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“Great food, great view. Otherwise 'meh'.”
Review of Jajama Panorama

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Jajama Panorama
Ranked #16 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Kabale
Reviewed 12 April 2013

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.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

it was just the place to be at the best time, everytime am in kabale visit jajama, the chef is amazing and the view is to die for. it is near the town so if you want to be on the mainland you could just go ,the staff are really nice and take care of guests, all our queries were answered

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Samantha K
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

There are several choices of resort in mainland side, andt this hotel is located in the island.
But there is no inconvenience of transportation as they can arrange motorboat whenever we need it. I enjoyed trekking / canoeing / swimming & reading book at the lake side. Their hospitality is amazing, and I really could enjoy 2days stay.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Mumbai246
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights on our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. Merci the chef/manager/host/guide/maid was the most amazing woman and best chef. She cooked us the best meals we ate over a 3 week period travelling around Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Nothing fancy but just good home cooking which is exactly what we wanted to experience. Martin made sure we had plenty of hot water by keeping the fire going. The grounds are beautifully well kept with many birds. Watch out for the goats though, one poked its head through our open door and gave me a bit of a fright! 10/10

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kate T
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

Really enjoyed my time here, its in a lovely location, it was very tranquil.

The food was also absolutely top notch!

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
5  Thank Sam G
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

I stayed here while visiting family in the area, and it was lovely! The service was great, as were the accommodations and the food.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Teresa K
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

This place was our favourite place we stayed on our month trip through Africa. Compared to other places we had stayed for the same place, this was a notch above the rest with cute little private bungalows. We were the only people staying there at the time as it was low season and we felt like we were royalty.

Merci and the team looked after us so well. The fire in the restaurant was lit for us every night and the food was lovely prepared just for us. We borrowed the canoe and were taught how to use it, nothing was too much trouble for them.

The views from the bungalows and restaurant are fantastic. As it is on the other side of the lake to the main road, it is so peaceful. The only way to access the resort is by canoe but if you call ahead you will be collected and it's really no stress as you can canoe anywhere from there! The "sights" are the lake and the islands on the lake not the road on the mainland. Also, I recommend walking up the hill behind the resort where you get amazing views of the whole lake which is much bigger than you think.

I highly recommend staying here for a personal, truly Ugandan experience. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sarah K
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Additional Information about Jajama Panorama

Address: Lake Bunyonyi | P.O. Box 497, Kabale, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Kabale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Kabale
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Jajama Panorama Uganda/Kabale

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