We had the pleasure of staying with the Zaale family one while traveling through Mbale as part of a global health trip. We met most of the family after the holidays (while they remained on extended holiday) and enjoyed every moment we spent no their cozy farm estate. We woke up to active wildlife in the distance, beautiful sunrises, and a couple of local brew every morning. During the day, we either read on the porch or explored one of the beautiful nearby hikes. In the evening, we ate with the family and discussed life. Highly recommend and hope to return one day!
A group of 11 of us stayed at Zaale's homestay this weekend. It's in a beautiful part of the world and the compound itself is very peaceful, but not too quiet - lots of family around to make you feel welcome, plus friendly cats, dogs and chickens! Everywhere is super clean. There's space to relax inside if you want (there's a big bookshelf with lots of English language novels) but we spent most of the time outdoors, eating and relaxing in the evening. The food was delicious, lots of options for veggies, everything ready when we got back hungry from our walk, including delicious traditional dishes. And the homemade banana bread was a big favourite in our group! Drinking water is on tap and beers were in the fridge. The hosts are really friendly, eager to help with our transportation, arranging a hike with a guide, and even sharing their living room with some of us to watch the football! Fully recommended for anyone wanting a clean, convenient, family-oriented base to explore the nearby hills.…
This was my third visit with David and Elizabeth Zaale in as many years. As was the case before, I was made welcome in a way that made me feel like a returning family member. Each time I have returned I've noticed improvements to the Zaale's compound and it is now more comfortable than ever. If you appreciate warm conversation over delicious buffet style meals, star gazing from a courtyard over a crisp beverage, cool quiet african nights in a secure and peaceful environment, you will more than enjoy the Zaale homestay.
I have visited The Zaale's homestay on many occasion and I must say it is the best atmosphere there is in Bududa , Uganda. The old couple is very welcoming and can make one desire to stay in the district longer than planned. Not the luxury kind of accommodation but the most luxury kind of hospitality
Right from Mr Zaale down to everyone else is very welcoming and will instantly make you feel at home the mixture of various cuisines that can be prepared before hand this is definitely a home away from home
Staying at the Zaales' home made my trip to Uganda a phenomenal experience. I will never forget the hospitality, fun, and authenticity of this wonderful home. The owners are fantastic people who are extremely knowledgeable about the country and the area, specifically. They are warm and welcoming, kind and caring. You will not be sorry you stayed here. The rooms are extremely clean and shared spaces are comfy places to visit with others. Highly recommend. The meals are fantastic. You will not be sorry!
I stayed there in a group of 13 people, so we took all the rooms around the courtyard. The beds were comfy and the rooms were good. The communal room with the kitchen and the courtyard are useful for groups like us to hang out in the evenings. All the rooms had bathrooms, and we were given hot water ready for when we returned from the day. The food is great, lots of variety and flexibility, sometimes there were about 10 different dishes laid out for us in the evening. David and his family are really kind and very welcoming, they helped with anything we asked, we shared several drinks in the evenings, and we were invited in for a dance in the living room a few times!
The experience with the Zaale is un-explainable! They are the most welcoming family and will make sure that everyone is feeling at home every single day. Not one day went by without the family checking in to see if I was feeling accommodated. Also, the view of all the mountains and surroundings is beautiful. Not to mention the food is amazing and a true taste of what Uganda has to offer! Definitely recommend!
The moment we saw the reply from Mr. David Zaale to our enquiry, till the time we left their home, we found that their warmth never diminished. We felt reassured that our first home in Uganda will be a truly memorable experience and it was. It was late by the time we crossed the border and reached Mbale (got dark and we also got robbed by our matatu conductor) and we were almost in tears when we found Mr. Zaale waiting with his car to pick us up. We hugged him as tight as we could. From then, we felt assured that we would be taken care off and safe in their home. We met Mrs. Zaale, who was like a mother to us during our entire visit. She had cooked dinner by guessing that we might be vegetarians and we cannot thank her enough for that (because we forgot to inform about our dietary restrictions). And it was so tasty, made with a lot of love. And from then on, every meal at their home was a wonderful treat which we still cherish. Every meal was had together with family. We learnt a lot about Ugandan culture from Mr. Zaale, about Ugandan cooking from Mrs. Zaale. And we had the most relaxed stay for about 5-6 days here. We discussed a lot of topics from colonization, to coffee plantation, to East African history, learnt about their traditional practices, shared our stories. Nothing was held back, we could freely discuss any topic that interested us. And they are both well experienced and knowledgeable folks. Bududa is a small village in Mbale district which is nestled at the foothills of Mt. Elgon. Sadly, the only reason it was in news was for some massive landslide that took place nearby. But this place is a hidden treasure that is totally worth it. And, Bududa is very different from Mbale town, which we felt was quite commercial and hence lost its innocence. Mr. Zaale has a social organization called Pathways Development Initiative, which works on forming self help group, encourage saving among members and involved in some income generating activities for the villagers. It also runs a small school nearby. We had a great time spending time with the members and understanding their needs and the work that they have done so far, sharing common learnings from back home that might help their cause. The rooms were clean and adequate. There were common toilets and bathrooms. The electricity was generated mainly through solar power at their home, so when entire Bududa did not have power for days together, we did not know about it till we ventured out into the village. The wonderful misty mornings felt watching tiny birds that visited us, the long walks we took in the fields nearby, the unlimited discussions we had over slowly cooked meals warming next to a firewood stove, the starry nights where we huddled up together, the lavish dinners spent with music and local beer, everything here felt like an enjoyable experience. It is not just a homestay, it is home. We would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wishes to spend meaningful, peaceful time on their trip to Uganda. There are several activities people might like to do like hiking in the mountain slopes, visiting nearby waterfall, coffee tour of their coffee plantation and pounding freshly roasted coffee beans. We enjoyed pounding fresh coffee in the morning and then being treated to several cups of fresh espresso and the joy of knowing it was grown in our backyard! They are very kind folks who give their everything to each guest who stays with them. And they treat every guest as family. So for anyone staying with them, please note to treat them back well and not cause any hurt. Go with an open mind and a warm heart and your rewards will be unlimited love. This was perhaps the only stay in our entire trip where we never missed home. We had acquired a new home and a new set of parents!…
My stay at the Zaales' has been a memorable experience. The rooms and toilets are well fitted and in good condition. Although the region has frequent power cuts, the homestay is conveniently equipped with a back-up solar-powered electricity supply. The most enjoyable moments of my stay have been in the kitchen area, where delicious traditional food is served. It has also been a pleasure to speak to David Zaale, who is very engaged with the local community. He has been extremely helpful and has even organised a football match with the locals for my friends and I! I totally recommend staying here to experience Ugandan hospitality at its best.