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Kampala does not have too many architectural wonders on offer, but if you've watched the Oscar-winning film "The last King of Scotland" with James McAvoy and Forest Whitaker, you will enjoy having a self-guided, film-themed, historical tour around the city where Idi Amin once had the fun of his life.
Among the young people of East Africa, Kampala is known as a place for students and hardcore partygoers, and it is relatively safe to walk at night, but you'd better not do it alone. If you get lost, you can always ask how to get to Watoto Church (formerly known as KPC -- Kampala Presbyterian Church) that is pretty central and well known to everybody. It is also where most of the hotels and hostels in Kampala are located, conveniently next to a large central market. There, you can get everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to exotic African fabric and cheap home utensils made in China. Mind your pockets, though!
Kampala is easy to get to from the airport in Entebbe, and with no traffic it will take you about forty minutes by minibus. Entebbe itself makes for a relaxed day trip -- walk in the green Botanical Gardens, sip a drink by Lake Victoria, and try out local food made with ground nut sauce.
Kampala is also the place to book all tours around Uganda, be it rafting, bungee-jumping, hiking, gorilla-watching or taking a safari in one of the national parks. The easiest way to move around the city is by boda boda (motorbike taxi), but always negotiate the price before you hop on!
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International Youth Hostel Kampala
"I have never been to the hostel but i have been checking in the internet about it and am a bit disappointed because one cannot be able to get the cell phone number or email address of the contact people of that hostel from the net apart from the postal address which is not of much help." … "This IYH is actually a rectory where priests live. There is also a church inside the compound and many friendly people all around. Be sure to ask...
"… tours to community based tourism sites all around Uganda. Also we are connected to a wide range of long term and short term volunteer opportunities in different fields and locations. Plenty of opportunities to explore possibilities for your staying in Uganda. Please inform us if you want to be picked up from the airport or any other location in Uganda, so we can arrange you comfortable transportation to Kampala. In case you are...
Fat Cat Backpackers
"Excellent location and facilities. - Fat Cats has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with very friendly and helpful staff. The location is just outside the main centre which can be reached by a short Boda Boda ride, giving Fat Cats a more peaceful feel. There are plenty of shops and restaurants all in walking distance. The hostel is very clean and tidy with larger then normal beds. The free breakfast is also a plus. I would definitely recommend...
Ewaka Guesthouse & Backpackers
"… and friendly and are very approachable. Kampala, with a population of approximately 2.5 million, is by far the largest city in Uganda. It is not yet completely overwhelmed with traffic and sprawl like Nairobi and Lagos. Additionally, Kampala is very safe to walk around, even at night, a welcome fact for many a high-strung visitor arriving from Nairobi. It has a perfect location and offers basic and clean rooms with simple...
"Backpackers Hostel is the perfect place for anyone on the backpackers circuit that is stopping in Kampala. The atmosphere is colorful and friendly, and many people go out at night to party. The noise doesn't stop others from going to bed early, as the rooms are far enough away from the commotion. Fast Wi-Fi is available, provided there is enough sun to power the solar panels, and for East Africa it is quite fast. The Location Set on a...
"… Telephone services, Digital Satellite TV, Wi-Fi/Wireless Internet access, standby generators, 24/7 security, ample parking space and exclusive lifts servicing all apartments. The apartments have maid service Monday to Saturday and bed linen is changed weekly or at your request. The kitchen in every apartment is a reflection of modern-day living and has been fitted with a dual gas and electric cooker with in-built oven,...
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Rweteera Safari Park Campsite
"… the lake Nyabikere and Kibale National Park (Home of Chimpanzees), are the perfect choice for those looking for a bit of peace and tranquility in our pretty gardens. Whilst these rooms are not en-suite; they are cosy and comfortable. They have its own self-catering kitchen. Alternatively pick a shady spot on our grassy campsite and pinch your own tent. Facilities Tented full board accommodation Dining area with stunning...
Red Chilli Hideaway
"Fantastic! - The staff is friendly and helpful; the atmosphere wonderful; rooms are clean; pool is nice; the monkeys, dogs, and goats are cute; the site is beautiful. I simply love it and can highly recommend it to anyone!" … "I visited the Red Chilli in January 2005 and was very impressed with their facilities and friendliness. They offer a great budget tour to Murchison Falls National Park and give all guests free Internet access!"...
"… cabinets, warm/cold water and satellite television, provide an ideal place for a holiday. Our gardens can accommodate up to 300 hundred seated people. We have ample, secure parking space. One can also enjoy a cool evening breeze from Lake Victoria from the gardens. Our conference room can accommodate up to 50 participants. The quiet environment, out of town, provides a perfect setting with minimum interruptions....
"… restaurant serves a wide variety of local and international foods. Our friendly and courteous staff offer personalized service that leaves memorable experiences We do have group buffets and meals ranging from 5000 to 10,000 Uganda shillings per plate. We do have Sunday buffet for 9000 Uganda shillings, All you can eat, free entrance and free entertainment. We do have room service all day anytime. Please note:...
"… and dish-washing place which will allows you to cater for yourself. We arrange the rooms to your liking and needs (number of beds, use of kitchen-corner, laundry, cleaning). We have arrangements for transport to and from the airport, and if you need help with getting around in Kampala we will be at your service. . We look forward to seeing you and we are committed to make your Uganda experience and stay with us the best ever....
Papaya Holiday Home
"… views of the city and a glimpse of Lake Victoria and the main city port, Port Bell. With 7 spacious ensuite bedrooms, we are committed to providing budget accommodation and breakfast without compromising on quality. We have a selection of accommodation options to best suit your pocket. We can arrange tours, transfers and restaurant bookings and host events - let us know what you need, and we'll do our best to please!...
"… Ample parking space 'The Bonito' offers a vast selection of beverages including fine wines and whiskies. Lighten up and wind down over a drink in the Bar, or in the serene wild-life themed Uzuri Gardens in the midst of the Kings of the Jungle. Rooms have been designed with simplicity and elegance in mind to offer comfortable living. All rooms reflect modern day living and include en-suite shower facilities, Digital Satellite...
"… We value our guests' comfort above all else and ensure cleanliness, timely room service and a widely varied exciting menu of meals at your disposal. Our employees are highly trained and very experienced in the service industry. You can be sure that you will be in good hands. The hotel Facade was inspired by Romanesque architecture and its use of columns, detail and space. The color theme is inspired by the desire to achieve...
Hotel Top Five
"… the art rooms and facilities are fully furnished with a Flat Screen Tv, Telephone with direct dial, wireless internet, free bottle of water, breakfast and DStv / Satellite Tv services. Hotel Top Five's Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 24hours before arrival. Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hotel. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. This property may...
Kampala Travel Tips & Suggestions
... Oh! its such a good feeling when visitors apprecitae Kampala - I love my City. been to different places in the world but Kampala will always be close to my heart. Robert
It is a really good African experience, the people are nice and friendly.
Kampala is one of the best places to be in the world. The transport is good (compared to New York) and the people are friendly.
— Mark Bethwell
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