I grew up in an African town called Jinja home of the source of the Nile and white water rafting in Uganda, by then Jinja was refereed to as Uganda’s industrial city attributed to the big factories such as British American Tobbaco, the Nile breweries, textile firm Nytil among others.
The town streets here were built in an ancient Asian style of ‘duka’ well as the schools were locates in the surburbs near Source of the NIle River. We lived on one of the prominent streets however my siblings and I never went to school in this town, Our parents chose to take us to boarding catholic schools near the City(Namagunga for the girls and Namilyango for the boys) and I believe the background we got here has contributed highly to what Am today. My parents now live in our country home in Iganga- 30 kilometres from Jinja but they still own property in Jinja hence my visits there once in a while.
If you have experience breathtaking adventures in Uganda like White Water rafting, Bungee Jumping or better still tracked Gorillas in the famous Bwindi, had game rides in Queen Elizabeth or Murchison falls National Park….. You may have not had an exhilarating moment until you spend a night in a cozy canopy in the wilderness of massive torrents and cool breezes from of River Nile Wild waters lodge.
The calming effect of the racing rapids on my mind were relaxing enough to get me a strategic plan for my life in 2011. The newly built Wild waters lodge is located on a private island, mid-stream in the mighty Nile amidst a thick revering forest that has been naturally constructed in a tactical way; each of the ten cozy timber-floor rooms is be situated amidst the forest with private, breathtaking views over the River Nile’s massive torrents that never ceases.
The amazing walkways are wooden and have been created not to tamper with the forest inhabitants9snakes, lizard etc) that freely move below as you walk and the walkways link the main restaurant and bar area to all rooms on the island yet transcends to the vibrant Cobra rapid falls on the right of the Lodge and Kalagala falls above which a brilliant mechanism was built to transport all building material above the yelling falls. As if that is not enough, the sinks were curved from the island rocks and the restaurant ladies room sink stands beautifully on an assembled hard tree log that must have collapsed on the island forest years ago – Nature has been put to good use in each aspect of the lodge.
Wild waters is such a remarkable story due to the fact that the environment is fully conserved and the community has been offered utmost social responsibility from the owners – Cam and Kate McLeay, I must say they are an epitome of Ugandan hospitality much as they are not natives and their hospitality traits flow right from their youngest son- Alexander to the ever smiling Lodge staff
The first day of 2011 got me at this ultimate location enjoying one of unique and extraordinary last wild areas of the entire Nile River.