We visited Uganda last month and just want to say a huge THANK YOU for your guide which was invaluable. We offer these comments for updates
Kampala Our best night in Uganda in Bugolobi in the new Primrose Suites. VERY quiet and away from the hurly burly of noisier Kampala. Yet only 20 mins to the centre See www.primrosesuites.co.ug
Ssese Islands P201 Ferry from Entebbe. Leaves promtly at 14.00 but takes 2 hrs 40 mins Very comfortable but beware – we had ALL our luggage searched before embarking for a security check! Onward journey Kalangala to Masaka. We made a mistake….. and were hustled on to a matatu (19 passengers too) that insisted on leaving at 5.30am but then missed the ferry and we had 2 hours plus to wait for its return! There is a Kalangala to Kampala bus that leaves at 6.30 to 7.00am – a MUCH better option.
P203 Pearl Gardens Beach resort. We stayed mid week and it was VERY peaceful – some younger travellers we met found it rather dull – it’s marketing hard for Ugandan honeymooners Food was unexciting but adequate and edible! Management – very impressive and kind. They got up at 5 am to wake us up for our onward journey and provided us with a warm ‘packed’ breakfast too.
p232 Buses to Kabale. A tip Catch one from Kampala that is going through to Kigale in Rwanda – they are much quicker and not as full.
p243 Arcadia Cottages The BEST view of Lake Bunyoni We had a lunch here but it wasn’t as special as we expected from the write up in your guide. The prices too for B&B seem to have shot up. I think you might need to move the hotel into your Upmarket section
p290 Mweya Hostel Adequate and busy. The restaurant must have improved dramatically though, we had our best fish and chips here of our whole visit and the service was speedier than anywhere else too. We hired a guide early the following morning and saw 7 lions out towards Kasenyi – 3 were up a tree! The park is doing a great job. The elephant population now restored to 4000
p318 Fort Portal Stopped for a good lunch at ‘Gardens’ Restaurant. A great place for a break Good toasted sandwiches
p346 Mubende Following your description in the guide book we decided to have a break here. It’s now a dump! We moved on in haste.
p402 Jinja Hotel Triangle Annex Thanks so much for your map. We would never have found this hotel without it. Modest pricing for sound accomodation. Running buffet for both dinner and breakfast with plenty to eat. VERY busy though hosting a conference.
p437 Mbale. We remember the town of old and planned to have lunch there. Sadly it is now a tip and decidedly chaotic. We found Oasis of Life but that was closed – being refurbished they said. The Princess Royal Guesthouse next door is derelict! We do not recommend a stay in Mbale any longer
p455 Kumi Had a late lunch at Greentop Our best lunch in Uganda. Quiet, leisurely, great chesse and tomato toasties and were able to watch Indiana Jones at the same time. The new Kumi Hotel looks great too. A much better option than Mbale
p458 Soroti Small town charm with some very smart new shops We stayed at a the new comfortable guest house ‘The White House’ on the Church of Uganda compound.
Again – thanks for your guide