What to know before you go!
Arrival and Departure to the Hairy Lemon Island is by traditional wood canoe. On arrival at our farm, our Askari will show you where to park your vehicle and he will call the ferry for you. Please note that the last ferry crosses at 6:00pm, after which there is no access to the Island. Water levels vary quite considerably at night and your safety is our concern – so please allow for this in your travel plans.
All our accommodation is priced as per person, per night and includes all your meals plus tea and real Ugandan coffee at breakfast as well as afternoon tea at 4pm.
Children between the ages of 6yrs – 12 years pay 50% of adult fare and children under 6 years stay free.
We’re Environmentally Aware
In an effort to reduce our footprint on the island, only River Cottage and Kipepeo have their own large bathrooms attached. River Cottage has a composting toilet; whilst Kipepeo has a flushing toilet. Kipepeo was also recently renovated so that it can comfortably accommodate a family of four.
For the rest of our guests; we have provided an open air shower block with flushing toilets close to the two twin bandas (Kusi and Kaskazi), Crocodile Dorm and Sam’s Shack. A composting toilet block can be found close to the campsite and a second open air shower block is situated close to the restaurant
Bees do occur frequently on the Lemon, most especially around our beehives as part of our community project on honey production and some can be seen on the small flowers in the grass – please wear shoes or sandals to prevent bee stings.
Bilharzia is found in most waters in Africa so we advise all guests to be tested and treated for this before leaving Uganda. Taking the medication 8 to 12 weeks after exposure is advisable. Please download this document if you want to learn more about Bilharzia Diagnosis and Treatment -The Surgery Uganda
Check out time is 10.00am but you are welcome to leave your personal belongings behind the bar, should you wish to enjoy a full day on the island before leaving.
Families and children are welcome. In fact we pride ourselves on being very family orientated, however we do recommend that children are supervised as we are surrounded by water. Please do let us know when you are making your booking if you require earlier meal times as not all children are able stay up later, especially if they have had an active and busy day. If you have children too small to sleep in a bed, please bring along a travel cot if you have one, however we can make arrangements if this is not possible.
Laundry services are available at a small fee.
Malaria is very common in Africa so please take extra precautions; wearing long sleeved shirts and pants in the evenings & spraying with insect repellant is advised. Prophylactics should be taken when in high malaria prevalent areas. We suggest that a test kit and treatment be purchased when guests return to their home countries.
Meal times are set and these are 8.30 for breakfast, 1.00 for lunch and 7.30 for dinner. All meals are served buffet style and include a vegetarian option. Both Millie and Charles (our two very accomplished chefs) are very accommodating with special dietary requirements and most food allergies or intolerances can be catered for, as long as we have some advance notice.
Nature abounds in all areas around the Hairy Lemon. The Red Tailed monkeys are particularly beautiful. All our animals and reptiles on the island have right of way; but please don’t feed them! Snakes can be prevalent at certain times of the year too so please be aware and look out for them.
Payment is made in cash on arrival in either UGX, USD, GBP or EURO’s. Please ask at reception for the day’s current exchange rate. Please note that we only accept USD notes printed from 2013 onwards.
Power and Charging depends exclusively on solar energy, which is just one part of our effort to be ecologically friendly. All our lighting, music in the bar and restaurant area, both bar fridges plus the lights in the accommodation rooms is generated from solar energy. Charging is usually available between 9am and 12pm daily – subject to sunshine which means it can be erratic.
Safety is our top priority so please take extreme care when swimming in the Nile as there are strong currents. A personal flotation device should be worn at all times when venturing into the river.
Toilets and Showers are shared – we offer two flushing toilets and two open air cold water showers in one ablution block. These are situated close to the twin bandas and the Crocodile Bunkhouse. An additional two composting toilets can be found just behind the Yak Shack and an additional two open air showers are located close to the Big Eddy. The River Cottage Dormitory is currently the only en-suite room on the island and it has an open air cold water shower and composting toilet.
Valuables may be handed over to our manager on duty for safe keeping should you prefer not to leave them in your room or tent.
Water is pumped up to our water tank using two specially designed spiral pumps from the river itself. This water is then treated with a slow release chlorine system and although it is treated, we still advise clients not to drink the water from the taps.