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Mweya Hostel
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

The best thing about the Mweya Hostel is its location. The rooms were reasonable clean, but they were poorly furnished. Moreover, the showers were hopeless and we were often without hot water. There were also frequent electricity cuts at night so we couldn't use the fans to keep cool at night. The restaurant, however, wasn't bad though and we thought the food was good and fairly priced.

My worst criticism is of the manager. He was not to be trusted. We asked him if there were any guests who had already booked a jeep safari that would be willing to take us along, if we shared the costs of the hire with them. He said he would make some inquiries and came back to us a few hours later. He told us there was a Ugandan family who would be willing to take us and that it would cost 80,000 shillings for the two of us. However, when we attempted to pay the family on the safari the next day, they were surprised. They told us that had simply been asked if we could accompany them, which they were very happy to do. They had not been informed that any money was to change hands.

When the safari was over and we returned to the Hostel, the manager asked for the money. I told him, that the Ugandan family didn't want any. The driver then came along and demanded his cut. I called the the head of the Ugandan family over to the office and he got angry with both the manager and the driver. He told that they had abused his kindness and were trying to gain profit from it. He went on to say that the scam they were involved in was not good for tourism and did not give Uganda a good image. He was brilliant.

We had , in fact, come across a similar scam in Murchison Falls. The driver there was more up front and told us to tell the people he had arranged for us to share with, that our car had broken down and not to tell them that we were paying him any money. We told him that this was dishonest and could not accept, even though we would be more than happy to divide the cost of the safari with them.


I have a feeling this is a common scam in the Safari Parks so beware. It is a pity, because the parks are very beautiful and the Park Rangers are so dedicated to the preservation of the animals that live inside them. The problem is the huge difference in costs of visiting the park and the salaries of those who work in them. Many I imagine think that those that visit the park must be rich to afford such prices so many, I imagine, think there is nothing wrong with making a little extra on the side.

The best thing about the whole incident was that we became very good friends with the Ugandan family who are lovely. They were ever so kind and friendly to us for the three days we spent at the park. We have kept in contact and they have more than compensated for the bad service we received at the Hostel.

Room Tip: None of them looked very good
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank henryinbraga
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Typical ugandian budget hostel. It is not too bad, rooms were small, old, dusty, but relatively clean. Central restaurant provide some basic and tasty meals. Bigger problem are showers and toilets, that work on 10% percent, so count with the possibility, that You won't be able to clean yourself. Staff is quite slow, noncomprehending, and they require all payments "now", but we had no real problems with them. Simply put - this is cheap and very very basic accomodation, but sufficient for the most of the budget travellers.
Big advantage is the location. Situated in Mweya, this hostel lies just a few steps from UWA center and Mweya lodge, where You can arrange boat trips and jump for WiFi, souvenirs or some really good meal.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank ondrejfabian
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Terrible management. Shared showers didn't work (and when fixed poured yellow/brownish water). Shared toilets didn't flush. The sink in the room didn't work. Giant holes in the mosquito nets over the bed, we slept all night with mosquitos all over us. Management didn't take care of these for 2 days. Uganda has amazing cuisine but they managed to ruin even that. They use their privileged location close to the Kazinga Channel to charge way, way too much for the "services" offered. Just not worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank andreutorres
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

After making a reservation for the Mweya Hostel from our apartment in Kampala we were told to make a deposit of at least half the amount at an office across from the British High Commission (embassy). After wasting about one half hour I learned the office was up a dirt road (mostly mud on that day) on the second floor in an obscure back area. It really buged me that they kept us waiting for a fair while in the lobby of an accounting firm while they sent someone to get us but when I got to the office three people are sitting around doing next to nothing. I wasted a bunch of time from our driver and a good number of phone calls in order to get to the hole in the wall office. Every one I talked with while searching in the building did not know of the office and even the receptionist in the accounting firm on the same floor in the building never heard of the people and place. I more or less expected it was a hoax...but they gave me a receipt and we did get the basic accomodations...It was the slow season and there was not even one person staying at the hostel for the days we were there...so my time of getting to the office was a totally unnecessary. The accomodations were basic ...power was off a lot of the time and not one person was on the compound the nights we were there...a bit scary should something go wrong especially since the phone coverage there is sketchy at best. When our drive vehicle had trouble on a late day game drive there was no one there with a vehicle that could be of help. One worker made some phone calls before he left for the day...we eventually got back but it was not because they did much...it was because our UWA guide knew someone who was driving past us. The hostel is in a great location and the place is okay but be aware of these issues because if you have troubles it could be rough...they need to work on customer service and either get a better location for the Kampala office, get more attentive staff or move the office to a more visible location. The Queen Elizabeth Park is very beautiful...and worth the adventure for sure. Nelson, the UAW guide we had was super!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Edward777615
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

A very cheap option for backpackers. Our room was simple and clean. The food was good and the manager has helped us organize a guide. For Queen Elizabeth NP definitely a very good accomodation!

We have been there in low-season, and we didnt have to book before.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Bim_Toeder
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