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Backpackers Hostel & Campsite

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Amsterdam
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed here one night after taking the bus from Tanzania. Used the lonely planet to guide us (East Africa Jul 2012), but I must say, I think the place changes a lot since they researched here. It is cheap, but not as chilled out and layed back as you might think. It looks like a night club with a hostel...

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Brussels
Reviewed 10 May 2014

I stayed here 4 nights in a single room (30,000 UGX per night) to attend university meetings during the day. The bed is OK, provided with a mosquito net. There is 1 light switch in the room but no socket to charge your electronics, this can only be done in the bar where you have to stay close and keep...

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed here for one night to have a night out in Kampala. The accommodation was adequate but pretty basic. About 14 beds in a dorm, which come with mosquito nets. The food was very slow-an hour for scrambled eggs on toast! It's also a bit out of town but there's not many cheap options in Kampala

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Golden, Canada
Reviewed 19 March 2014

The location was convenient in that it was an easy walk to the old city center, the bus park and the Owino Market. The staff was friendly and helpful. BUT the owner seems to be trying to add a nightclub to the hostel and there was loud music playing from late in the afternoon with no quiet place to go...

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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Arrived here at 3 AM after a 21 hour bus ride from Arusha. Thankfully we knew they had staff 24 hours and the check in only took about 45 minutes. We got a double room with no bath and our friend got a single room; but it was almost a double as the employee opened a room to a sleeping...

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London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Rooms not great and expensive - aponye hotel is better value if you want a hotel, and red chili much better for a backpackers vibe. Ar this hostel the only area to sit and relax in is a dark clubby area where blaring house music is played until 4 even if no one is there, and was put on again...

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LA
Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

I would give two stars, but the staff as nice, so I'm giving them an extra star. The rooms need remodeling, and the bathrooms are gross. They charge for wifi, and it's way outside the main city area. Also, the owner seemed mean to his staff. The place feels safe though, so that's good :-)

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Im an expat living in Kampala for two years, so I have visited a lot of the locations in the city but I also stayed at backpackers as a traveller when I first came to Uganda. For a start, there really are only two options considered immediately to travellers coming to Kampala, which is this Backpackers and also Red Chili....

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Valledupar, Colombia
Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

It is a nice hostel on a good location. The staff is very efficient, the have a very nice bar with a lot of options for food and drinks. You couldn't ask for much more for the price you pay but being a place for backpacker they could make improvements such as having towels for hire, free wifi or complimentary...

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Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Overall this hostel has a lot going for it. But it clearly is not trying very hard -- it's coasting off a great Lonely Planet write-up. It doesn't list with the Hostel Booking websites for a reason in my opinion. However, they have a great travel desk with very helpful staff. The pros: -Good food -Nice staff -- Sharon was...

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Additional Information about Backpackers Hostel & Campsite

Address: 3 km From the City Centre On the Natete/Wakiliga Rd, Kampala, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Backpackers Hostel & Campsite Hotel Kampala
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“Only certain double rooms have power outlets, dorms do not.”
 of 5 bubbles Tyrannosaurus_Ross, 7 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Huts out-back are quaint and away from club”
 of 5 bubbles 159esmeh, 27 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Dorms are cheap and clean.”
 of 5 bubbles MaxineF719, 1 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Get a proper room with door that locks and not the bunks. Take care of and keep luggage safe”
 of 5 bubbles emmaeggs, 10 Dec 2014 | Read review
“There are no rooms that I could call really good. The place is getting old. Try to take a cabin as far from the night club area as possible if you come.”
 of 5 bubbles ChristopherH932, 3 Oct 2014 | Read review
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