Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Kampala, Uganda. You can choose from 8 Kampala hostels. In total, there are 35 cheap places to stay in Kampala such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $11 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kampala, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Kampala? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Kampala alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Kampala. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kampala. To help you make friends with Kampala before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
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!
Written by local enthusiast for Kampala hostels Curly
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Kampala. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Kampala. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Kampala costs on average $20 for a dorm. A hostel in Kampala with private rooms costs on average $20.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Kampala. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Kampala. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
Kampala is a good place with good people.
... 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.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Kampala and Uganda.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.