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Arcadia Cottages, Lake Mburo
Bradford, United Kingdom
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“Very poor value for money”
Reviewed 25 August 2011

We were initially put in a family cottage. It was spacious and light. We were told that the hot water was being fixed (i.e. there was none). However, there were holes in the ceiling and much squeaking, and when my 9 yr old daughter saw something appear in one of the holes she was so spooked we asked to be moved. The other family cottage had no holes in the ceiling (we were told that "men made the holes to spray for the birds"?!?). However, overnight it was clear that that cottage too was infested with rodents as there was constant squeaking and much scrabbling. There was also evidence via droppings.
We were moved to a twin cottage. This was in a much better area (the family cottages are separate and a way away from the restaurant/reception, with more bush around them), spacious and had hot water and a good shower. Overnight there was some squeaking, but nothing like the family cottages.
We chose our lunch from the "Menu of the day" (4 options), and then our dinner from the same menu, and then the next day's lunch and so on.. Yes, it should have been menu of the week. Oh, and don't have the pizza, which is fluorescent tomato ketchup spread on a ready-made base.
The staff, though seeming to be helpful, were ineffectual. Just couldn't seem to get breakfast to match our request (beans for one child, not the other) on either day.
Our guide told us "this is the bush". That would be fine if we were paying the sort of price you might expect for a rodent-infested dive, but this place is very expensive even by western prices, and you basically get an en-suite room and a restaurant and no other facilities.
However, it is well located and what other options do you have if you want to spend some time at Lake Mburo?

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2010

We have stayed at the other two Lodges in Lake Mburo National Park, see my review on Mihingo, and whilst they are very nice one I think this new venture has a lot going for it. It is quite 'central' to other park activities such as walking safaris and a trip on the Lake.
The Lodge is 'related' to the other of the same name near Lake Bunyoni and is somewhat cheaper than the other Lodges at $150 single $220 Double. However this does not mean going downmarket as we found the standards very acceptable..
Situated just a few minutes from Park HQ and the Lakeside this Lodge is set back in its own grounds amidst very scenic Acacia Woodland. The grounds are home to a variety of wild life and we counted many Bushbuck, Warthogs and even Dwarf Mongoose that appeared to be quite habituated to human presence. Lots of birds too of course.
The Lodge has the usual main Bar/Restuarant/ Reception area set apart from the Chalets and there is adequate parking.
The seven 'stone' Bungalow/chalets, call them what you will, are set apart for privacy although if you get the end one it is a longer walk back for dinner. The ones we inspected were very well furnished with a large bedroom with Nets over the bed. Ample storage for clothes etc. and nicely furnished and clean Bathroom/Shower and Toilet with H&C. Electricity was by Generator to suit guests requirements.
Food was appetising and quite African which was a nice change from the bland "Eurocuisine" of other establishments. Beers and wines from the cooler.
All in all an attractive place that is on my return to one day list.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Arcadia Cottages, Lake Mburo
Address: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Mbarara
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Ranked #1 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Mbarara
Number of rooms: 20

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