Kampala-Mbale 272 km, 4 hours
Mbale – Budadiri – 30km 1 hour (road can be muddy and slippery in wet conditions).
Mbale – Sipi Falls – 66km 1 1/2 hours.
This is the boda-boda (bicycle taxi) capital of Africa! Just about everyone rides a bike here. The municipality has licensed each bike issuing an individual number plate. Needless to say it is the cheapest transport around town. Mbale is a lively bustling market town. The architecture is very reminiscent of the colonial era. The clock tower round about is certainly the most distinctive structure in town.
The bus station and taxi park is very central. Buses originating from Lira, Soroti, and Moroto are frequent throughout the day proceeding to Kampala. Those traveling to Budadiri (Mt. Elgon trekking) or Sipi Falls will find mini bus taxis departing throughout the morning leaving when full.
There are enough shops in town to equip yourself sufficiently for an extended trek on Mt. Elgon with both fresh and dried provisions.
Boda Boda Cyclist
There is no shortage of places to stay in Mbale for all pockets and all budgets.
Hotel Restville: Tel : 0774 870559, 0454 431028 The hotel is located at Plot 43, Bumboi Road, Busamaga, Wanale Division. The venue is set in well maintained gardens in the footsteps of the Wanale Mountain easily viewed from the hotel. You will find 11 comfortable rooms, free wireless Internet access and both DSTV and GTV satellite TV. There is a well stocked bar and a comfortable lounge/restaurant area.
Royal Suite (Resident) Ushs102,000-, Royal Suite (non resident) Ushs152,000-
Executive (Resident) Ushs82,000-, Executive (non resident) Ushs102,000-
Double/Twin (Resident) Ushs72,000-, Double/Twin (non resident) Ushs122,000-
Single (Resident) Ushs52,000-, Single (non resident) Ushs72,000-
Mbale Resort Hotel: Tel 0782 787333, 045 4433920, Fax 045 4433922. Offering a gym, swimming pool, DSTV in each room a modern restaurant and bar, clean rooms that are all self-contained. It is very popular with business men and missionaries. Proceed up Republic Street past the Post Office where sign posting will be found on the left side of the road.
Room rates includes breakfast.
Standard Single Ushs52,000-. Double Ushs62,000-
Deluxe Single Ushs82,000-, Double Ushs92,000-
Superior Single Ushs97,000-, Double Ushs107,000-.
Mount Elgon Hotel: Tel 045 4433612, Fax 045 4433454. 0773 008903
email: email@example.com. The hotel has a very grand colonial exterior and some fine details inside. The hotel was renovated in 2006 and even further recent additions have included a swimming pool with views of Wanale.
Standard Single Ushs82,000-
Standard Plus Single (air-conditioned) Ushs92,000-
Standard Twin/Double Ushs97,000-
Standard Plus Twin Double (air-conditioned) Ushs112,000-
Executive Single (air-conditioned) Ushs117,000-.
Executive Double (air-conditioned) Ushs137,000-, .
Junior Suite Single (air-conditioned) Ushs132,000-
Junior Suite Double (air-conditioned) Ushs152,000-
All rates include breakfast
Camping Ushs20,000- inc breakfast.
Kayegi Hotel: Tel +256 (0)454 432118, (0)392 852311, (0)773 464286, Fax: +256 (0)454 431001. This modern new hotel is located in the quiet Senior quarters area of Mbale at Plot 45B Masaba road some 5 minutes drive from town. The hotel has 25 rooms each with an en-suite bathroom, tv, fridge and reading desk. There is a spacious dining room and large garden at the rear of the hotel.
Deluxe Single Ushs70,000-
Deluxe Double Ushs80,000-
Deluxe Twin Ushs85,000-
All room rates include Bed and Breakfast and the Local Government Hotel Tax.
Wash & Wills Country Home: Mobile 0772 51867. Plot 37 Mbiro Rd. Not centrally located but close enough to town for those wanting to walk. 30 rooms. Safe secure parking available. The hotel has it’s own restaurant and garden recreation area. All rooms self contained.
Standard Single/Twin Ushs50,000-, Standard Double Ushs55,000-, Suite Ushs65,000- including breakfast.
Sunrise Inn: Tel. +256 (0)4544 33090, +256 (0)352 276063, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at Plot M45 Nakhupa Rd, Senior Quarters. Get there by proceeding up Republic street from the Clock Tower, pass the National Parks offices continuing until a sharp right bend. Sunrise Inn is sign posted immediately on the left. Bar and restaurant, clean rooms all self-contained. Safe secure parking.
Single Ushs62,000-, Double Ushs77,000-, Twin Double Ushs77,000-, Executive Double Ushs87,000-, Executive Double Ushs92,000-, Camping Ushs20,000- per person. All rates include breakfast.
Hotel Eldima: Tel. 0712 421686. Plot 35 Republic Street in the town centre. There is a large busy restaurant on the ground floor open onto the main street.
Singles Ushs21,000-, Doubles Ushs31,000- all inc breakfast.
Friends Inn Guest House: Tel 0772 310445, 045 434434. Plot 49 Wanale Rd.
Single – Ushs31,000- self contained, Double – Ushs36,000- self contained all inc breakfast.
Green Gardens Hotel: Tel: 0772 322884. Located between Friends Inn and Landmark Inn on the road sign posted to Mbale Resort. 27 self contained rooms. Secure parking in spacious grounds.
Single self contained Ushs35,000-
Double self contained Ushs45,000-
Twin self contained Ushs60,000-
All rates include breakfast.
Landmark Inn: Tel. Landline 045 443380 is a choice location for those wanting to stay in town and camp in the garden of this colonial house. Specialises in East Indian Asian cusine with a very comprehensive menu.
3 spacious double rooms two of which with patio balconies. Ushs35,000- including local government tax.
The Mt. Elgon View: Central with an excellent Indian restaurant below at street level.
Single/double rooms Ushs15,000- and Ushs26,000- with shared bathrooms. Self contained rooms Ushs36,000- and Ushs41,000-.
Sayona Hotel: Tel. 0779 830999. Recommended by the National Parks office. Other hotels include the Mbale hotel which is central, basic and cheap, the Christian Guest House which has a range of rooms is good value, clean and friendly and the Paramount Hotel again pleasant, clean with a bar and restaurant.
Single/Double self contained Ushs15,000-
Single/Double non self contained Ushs10,000- / Ushs12,000-
Central Mbale – Pallisa Road
Country Inn: Tel. 0752 751000, 0772 353435. Some 16 km off the Tirinyi to Mbale road. 23 self contained rooms, a large 5 acre garden with free camping, a swimming pool underway, tennis court, children’s park, restaurant and bar. Direct access to Soroti and all the attractions in the Mbale area.
Mount Elgon Treks
Climbs can be organised from the Mt. Elgon National Park Headquarters in Mbale, Tel 045 433170, Plot 19-21, Masaba Rd, House #84. This is not totally necessary as you can pay fees up at the Budadiri office, however you cannot rent equipment you may need. For those without their own equipment the National Parks office in Mbale has tents for rental at Ushs10,000- per day and sleeping bags at Ushs2,000- per day.
There are several Internet facilities in Mbale. Neema Cafe is at 15 Republic St whilst closer to the Post Office is Cyber cafe. All charge Ushs25- per minute. Additionally around town you will find The Elgon cafe, Fancy cafe, Chanel cafe and Telekom (Mazaba).