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The Home of Edirisa Hostel Museum

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Athens, Greece
Reviewed 16 December 2014

Home of Edirisa is more like a place where you just stay for a night or two.. There is not many things to do in the city, it is just a stop-over before/after visiting the stunning lake Bunyoni! The rooms and the bathroom facilities are just ok, but the food is really nice :) Don't miss the chance to use...

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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 25 November 2014

This is a cheap place to stay if you are on a budget, but the hostel does not look like anything that is advertised online. Rooms are small and tight, bathrooms are filthy and the staff seem to do nothing else but hang around and chat/laugh. The tours offered are way overpriced. All I was looking for was to hire...

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Reviewed 8 October 2014 via mobile

We sadly only stayed one night. Arrived from fort portal, quite late. First impression was really good. Dorms looked good and clean and we didn't pay a lot. The bar looks really cool and there is a restaurant/sitting area upstairs with wifi. Showers and toilets reasonable and the breakfast area doubles as a museum. Friendly staff too. Sadly we had...

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Thank Puck R
Reviewed 5 September 2014

Really popular hostel, good restaurant and friendly staff. Dorms are freaking small, 10 peeps in few square meters, prices too high, toilettes really small and dirty. The staff is really nice, wifi works all day long and there are some books in the living room. I go there only when Kabale Backpackers is full.

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 26 August 2014

I went to eat at their restaurant and ordered a coconut milk chicken curry. Well I got something that looks that tomato soup (bad one) with a bunch of chicken bones. Apparently, the chef messed up. After I left the restaurant and complain to a staff member, the manager came to my hotel to apologize for the mistake in my...

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 August 2014

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...

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Thank Emily S
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Myself and two friends (all young women) arrived at 3am on a bus from Fort Portal. Wary about arriving in the early hours in a town we don't know, we called Edirisa hostel earlier in the evening and explained the situation, and they offered to collect us from the bus station. Throughout the whole journey, a member of staff (Owen)...

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Thank Lucy M
Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 26 July 2014

One should not have too high expectations, especially when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness, otherwise very recommendable. Above all, the staff are without exception very friendly and helpful! The food is okay, the menu includes international cuisine. If you want to eat locally, there are many restaurants only a few meters away where you can try the traditional for...

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 July 2014

I have stayed at the Home on two occasions. The staff work hard under the management of Owen who will always put you first and try his best to meet your needs. The accommodation is bunks or private rooms. I have used both. The double room has its own flush able toilet and sink which maybe worth considering. There is...

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Thank Steve F
Amsterdam
Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Amazing deck to chill-out. We had pizza which wasn't great, but as you'd expect from african pizza's maybe. Breakfast though was really good! This place is runned by such locely people who are willing to help out with whatever you want. Also their project on making the gorilla highlands seems really nice. We didn't have time, but their treks and...

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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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Address: Kabale, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Kabale
Number of rooms: 4
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