Posted: Wed, September 14, 2016 | By: Volunteer
Lodging provided for the volunteers are visible here.
All of the places are very affordable, and every place comes with mosquito nets - no need to bring your own.
Skyway Hotel (Entebbe) - The website description says it has “Affordable, comfortable and secure rooms with orthopedic-style beds and a Lake Victoria breeze… All Skyway Hotel rooms—the dormitory as well—have own bathroom with hot water and mosquito nets.”
We can get the “Family Room” with 4 beds so the cost there will only be $15 each. There’s a dormitory for $17 each, shared rooms with one other person cost $22 each, and people who want their own room still only have to pay $30. There’s even a camping spot on the side yard, for backpackers who just want to pay $4/night.
It seems like the other guests here might be trekkers, probably from the same Ruwenzori region where we’re going. There’s internet here, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a breakfast offered. It’s a small hotel, only 36 beds total so we’ll probably fill up half the beds. COST PER PERSON: $15 - $30
Whitehouse Hotel (Kasese) - This centrally located large hotel is only 1.3 kilometers from Kasese Humanist Primary School.
Additionally, it is close to Kasese Market (shopping) and the transport centre, where we’ll charter buses to Kyarumba, Nyakiyumbu, Ruwenzori National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Whitehouse Hotel is recommended by Ruwenzori Trekking Services; the result is there’s a lot of international trekkers, en route to climb the mountains. There’s also traveling African business people here. The hotel isn’t fancy, but there’s fans in every room, an internet cafe next door, and the location is near-perfect. Some rooms have bathrooms attached; other rooms don’t so you need to use the floor bathroom, with separate toilet stalls, and separate shower stalls.
COST PER PERSON: $11 - $12
Kyarumba Coffee Resort (Kyarumba) - There’s only four of them - one holds 3 people; the others hold 2 each.
The location is central, close to Kyarumba Market, close to several schools that Brighter Brains Institute supports that the PCSC will be visiting, right next to a beautiful stream and garden. There’s also a large field adjacent to this, where we can have a gathering, feast, or party. Every cottage has a living room, a bedroom, and a bathroom with toilet and shower.
Good news: you get a free English breakfast here - the local coffee, with toast and marmalade. More good news: you can buy your dinner here - it’s usually goat meat, vegetables, and rice. Very delicious.
COST PER PERSON: $15
Ruboni Community Camp (Rwenzori National Park) - Ruboni Camp has nearby hill-climbing, plus a Forest Hike, a BaKonzo Village Tour, drumming lessons, lakes and waterfalls nearby, and it is a trailhead to the Ruwenzori “Mountains of the Moon” peaks (16,000 feet high, with glaciers, even though its on the Equator).
The cottages have hot showers, with hydro-powdered electricity, plus vistas of the snow-capped peaks, and sounds of the bubbling streams. The restaurant sounds delicious: the special is pan-fried Tilapia with chapati and guacamole.
COST PER PERSON: $20-$25 (includes breakfast)