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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2015

The food is very very good. Not far away from the centre of the town but still quiet and tranquil. It is very clean and safe in the wau river lodge.it has a very nice pool eve though it may be small. I ould recommend this to anyone.

Thank louis g
New Mexico
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53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2014

I have stayed here several times while working in Wau and have enjoyed the peace and quiet. The staff are incredibly professional and the food is very good. I highly recommend the tents, and as a single female traveling solo I found the whole property to be safe and relaxing. It is an easy walk to the Ministries in town,... More 

1 Thank SusieKilimanjaro
AcaciaGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Susie, Thank you for your review. I was pleased to note that you enjoyed staying in our tents. At first thought this can be a daunting prospect but upon seeing them you realise that they are comfortable, safe and not your normal tent. Unfortunately I must report that Wau River Lodge is now closed for the foreseeable future but... More 

Juba, South Sudan
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

After spending a few years in SSudan, I am in Wau for six months. Although Wau is a big by SS standards, there are not many places for expats to hang out. I was enchanted by the old colonial style and the garden of the river lodge on the first visit. I tried and liked the food on the second... More 

1 Thank dorette b
AcaciaGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Dorette, Thank you for taking the time to review us. I am glad that we were able to provide you with a comfortable and peaceful hideaway. Unfortunately Wau River Lodge is now closed for the foreseeable future. I would however like to thank you for visiting us. More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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79 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2013

Wau River Lodge is a great place to stay in Wau. It is well located, clean, quiet and very nicely done. I always stay in the safari tents, which are very comfortable. The hotel has a nice little pool and is set in a lovely garden. Very relax.

1 Thank nada30
WRLGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Nada, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your kind words. I'm pleased to see that you enjoy staying in our Safari Tents; In a country where prefabricated rooms are the norm we pride ourselves in still being able to offer an 'African experience' without losing the comfort guests have to expect from our... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 May 2013

Just finished a 10 day trip in South Sudan. Stayed at this hotel. I have stayed in many other hotels in South Sudan on business and this one is a true oasis. It has a great old colonial style to it yet has all the modern amenities like Wifi and aircon. Clean, well run with a menu that includes a... More 

1 Thank Mac403
WRLGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Mac403, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, and a very nice one at that. I,m glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you and the crew back again in the near future. More 

Ballinrobe, Ireland
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130 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2013

I agree, lovely spot on the banks of the Jur river. Frequented mostly by members of the aid agency community. Good food, daily changing menu, nice bar, nice ambiente, good swimming pool, very friendly staff. Its probably the best you can get anywhere in South Sudan, and it comes with the typically overpriced tag of South Sudan as well. But... More 

1 Thank Gert V
WRLGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Gert V, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review of Wau River Lodge. Thanks also for writing such nice things about us. Unfortunately, all the great things you listed do come at a high cost when we have to run our generators 24 hours a day due to the lack of city power. I hope that... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
Reviewed 20 February 2013

Lovely spot overlooking the Jur River. Beautiful rooms decorated with local crafts. Great staff and a good restaurant given Wau's remoteness and supply issues! Go for the riverside VIP room for best hippo viewing. Would recommend to all travellers.

Thank Phil T
WRLGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Phil T, Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of Wau River Lodge. It was a pleasure hosting you and we look forward to welcoming you back the next time you come up on business. More 

Juba, South Sudan
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2012

Mainly used various support agencies the hotel offers a safe and tranquil haven from the heat, hustle and bustle of South Sudan. Rooms are basic but clean and spacious. The bar has a comfortable and friendly atmosphere adjacent to the main restaurant. The menu changes daily which ensures a good selection is always available to suit most tastes. The hotel... More 

1 Thank Alan J
WRLGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Alan J, Thank you for taking the time to write a review as we appreciate all feedback we receive. Sorry you missed the hippos, but be assured that they are still around and hopefully you will see them on your next visit. Bring your swimming gear next time as the pool has had a new liner fitted and is... More 

London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2012

First rate. Best accommodation I've experienced in South Sudan, despite the rooms being tents. Nice pool. Nice bar/restaurant. Nice people.

Thank Usshi
WRLGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Usshi, many thanks for posting a review and saying nice things about us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

Iwerne Minster, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2011

South Sudan is not exactly known for its top class hotels and restaurants but some places are better than others. I stayed at the River Lodge over this week and the place is one of the better run places to stay in the south and one of only a few to stay in Wau itself. The staff are good and... More 

Thank Allan101
WRLGM, General Manager at Wau River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Allan101, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback. As you stated, it is very hard to get fresh fruit and vegetables here. The local market has very little to sell and and are inconsistent in the goods they provide. Unfortunately this only leaves us with truck deliveries which take far too long... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Wau River Lodge's leafy gardens and shaded buildings are laid out over 4 acres on the breezy banks of the Jur river. The hotel is a welcome oasis in the hot and dusty Wau bustle. If you are looking for a home away from home in the Southern Sudanese state of Western Bahr El Gazel, then this is it! Built in the colonial times by the British, the lodge enjoys encompassing, covered verandas and high ceilings designed to keep its interior cool. Extensive renovations have ensured that our residents enjoy all modern amenities like a/c, fans, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, continuous power supply, filtered water, swimming pool, and so on.The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation alternatives, as well as conference facilities, office space and warehousing. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Wau River Lodge

Address: Main Street, Wau, South Sudan
Region: South Sudan > Western Bahr el Ghazal State > Wau
Price Range: £71 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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“You can choose between rooms in the stone buildings and a safari-style tent with private bathroom. I always stay in the tents, which are very good value for money (for South Sudan standards).”
 of 5 bubbles nada30, 8 Jun 2013 | Read review
“Apart from the tents, the "standard" rooms are the most affordable. They are 20 ft containers, well appointed with a/c and good bathroom.”
  •                   Standard Room 20 ft containers
  •                   Deluxe Houses
  •                   Standard Tent accommodation
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 of 5 bubbles NTSFriend, 23 Feb 2013 | Read review
“Try and choose on of the rooms in the main building rather than tented or containers.”
 of 5 bubbles AlanJ844, 3 Jul 2012 | Read review
“Stay in the safari tents. Very comfortable. Tents 6-14 are located in a private area of the lodge and under large trees.”
 of 5 bubbles JohnC355, 13 Sep 2011 | Read review
“The best rooms are the cottages near closest to the river or go for Block one new rooms.The tents are really nice but hot in day time !”
 of 5 bubbles kuwinda, 7 Jul 2011 | Read review
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