Kingfisher Resort: Destination Jinja
Beverley and her daughter at Kingfisher..

Kingfisher Resort: Destination Jinja


Kingfisher Resort, while beautiful, has rather confusing architecture.

By Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
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First published: July 13, 2009


One hour away from this urban madness of Kampala and we were in Jinja; the town founded on so much history, whose ancestral stones never move. I do not remember why it is called Kingfisher resort but that's where we spent Christmas of 2008. We had to cross a railway line just as we got there. This must have been built a century ago by Asians who lived in East Africa at the time. All that would have been fine if it was not for the constant noise of the train as it crossed the railway line. Midnight, 6 am or whatever other time.


I could have said that we were received with lush spreads of green and vast expanse of lake warm staff. That was hardly the case. Kingfisher Resort, while beautiful, has rather confusing architecture. The reception is quite far from the rooms and when we arrived, it was hard to find anyone to help us lug our suitcases. The resort is beautiful in a crowded sort of way. The huts are quite close to each other and each bears the name of an animal. Then there are plenty of hedges and flowers. With a swimming pool in the shape of a groundnut and a small bridge to offer comfort to non-swimmers, Kingfisher does make a good holiday destination.


Great view at Great view.
Great view at Kingfisher.

Our room had a baby cot and neat shower and bathtub. They also provided hangars for our clothes. It was real cozy inside with the gentle sun's rays beating down on us through the rafters.

My husband and daughter had our first meal by the lake on the rounded tables and thatched umbrellas. There was plenty of green space which after I realized suited the many children that came over on Christmas Day. The proximity to the lake treated us to one of the best-cooked fish I had tasted in a very long time, sautéed, with fresh cocktail as well.

After lunch, we went for an afternoon siesta and that's where we had another shock. The linen on the beds was the old type used to make school shorts for primary schools, from material called Ginger. No one had warned us about the bed linen and I recommend guests to carry their own bed linen. It was comforting however to sleep after a heavy meal without the urgency of deadlines and other work related discomfort. There were just a few guests that Christmas Eve and we hoped it stayed that way.

A couple of our friends arrived later that afternoon and we all went for a swim in the groundnut shaped pool. A few German boys by the pool discarded the sign that read "No Diving Allowed" and plunged head first splashing whoever was in range. The Resort provides family cottages, singular and double at affordable prices and being Christmas Eve, all rooms had been booked at least two weeks prior.

Kingfisher is not the ideal get away for solitude in the Christmas Season. On the 25th, it was almost impossible to get space to swim in the pool with all the children on their floaters. There was a lot of merriment though which reminded us all of the joy of family reunion during such festivity. The Christmas buffet spread from one end of a long table to the other. It was scrumptious to say the very least. However, being the true Ugandans we were, we preferred food closer to our hearts and so that night we binged on fried chips, deep fried tilapia and African tea and coffee. Their coffee by the way is one of the best I have tasted here; Masaba Coffee.

Many of the visitors opted to go for the boat rides and cruises on the lake. We chose the road not taken and lulled by the pool waiting for time to decide our next course of action. Kingfisher Resort is definitely a place to revisit but not in the Christmas Season where it is very crowded. As a souvenir of the place, we each bought key holders promising to return soon.

Beverley's husband at the pool.
Beverley's husband at the pool.

By Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
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First published: July 13, 2009

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva has a baby girl called Zion Agasaro and together with her husband, tries to make each day another reason to excel. Writing has been her passion from childhood. For her first degree, her desire was to study Creative Writing which was not available at Makerere University in Kampala and so opted for Bachelor of Arts in Education majoring in Literature in English. After that, she did two certificates in French from Alliance Francaise in Kampala.

Beverley currently serves on the executive board of Uganda Women Writers' Association (FEMRITE) and also works at EASSI, an Eastern African regional organization that focuses on women's rights.

She has a collection of Travel poetry and erotic poetry and is interested in the short story genre as well. Her fist novel is expected to be out in 2010.

As we collect more articles from Beverly, for now if you wish to read more from Beverley go to her blog: The Exodus of Whatever.