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“Wonderful place!”
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Holland Park
Ranked #6 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Jinja
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Wonderful place!”
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We stayed at Holland Park for a couple of days on our way back to Kampala and absolutely loved it!
The accommodation is clean, the house is self contained, well decorated and in an amazing setting over looking the Nile, very peaceful (...this was also by far the best shower we had in our 2 weeks!) Wim and Monique are friendly and helpful without being intrusive. We went on a bird watching cruise - it was tailored to us and we saw a large variety of birds at very close proximity. Would recommend doing this as well.
It's also great value for money - highly recommended and would definitely go there again! It was great!
Helen and Chris

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kamapala
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

My husband and I love staying at Holland Park. It is a very peaceful and relaxing place. What we love most is the self catering option. The owners are very friendly and it's such an easy escape from Kampala city life.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kampala
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

A wonderful place, two hours away from Kampala, perfect for a week-end escape. We stayed in a bungalow overlooking the Nile watching the birds and the wide Ugandan sky. Wim is knowledgeable about the local fauna. He took us on the river for an hour ride to see a variety of kingfishers, pelicans, weavers, fish eagles and even ann unusual crested crane stuck on an island by the storm. Bungalows are spread on a vast lawn, cosy, tastefully decorated and super-confortable. Bring your food because there is no restaurant around, but the kitchen is well-furnished, complete with BBQ. Only 5 bungalows so far: booking is recommended :-)

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Oakland, CA
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

My stay at Holland Park was all too short. This is a place to come for at least a couple days: bring picnic food, and relax in a gorgeous setting by the Nile.
I was in the luxury tent. "Glamping" is what the owners call it...so wonderful!! A beatufiul room with cooking area and cute outdooor-feeling shower. Friends were in one of the cottages up the hill. It was new, modern, great kitchen and porch-- beds are upstairs in a loft.
The owners, Wim and Monique, are terrific and helpful. Wim will take guests on a birding boat trip, if requested.
Note that there is no restaurant on site. Many guests are ex-pats from Kampala who visit for the weekend and bring food to cook. From Holland Park it is about a twenty minute partly bumpy drive to Main St Jinja. If you want to eat out, it should be at lunch, during the day. At dinner, the roads are dark and it seems a long way to go out to eat. Whenyou see the kitcehn,s you'll see why preparing food Chez Holland Park is the best option. Eat out on your terrace and enjoy the peace and quiet!!

Room Tip: I had the luxury tent by the water; friends were in one of the cottages up the hill. Both were fan...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

The website told us we had found what we were looking for: rest and relaxation in a beautiful and pleasant surroundings in addition to close proximity to other activities. We were not disappointed. Not only were Wim and Monique warm and welcoming, they looked after us from start to finish. The cottage was outstandingly charming on its perch overlooking a scenic vista of the Nile. We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend, which we extended without question. The close proximity to Nile Horseback Safaris was an added bonus and very thrilling! Wim's bird safari on the Nile was particularly enjoyable as a Ugandan, to learn about the huge variety of bird species as well as his considerable knowledge on surrounding flora and fauna in close proximity to the cottage. Without a doubt we have discovered a second home in Uganda, and we're already looking forward to returning soon. Thank you! :)

Room Tip: All exceptionally outstanding, you won't be disappointed!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kampala
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Having lived in Uganda for about 15 years, I can say that Holland Park is by far the best place to stay in Jinja. Better value can not be found.

No where else will you be welcomed with such amazing hospitality, the owners, Wim and Monique are awesome people with an amazing story to tell. We've stayed with them about 6 times so far and I'm sure that we will stay with them many, many more times and not ever be disappointed.

Holland Park being situated so close to Kampala makes it the perfect option for a quick and relaxing weekend and in my opinion the fact that it is self catering makes for the perfect getaway as you can eat exactly what you want and be sure of the outcome! Monique is always willing to help if you've left something behind too, like the Vodka!!

Room Tip: The second of the "Original" Cottages has the best view.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

My wife Linda and I visited Holland Park for the first time for three nights in July. What a fantastic experience! We stayed in the "Honeymoon" suite which is a fantastic safari tent under a roof. It has a great en-suite shower and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously!

The hospitality from Wim and Monique's side was just amazing and we left form friends and resolved to stay in contact with them going into the future. If at all possible, we will definitely go back for the serenity, beauty and friendship.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Holland Park

Property: Holland Park
Address: Kayunga Road | P.O. Box 486, Jinja, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Eastern Region > Jinja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Jinja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holland Park offers self catering accommodation on the Western banks of the Nile, 7 kilometers from Jinja. Alex and Ana have 5 cottages and a luxurious chalet each with an equipped kitchen and a private barbeque (sustainable charcoal provided). And a new swimming pool. You only have to bring your own food and drinks. Other options are: order food from our small restaurant or order take-aways. Holland Park is situated in a 10 acre pristine garden with an abundance of bird life, which you can also observe during a boat ride with Alex. Holland Park is an affordable destination for people who want to cater for themselves and have privacy during their getaway. ... more   less 
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