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The Best Hostels In Kampala

Updated: Feb 8, 2019

Let’s be honest, travelling is not cheap and when you’re on a budget the best way to save money during your travels is to stay in a hostel. Unlike many other cities, Kampala’s “hostels” usually cater to university and college students and are not suitable for the travelling backpacker that is trying to save money while travelling. However, we have combed through a number of budget hostels in the city and these are our top hostels in the city.

Red Chilli Hideaway

This hidden gem has been in operation for 19years. From it’s humble beginnings as a basic backpackers, Red Chilli has now expanded to two sites; One in Kampala and the other at the Murchison falls. They have a wide range of accommodation ranging from camping to private flat/apartment rental.

Rates per night: Camping- $8, Dormitory $12, Single/Private Rooms $30 - $55, Apartments - $75

Bushpig Backpackers Ltd

Located in the heart of Kampala along Acacia Ave (Kampala’s Unofficial party/club district), Bushpig is popular among backpackers that want to stay in the heart of the city. It’s location makes it easier to navigate the city on foot, using Uber, Taxi or Boda. They also have fully stocked bar and kitchen that is open to the public.

Rates per night:

Dorm: $15 USD,

Single room: $25

Double room: $45

Twin room: $40

Triple Room: $54

The Five Horsemen

This new hostel is located in Nsambya near the American embassy and has affordable rates including breakfast and fast Wifi. They also have a great rooftop bar that is also open to the public with great panoramic views of the city skyline.

Rates per night:

Dorm: $13

Single: $20

Twin: $35

Double: $35 - $45

Fat Cat Backpackers

Situated in the busy Kololo/Kismenti area, this budget hostel has rates inclusive of breakfast and Wifi.

Rates per night:

4/6/8 person shared rooms: $15

Private room(Single/double/triple): $30 - $50

Private suite(Single/double): $45- $60

Palm Vistas Backpackers

Located in Kansanga, this budget hostel caters to all kinds of guests from backpackers to Business travellers on a budget. They have a fully stocked bar and lounge.

Rates: Dorm: $16 - $18

Double : $30

Nyumba 951

Situated on the top of Mulago hill in Kamwokya, Nyumba 591 is a private gated property consisting of a house, an apartment and a garden suite in a single compound and houses up to 20 people at a time.

Rate per night: $20


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