this is the worst one they have ever had (according to some of the staff i talked to).
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Leslie Carvell, General Manager at Explorers River Camp
Responded 20 Mar 2022
Dear Nina B, Thank you for your review and expressing your concerns. To be honest, I don’t know whether the person you are referring to is the ‘manager’ or the ‘owner’ both of who are South African who develop very short boisterous fuses when frustrated…………..having said that, both their fuses usually burn out quicker than an African match and are generally kind, caring and friendly, certainly not people I would call disrespectful. It was unfortunate that you experienced this on both occasions you stayed with us. As to whether they are ‘unqualified’, I don’t know what qualifications you have to judge this. There are many attributes and credentials needed to manage a facility of that size, not getting frustrated is just one of them and not everybody can fulfill all of them. The fact that the only criticism you expressed about the place was the ‘boss’ would seem that he must be doing more things right than wrong. As for the t-shirts, unfortunately these were the idea of the owner and were initially intended for river crew only but somehow ended up with the bar staff, all other staff wear uniforms. I agree with you that some of the bar staff do not like wearing them, in fact I do not like some of the bar staff wearing them, particularly the one that loves to complain to clients, has an array of other free t-shirts given to him by beverage companies, and has not once, in the 20+ years he has worked for us, even attempted to look for another job. But hey, he has worked for us for a long time and is considered part of the family. Kind regards, Leslie
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Magdalena wrote a review Sept 2021
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It has a great view, staff, lots of activities. I 100% recommend staying here, especially in the "Safari Tent Extra" which have the best view and are super comfortable. I've come here twice and the vibes of the places are great, the view makes you feel very at peace and you can do a bunch of water sports for affordable prices. The waterslide is fun too. I'll come back to this place whenever I can.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Minette Thiart, Guest Services / Front Office at Explorers River Camp
Responded 14 Sept 2021
Hi @Magdanbo, thank you for your most awesome review. We couldn't agree with you more and cannot do it without the great team that makes up NRE - we love our Camp too and we look forward to your next visit. Warm regards, Minette
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Cyn wrote a review Aug 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
We had the best time over there, many thanks to Emma and Jaja our water guide..Highly recommend the place..Management should look into the food options thou. Other wise had the best time with my family
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Minette Thiart, Guest Services / Front Office at Explorers River Camp
Responded 1 Sept 2021
Dear Cynthia, thank you so much for your lovely review and enjoyed using our Water Slide. We have quite an array of options on our menu to please most palates. We kindly request you to please email us at nrecamp@raftafrica.com to elaborate on your thoughts with regards to our menu options - we love getting feedback to help improve our services. Kind regards, Minette
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Samantha M wrote a review Apr 2021
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I just moved to Kampala and went to Jinja by myself for a long weekend. I was nervous about being alone, but the staff at Nile River Explorers - especially Nash and Josh - made me feel so welcome! They were so personable and kind and made sure to introduce me to other travelers and help me get a spot on the white water rafting trip. I had an incredible time with new friends and amazing views of the Nile. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for adventure!
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Minette Thiart, Guest Services / Front Office at Explorers River Camp
Responded 12 Apr 2021
So great you managed to escape the city and head to Jinja! You certainly made the best choice booking with Nile River Explorers and we loved having you visit us. We look forward to your next relaxing visit again in the not too distant future. Kind regards Minette
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AlexKLDN wrote a review Mar 2021
London, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
This was my second trip to NRE and I absolutely loved it, despite the ongoing pandemic. The large safari tents are great and the views are fab! I was so happy to swim in the Nile everyday. Staff are great, food is good. It's great to have the watersports on site as well - I had great kayaking and SUP experiences. I was only disappointed to find that the 'showers with a view' are not currently working, as my previous experience of showering whilst watching monkeys in the trees in front of me was unforgettable!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Minette Thiart, Guest Services / Front Office at Explorers River Camp
Responded 19 Mar 2021
Dear Alex, thank you for your lovely reviewing and choosing to come back and visit us. We loved having you again. Sorry about the showers with a view - during lock down the shower heads and taps grew legs and went walk about. Thank you to travelers like you who have supported us and with that support we will be able to get the showers with a view up and running in no time. Warm regards Minette
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UgandaEastern RegionJinja
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Frequently Asked Questions about Explorers River Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Explorers River Camp?
Nearby attractions include Source of the Nile - Speke Monument (4.8 miles), Victoria Nile (0.01 miles), and 2Friends Bar (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Explorers River Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Explorers River Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Explorers River Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Explorers River Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include All Friends Grill Bar and Restaurant, The black lantern restaurant, and Java House Jinja.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Explorers River Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a yoga room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Explorers River Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Afrikaans, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Explorers River Camp?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Source of the Nile - Speke Monument (4.8 miles).
Does Explorers River Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.