About this listing
A large comfortable shared house in a quiet, safe Kampala suburb.
Please don't pay too much attention to the calendar because we let 8 rooms and it was too complicated to have 8 separate listings. So please get in touch and I will let you know if and what rooms we have available for the dates that you are requesting. We currently have just the two listings, Makindye House and Makindye House Annexe. We let 4 rooms in the main house and 4 rooms in the annexe (1 small @ $8 pppn, 2 small @ $10 pppn, 1 large @ $12 pppn, 1 large $13 pppn, and 1 large $15pppn).
Out of consideration for our clientele (students and volunteers etc.) we try to keep our charges low. This however does not mean that the standard of accommodation is low. Just look at the photos! Five excellent staff are employed to clean all rooms, clean dishes, washing and ironing daily and 24 hour guard.
Most of our guests come from Europe and the US and include medical students, development workers, development studies students, doctors, volunteers, tourists etc. Our house is a home away from home for our many young visitors. Our visitors often go out together or just hang out on the balcony chilling and chatting.
We have fresh salad which comes in every day from the garden and you are welcome to help yourself. Also any fruit from the garden is for sharing with the guests.
Friendly informal atmosphere. Safe area. Walking distance from market, internet, shops, public transport and the Makindye Country Club which has swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, restaurant. etc. If you a tennis player, please pack your trainers. We have spare rackets you can borrow. A boda boda (small motorbike) ride from city centre.
We have three dogs which are NOT allowed in the house.
Guests will have access to all the communal areas which is basically everywhere except the bedrooms. Laundry is done every day and you will find it washed and ironed on the laundry shelf outside Room 2.
Interaction with Guests
I try to be around when new guests arrive but since I work full time I don't get up for guests arriving in the middle of the night. For those of you arriving late at night or in the early hours of the morning I strongly advise that I arrange for you to be met at the airport by Jimmy our reliable taxi driver. This avoids you having to drivearound late at night trying to find the house. I will leave the key with he night guard and he will show you to your room/s. I usually go to the club after school and get home at about 7.00pm.
Makindye is one of the most pleasant areas of Kampala. It is safe, quiet, people are friendly and there are plenty of places to eat within a short boda ride from the house. If you walk a few meters up the hill you will get spectacular views of Kampala.
It is a 10 - 15 minute walk down the road to the taxi stage where you can get a taxi ( a small mini bus) into town very cheaply. The main problem with the taxi is that depending on the time of day, traffic can be bad. Most of our guests use boda bodas which are small 50cc motorbikes which can bypass the traffic jams and get you quickly to where you are going. We have a number of motorbike helmets which I strongly advise you to use when you are taking a boda boda. We also have a list of safe boda boda drivers who will pick you up at the house. Jimmy our reliable taxi (private hire) is also available to take you wherever you want to go.
Other Things to Note
One of the nicest things about the house is that all the young people take care of each other and often cook together or go out for a meal or to a bar at the weekend.
No house guests unless arranged in advance. For reasons of security, we are very strict about this rule.
Smoking only in the garden (not on the veranda or in the rooms)
Lock front door on entering and leaving the house.
Last person to bed turns off lights!