This used to be called the Blue Mango. I felt I had to mention this place because initially it was a really good place to stay. Comfy beds, good prices, a swimming pool and close to the cities attractions. However, after a day or so there the staffs true colours started shinning through. They didn't really like having us backpackers around as we didn't spend the type of money they liked. Also we saw a few signs up which insinuated that the staff were perhaps rasist in the kind of ex-pat way we had expirenced before. A good place if you were holidaying, but buget travellers and backpackers would do well to give this place a miss. After all, we're in the country for a whole other type of expirence!
After months away from home it was nice to have Walkers crisps, Cadburys and baileys again. However, the imported prices were very steep!
A lovely pool though, and accomodation for familys or dorms for travellers.
The place is very beautiful, has got a huge restaurant area with a great atmosphere and a swimming pool! (I found it quite anonymous, though, as it was so huge, and I was alone...).
Very basic dorm beds (with mosquito netting) for $ 6 a night (maybe a bit overpriced compared to similar accomodations). Cottages seemed quite nice though. Also possibility to put up your tent.
Highly recommended for a dinner or drink, and to stay especially for groups and families!
Other backpacker's hostels:
- Red Chilli Hideaway (more recommended for solo travellers)!
- Backpacker's Hostel (haven't been there)
Five Star accommodation and service
103 centrally air conditioned rooms
Free in-house Movies
In room electronic safe and mini bar
Conference and Banqueting rooms
Colonial Ballroom Saunas and Jacuzzis & swimming pool
Steam and Spa baths
Large secure car parking
9 acre gardens
Free airport service
Personalized and friendly service
Free Airport transfers make it so special!
Known originally as the Imperial Hotel, the first Hotel in Kampala, Grand Imperial has been restored to her previous grandeur and offers a 5 star world class luxury setting amidst the nine acre Independence Park Gardens, in the heart of the business district of Kampala.
It has get a coffee Terrace, in case of meeting friends, a great gathering place.
Leisure, artists performing,good reception, excellent services and meals
Places to stay come and go but the following seem to be the most important (that I know about):
** "Crater Bay Cottages" on the mainland is where we stayed and I can really recommend them. Good s/c cottages with views on the lake, quiet, no overlandtrucks, great food -specialty fresh crayfish- (that you have to order long in advance and remind them couple of times), private pier with stretchers and very informal and friendly staff;
** "Overland Camp" is the more busy and party place that attract a lot of overland trucks (be prepared for them !) next to Crater Bay. Recommended if you travel alone and want to meet a lot of backpackers and overlanders.
** Jasper's Campsite (but also has dorms and rooms) is located on Bwama Island, about half hour by canoe; friendly staff and very basic. Recommended for those who seek remoteness and a more natural experience.
** Bushara Island Camp is on a gorgeous island and the most developed and "luxurious" option. Very popular with holidaymakers and travellers with some better budget. Also very nice for a daytrip (if you buy lunch there you don't have to pay visitor's fee)!
In kampala are a couple of cheap, alternative accomodation possibilities in form of lodges, guest houses and hostels.
- Cardinal Nsubuga Leadreship Training Center is a catholic accomodation facility situated in Nsambya and offers clean rooms and a convenient connection to the city. Tel: 00256/41/268871
- Namirembe Guest House is a protestant accomodation facility in Mengo run by the Church of Uganda. The guest house has panoramic views of Kampala from the hill beside Namirembe Cathedral. It is very clean with suite bathrooms available and local food is served three times a day.
Lusam Rest house on Namirembe road is clean and recommandable.
All tourist sights dispose of accomodation facilities.
Sheraton Kampala, counts as one of the key superior hotels in Kampala.
Sheraton Kampala stands on an elevation in the centre of the capital, Surrounded by its own beautiful gardens. Services include:
Car Rental Service, Concierge Service,
Fitness Facility, Outdoor Pool, Parking Available, Restaurant, Shopping Available,Tennis
If i said that your spoiled for the choice, it may sound exaggerating, but there are really numerous accomodation possibilities down town. Above all, you can get high quality accomodation for relatively low prices. Kampala offers you international hotels such as Sheraton but also national renormed ones like Speke, Equatorial, fair way, Grand Imperial, etc. Normal prices lie between $10– 20 and the top end is at $50 and above. All tourist sites dispose of either a hotel or a camping site. You can as well choose to lodge privately if your tour guide happens to be my sister and she decides to introduce you to real life in Uganda starting with her own home
Don´t forget your mosquito net!!!!!!!!!
In Kampala I lived at the Sheraton. The hotel is situated in a beautifull park, on a small hill overlooking the city. The quality of the hotel is good. There's bars, restaurants, a swimmingpool, gym and more. It's an very expensive hotel, I would probably not have lived here if it wasn't a business trip ;)
Food costs about US$2, a beer is about 50 cents. The breakfasts are brilliant with some of the strongest coffee anywhere.
Just the most fantastic location! Right on the banks of the Nile (about 20m away!!). Great bar, food, people. Camping only US$2 a night, double bandas US$15 a night, dorms US$5 a night. Great showers, quiet, secure compound. Pete and Sherry, who manage the place, are a lovely couple and they also have a mental dog who seems to live on top of the bar. Davis and Kibina, the bar guys, are great fun, mad but great fun.The fish they serve was probably caught that morning! The bar is also public for part of the day and evening, so you get to meet loads of locals and other travellers. Try the whitewater rafting too! It is now under new management, but the place has not changed at all. I met the new folk there last year and the place is as great as always.
I've stayed in tons of places in Uganda, but my all time favorite is Jacana Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is beauitfully constructed to blend into the surrounding forestry, overlooks a crater lake, and is extremely tranquil and relaxing. Simply comfortable and relaxing, with great food and service. One drawback - although Jacana is surrounded by forests with Colobus monkeys and Baboons, the 'real' safari animals are a bumpy 45 minute drive to the main entrance of QENP. If you want to be closer to the 'action' then Mweya Lodge might be the better bet. Jacana is roughly $110/night including all meals. Check it out at http://www.innsofuganda.com/jacana.html
In Kampala... the new best hotel is the Emin Pasha (which it should be at $220/night). It is in a somewhat isolated section on Nakasero Hill, so a car or using taxis would be preferable. See it at http://www.eminpasha.com/
The Sheraton, of course, is very nice, but not as nice as the Emin Pasha. The Nile Hotel is currently undergoing redevelopment and will be re-christened the Kampala Serena hotel in June 2006. This should rival the Emin Pasha. It is in a great, fairly central location.
In Kampala I've stayed at the Sheraton, Mosa Court Apartments, Nile Hotel (to become the Kampala Serena), Fairway Hotel, and Hotel Equatoria (all in the $70-150 range). My wife and I stayed at the Sheraton in 2001 and she - new to Africa - found the pool to be a great place to unwind after a long, hot day. If you're staying for several weeks I'd highly recommend the Mosa Court apartments just down from the Sheraton... great location with an apartment-like feel, including furnished kitchen.
I haven't stayed at the Blue Mango, but from my meals there it looks like a nice, cheaper option.
OUTSIDE OF KAMPALA:
In Entebbe, the best, cheap place to stay is the Bagonga Convent (yes, nuns are there but it is very nice, clean, quiet, and relatively inexpensive - $25/person/night). Three $100 plus places are Botanical Beach Hotel which has a beautiful view of Lake Victoria, the Resort Beach Hotel (Never sayed there), and the Lake Victoria Hotel with good food and a great swimming pool that was frequented by skinny-dipping Peace Corps Volunteers!!! I like the Lake Vic for my 1st night in Uganda since it is so close to the airport.
In Mbarara my new favorite is the Marble Arch. I stayed there in 2005 and was rather impressed... clean, somewhat cheap, and good food. I've also stayed at the Lake View Hotel, the Pelikan Hotel and Riheka Guest House. All are nice, but the last 2 are cheaper.
In Kabale I always stayed in the Visitour's Hotel (cheap - I think around $10)). It was fairly decent. Nore expensive options are the White Horse Inn and Highland Inn (around $50-60). Both are quite comfortable, but for the money White Horse wins.
One must see place while in Kabale is LAKE BUNYONYI. It is absolutely beautiful. Hire a canoe over to BUSHARA ISLAND. If you can, I highly recommend camping on this island. The Church of Uganda has set up several permanent tents with beds for $35/night (the clean outhouse is a short walk away). This island is a true treasure, and the cooks make incredible crayfish masala. http://www.acts.ca/lbdc/bushara/
At Bwindi, I stayed with a Peace Corps Volunteer, so I don't have any advice. I know there are inexpensive campgrounds and expensive luxury camps, but I really can't make a recommendation. Sorry.
As you can see, there are many great places to stay and the choices are improving every year. Enjoy the warm hospitality, great food, and friendly service.
The people in this place are very friendly, especially the owner (I don´t remember her name anymore). In the rooms there is no luxury, only bed and shower. You have to get your food yourselve, but there are a lot of 'street-restaurants' around.
I liked the friendly atmosphere and the price is really ok.
Sheraton Hotel Kampala
Speke Resort Munyonyo
Imperial Resort Beach
Grand Imperial Hotel:
Jinja Town-- East Of Kampala
See The source of the Nile, Owen Falls Dam, Jinja Golf Club, Municipal gardens, yacht club.
Now Uganda’s second city, this bustling agricultural and industrial town on the shore of Lake Victoria offers a variety of recreational facilities for tourist and resident alike. One can enjoy sailing on the lake, swimming, golf and tennis, but don’t forget the town’s historic claim to fame - the Nile which here begins its majestic journey and provides the major tourist attraction. And, not only may you view the source itself - a magnet for explorers, but you may also engage in surfing the rapids in a spectacular day long whitewater rafting trip.
The Sunset Hotel has a superb setting on a ridge overlooking the Owen Falls Dam where you may see a colorful variety of bird life. The rooms have fans, baths, and private patios.
Jinja Nile Resort is a newly built hotel with an amazing view on the Nile
All rooms are self contained and the boast of a modern swimming pool,
Health club and barbeque area. Its within a few metres from Bujagali fall
Save With Cottages:
As you come to Africa, You need to have quality service at affordable prices.
Besides leaving in a first class Hotel, you need to learn about the way ordinary people leave, the roads, language and food.
Cottages have been created all around the city for accommodation to backpackers and other Tourists.
Pavement Cottage: Lies 4kms from Kampala city, 1km off Mawanda Road. It has fully furnished rooms, and Other facilities like Satellite TV, Local food. They offer free Tour Guide to local scenary like Muganzi Lwaza, Bahai Temple and Other People Interaction. It will cost you $15 for a Nite. If interested you can call25671415836 For booking. Pictures shown
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