Best 05 Hotels in Jinja, Uganda


Jinja lies in southeastern Uganda, approximately 54 miles (87 km), by road, east of Kampala, the capital. The city is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near to the source of the Nile River. Jinja is the largest metropolitan area in Jinja District, and is considered the capital of the Kingdom of Busoga.

Originally, the name ‘’Jinja’’ comes from the two different people (the Baganda and the Basoga) who lived on their side of the Nile River in the area meaning ‘’Rock’’ which was the fishing area in the time of long-distance trade. Jinja is known for being the source of River Nile. Jinja is also endowed with a lot of classic hotels you can book on a Uganda Safari and some of them include the following;

The Mansion Hotel Jinja. It is located just 3.1 km from the Jinja Golf Course. The hotel offers a serene setting with its well-maintained garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a welcoming terrace. The hotel is known for its comprehensive services including room service, a 24-hour front desk, and the convenience of free Wi-Fi accessible throughout the property. Guests are also treated to evening entertainment and a dedicated concierge service, ensuring a stay that is both enjoyable and hassle-free.

Guestrooms offer a balcony and a sitting area along with a sofa set and a writing desk for guests’ comfort. Also, there is a minibar fridge as well as an individual safe provided. Bathroom amenities include a separate toilet and a shower along with comforts such as towels and slippers.

The Mansion Hotel Jinja features 21 rooms and lies 25 minutes’ drive from Source of the Nile Gardens.

The Mansion Hotel Jinja features an English breakfast daily at the poolside bar. Guests can unwind at the on-site pool bar with a favorite drink. The hotel offers quality bed linen and towels in all rooms.

Culinary needs are well catered for at the hotel’s restaurant which offers a diverse menu including African, American and British cuisine with vegetarian options available upon request.

The hotel’s location also provides easy access to notable landmarks such as the Source of the Nile, Speke Monument and Jinja Railway Station both within 6 km.

With facilities like two swimming pools, non-smoking rooms, room service, family rooms and a bar, the Mansion Hotel in Jinja solidifies its reputation as one of the best hotels in Jinja, Uganda, suitable for both leisure and business travelers.

Jinja Grand Hotel. This 5-star establishment is situated just 1.9 km from the Jinja Golf Course and it offers a blend of luxury and convenience that makes it a standout choice for travelers.

With its serene garden, free private parking, a shared lounge, and an in-house restaurant, the hotel provides an environment of comfort and elegance. The bar at the hotel serves as a cozy spot for guests to unwind with a drink, adding to the overall relaxing experience.

Jinja Grand Hotel features 7 rooms and lies just 1.2 km from Rugby Pitch. The guest rooms at Jinja Grand Hotel are thoughtfully designed to cater to the needs of guests. Each room features a comfortable seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and a private bathroom equipped with complimentary toiletries and a shower plus quality bed linen and towels. Guests can start their day with a delightful continental breakfast, setting the tone for a day of exploration or relaxation.

Guests can start their day with a delightful continental breakfast, setting the tone for a day of exploration.

The nearest airport is Entebbe International Airport, 73 miles from Jinja Grand Hotel.

The Haven Hotel Jinja Town. It is located on a private peninsula on the banks of the Nile. This property is a luxurious boutique hotel that offers a tranquil and exclusive retreat.

With only 8 spacious and elegantly designed suites, the Haven provides a personalized and intimate experience for guests. Each suite features a private balcony with magnificent views of the river, as well as premium amenities such as Egyptian cotton linens, organic bath products and a rainfall shower. The hotel also offers a variety of activities including boat cruises, fishing excursions and guided nature walks.

Accommodation at Haven hotel comprises of 4 luxury bungalows, 2 family suits, 1 honeymoon suite, 1 family bungalows, 2 luxury bandas and 10 lazy camping tents. The Haven can accommodate a combined total of 60 people in the honeymoon suite, bandas, cottages and tents.

Enjoy the tranquility and breath-taking view over the starting point of rafting at the White Nile’s first waterfall.

The restaurant and bar in the centre of the lodge overlook the mighty River Nile and the waterfall. Watch the Fish Eagle, Fish Otters, Monitor Lizards, Monkeys and incredible bird species from the spacious terrace as you enjoy your delicious food.

The three purpose-built conference rooms offer all the professional facilities customers need and expect to host business meetings.

Wildwaters Lodge. It is located on roughly six hectares on Kalagala Island. Wildwaters Lodge lies on a unique private island mid-stream within the mighty River Nile around 25km downstream from Jinja in eastern Uganda.

This award-winning eco-lodge offers 10 luxurious and secluded thatched cottages that are nestled amid the trees and overlooking the river. Each cottage is elegantly furnished and features a private deck with plunge pool, as well as a spacious en-suite bathroom with a freestanding bathtub.

The lodge can only be reached by boat which makes it a very adventurous place to stay. It is uniquely perched on granite rocks with dramatic and exciting rapids roaring all around.

Activities that can be carried out while at the lodge include; white-water rafting or bungee jumping and fishing.

Wildwaters is also a perfect platform for viewing some bird species such as the turacos, cuckoos, hawks, eagles and many more. You may also spot giant otters and monitor lizards in the water.

Wildwaters Lodge also offers a relaxing and intimate location for honeymooners and couples looking for some quiet time. Especially for those taking advantage of the spa nestled over this ancient river.

The sounds on the mighty Nile are quite hypnotic and calming so Wildwaters offers an experience for all the senses.

Wildwaters Lodge is open year-round and it gives guests the opportunity to enjoy this piece of paradise during all seasons.

 Kingfisher Safaris Resort Hotel. The hotel is located 5 minutes’ drive from Jinja Mosque. Kingfisher Safaris Resort Hotel Jinja offers 62 rooms. This hotel also features Wi-Fi throughout the property. Towels and slippers along with a separate toilet and a shower are provided.

Central Market is just 0.6 km from the accommodation and Owen Falls Dam is nearly 10 minutes’ drive away. From the hotel it will take approximately 25 minutes to walk to Source of the Nile Gardens. This property lies opposite Nile View Casio and near taxi station to Mbale.

The guestrooms are well-appointed with flat-screen televisions, complimentary wireless Internet access, and satellite programming for entertainment. The rooms feature en-suite bathrooms with showers and complimentary toiletries, ensuring a comfortable stay.

The hotel offers a range of facilities designed to enhance the guest experience. Visitors can enjoy leisurely moments in the outdoor pool or relax in the beautifully landscaped garden and terrace, offering picturesque views. Dining at Kingfisher Safaris Resort Hotel is a delightful experience, with a restaurant that caters to a variety of tastes for lunch and dinner. The convenience of room service during limited hours adds to the comfort while the bar and lounge provide a perfect setting for unwinding with a favorite drink.

The lodge is just 1.6km to Nile River Explorers and hence making it an ideal base for exploring the natural wonders of the region.

A daily continental breakfast is served in the morning. Some of the activities that can be done while at the lodge include boat cruise. Other best affordable accommodation facilities where you can stay depending on your budget include the following;

Source Garden Hotel Jinja. Source Garden Hotel Jinja is located in city Old Boma Ward. This hotel is very easy to find since it is strategically positioned close to public facilities.

At this hotel, you can have an enjoyable and relaxing day at the pool whether you’re traveling solo or with your loved ones.

You can get the best deal for finest quality of spa treatment to unwind and rejuvenate yourself. 24-hours front desk is available to serve you from check-in to check-out

Savor your favorite dishes with special cuisines from Source Garden Hotel Jinja exclusively for you. Source Garden Hotel Jinja is the ideal choice for you who are looking for a comfortable and affordable accommodation.

Surgios Guest House. This guest House is one of those places with the best views of the Nile in Jinja.

The guest house is green throughout the year. It is one of those places where you will not simply be confined in your room rather you will have enough time to sit and relax in their compound. They also have a swimming pool for those who love relaxing at the poolside. Surgios is highly recommended for anyone considering a night stay in Jinja.

Jinja Nile resort.  Located in one of the nation’s key tourism spots, Jinja Nile Resort is also deemed one of the top-rated properties in Uganda, with spectacular views over the river Nile.

The resort is ideal for all types of guests, from business travelers to tourists. The out-of-town retreat is spread over 30 acres of well-manicures gardens, with lawns, swaying palm trees and tropical plants creating a tranquil atmosphere.

Some the facilities at the resort include; restaurant and bar, swimming pool, spa massage, gym, conference facilities, laundry services, airport shuttle on request, sauna and many others.

Explorers River Camp. Situated 8km from Jinja town overlooking the river Nile. Explorers River Camp is often referred to as one of Uganda’s and even Africa’s most memorable places to stay.

Fantastic views of the Nile, a well-stocked bar and excellent meals have made this site one of East Africa’s most popular places to stay. Whether you are camping, staying in dorms or rooms, the bar deck overlooking the river is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer and amazing sunsets. The trees above boast a multitude of tropical bird life and monkeys and the ‘riverside showers’ alone have become famous for the incredible scenery they overlook.

Lush terraces offer secluded safari tents with stunning views of the Nile. The safari tents have become extremely popular and numbers are limited so it is strongly advised you book well in advance.

The River Spa offers manicures, pedicures and massages, as well as yoga classes.

2 Friends Guesthouse. It is located in the warm heart of Jinja near Jinja town and it is 10 minutes walking distance to the Source of the Nile.

The atmosphere is peaceful and serene, beautifully decorated with African art and craft. Check in it, you will feel at home.

All rooms are self-contained with fridge, safe, Satellite TV, free Wireless Internet and a big beautiful bed with promises of a good rest. The pool is exclusive for our guests.

Hotel Paradise on the Nile. Hotel Paradise on The Nile Jinja is located 10 minutes’ drive from Bujagali Falls and features a spa center and massage treatments. Hotel Paradise on The Nile is a short walking distance from Nile anchor palace.

The venue is situated 0.6 miles from Jinja city center and 60 miles from Entebbe International airport. This accommodation is just 0.3 miles from River View stop.

Hotel Paradise on the Nile is at a short distance from Jinja train station. The hotel has 71 spacious rooms that include all the features that will make your stay comfortable and convenient. Guest rooms feature climate control and a balcony.

The hotel has a fully equipped fitness centre with professional instruction on hand to supervise the safe use of the equipment and ensure you exercise within your own personal limits. Guests can have breakfast in the restaurant every morning. Guests can enjoy American, Indian and African meals at All Friends Grill Bar and within 5 minutes’ walk of the property.

Internet facilities are available for resident guests at nominal rates. The hotel has its own wireless network. Whilst at the hotel why not enjoy the ever-popular Paradise gardens in the evening. The gardens are ideal dinner while you watch the sunset across the river Nile.

Guests with children at Hotel Paradise on The Nile can take advantage of meals, a special menu and a play area.

Igar Plaza Hotel. Located on Main Street of Jinja city center with easy access to the source of the Nile, Shops, Banks, Super markets, Casinos, Jinja Taxi Park and many more other places and the bustle of Jinja town is just minutes away.

Rooms at the Igar Plaza Hotel are all elegantly furnished and hence providing a luxury getaway in Jinja. Each of the spacious hotel rooms in Inverness boasts charming décor and modern amenities, creating a home from home ambience. Whether you’re booking a stay for business, romantic break or honeymoon, there is a room for all occasions.

The property features a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi. All guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area. With a private bathroom fitted with a bath and free toiletries, rooms at Igar Plaza Hotel also boast a city view. At the accommodation, every room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. The daily breakfast offers continental and buffet options. There is an on-site restaurant, which serves Asian cuisine. Rugby Pitch is 700 meters from Igar Plaza Hotel while Ministry of Health Hospital is 700 meters from the property.

 Brisk Hotel Triangle. Offering an outdoor pool and views of the lake, Brisk Hotel Triangle is set in Jinja. The hotel has a spa centre and water sports facilities and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room comes with a TV. Rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Brisk Hotel Triangle features free Wi-Fi. You will find free shuttle service at the property. The property offers free movies at the theater every day and complimentary sauna on weekends. Car hire is available at this hotel and the area is popular for golfing.

Other hotels include; impala suites hotel, Nile anchor palace, pearl on the Nile hotel, Hotel maria grant, source of the smile hotel, Royal Park hotel among others.


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