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March 18th, 2022 Punda Milia

Ok campsite. Not really special. price is a bit high compared with Kikopey Beach Camp which is 20 away.
Hot showers, swimming pool and sometimes there is WiFi.
USD 10 or KSH 1000 pppn. Children USD 5 or KSH 750.

March 13th, 2022 Malaba Border Post (Uganda-Kenya)

Uganda to Kenya
1. Try to pass all the trucks until you are in front of a small gate.
2. Register your car at this gate and continue.
3. Get an Covid test at one of the three test locations. The closest one is Test and Fly. Just around the corner is another one. You can also continue to the one stop border (emigration and immigration, step 6) where there is another one.
4. Go to the Uganda customs and exit the Carnet de Passage.
5. Continue driving and pass all trucks. somewhere at the left (behind all the trucks) is a parking for normal cars. Park here and walk back to the one stop border.
6. Begin with the health check. Show your PCR and vaccinations/booster.
7. The next window is the Uganda emigration and Kenya immigration.
8. The last window is the Kenyan customs where you can stamp your Carnet de Passage in.
9 That's all and enter Kenya.

March 12th, 2022 Crows Nest

Maybe the campsite with the best view on the waterfalls. It's far away but you can see the whole big fall.
The site itself is a bit old. There is a bar close to the street which you can hear in the weekends but it's not really loud.

20.000 pppn, children half

They asked $25 per person for a 3 hour hike to the three falls. I think that should be $25 for one guide for all hikers.
When you drive to the falls there are many "guides" and I think you can enter the fake pretty easy.

March 10th, 2022 bank that works with mastercard

I've seen a KCB with ATM in town. Should be close to this bank. KCB does not charge a fee for cash withdrawal.

March 10th, 2022 Imperial Gas

They do full Cadac bottles but they bring it somewhere else. They told me that they just bought an adapter to fill the Cadac bottles.

I think it's possible to find the real filling station.

We paid 40.000 for a 3kg CADAC bottle. I think that's maybe double the regular price.

March 10th, 2022 Nile River Explorers

Nice camp with a great view on the Nile. If you book your rafting tour here, you can also enjoy the large slide into the Nile and sometimes use one of their freestyle canoes.

March 8th, 2022 The Haven

This is indeed a very nice campsite. Friendly staff. Great viewsv on the Nile and the falls. Lots at birds.
For overlanders $10 pppn. Children half price.

March 7th, 2022 botanic garden

The botanic garden on itself is not really special. It's more an park where you can relax (and party).
But there is some nice camping grounds along the lake side. After 19 o'clock everybody leaves and it's quite.
No water available.
Dirty drop toilet.
No facilities.

Paid 40.000 for two adults and two children and 20.000 for the guards.

March 7th, 2022 DTB ATM

ATM which does not charge a fee.
ATM which does not charge a fee.

March 5th, 2022 Red Chilli Rest Camp

We were the only ones camping (rooftoptents). Camping can be done next to the ablution. Really in the morning two hippo's grazing in front of our tents.
Price is USD 8. Children above the age of 5 post full price. That's everywhere in the UWA parks.

Bridge is ready and no toll (yet). The Chinese are still working on their new silk road.
Boat cruise nice but not worth the USD 30.
You can drive at night or early in the morning. No restrictions. That's why everybody wakes up at 5 in the morning.

March 5th, 2022 Boat trip to falls

We used the UWA boat. The boat itself was fine but USD30 is a lot for only a few animal sightings.

March 3rd, 2022 Masindi Hotel

This hotel has its own campground in the back of their garden.

25.000 pppn for camping, children free

March 3rd, 2022 Murchison Backpackers & Campsite

Closed because of renovations until June.

March 2nd, 2022 KCB Bank

The bank is still here. No withdrawal fees.

March 1st, 2022 Kalitusi Backpackers

Big campground close to the city center. You can hear the city but it's just far away to get a good night. The church will start at 6 in the morning and ends at 7.
It's well decorated with many places to relax in a swing or some seating area. Hot shower available all day from a donkey.
For camping we paid 20.000 pppn, children half and or eight year old was for free.

February 28th, 2022 Leopard camp

This campsite is very close to the entrance of the park. You need to drive a while on a dirt road to get there.
For us this campsite was a bit too alternative. Yoga and hippie style things.
No hot water and no electricity.
USD 10 pppn for camping. Considering the lack of facilities this is too expensive.

February 27th, 2022 DTB ATM

The ATM from the Diamond Trust Bank does not charge for withdrawals. Maximum is UGX 800.000.

February 26th, 2022 New coffee tree Hotel

I wasn't able to find this place.

February 26th, 2022 Villa Katwe B&B and Camping

Relaxed environment 20 minutes walk from city center. Nice breakfast included.
We paid USD 10 pppn for camping. Children only paid for the breakfast.

February 25th, 2022 ELCT Hotel

Hotel is part of an church which deploys many activities in town.
You can also camp and use the public toilets of their hotel.
Dinner buffet will cost TSH 10.000 per person.
They are extending their hotel activities to another location with lodges and a pool area.
The hotel manager is super friendly. They reopened the back gate for us to enter with our rooftoptents car. They had to remove the lower part of the gate because the newly build road was higher then the bottom of the gate.

On Friday (and probably also Saturday) many just married couples will make their photos in the garden.
The hotel is close to the entertainment area. So at Friday and Saturday it can be noisy.

February 25th, 2022 Entrance Grancina

This is the entrance road to the hostel.

Most navigating apps will direct you to the back of the hostel.

February 24th, 2022 Grancina Guest House

Friendly owner. Simple and clean rooms Dinner will cost TSH 8000 per person. Double rooms will cost TSH 20.000. Breakfast included.

They serve an "international" breakfast if you are an foreigner. This includes an egg and breads and/or chapati..
I think you can also ask for a local breakfast. That's an soup with a piece of chicken and a chapati.

February 23rd, 2022 Buzwagi View Hotel

Hotel just outside the city center. They have fixed prices (see photos). Two double rooms (25.000/30.000 each) are much cheaper then the big family room (100.000).

No breakfast available despite it was included according to the host.

The hotel is a bit old and things are not always working.

Toilet paper was missing in multiple rooms. Blanket was not available in another room. Almost all toilets are leaking and seats are broken.

Be careful with electronic devices. We lost two expensive USB chargers because of their faulty electricity network.

Too bad they don't fix all those small things. This could be a great hotel.

Good for a night but nothing special. Make sure the price matches what you get.

February 23rd, 2022 DTB ATM

ATM from the Diamond Trust Bank. This ATM does not charge a fee.
There are possibly more DTB ATMs in town. A few hundred meters is a DTB office too.

February 22nd, 2022 KBH Hotel

Small family room for four costs TSH 90.000, but we talked it down to 70.000.
Staff is very friendly and helpful. They installed muskitonets on both double beds.
Breakfast included.
Safe fenced parking with security.

February 21st, 2022 Banana Farm Hostel

It looks very pretty. Many banana trees and other fruit trees. Eat as much bananas as you want.

They did some renovations a few months ago and they plan to build some more lodges inside the farm. They even want to add a pool.

The free for at 16 o'clock is nice and the staff is very knowledgeable about the plants growing here.

$10 pppn, children half
Breakfast is included
Dinner $5 pp

Check availability before you go here! It's often fully booked.

February 20th, 2022 KCB and DTB ATM

ATM from the KCB bank. No fee and you can withdraw TZS900.000 if the ATM has enough cash.
ATM from Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) does not charge a fee.

Also a CRDB, ABSA, Exim and Stanbic bank

February 20th, 2022 Savannah House

House with a few tiny rooms. Not really special and I think you get more value for money at Hekima house.

$10 pppn, children half
Breakfast included

February 16th, 2022 Leon Adventures

I wasn't able to find this place.

February 16th, 2022 Leon Adventures

We had a wonderful 3 day/2 night trip to South Serengeti, Serengeti and the Ngorogoro crater.
We paid USD 2100 for two adults and two children. This was full board including all park fees and camping in Serengeti and on the room of the Ngorogoro crater. We only brought personal stuff and our sleeping bags.

We contacted Leon Adventures through WhatsApp and paid using Wise.com. This is very convenient when you don't have dollars.

The company still exists but not in Karatu anymore. They are in Arusha, but I don't have an exact location.

P.O.Box 12444,
Sakina Kwa Iddi 23100
Arusha

+255 768 210 528 / 255 766 957 444


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