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Fat Cat Backpackers

Plot 13 Bukoto Street Kisementi, Kololo, Kampala PO Box 14016 Uganda
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#2 of 258 Speciality lodging in Kampala
Fat Cat Backpackers has quick become the best hostel in the heart of Kampala, Uganda. Boasting clean beds, hot showers and lovely staff, and within walking distance of a whole bunch of great places, it's the ideal place to base yourself while you're in town. It's the most centrally located backpackers in Kampala and offers great beds at great prices. Our facilities are basic but clean and well maintained, and our very pleasant staff (available 24/7) will do everything within reason to make sure that your stay in Kampala is lovely. Our rooms are mostly shared dormitories with between four and eight beds each, but we also have a few private double and triple rooms for friends, couples, partners – however you like or for just yourself if you want your own space!
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
BBQ facilities
Rooftop bar
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Snack bar
Car hire
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Bottled water
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French, Dutch, German and 2 more
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Jenna wrote a review Dec 2019
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia17 contributions9 helpful votes
Please stay anywhere but here unless the location is what you need. The location is great for Kisimenti / Acacia Mall. The whole place needed an upgrade in January 2019 and I realise this may have been done between my stay and my review (12 months later). Communication was extremely poor to the extent that when we arrived we didn’t even know if our reservation was confirmed! The staff moved us to another room and when I looked it up online the other room was actually cheaper than the room we had paid for - I had to ask for some money back and the staff were not at all happy to give it to me. We looked at Airbnb options in the area and to be honest we should have stayed in one - they were cheaper and almost certainly better.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Cheyenne zsarik wrote a review Sep 2019
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Beat food I’ve had on the island. Every meal I’ve tried has been amazing. My favourite has to be the spaghetti for sure, so much favour. Best service, wonderful staff. Would recommend and come again !
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Andrea B wrote a review Aug 2019
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Fat Cat is a nice place to stay both for long term and short term stays. Clean place with nice staff and good breakfast options. It’s very central and easy to get around in Kampala from the hostel. The manager is a friendly and outgoing dude who is happy to give advice on places to see in Kampala and other places around the country. Oh and the showers are nice with hot water in the evening!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
On the Run - Reiseblog wrote a review Jul 2019
Germany46 contributions41 helpful votes
This hostel was more than I was hoping for, when arriving in Uganda! As other reviews have pointed out the location, the quality of the rooms and the breakfast are amazing, so it's not really important to point that out even more. BUT: This place has its own atmosphere, which is mostly thanks to the manager and his caring staff: They share their experience with you, literally about any questions you might have (not only about Uganda, but also travelling all over East Africa) and who socialise with all guests. All the recycling art they're creating is another big bonus of this place- give Uganda monopoly or the recycling chess-board a try! In summary: you feel at home from the moment you enter this place until you (sadly) have to leave again at the end of your journey!
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Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
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laura-leto wrote a review Mar 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
It's a very relaxed hostel with a great roof terrace and other nice little spots to chill out. Rooms and facilities are all clean and staff is friedly. Also a bunch of nice restaurants and cafes are close. In this hostel a lot of interesting people are hanging around (a lot of peace corp volunteers, the hostel manager him self) who have very interesting stories to tell. I had great conversations there. Would love to go there again one day! Best wishes, Laura
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
US$14 - US$38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
UgandaCentral RegionKampala
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fat Cat Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Fat Cat Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Kampala Fair (0.1 miles), Kona (0.1 miles), and Good Glass (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Fat Cat Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Fat Cat Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Fat Cat Backpackers?
Yes, free public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fat Cat Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafesserie, The Bistro, and Endiro Coffee.
Does Fat Cat Backpackers have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Fat Cat Backpackers offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fat Cat Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, Hebrew, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Fat Cat Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kasubi Tombs (2.6 miles).