A charming, rambling house overlooking Kampala, Makindye Hill House offers affordable rooms to let in a green and pleasant compound with plenty of birdlife. Convenient for Kampala, but far from the city bustle, it's perfect for nature-lovers.
Makindye Hill House offers the perfect escape from the city, near the city. Close enough to Kampala to be convenient yet you can fall asleep to the sound of the owls hooting, and wake up to the plaintive calling of one of our resident pair of sparrow hawks.
The room for this listing is a large double en suite room with shared bathroom sleeping 2 people. It has a six foot wide bed - so is perfect for couples - provided with classic safari style square bed nets suspended from a Mavule frame. This makes for a far more comfortable sleep than tussling with a cheap, circular bed net!
Wall to wall closets ensure plenty of hanging and shelf space, and it is further furnished with a free-standing set of shelves in dark wood, bedside table and lamp, and long mirror. Classic sketches from wildlife artist Joy Adamson are hung on the wall, and an antique Congolese crocodile carved ornament sits at the foot of the bed. The curtains and bedcovers are made with classic African 'kitenge' waxed cotton prints for that added bit of local flavour.
We have other rooms of various sizes and prices within the house, so it's best to get in touch and check with me direct.
We have a large kitchen, spacious and comfortable living room and most importantly, some great outdoor space: a vast dining table lines the terrace and a wooden deck, its roof lined in papyrus, extends into the garden area to offer relaxed seating around a dark wooden coffee table.
Parking is ample for those that have cars, and we have a list of friendly Boda (motorcycle taxi) drivers and special hires (car taxi drivers) that know the property for those that haven't.
The gardens include a vegetable patch, which Moses tends. If you would like to buy some herbs, salads or vegetables from him for a great price, just let him know.
He takes care of the compound and rubbish, and is on hand to open the gate for you whenever you are leaving or entering the property. Lucy is our housekeeper, and she will clean and do laundry on a daily basis for you (her younger sister Nancy takes over on Sundays) - all included in the rent. Dickson is our nightly security guard, and will also open the gate for you when you return after dark. There is no curfew - we just ask that should you be returning after 10pm you call Dickson when about 5 mins away. That way, he can greet you at the gate and prevent the dogs waking up the neighbourhood when they bark at your arrival!
There is an Internet router which does not come with any data loaded - but if guests would like to buy some data to use for themselves they are welcome to. It saves investing in an expensive dongle or wifi router if you are only in Kampala a short while.
Interaction with guests
Myself and my partner live on site, in a small apartment separate from the main house. One of us is normally around most days, but we will generally stay out of your way, unless you have any questions or problems.
Other things to note
We have three friendly dogs and one cat on site. They are not allowed inside the main house - but those with allergies should perhaps consider an alternative place to stay.
No smoking inside (but outside is fine and ashtrays supplied).
Lock the house when leaving or arriving - unless other guests are visibly present!
Treat the space, your fellow guests, and our staff respectfully.
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