Domestic tourism has in the past months received much attention from stakeholders. Campaigns have been set up by various promoters of domestic tourism promoters.
Most times, these campaigns aim at taking people out of the city to go and consume the wildlife. The green natural scenery, clean air, singing birds, unique animals and peace in the wild is soothing.
Yet we all can’t go upcountry to have firsthand wildlife experience, Forest Cottages, located at Plot 17/18, Naguru Hill, Old Kira Road, in Bukoto, Kampala offers a surprisingly similar experience.
Nestled in deliberately planted trees, Forest Cottages is first becoming a hide out for people who love exquisite nature.
A PURELY AFRICAN EXPERIENCE
Forest Cottages are designed luxury cottages set in a serene, African forest environment. At the hotel, you feel the touch of nature in a comfortable and unique environment. The trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers make Forest Cottages an inspiring destination for nature lovers and eco tourists alike.
The artistic hotel provides a small sanctuary for forest wildlife such as colored turacoes, hornbills, and an additional 20 bird species. The secluded hotel offers peace and quietness in a natural green setting. All this beauty is topped up with friendly, courteous and professional staff members.
Mr. Brain Sekacwa, a usual quest at the hotel, in an online review describes it as ‘very quiet and good for relaxation,’ explaining that the cottages are ‘simply amazing’. “The terraces give you a nice feel of nature. If you have not been there, try it. Trust me the experience is breathtaking,”
While another online reviewer, Jeremiah Oweka describes the hotel as ‘a nice place for outing with friends and family because of good services’. These and many more positive reviews are testament to what Forest Cottages stands for.
Forest Cottages offers a safari lodge style cottage accommodation in the heart of Kampala city. All the cottages are furnished with locally handmade furniture and equipped with self-catering facilities with all essential amenities to ensure your comfort during your stay.
The hotel offers 5 room types from which you can choose. The Standard Single, Standard Double, One Bedroom Cottage, Two Bedroom Cottage and Three Bedroom Cottage which are all ideal for business travelers, tourists, honeymooners and even families on holiday.
Forest Cottages’ conference and banquet facilities are capable of seating 10 to 200 guests in various sitting styles, and cater to maximum of 150 guests for a reception. The facility offers Wi-Fi, conference calls, fax facilities, recording devices, PA system, wedding venue, airport pickups and drops and tours around Kampala.
At Forest Cottages, one can enjoy unique and posh dining in a setting of your choosing. The Avocado Restaurant has a traditional ambience which leaves you in no doubt that you are dining in Africa.
With an extensive assortment of cosmopolitan dishes ranging from exclusively local and International cuisine, our guests will be spoilt for choice. The Bar is lavishly stocked with all major alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
AWARD WINNING HOTEL
In 2016, global travelers who use Jumia Travel, Africa's number one online hotel booking website, said Forest Cottages is the best service provider in Uganda’s hotel industry. The luxurious cottages received the Traveler’s Choice Award. The hotel was later nominated and won the same category in 2018.
“Forest Cottages is totally unique and it’s truly a forest in the heart of the city. You can’t see a forest cottage in Kampala apart from us. Once you are you are at Forest Cottage, you can’t feel that you are in Kampala.
We have superb accommodation, conferencing facilities, bars, restaurants and a swimming pool. Forest Cottage is like a safari lodge.” Mr. Dhaval Macchar, General Manager of Forest Cottages said in an interview.
Hoteliers in Uganda are equally catching up with the trend. Their customers, many of whom come from Europe, United States, Asia have gone digital. Hotels like Forest Cottages have adopted online booking to make it easy and attractive for international travelers.
“Our online customers do choose us because of positive guest reviews, budget rates, safari style accommodation with comfortable facilities and of course the forest.” Mr, Machhar of Forest Cottage explained.