Outside seating area on a spacious deckTall trees and Turacos - view from the deck
Tall trees & Turacos Single Room
Hosted by Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie is the host.
1 guest
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
1 guest
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
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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.

The space

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 twin room with shared bathroom sleeping 1-2 people depending on your needs. The price shown is the single occupancy rate. We have other rooms of various sizes within the house, so rather than be put off by the calendar, 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 - all included in the rent.

There (email hidden) 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.

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 stay out of your way, unless you have any questions or problems.


Makindye is one of the last 'wild places' left within sight of Kampala's skyscrapers. The tall trees teem with birdlife, and it's not unusual to occasionally spot other signs of wildlife - late at night you might see the bushy tail of a Jackson's Mongoose as it rushes into the bush either side of the road.

Our height on the hill delivers practical, as well as aesthetic benefits. The air is clean (some mornings you can look down on the smog line overhanging the city centre). The nights are cooler - I have lived here for two years and unlike many a sweltering night spent elsewhere in Kampala, I have never once needed to run a fan.

And with cooler nights comes a distinct lack of mosquitoes. We get the odd one, but we are not bothered by them in the same way as neighborhoods in the valleys below are. All our rooms come with mosquito nets supplied, but nonetheless, it is nice not to have to spray oneself with gallons of repellent of an evening!

We have the contact details for several friendly and reliable boda (motorcycle taxi) drivers, and special hire (car taxi) drivers who know the property. The public bus stops (stages) and small shops are 10-15 mins walk away.

Central Kampala (Kololo, Nakesero) is about a twenty minute Boda journey away.

The house is most conveniently located for anyone wanting to access the southern areas of Kampala, especially Makindye, Ggaba Road (and the US Embassy), Muyenga (and International Hospital Kampala), Nsambya, Buziga and Bunga. It is also positioned well for quick access to the Entebbe Road.

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.


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 - all included in the rent.

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.

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 stay out of your way, unless you have any questions or problems.


Makindye is one of the last 'wild places' left within sight of Kampala's skyscrapers. The tall trees teem with birdlife, and it's not unusual to occasionally spot other signs of wildlife - late at night you might see the bushy tail of a Jackson's Mongoose as it rushes into the bush either side of the road.

Our height on the hill delivers practical, as well as aesthetic benefits. The air is clean (some mornings you can look down on the smog line overhanging the city centre). The nights are cooler - I have lived here for two years and unlike many a sweltering night spent elsewhere in Kampala, I have never once needed to run a fan.

And with cooler nights comes a distinct lack of mosquitoes. We get the odd one, but we are not bothered by them in the same way as neighborhoods in the valleys below are. All our rooms come with mosquito nets supplied, but nonetheless, it is nice not to have to spray oneself with gallons of repellent of an evening!

We have the contact details for several friendly and reliable boda (motorcycle taxi) drivers, and special hire (car taxi) drivers who know the property. The public bus stops (stages) and small shops are 10-15 mins walk away.

Central Kampala (Kololo, Nakesero) is about a twenty minute Boda journey away.

The house is most conveniently located for anyone wanting to access the southern areas of Kampala, especially Makindye, Ggaba Road (and the US Embassy), Muyenga (and International Hospital Kampala), Nsambya, Buziga and Bunga. It is also positioned well for quick access to the Entebbe Road.

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.

Guest access

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 - all included in the rent.

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 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.

Rooms start at $15 per night for the smaller rooms at single occupancy. Rates increase for larger rooms and double occupancy. For a full list of what rooms are available at what rates, please get in touch with your preferred dates.


Amenities
Wireless Internet
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Doorman

House Rules
No parties or events

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.
Enjoy yourself!

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Dog(s) and cat(s) live in the house

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Faruk User Profile
January 2015
Good value for money at $16 a day. Has a lovely outdoor space with flora and fauna & views of other hill(s) of Kampala. A wonderful covered outdoor space to sit/read/work/eat. The location atop a hill with gentle breezes ensures it is cool and virtually mosquito free during the day and evenings. Facilities basic but functional, adequate and clean. Kitchen well-stocked with utensils. For food need to bring everything from tea, coffee, milk etc. Small local supermarket 1 - 2 km away. Can go yourself (or as I understand staff happy to go and bring things for you). Two to three restaurants, 1 - 2 km away. Wi-Fi was weak in 1 or 2 places, but since I did not need to use the Internet I did not try harder to find a better spot on the property. You could of course bring your own wi-fi dongle. Location is fine if you don’t have to go into town frequently (say more than once a day). There is a decent sized list of transporters (taxi or motorbike) provided that are known to the owners. Owners live on the property but in a separate building and so the space for the guests seems quite private but they can easily be contacted for advice or in an emergency. Owners & staff helpful. Conclusion. If you want to spend a number of days of peace and quiet to sit/read/relax without going into town frequently this place is very cost-effective

Talia User Profile
August 2017
The Makindye Hill House has a beautiful view of Kampala and is located in a serene place. That being said, the location comes with several trade offs and I found it to be quite out of the way and a little complicated given that I was working in town. I would not recommend the place if you are someone with any type of physical disability/injury that would make walking hard or if you anticipate going into town more than once per day. The terrain is quite difficult to navigate. In terms of the staff, Lucy and Moses are the kindest housekeepers one could ever ask for! They are a joy to interact with.

Aneri User Profile
March 2017
Really enjoyed staying in this beautiful home in Makindye. There are not many places in Kampala where you can see Turacos flying in the yard, all kinds of wildlife and birds singing in the morning. It feels like one of the last few neighborhoods that is still secluded. I really enjoyed the peacefulness of the house and Lucy and Moses are the best caretakers you will find in Kampala. If you are looking for a relaxing and hospitable stay, this is the right place. Warning that it is a bit far (25 min by motorcycle) to downtown, so do plan ahead for commuting purposes.

Abby User Profile
November 2016
I never got a chance to meet Anne-Marie, but I had a great experience staying at her home. The house was well-secured, the bedrooms were very big and nice, and all the people working there are wonderful to talk to. The kitchen was well-equipped for a house of four people, and I had no problems with room for storage.

Brittany User Profile
October 2016
Always available and willing to help with everything!

Rosalie User Profile
September 2016
Nice place. Great veranda that overlooks Kampala. Easy to get a bodaboda (motorbike taxi) to town and supermarkets down the hill. Also a small gym nearby. It feels being close to nature with trees around the house and the sound of frogs at night. Had some nice conversations with Richard & Anne-Marie. They did everything they could to make the stay comfortable. When stuff broke down or we suffered from an insect plaque (don't forget it's Africa) they went out of their way to solve the problems. Great friendly Ugandans taking care of the house and compound. So you never feel alone. Certainly would stay at the house again!

Didi User Profile
April 2016
The house is lovely with such a beautiful garden! I really enjoyed staying there. Anne - marie is a great person and host . Will defenitely stay there next time i am Kampala Thanks for everything Anne - Marie!!

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