After an 8 hour journey from Fort Portal to Kabale through the night, me and two friends (all young women) arrived in Kabale at 3:00am. We were particularly wary about arriving in the town in the middle of the night and thus rung the hostel prior arrival. Owen - who works at this hostel, was amazing. He kept ringing us throughout the journey to track our whereabouts, and was waiting at the coach station with a legit taxi when we arrived in Kabale. He was extremely attentive, and we felt extremely welcome. I found the hostel extremely pleasant, it was clean and the beds were very comfy (and well needed after a long journey!). Despite staying only the one night, I would highly recommend staying here. The staff were exceptional (including the taxi driver Jean Claude), and breakfast was equally as good - get the porridge. No faults.
- 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