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Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I have stayed at hairy lemon a few times over the last 6 years and make sure I find time to visit every time I come to Uganda. There is something about the island that makes you come back for more and every time I have visited it improves, on my last visit I was thrilled to discover a rope... More 

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write up such a wonderful, (and informative) review of our beautiful island escape. It is very heartwarming to read that each of your visits just gets better and better... which means that all our hard work is paying off! We certainly try to ensure that each and every guest has the... More 

Kampala, Uganda
1 review
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Our expectations were high, based on the reviews I found online. However I thought out stay at Hairy Lemon wasn't really worth the money. We paid 45 USD each (full board) each for a safari tent. The tent was quite old and there were some holes in it but the beds were okay. We arrived in the afternoon and the... More 

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write up a review of your stay with us. I am terribly sorry to hear how disappointed you were with our service and the accommodation we provided. We have looked at the tent in which you stayed and agree that it was not up to standard and has since been taken... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Hairy Lemon does an outstanding job creating a haven of relaxation and fun. Even if it were just the amazing food, fun different spots to lounge or play, and warm, friendly, knowledgeable staff I would give it 5/5 stars. But the location so near some of the world's best whitewater and the incredible birds landing on the Lemon's gorgeous islands... More 

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write up such a lovely review of our beautiful island archipelago. We love that nature abounds in all its forms; from the beautiful bird life to the smallest butterflies. Having the Nile wash up over your toes while sunning on the beach is one of the most magical experiences one can... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The island is a wonderful retreat-type place, ideal for people who enjoy things like reading, kayaking, yoga and slack lining and who care about good food. The couple that runs the place is very friendly and all other staff were great too. I expect staying at the Hairy Lemon will be a very different experience depending on how many other... More 

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write up such a lovely review of our beautiful island. It's great to hear that our staff were helpful too as we have been working hard to ensure that not only do we meet; but in most cases; exceed our guests expectations! Looking forward to having you back on the island... More 

Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Stunningly beautiful archipelago on the Nile River. Indiana Jones style jungle waterways, secluded waterfalls, foot bridges between islands, monkeys, exotic birds, lizards, camping sites, dorms, safari tents, bandas, a private cabin, swimming, frisbee, and limited cell service ;) It's worth noting that the place has only basic facilities (e.g. toilets/showers), but they're clean and well designed such that they present... More 

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for your awesome review of our beautiful island getaway. We love that you found some of the waterfalls and took the time to experience a little nature; first hand! We look forward to seeing you back soon. Warm regards More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The location of this island is magical. It is completely idyllic. All the staff are wonderful and very helpful. The food is amazing and I loved how everyone eats together and you get to know all the other guests. It just has a brilliant, friendly atmosphere and I went back many times over my stay in Uganda. I couldn't recommend... More 

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write up your review of our beautiful island getaway. Guests often tell us that they would look to our reviews before making a booking; so its very much appreciated. We work hard to ensure that every guest is made to feel welcome and that their expectations are exceeded; so its lovely to... More 

Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

beautiful island on the Nile. amazingly friendly and hospitable proprietors. lots of fun activity options (kayaking, frisbee golf, voleyball in the shallows, etc). very decent food. would definitely go back!

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write up your review and to share your experiences of your time on the island. We share all our reviews with our staff to ensure that we are constantly improving our service and hopefully more than exceed our guests expectations. We try to offer a variety of activities to meet as many varied... More 

kampala
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2016

I loved the way i related with nature,the best staff and spacious environment.loved the monkeys,river's music in the night,the snakes,the games where fine,food was also the best I've had in years.what a home a way from home!

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write up a review of your stay with us. It is always very heart warming to hear just how much our guests have enjoyed their stay with us. Looking forward to seeing you back again soon. Kind regards More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Going to the hairy lemon was one of the best experiences of my life. If there's anywhere in the world I'd say for people to visit before they die this would be one of them. The food there is amazing the service is also great. I have nothing but positive things to say about this place if there was an... More 

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for your awesome review of our beautiful island! We totally agree that the Hairy Lemon in Uganda should be on everyone's top visit list; most especially as we are soon going to lose this beautiful archipelago to a dam. Looking forward to seeing you back soon. Warm regards More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Came as part of a kayak the Nile trip. Hairy lemon is a very special place. Not luxurious but beautiful and so comfortable. Very sadly the island is going to be submerged when they build a new dam so I suggest anyone if Uganda visits it while still possible

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hairylemonuganda, Owner at Hairy Lemon Island, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing up your review of your stay with us. Kayaking these beautiful waters around the island would have been quite stunning. It will be a sad day indeed when the dam is complete and we lose this stunning archipelago. More 

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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hairy Lemon Island is framed by the rushing waters of the River Nile forty kilometers downstream from the Source in Jinja. Hairy Lemon offers a unique combination of relaxation and adventure opportunities to visitors, from the calm inlet waters of our "beach" or the world-class rapids and waves only paddle strokes away. We have accommodation options for every budget and agenda, or you can simply pitch your tent on our hillside campsite within eye and earshot of the Nile River. All options include three meals with a full service bar available allowing you to carelessly enjoy life on the Island. Whether you are seeking to retreat and relax in Uganda's perfect climate or exploit the surrounding white waters, let Hairy Lemon be your Island Home in East Africa! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hairy Lemon Island

Address: Nazigo | Jinja, Hairy Lemon Island, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Eastern Region > Hairy Lemon Island
Price Range: RM223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Hairy Lemon Hotel Jinja
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“Rooms near the waterfall were lovely”
 of 5 bubbles shelleyp1966, 22 Nov 2016 | Read review
“You might want to bring additional beddings especially for the dormitories”
 of 5 bubbles nekjo2008, 22 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in a tent and it was very romantic.”
 of 5 bubbles UK-UG-1991, 9 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Any room - ask nikki and find out what fits what you are after.”
 of 5 bubbles L5168ODbens, 9 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Loved the River Cottage but really anywhere is a good room!”
 of 5 bubbles martham247, 6 Jun 2016 | Read review
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