Carpe Diem Guest House Entebbe

By Martyn Tumwesigye

February 10, 2014


It can be no understatement to say that the sun rises and sets at Carpe Diem because quite literally it does! According to the Urban English Dictionary the words Carpe Diem are of Latin origin; Used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future. 

Seize The Day!

Something that proprietor Ms. Rachael Thompson has surely done both figuratively and literally. Carpe Diem Guest House & Restaurant whose doors opened in December 2012 is nestled in the suburb of Entebbe Town on Plot 33, Uringi Crescent. The proprietor Ms. Racheal Thompson explains how the Guest House and Restaurant came into existence.. 

“We had scouted around the area looking for a place to rent as a Guest House for a while until this one morning we saw this place. The view of the rising and sun was amazing; In that instant we knew we wanted it!”.

 Much of the delight of Carpe Diem lies in its informality and flexibility, and yet, make no mistake, the devil is in the detail and it soon becomes obvious that much thought and hard work gone into every aspect.

Upon entrance into the gates of Carpe Diem, the first thing that grabs your attention is that the guest house resembles a residential residence. To your left on entrance is the parking lot and next to this the garage which has been turned into a wine bar!

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Next to this is the guest house and it’s well mown lush and green compounds. The upper level of the compound/garden area has three tables evenly spaced, with four chairs on each table and an umbrella for respite from the midday sun. The lower level of the compound has 4 wooden tables that have 3 comfortable wooden chairs as well.

Wherever you take your ease the guest house and garden areas have a stunning view of Lake Victoria and Entebbe International Airport! You can actually see planes landing or taking off into the horizon while you sip on a coffee or a glass of wine.


The guest house has four rooms which are all self-contained. Three of the rooms are doubles (double beds) while one is a twin room (two beds). All rooms are smell fresh and have a reading table, a sofa and large closets for those that don’t travel light. Each room has an exotic touch of artistic décor with pictures of young and old generations of Ugandans supplemented by pictures of Ugandan wildlife.

Rooms are spanking clean and the bathrooms are even cleaner! What’s impressive to note about the bathrooms is the level of detail they at Carpe Diem have worked at.

Accommodation charges at the guest house depend on occupancy such as a single room goes at 85$ per night inclusive of breakfast with one airport pick up or drop off depending on your preference. The double room is 105$ bed and breakfast, again with airport pickup or drop off included. They offer discounts for tour operators (75$ for a single room and 95$ for a double) and United Nations (UN) Officials (65$ for a single and 95$ for a double).


Overall Carpe Diem Guest House and Restaurant makes for good refuge on a weekend break or even a short vacation for those who want to beat the hustle and bustle of Kampala city. It is ideal for those who want to enjoy the serene Entebbe ambiance without necessarily going to the crowded beaches.

The establishment is family friendly as well as being perfect for travelers, or those just looking for a quiet break.

For a word of advice to the fellas, this is a really good spot to propose to your girlfriend, catch that sunset and your happiness is guaranteed!


Getting There

Plot 33, Uringi Crescent, Entebbe Town

From Kampala, you have to make your way to Entebbe Town (32Kms).Stop at the Lake Victoria Hotel stage along Airport Road and take the bend on your right next to the Ministry of Works.

  • Drive until you reach a T-Junction then drive to your right hand side straight past Kissy fur Kindergarten which is on your right.
  • A little further on your right opposite a small bar is Carpe Diem enclosed in a stone wall fence. You can clearly see the small signpost with the Map of Africa and the words Carpe Diem Guest House & Restaurant scribbled on it.

To keep up with the latest developments at Carpe Diem Guest House and Restaurant you can follow them on their Facebook Page: and Phone: + 256 (0) 793 39 68 32

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