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posted by klinton on 11 November 2009 at 23:39
I had spent a chunk of my youth in Entebbe, so my return after a 45 year absence was full of anticipation. I emailed the owners, Bernie and Simon, before my trip with some questions about the location of the Boma and Simon provided answers by return of email. He even included some Google Earth snapshots so I could orient myself to their location. This service turned out to be a precursor to the homely treatment I received over my 5 day stay there. Bernie, Simon, Seija and their staff couldn't have been nicer! The Boma is a collection of small cottages that surround a refurbished house built in Uganda's British colonial era. Meals are provided on the house's front verandah which overlooks a beautifully maintained garden.The property is surrounded by walls and entry to it is through security gates. These do provide for a very secure feeling but this seems hardly necessary given the friendliness of the Ugandan people. I spent 5 days walking alone around Entebbe and never felt vaguely unsafe. I thought the included breakfast was really good: lots of local fruit, cereal etc (you haven't eaten a banana until you've eaten a Ugandan one!) and a cooked menu if you wanted it. The Boma has an a la carte menu available for other meals which are homely. My room was spotlessly clean and had its own bathroom. Each bed was protected by a mosquito net. The Boma also has wifi internet connectivity available free for quests and although signal strength was variable around the property, it was sufficiently strong in the reception lounge for me to contact Australia whenever I wanted. The staff were unobtrusively hospitable bringing me tea or coffee whenever I wanted them. They arranged for transport when I needed it and the Boma provides transport to and from the airport, you just need to tell them your times. I could not have asked for a better place to stay: it is a few minutes drive to the airport, there is an ATM within walking distance, you can have a game of golf nearby, and if you want to swim you can go the the old Lake Victoria hotel just round the corner and swim there for a small charge.(I believe the Boma is building a swimming pool of its own). I could not recommend this more highly.
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Plot 20A Julia Sebutinde Road, Entebbe, Uganda
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