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P 141 Kampala accommodation

I must tell you about TAL Cottages, Kampala. We landed up there after being very badly treated at Namirembe guest house. We have stayed at Namirembe before and it was fine. This time they had put a larger group into the part where we had booked and offered us the most appalling rooms which they alleged were of the same standard. Our friend, a minister in the Church of Uganda, was furious and whisked us off to TAL Cottages. It is a conference centre, not yet complete, but with very good accommodation and excellent, friendly and helpful staff. It has a swimming-pool! It is near the Kabaka's Lake on the Rubaga-Kabusu Road (about 5km from Kampala city centre) PO Box 71377, Kampala,I don't know if they have a website yet. We really do recommend it. Mary Ingram. Nov 06

Nice new budget hotel in Kampala is the Marble Arch (0412 68 728, mob. 072 288 329) in Kansanga off the Ggaba Road. This is next door to the Olympia Hotel and charges the same rates 30,000/40,000 singles/doubles. The ambience is much more pleasant than the Olympia and the rooms are to a higher standard. Bill Willoughby. Dec 06

The fabulous owners of Mamba Point (Guido and Fiona) were incredibly kind and generous.  It really was like having breakfast with the family there on the veranda, and the rooms and food were out of this world.  We were so sad to leave as we spent our last night in Uganda here. Contacts are 22 Akii Bua Road, Nakasero, Kampala, PO Box 7815, Kampala, 077 224 3225/031 256 3000, www.mamba-point.com, guesthouse@mamba-point.com. Stuart Hutchinson, Jan 07.

Mamba Point Guesthouse is an exquisite accommodation resort, located in the very exclusive and safe Nakasero area and strategically sited just two minutes away from the city centre. While boasting unrivalled accommodation and service, all delivered in a convivial environment where the customers are treasured and made feel at home, it consists of six en-suite six twin-bedded rooms. Rates per night: single occupancy US$ 115, double occupancy US$ 150, breakfast, taxes and Internet connectivity included. You can Enjoy some of the very finest Italian food and wines at Mamba Point Restaurant. It has been rated one of only four **** star dining establishments in Uganda by The New Vision and The Monitor newspapers (Uganda's leading daily) and awarded the title of best restaurant in Uganda, consecutively for the years 2004 and 2005, by the readers of the authoritative Travel News and Lifestyle Magazine of Nairobi, Kenya. Located just a few hundred metres away from the guesthouse and the restaurant - behind an archway gate there's Mamba Point Pizzeria, a peaceful dining oasis of calm. Sheltered under a simple yet stylish open-aired thatched roof, the pizzeria instils a relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere with a cool refreshing breeze. Here the specialty cuisine is evident: delicious, thin-crusted Italian pizzas, baked in a firewood oven and prized for their savoury fresh ingredients, some straight from the garden. Expect wonderful home-made and imported cheese, hams, capers, anchovies, olives.. to name but a few. It's the perfect place for a Sunday lunchtime getaway, or a lovely evening meal embraced by a soothing decor.

The Blue Mango Lodge was closed this year and people told me that it seems it will be closed for a long time, or even forever. we've lost one of the best accommodation of this kind at Kampala. Hector Garcia, Sept 07.

We stayed in a number of hotels and motels in Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja and the only one we didn't like was the Fang Fang in Kampala. Our room had a shower that leaked, leaving a large puddle on the bathroom floor. The bathroom smelled dank. There were mosquitoes in the room. The room was dark and uninviting, and certainly not worth the $US100 we were charged. We had planned to say for 2 days but left as soon as we could after 1 day. We moved to the Hotel Africana, and for $US37 extra, we had a much more pleasant experience. Kim Chamberlain, Sept 07.

Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, Kampala. As a hotel, it is really expensive, but if you stay in Kampala for a longer time, a daily membership at the country club can be really nice if you want to feel back in the west for some hours, without paying to much. Daily membership is 20 000Ush. For one day you can use the gym, play tennis, squash, you can swim and use the wireless internet if you bring a laptop. Sanne Terlingen, Nov 07.

We stayed at Namirembe Guesthouse in both self contained and smaller non s/c rooms, but the price was almost the same, which was poor value for the small rooms, as Mary Ingram commented in a previous update.  There is a very nice atmosphere there, but we found the Manhattan Guesthouse, just a few minutes' walk away, had much nicer rooms, more reasonable prices, very helpful staff and a better view than Namirembe, which advertises its 'million dollar view'.  To get to Manhattan, continue along Willis Road past Namirembe entrance and the cathedral gate, and turn right into Balintuma Road.  It's about 100 metres on the right, ie. right at the top of your map on p.169.  Rooms cost 45-50,000 Ush s/c with breakfast, and Ugandan meals can be ordered.  439 Balintuma Rd, Kampala Mary Osmaston, Jan 08.

The phone for Kampala Aero Club is 0772 706107 (there's a digit missing in the book). Andrew Roberts, Jan 08.

I can vouch for the Hotel City Square; it was clean and comfortable and seemed secure. The central location was very convenient. David Muir, Jan 08

Kampala: We stayed at Mamba Point Guesthouse (www.mambapoint.com) which has really good facilities and is convenient to pop out to the Ekitoobero Bar and Restaurant (p151) either to watch UK football matches in the garden or to have excellent Ugandan food and listen to a good band on a Saturday night. Andrew & Margarita Sloan, March 08

25 km North of Kampala on the Gayaza road there is the Kabubbu Resort which has 6 rondavelles to stay in at Ug Shs 70,000 per day for a double.This is part of a rural community regeneration project which has seen the building of 5 water boreholes in the village,a primary and secondary school and a medical centre. It is run by the Uk based www.quickentrust.com who have found 300 sponsors to pay for the education of village orphans. It is inspiring to see what can be done and as part of the stay there one will get shown around the village and see the continuing progress. The food is very good and the accommodation comfortable. Contact Enoch Kagoda at 0772 582704 or enochkagoda@yahoo.com. Andrew & Margarita Sloan, March 08

Following the update newsletter, I stayed at the Mamba Point guesthouse, Nakasero. Posh and chic, comfortable, but expensive. Approx. 78 EUR per night, breakfast incl. I was mislead by the word "guesthouse" which implies an economical place. The adjacent restaurant is one of Kampala's top places to eat, evidenced by the state-of-the art 4wheel SUV parking outside. Walking downtown (approx. 20 min) downhill no problem at daytime. After dark taxi required, to be called by phone, no taxis patrolling the neighbourhood. Heiner Hoffmann, March 08

 

P  149 - Kampala Eating Out

We just went to a restaurant on Kampala Rd called Sam's upon the recommendation of the book.  I
enjoyed the Lamb Sunday Roast, while my husband enjoyed a steak and a
Long Island
Iced tea (they actually knew how to make it) - we second the recommendation! Nicholle Franke, June 07.

 

P 161 - Kampala What to see & do

The Ndere Dance Centre now costs 10,000/= a person entrance fee.  There is a good Ugandan style buffet for 10,000/= also with drinks costing extra.  The new price, although a huge price jump from 5000/= is well worth the cost and a wonderful evening enjoying Ugandan culture.  Not sure if its always busy, but every seat in the house was booked, therefore it would be advisable to reserve seats by calling ahead before coming, especially if you are planning on eating dinner whilst the show is on. Nicholle Franke, July 07.

I would like to recommend the Great African Art Studio. Stella Atal is the only famous female artist in Uganda. She paints (sold work to Bono from U2) and last September she also started her own fashion label. Arts and craft shops are nice, but Stella designs you a dress for 100 dollars (or cheaper). Wall hangings are prices from 15 000Ush up to 100 000Ush. Paintings are more expensive: 700 000 is the average price. If you tell her what you want she will make it for you. Great African Art is based at Kamwokya Market down the Kobil petrol station. greatafricanart.co.uk, atalstella@yahoo.com Hope some other travellers are happy with this information! Sanne Terlingen, Nov 07.

Visit to the recently opened Ghadaffi Mosque in Kampala: Ush 10.000. Dress appropriately. Ask for someone to show you around, they are happy to oblige. For anyone looking for authentic souvenirs I recommend a visit to Owino market. It's very colourful and you can buy great things such has handmade kitchen ware and other house hold items and spices such as vanilla and cinnamon at a fraction of the craft shop and supermarket prices. The hustle and bustle can be challenging, but it's worth the effort. Entrance fee to Speke Resort swimming pool in Munyonyo has gone up: Ush 15.000 pp. Esther van der Hoeven, March 08

 

 

P 174 - Entebbe

Sophie's Motel at Entebbe needs a mention for efficient, friendly service but they seem to get very little trade and I think they are being squeezed by bigger competitors. Mary Ingram. Nov 06

On map Entebbe Tourist and Central Inn are located on wrong side of Church Road. Mirek Rybinski, July 07.

I want t advise against Imperial Botanical Hotel. I went there to spend my last day in Uganda waiting for my night flight. We relaxed at the garden easily reached by walking, but the hotel is too expensive for what it is (170 USD per night for a double room and 82 USD for day use), there are too many shouting idlers, - staff is very unpleasant and the welcome was the worst in Uganda, nobody cares about guests,  one hour waiting for the dinner, internet service on payment, many buildings are neglected, the room is poorer than a 2 stars hotel accommodation. Sandra Foschieri, July 07

Highly recommend the Boma (p179)hotel for the nice atmosphere, convenience to the airport and good food. We also visited the Botanical Gardens for 2 hours with a guide which is well worth it. Andrew & Margarita Sloan, March 08

 

P 183 - Day trips from Kampala & Entebbe

Please be advised that from 1 January 2008, the Ngamba Island Forest Walk price will increase to US$ 350 per person - for both new and existing bookings in 2008. The usual pre-requisites for health clearance will apply, i.e. medical forms need to be completed and submitted to CSWCT as normal. Debbie Addison, Wild Frontiers, Oct 07.  

 

 

 

 

 

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