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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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HI - Kampala - International Youth Hostel Uganda
"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 about the airport pick-up as it will save you about half on the transport. The rooms are humble but the staff is very accommodating. They ask what you would like for meals and the cook makes just about anything you want. I brought my own mosquito net, but they do have small ones already on the...
"The ICU Guesthouse is your home away from home. Located in a quit area in the Rubaga district next to the Cathedral. The guesthouse has a large common room where a free breakfast is served every morning from 6 till 11am. There is a Wifi hostpot and there is laundry service. The large roofterras is a great place to have a drink and enjoy the sunset over Kampala." … "… next to the Cathedral. The guesthouse has a large...
"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...
"… 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, extractor hood, fridge-freezer, microwave, electric kettle,...
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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....
439 Balintuma Road
"… dining. It is very secure with a gate and thick wall around the house. Housekeeping is included. It is located in Namirembe, with very easy acess to everywhere. It is about 2 miles from downtown, very close to shopping centres, a few minutes from Makerere University, A few minutes from Namirembe cathedral, the famous Kasubi Royal tombs, Uganda museum, etc. It is very homely in a quite neighborhood. Please note:...
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!...
"… and share rooms especially when it comes to group visitors. The basic facilities like running water, electricity, security, internet access, close to the main road, mosquito nets, bath tabs/rooms and kitchen are in our homes. The apprtments are self catering. Services and activities Homestay is more like a another home for you. You are free to use the living room, garden ,family car, kitchen, family interaction etc. Break fast is...
"… * Wireless Internet Access * Air-conditioned Super-Deluxe rooms * 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...
"… 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...
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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