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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

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Fat Cat Backpackers

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

We are a new backpacker hostel in the heart of Kampala's upmarket Kololo area, within walking distance of the best bits of the city. Hot showers, cold beers, fat cats etc as standard.

The Fat Cat sits on the edge of Kisementi Square, home of some of the city's best diversions including a massive cinema, bars, restaurants and shops. We've even got 2 (yes, two) icecream parlors just down the road. Madness.

It's the most centrally located backpackers in Kampala and offers great beds at great prices. Our facilities are basic but clean and well maintained, and our staff (available 24/7) will do everything within reason to make sure that your stay in Kampala is lovely. We offer shared rooms only. If you would like a private room we will be happy to point you in the direction of some of our friends in the city.

Fat Cat Backpackers Policies & Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival.

Check in: 2:00pm - 7:00am. If you arrive early in the morning and want a bed right away, you will have to pay for that previous nightsâ stay so please ensure this is reflected on your booking.
Check out: before 10:00.

Payment upon arrival by cash.

Taxes included.
Breakfast included.


No curfew.
Child friendly.

We have a cat, who isn't fat anymore after he decide to go on a diet.

Smokers are welcome but please don't smoke in the rooms.

Dutch well traveled manager, who knows all of Uganda. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.8

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    19 Apr 2019
    Fantastic hostel, amazing location and great value for money. Really good vibe and beautiful rooftop bar!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    11 Oct 2018
    I loved my stay, plus the breakfast options were really awesome. Would totally recommend this place.
    Kenya, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    05 Oct 2018
    I was shocked to find such an incredible hostel in Kampala. It had the feel of a 'european hostel culture' but with an East African twist. Dan, the co-owner, is an incredible guy and really understands the value of creating a friendly and open environment. I enjoyed the hostel experience more than most because you are connecting with really unique and unconventional travelers. I would take a 12 hours overnight bus again just to stay in this hostel. Thank you for the hospitality!!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    12 Apr 2019
    We had a great time in this hostel! Very clean room and facilities and very good atmosphere where it’s easy to meet people! The rooftop is is super nice and definitely a good spot to start a night! Would come here again!
    Germany, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 9.7


    10 Dec 2018
    I walk in and they give twice more expensive price than online. I got to go across the city to get my credit card and do online reservation. Even then at check out they were giving me higher price than my HW reservation. After receptionist talk to the manager it was OK to pay HW reservation price. Manager Daan is very friendly and helpful, he keeps nice vibe in the hostel. Apart him rest of the staff is close minded. Amazing sunsets from the rooftop!
    Lithuania, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    15 Sep 2018
    Fat Cat Backpackers was in a great part of Kampala that made it really easy to get around. The hostel is cool with a great rooftop, they include breakfast which is delicious, and the overall atmosphere is nice. The quirky decor adds a really fun and lighthearted element to the place. I would recommend this place for anyone staying in Kampala. The prices are also fantastic.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    18 Jul 2018
    Definitely a comfort place inside Uganda. The arts are beautiful, the manger Dan is super friendly and cool, and the cat, omg my favourite part about this hostel LOL.. 💕
    Australia, Female, 31-40
  • 8.9


    10 Aug 2019
    Great location and free breakfast was awesome! Some staff didn’t speak much English so we couldn’t get much in the way of local knowledge tips but the beds, toilets etc are great. Would stay here again :) There was a bit of a weird atmosphere but that was down to the lack of guests when we were there I think rather than anything else. Location is right by a boda station and the mall which had an amazing Mezze restaurant!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    20 Jun 2019
    Stayed for 1 night in a clean double room. Beds were comfortable. Shower was only a bit warm at 9 am but power was ok. This varied between showers though. Had pancakes for breakfast which were tasty but would have been a lot better with some syrup. Staff were generally quite friendly. WiFi worked well
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 5.4


    20 Jul 2018
    Plus points- safe location and comfy beds Minus points- hostel manager refused to take my 22 usd hostelworld deposit off the room as he said it was a “booking fee!” Booked private 4 bed dorm to ourselves- got out in 7 bed dorm. Complained so manager said we could have a 6 bed dorm to ourselves as. Pay for only 4 beds- it was actually a 12 bed dorm as the other 6 beds were through a door at the end of our room so zero privacy. Hostel staff hasn’t a clue about buses or any other city info.
    England, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Wake-up calls
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Nightclub
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners Uganda

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Uganda

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