We visited Jajama just earlier this week to get out of Kigali for a bit. There was a motorboat to pick us up from the shore and take us to the other side of the lake, no problem. We booked a king size luxury cabin for $50 USD per night, including breakfast. However, it wasn't really that luxurious. The bed was actually rather small, but nice and firm. The room and bathroom looked clean at first, but then upon closer look there were spiderwebs everywhere. I even rolled over and squished a spider in the bed while reading. Ew. (I know it's the wilderness etc, but I think if some of the webs had been taken care of regularly it wouldn't have been such a problem.) Upon checking out we were only charged $40 USD per night, so perhaps we weren't in a luxury cabin after all.
The bathroom was small but decent. However, the water took 20 minutes to "cook" by a fire if you wanted hot water, but we never saw the guy who took care of the hot water fire when we needed him. Oh well, but hot water would have been nice.
The best thing about the place was probably the food. The receptionist/cook/caretaker was really friendly and always asked what we'd like to have. We made the mistake of not ordering ahead of time one day though and waited almost an hour and a half for lunch. Supper was usually ready when we arrived at the pre-specified time in the dining area.
Activities around the area are hiking/walking, canoeing, and swimming. Though we didn't go swimming, because while the lake is bacteria free, the area around the dock is really dirty.
Our stay was nice overall, but we probably wouldn't go again. Heads up for budgeting - with 2 of us for 2 meals a day (breakfast is included) plus drinks and canoeing we spent about $200 USD for 3 nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jajama Panorama is a beautiful resort on the shore of Lake Bunyonyi near Kabale in south-west Uganda. It has a large restaurant with wonderful views of the lake and 10 cottages, 7 of which are self-contained. All are built in traditional Ugandan style. It has a large, part-wooded, garden sloping down to the lake . Activities include birding, swimming, hiking, canoeing and motor-boat trips on the lake,including visiting a Batwa(pygmy)tribe. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jajama Panorama Uganda/Kabale