If you’re in Kampala on business there are a huge host of options for accommodation available in nearly every price range. However, if you’re tired of the standard-package hotel ( that looks just like every other hotel in every other capital of the world) and want something a little smaller, quieter but still affordable then Mamba Point Guest House is the your choice.
Many people have visited one of Kampala’s best known Italian restaurants never knowing that there’s a guest house right next door. Of course, this is part of the charm – the guest house is well hidden behind a high wall covered with ivy and once you shut the gate behind you you’re in another world.
The amenities are moderate but it’s hard to think of something you might need and they don’t already provide. Swimming pool? Check. Small gym and sauna? Check and check. Excellent and free WIFI? Check. Satellite television? Check. Tea, coffee, hot water kettle, and small refrigerator in your room? Check all three. Free breakfast included in the price? Check. Small bar steps from your room? Check. Laundry that is returned promptly the next day with all pieces intact? Check. Air conditioning (not that you need it most of the time)? Check.
The staff are helpful and accommodating without being overbearing. Need to leave your luggage for a few days while travelling up country? No problem. Need directions, a taxi, to know the cost of getting to Jinja? They have the answers. After a few stays it’s like you become one of the family and they remember and greet you by name.
Located centrally in Nakasero staying at Mamba Point will mean that you’re still in the centre of it all without feeling like you’re in the middle of the city. It’s walking distance to a number of fine restaurants, coffee shops and the Garden City / Oasis malls. Cross over to the other side of Nakasero hill and you can be downtown in about a 20 minute walk. If you’re in need of meeting space there is a family-style living room and veranda as well as the restaurant next door where meetings can be easily held.
The last time we checked there was a fair bit of construction going on in expansion of the kitchen and some of the other rooms but the guest house is very accommodating around this and there’s no drilling or hammering going on in the wee hours of the morning.
The rates are reasonable for all of the above at $115 USD for a single and $150 USD for a double. Credit cards are taken but, like in most places, there is a small additional charge for using them. Make sure to book ahead of time as there are a limited amount of rooms and in the tourist high season it tends to fill quickly.