Esuubi Café, near Mityana

Simon Eyre, a trustee for the UK Charity Esuubi (www.esuubi.org.uk), writes:

A new much needed facility has been opened along the long road from Kampala to Fort Portal situated on the right of the side of the road 3 Km west of Mityana town.

Opened by the UK Charity Esuubi in early 2015, this non-profit Café offers a very welcome refreshment stop for those travelling to and from the National Parks in the west of the country. The café offers a variety of drinks including filter coffee and a range of specialty cakes including banana and passion fruit muffins, lemon drizzle cake and chocolate brownies along with a variety of savoury dishes and breakfast pancakes. The cakes are fast becoming popular with the safari vehicle drivers and are unique to the Esuubi Café in Uganda.

The lack of a suitable toilet stop on the Kampala-Fort Portal route has long been an issue for travellers and the Café also addresses this issue. Boasting probably the cleanest flush toilets in Uganda this is something you will welcome after 3 to 4 hours on the road!

Also the Café has probably the widest range of local crafts available anywhere in Uganda. The Café organisers have sourced craft from a large number of suppliers to provide a good one-stop opportunity to obtain some souvenirs.  It certainly provides a more relaxing stop than the alternative tedious trail into Kampala for the central craft market. Once the new Entebbe highway is completed this will be invaluable allowing you to miss out the inevitable traffic jams in Kampala. In particular there is a display of art from a large number of Ugandan artists available for purchase, which is not something you will find elsewhere on your travels and certainly is strong testimony to the talent of the artists.

The whole ethos of the Café is to support the work of the orphanage and school established in 2008 at Ekiwulumo about 4 Km East of Mityana which currently provides a home for over 120 children and primary school education for around 300.

It is certainly worth making the stop and should prove as popular, as the Aids orphan café at the Equator

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