Gulu Travel Guide

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Gulu Things to Do

  • Malaria? Mola medical centre

    These people were brilliant when I came down with a fever and shakes. Soon after arriving I had a consultation and then malaria test straight away afterwards. After 20 mins I came back to find my test was positive and had the first of 5 injections to sort it out and thankfully the artesunate jabs did the trick. All the staff here were helpfull and...

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  • Monument to children abducted by the LRA

    Not far from the District HQ is a monument erected to remember those children who have been abducted in the war in the north by The Lords Resistance Army.

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  • District HQ

    Worth having a look at while you are in Gulu town is the district head quarters. The District HQ is a rather elaborately decorated building just to the north of the town centre.

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Gulu Restaurants

  • More malakwang

    If my favourite place for dek ngor is shut as it tends to be come evening time. The obvious place to eat would be Binnen. For 2,500 I had a really nice meal here of Malakwang with a side order of dek ngor or even a dirty graet bowl full of Lapena.It is also possible to stay here but non of the rooms have their own bathroom.

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  • We all hope its beans its beans!

    No-nonsense Muslim owned hoteli that serves up big trays of pilau, black tea or coffee for 300 and possibly the best beans and chapatti in town. All this served up while the two TVs in the café playing two different channels. One of which seems permanently tuned to an Islamic channel while the other would be playing hip hop videos. Fave meal Beans...

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  • Dek ngor

    Not sure this place has got a name. It is also not the easiest place to find as it it is situated in the alleyway between two parallel streets Labwor and Awich roads in Gulu. The girl at the hotel I was staying told me to eat here and right she was to do so. I loved the Dek ngor moo yang which I ate with sweet potatoes. The café gets really busy...

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  • Expensive yet busy coffeehouse

    I can't beleive how busy this place got at around 5 in the evening. Wazungu from the whole district appeared out of the bush on boda- bodas and on foot.I can't even tell you how good the coffee is as 3 cups of coffee here would have cost more than I was paying for my bed for the night. Sorry but no coffee could be that good. I took one look at the...

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  • Welcome to the

    Sadly Hotel California run by the lovely Mama Jane is not the one that the country rock band The Eagles sang about. If they had visited Gulu and had a slap up meal here then they may have written a half decent song instead of the wishy washy drivel that haunted me in the mid seventies. Muranga!

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  • Dek ngor madam!

    Can't remember the name of this place but it is on the right of Kampala road as you walk north.Traditional northern Ugandan Food. Best going at lunchtime, if you go in the evening the choice of food is not as extensive as the menu might suggest. I was disappointed a couple of times in the evening when the malakwang had been eaten so had to go to...

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Gulu Nightlife

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    by muguruki Updated Jan 7, 2011

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    I was happy to pose for a photo with the runner up and the person who came in last place after I had won the Acama Guest House smiling competition.

    Only happened to enter this place cause it was the nearest boozer when I was desperate for a beer, subsequently after that I spent most of the rest of my stay in Gulu sipping Nile and playing pool on the pool table that resembled Hoylwell golf course in the Acama Guest house bar.

    This place had the uncanny knack of playing all my favourite Congolese tunes while I was in there having a few scoops.

    Like many places in Uganda, Gulu has an iffy electricity supply so its wise to move around at night with a torch, and the Acama doesn't seem to have a generator for when the power fails in fact you would be lucky to share a candle with those who are playing pool.

    Samson Guest House

    Formerly known as Acama Guest House but I was told the establishment is still owned by the same person. Still a decent bar and the rooms have improved a lot. This is also the best pace to go in town if you fancy your chances at a game of Mweso.

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Gulu Transportation

  • Gulu map

    Not quite clear bur I hope you can make it out. This is a map I knocked while I was in Gulu hope it makes sense to you.Here is a key to the map1. Handicraft shop2. Cosmo guesthouse3. Kakanyero Guesthouse4. Jojo's Palace5. Republic restaurant6. Rainbow7. Acama Guesthouse and bar8. Marzook restaurant9. Restaurant that sells northern food (see...

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  • Bus to and from Kampala

    Getting to Gulu was easy enough by bus; just get to the bus station and wait an hour for it to fill up travelling up to Gulu took 4 hours exactly. For some reason a lot of the passengers are compelled to buy loaves of bread from the hawkers while we are waiting in the bus park. Its not as if there is a bread shortage in Gulu I saw plenty.Leaving...

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  • Market

    I was in Gulu in May 2013 and the market had been replaced by a building site. If the proposed artists’ impression of what the market in the future looks like is accurate then Gulu will have a mall like all singing all dancing multi storey market. I was told that building of the market started 3 years ago. In the meantime the market has temporarily...

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  • £££££ $$$$$$

    Before I headed up north to Gulu I changed a lot of my money in Kampala thinking there would be little chance to change my £s at a decent rate. Wrong! Jetset Forex in Gulu town was open untill 8 in the evening and had as good rates as a lot of places in the capital.

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  • Handicraft shop

    This really helpful young lady will serve you in the Handicraft shop for handicrafts and really nice yoghurt as well as all the house hold items on the shelf behind her.Whist I was in the shop drinking my bongo a bloke walked in and wanted to buy a bow and arrow. I asked what he was going to shoot with his bow and arrow thinking he was going to say...

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Gulu Off The Beaten Path

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    I am surrounded by a few of the children of Gulu.

    by seanatftc Written May 14, 2004

    Definately not a tourist trap. Northern Uganda has been destroyed by 18 years of civil war. I just visited Gulu, on a humanitarian mission. Every night 1000's of children walk to local hospitals and school to sleep, in safety. If they stay in there homes, the threat of abduction by the rebel army, is very real. Although it is not a safe place to be, I would go back in a heart beat.

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