Fat Cat Backpackers

Fat Cat Backpackers

Kampala, Uganda - Plot 13 Bukoto Street
$18 per night
$18 per night

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Description - Hotel

We have quickly become Kampala’s best hostel and the only backpackers within the centre of the city!

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! If you’d like to book a dorm bed, but want to stay in a single sex room, when you are booking, please make a note of your request and we will do our very best to accommodate you. Our beds are wider than your average dorm bed, they have proper mattresses, mozzie nets, cotton sheets and soft pillows. We have 40 permanent beds, though we have accommodated groups of up to 42 people comfortably.

Our Location makes us the perfect choice while staying in Kampala. All our rates include Breakfast and our Cafe offers affordable Lunch and Dinner options. BBQ nights on our massive rooftop terrace will just add to your already memorable stay!! Our rooftop might just be the best place in the city for a sundowner. Luckily for you, we also sell beers at reception.

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 comfy lounge.

Our #1 TripAdvisor rating of places to stay while in Kampala says it all!!

The space
  • Property type: Hotel
  • Guest rooms/units: 35
  • Year built: 2014
  • Public classification: 5
Hotel accommodations

Lowest price available: $18

Double Mixed Dorm Single Suite
  • Check-in: 2:00pm
  • Check-out: 10:00am

Hotel amenities

We have free WIFI, 24hr security, free luggage storage, shared kitchen facilities, our reception never closes and all of our rooms are cleaned daily. We try to be adventure tourism friendly, so if your travelling with a bike, a kayak or anything else, we can store it securely and safely for you. All of our rates include a nice big breakfast and have a cafe for lunch and dinner options.

24-hr front desk Airport pickup BBQ area Bar/lounge Breakfast included Car rental Gardens Laundry/valet service Linen included Meal plans Open 24 Hours Parking (free) Pets not allowed Restaurant on site Safe deposit box Smoking not permitted Tour/sightseeing assistance WIFI (free)

Room amenities

Our large spacious private suite consists of 1 double bed (which can be converted into 2 single beds upon request) with television, private bathroom and shower as well as a kitchenette including bar fridge and sink. Guests have access to shared amenities: fully-equip kitchen, lounge/living/dining areas and roof top patio. Services include: 24 hour security and reception, daily housekeeping, complimentary WiFi and complimentary breakfast.

Our dorm rooms consists of mixed gender bunk beds and sleep 4, 6 or 8 people each. However, it can be used as a single sex dorm upon request. Dorm beds are fitted with wider than normal mattresses, pillows, cotton sheets and mosquito nets. Guests have access and use of shared amenities: bathrooms, fully-equip kitchen, lounge/living/dining areas and roof top patio. Services include: 24 hour security and reception, daily housekeeping, complimentary WiFi and complimentary breakfast.

Our double rooms each consist of 2 single/double comfy beds with cotton sheets and mosquito nets. 3 people can be accommodated with a third bed upon request and a $10 surcharge. Guests have access and use of shared amenities: bathrooms, fully-equip kitchen, lounge/living/dining areas and roof top patio. Services include: 24 hour security and reception, daily housekeeping, complimentary WiFi and complimentary breakfast.

Backpacker facilities Kitchenettes Maid service daily Non-smoking rooms WIFI


Fat Cat Backpackers is located in a safe and secure area, right in the centre of the city and within walking distance to all the best restaurants, bars and shopping options Kampala has to offer!

Price details

$18 per night

Available discounts

Groups and Long-term stays negotiable

Booking and cancellation policy

Unless otherwise specified, booking payments are non-refundable.

Terms & Conditions:
• All information is strictly confidential, please provide a valid email address, telephone number and nationality.
• Please note, full payment must be received before arrival to secure a confirmed booking.
• Payments can be made before arrival by PayPal/Credit Card. Please follow the payment instructions provided after your booking has been confirmed. Be sure to reference your Booking ID so we can track your payment appropriately and secure your
reservation. All related fees, charges, etc are the responsibility of the Sender.
• Payments can be made upon arrival by cash (USD or UGX). USD must be dated 2009 or newer and free of any marks or tears to
be accepted. Exact amount in UGX will be determined by the rate of exchange on date of arrival.
• If you are booking in a group and would like to stay in one room, please book at the same time with one booking request. Select
the appropriate room and number of persons. Payment can be made from one or individual PayPal accounts using the same Booking ID. Please make sure to reference this number so we can track your payments appropriately.
• Cancellations: Should you no longer be able to stay at The Fat Cat, please cancel online 48 hours before scheduled arrival to avoid cancellation charge (equal to the first night of your stay).
• If you would like to stay in a single sex dorm room (i.e. only female), please let us know when you book and we will try our very best to accommodate your request.
• Check in: 2:00pm to 7:00am. If you arrive early in the morning and want a bed right away, you will have to pay for that previous nights’ stay so please ensure this is reflected on your booking. Check out: before 10:00am. You are welcome to arrive earlier or
leave later as we have 24 hour reception and a luggage store for your convenience.
• Inclusions: Taxes. Breakfast (available from 7:00-10:00am). All bed linens and mosquito nets. WiFi.
• Exclusions: Bank Charges, Payment processing fees
• All rooms are strictly non-smoking. Of course we accept smokers, you will just need to smoke outside please.
• Long-term stay rates are negotiable, please email us to discuss.

Location - Hotel

Plot 13 Bukoto Street
Kampala District
Uganda  0000

Latitude: 0.31556, Longitude: 32.56556

How to get there

We’re located in Kololo, just near Kisementi and Acacia avenue. We are close to some of the city’s best bars, restaurants and shops, as well as the National Museum and Afriart Gallery. With the traffic in Kampala getting worse and worse everyday (especially in the rainy season when roads turn into brown rivers- yeahhh its a bit crazy!), location is key – trust us, you’ll want to be central. We also know the rest of the city pretty well too, so if you need directions or want some tips we can help you out!

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.
If you want us to arrange airport transfers for you, we’d be happy to do so, just let us know when you are booking!

Nearest airport: Entebbe International Airport: Aprx 1.5 Hours