Lodges near Jinja and Mabira

Andrew Roberts is busy updating the Bradt guide for the 6th edition and has forwarded me the followimg two reviews for preview on this website:

Little Kingston da Global Village m 0712 536133;
e flandersrazaka@yahoo.com.www.littlekingston.com Located in Najjembe village, this small Belgian-Ugandan lodge offers a small bar/restaurant with pool table with shoestring accommodation and camping behind. A less than enthusiastic review in the last edition owed much to a prolonged absence by the owners. However, Fried and Leila have since returned, booted out the khat-chewing idlers, cut the grass and generally spruced the place up. If the dank NFA bandas don’t appeal and you’re short of US$280 for the Mabira Forest Lodge, look no further! Food is available and though the bar, by its own admission, specialises in reggae music, other genres are available ‘on request’ Activities offered include mountain biking and forest and village walks.

A The Haven (8 cottages) m 0782 905959 e thehavenuganda@yahoo.com; http://www.thehaven-uganda.com. This riverside lodge enjoys a stunning location divided by a small peninsula that separates two very different Niles, the river being broad and placid on the southern side whilst immediately to the north it rages down the grade five ‘Overtime’ rapid. Built by a German engineer, the Haven opened in 2006 as a slightly incongruous mixture of luxurious, state of the eco-arts, lodge building; a similarly sized ablution block; and 2 cottages and a campsite, all using this palatial communal bathroom. The masterplan is now clear with the addition of 6 luxurious, spacious, solar powered cottage suites, all s/c with a river view and constructed using natural materials and with earthy tones. Variations on the standard theme are a two-room family unit and a‘Honeymoon Cottage’ with a floor level bathtub in front of a picture window overlooking Overtime. Though the lodge has earned a well-merited reputation as a romantic retreat, it is actually wasted on couples too blinded by love or lust to appreciate the meticulous and innovative design details. Activities include fishing, boating, apparently biharzia-free swimming. Shoreline wildlife includes fish eagles and other birds, red-tailed monkey, otters and monitor lizards. The Haven lies north of the Owen’s Falls dam, 15km up the tarmac Kayunga road (which leaves the main Kampala-Jinja road opposite Nile Breweries) followed by a 3km signposted dirt track. From Kampala, it can be reached either using the main Jinja road or the longer but quieter route via Gayaza and Kayunga (page 000).
US$90/180 sgl/dbl s/c suites US$60/120 cottages with shared facilities. Camping US$40pp All rates full board. Advance booking required.
and village/forest walks. Secure parking in compound Dbl/twin with shower US$10; Dorm beds US$4pp. Camping US$3pp. Tent rental US$5.


One thought on “Lodges near Jinja and Mabira

  1. Emma Dunkley says:

    Just wanted to leave a note about the Hairy Lemon…this island retreat had come with great reviews from many guide books, but I think it has fallen into disrepair. Service was awful, food was sub-par (and they ran out, don’t even think about seconds), the toilets stink up the camping area, there was lizard poop all over the rooms (they have not been cleaned in a while), and there are often large groups there giving it a university-residence party feel. Extremely disappointing. We ended up leaving after one night and heading back to Jinja. Also they neglect to tell you it is cash ONLY.

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