Hostels in Kampala, Uganda

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Get to know Kampala (no more "I wish I knew this before")

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!

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FAQ about Kampala Hostels

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 $15 for a dorm. A hostel in Kampala with private rooms costs on average $31. shows all 8 Hostels in Kampala. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 8 hostels in Kampala, Uganda. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Kampala such as
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The Five Horsemen is the best rated hostel for partying in Kampala.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Kampala

Your Packing List for Kampala

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.

Get your full Packing List here

Kampala Hostel Cheatsheet

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.
8 Total number of hostels
$15 Average dorm price
$31 Average private room price
$9 Cheapest hostel in Kampala
Acacia Villa is the cheapest
4 Party hostels in Kampala
The Five Horsemen is the best rated
7.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Entebbe (32 Km / 20 mi.)
Mpigi (32 Km / 20 mi.)
Mabira Forest (42 Km / 26 mi.)
Jinja (70 Km / 44 mi.)
Ssese Islands (76 Km / 47 mi.)
Masaka (119 Km / 74 mi.)
Masindi (179 Km / 111 mi.)

Travel Tips for Kampala - from the Community

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!

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