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The Fat Cat Backpackers

Plot 13 Bukoto Street

Description

The Fat Cat sits on the edge of Kisementi Square, home of some of the city's best diversions including a massive cinema, bars, restaurants and shops. We've even got 2 (yes, two) icecream parlors just down the road. Madness. If you want to do some work or just relax there are armchairs on the balcony, or you can sit in our breakfast area or lounge. We also have a book exchange and a massive roof terrace—with a bar—which might just be the best place in the city for a sundowner and is open at all times. Luckily for you, we also sell beers at reception. Soon, we’ll also be starting our FatCat BBQs.

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!

Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Common Room
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Towels for hire

Reviews

Traveler Reviews

“Review”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on September 10, 2019

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 !


“Great place for backpackers in Kampala”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on August 29, 2019

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...


“One of a kind!”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on July 17, 2019

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...



Directions

Please note: The pronunciation of Kamwokya is Kam-Oh-Cha. This will save you a lot of hassle.
If you’re travelling by matatu, from the New Taxi Park take a matatu to Kamwokya (direction Ntinda) and get out at City Oil Kamwokya (the matatu conductor will show you). The journey costs 1,000 UGX (40¢). We are about 3mins walk from City Oil, near Iguanas. If you’re lost head to Iguanas and ask the motorcycle guys outside.
If you’re travelling by boda boda motorcycle, tell the driver to take you to Kisementi or Iguanas. We are 2mins walk from the square. From the city centre if you’ve got a big bag the bodas will charge you around 5,000 UGX ($2). If you’re struggling to explain where you want to go, try saying City Oil Kamwokya.
If you’re travelling by taxi/special hire, give the same instructions as for a boda. Expect to pay somewhere around 20,000 UGX ($8) from town, and about 100,000 UGX ($40) from Entebbe Airport.

The Fat Cat also provides transportation with their personal driver from the airport at a fee of $30 for one-way or $60 for the round-trip.

Policies

Guests can cancel their reservations 3 days before arrival to get all of their money back. If you made an online reservation please call or contact us as soon as possible about cancellations.