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Nile Pet Boarding Kennels and Cattery was launched to fill a gap in Uganda for quality animal care. We were aware that many pet owners need holidays and we wanted to offer our services on our 7 acre farm. The pet care business was an expansion of our horse riding business. We began with 7 dogs, 3 cats and 6 horses, and some very happy and relieved pet owners.

Originally from New Zealand and Australia, Natalie is now a Ugandan Citizen and TJ is a resident. Our daughter Kya, and our ground staff make up the team and are ensuring the dogs get plenty of exercise. Whilst we are relatively new to the kennel business, we have 20 years' experience with structured animal care with our horses, and of course our own pack of dogs and multiple cats. We are animal lovers and this was a natural extension to our passion. We believe what it takes to make an animal happy, is a safe environment, regular nutritious food, some individual love and attention, exercise, and mental stimulation.

Natalie with some dogs
Kya helping with the Kennels TJ and Coffee in the dog compound


Fairly sure this is the best place for dogs in Uganda, if not on earth! My dogs were taken in at a last minute notice (as I left the country for COVID) and it was the best decision I could have made. They are so loved, they run around with freedom and friends in acres of space. The best part is the constant videos I get of them from Natalie and the team. Highly recommend!!

Karin Jacoba June 2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to lock our fur babies in our home in the prayer they would be ok and we could make a plan to keep them safe until our return home. With a covert undercover operation, Coco and Ruby were safely moved, loaded onto a boat and were whisked away to the fabulous cattery at Nile Pet Boarding - we could not have our prayers answered in a better way. Our kitties were showered with love and attention, were warm and safe - even ending up sleeping on the bed with their care taker. We are so grateful and extremely thankful at the lengths and dedication this awesome team go to keep our fur kids safe, loved and well fed. Thank you Nat, TJ, Kya and team. Without you guys our kitties would certainly have had a different ending. Best thing to happen to Jinja pets for sure.

Minette Thiart July 2020

I highly recommend Nile Pet Boarding. She looked after my cat for 2 months when we had to leave uganda unexpectedly. She loved and cared for her and helped reunite us all. Our cat was very happy and comfortable through her stay!

Sushmita Das July 2020

Our girls had a great time at Nile Pet Boarding kennels. We were impressed by the professional staff, the healthy raw meat diet & the daily walks.The dogs enjoyed barking at the monkeys, watching the horses and interacting with the other dogs, making Nile Pet Boarding Kennels a much more stimulating experience than many traditional kennels.

Mike & Anna, Kampala August 2020

Thank you Nile Pet Boarding for the exceptional care you are providing. Our kids were so upset to leave Uganda (and their beloved cat!) at such short notice. Your video updates have been the highlight of our lockdown period. It has been so reassuring to see him settled and happy. Thanks also for the hassle free transport service and for making your payment process so easy. Can't recommend your servies highly enough!

Family Forsey, September 2020

We left our miniature Schnauzer with Nile Pet Boarding Kennels while we were travelling and she simply loved it there. They kept us up to date with note and videos, to show what she was doing and how she was getting on with the other boarders. We could see how much Lola loved being with the carers and the other dogs. They always seemed to be really active and playing happily. She came back fitter and leaner and extremely well socialised, which was great to see in a dog from a single-pet home. We recommend the kennels most highly and are certain that Lola would be very happy to stay there again

Rex Merrifield, September 2020