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The Home of Edirisa Hostel Museum
Ranked #19 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Kabale
Reviewed February 14, 2012

Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights - seemed very nice initially.....but after a while several things made it not so good. Its in a great position, has a nice lounge area upstairs and bar area downstairs. The twin room we stayed in was tiny and their was 1 shared shower (not hot) and toilet which was ok. The food was not great and slow service. Noisy at night and early morning with people in the corridor. Club next door at weekends - VERY noisy but not their fault. The oddest thing is the staff.....they're all, well, hyperactive! Lots of little things - but cleaning under our feet when we were trying to relax in the lounge, being very over the top and melodramatic about everything, dancing through the lounge arm in arm shrieking like schoolgirls while we were trying to have dinner......all very weird....and very annoying! Also internet doesn't. Its ok if you need somewhere for a night but I would take yourself 10 metres down the road to Amagara guesthouse where the service, food and rooms are a lot better.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

I stayed here for a night on each side of a canoe trek on Lake Bunyoyni. Overall, I liked the place. The toilet was fine (although only 1 shared and 1 eco-toilet). The best part of the place was the upstairs lounge with comfortable chairs.

I agree with the other review that it attracts noisy drunk backpackers. I was in a dorm room and got 0 sleep as a result. If I were to stay here again, I would choose a single room and hope for the best.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 25, 2011

Maybe I'm just getting old: I did not care for Edirisa, but plenty of twentysomething backpackers who were there at the same time seemed to be having the time of their lives (one of them was being noisily sick in the toilet, with his friends cheering him on ("Go on, get it all up!") while I was having a shower). The service was really bad -- they couldn't scare up a clean towel for me, not even with the combined effort of two people and a large ring of keys.

The staff seemed to be trying so hard to show the guests that everything was "laid-back" and "no stress" and "pole pole [easy does it]" that it was almost like a caricature or a self-parody. I found their whole "easy does it" routine amusing for a few minutes, and then it just got annoying. Having to ask three times and wait 45 minutes for a cup of coffee in the morning isn't "pole pole" -- it's just plain bad service. Having to wait an hour for someone to bring back change for a 5,000-shilling note isn't "laid-back" -- it's bad service. A hotel with no clean towels isn't "no stress" -- it's bad service.

Apart from the bad service: the rooms were acceptable, but not much better than that. The shared bathroom and shower were acceptable. The party-hearty drink-till-you-puke ethos that seemed to prevail among the guests might have been an epiphenomenon connected with the particular young backpackers who were there at the time, so I can't blame Edirisa for that; I don't know if they normally cater to the party-all-night crowd, but I suspect that they do.

I might stay at Edirisa again if I couldn't get a room anywhere else, but probably not.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

We stayed at the Hostel - great food and coffee, and then went on the community based canoe trip/trek on Lake Bunyonyi which was an excellent way to experience the area. Very interesting to see the village life, meet local people, and support sustainable tourism.
A great experience, but stay away from a dishonest driver named Bosco.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

We stayed here for 1 night to organise transport in Kabale to Ruhija by 4x4 to track gorillas. It's well located and upon arrival on the Horizon bus from Kampala we got food and great coffee up on the balcony. There are only a few rooms and they are quirky. We had a twin with shared facilities. The mosquito nets were hung fairly haphazardly and may have been home made so it was hard to tell if they were closed or not! There wasn't any water for some of the time we were there, but when there was we could have hot showers. Price was great, and the museum was interesting enough. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank jon o
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Reviewed June 4, 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 7, 2015
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  • Stayed: January 2015, traveled solo
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Thank perhentin
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Address: Kabale, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Kabale
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #19 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Kabale
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the center of the bustling town of Kabale is a little oasis: Kwanzi. The strategic location offers a vantage point from which to experience all the wonderful things that make South Western Uganda famous. Kabale itself is set amidst beautiful rolling hills and valleys that are perfect for hiking adventures, and is on the path to national parks teeming with wildlife, the impenetrable Bwindi rainforest where the rare mountain gorilla and other primates and wildlife live, and Lake Bunyonyi, "the lake of a thousand birds," scattered with islands and birds just as its name promises. Over 150 bird species are found here. On a clear day, one can see Mt Muhavura looming at a distance, believed to be the same volcanic mountain that once upon a time created these stunning surroundings. An unforgettable exotic adventure can be planned right at Kwanzi, which serves as a booking office for the award winning Gorilla Highlands. Ruth and seasoned restaurant owner Billy are the new team at this former Edirisa. With the new ownership comes the new name Kwanzi a new website still under construction and a warm hospitality that only an owner-run hotel can bring. As a sustainable development initiative, profits from Kwanzi go towards Grace Villa, a girls orphanage that Ruth founded and runs in Kabale. All the things that made the former Edirisa a favorite destination are still present. From the pocket friendly room rates to the great tasting food and the warm friendly atmosphere. The menu is being updated to fuse of the previous popular European menu with delicious local Ugandan fare. One of the accommodation rooms has been converted into a little Grace Villa shop to sell carefully chosen African crafts, beautifully tailored African garments and products made by the Grace Villa girls tailoring line, and baked goods from their Graceful Grains bakery. Dine casually or enjoy a cup of chai on Kwanzi s open air rooftop deck - perfect for when the temperatures are elevated - or in the more conventional indoor restaurant. The main section downstairs incorporates a small covered patio, a more formal dining area, 3 rooms with sleeping accommodation for up to14 people (one room is a large 10-sleeper dormitory), and a bar area that is being converted into a coffee bookshop. The location continues to offer the rare cultural gem: Kabale's only cultural museum, carefully put together and documented by historian and cultural expert Omugurusi Karwemera. The museum features a traditional Kikiga compound complete with a fenced hut just like in ancient times, with a range of both common and rare artifacts within. Musical instruments, weapons, utensils, furniture, attire and even a local granary. ... more   less 

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