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No excuses; here are the Valentine's deals

Valentine's shopping in Kampala. PHOTO: VOA

Valentine's day is here. If you have been wondering where you and your loved one can spend the day, Ugandan hotels and hangouts have put up attractive offers.

And if you plan to shop for your loved ones, you could get special bargains at some supermarkets and gift shops.

Here are some options:

Wash and Wills hotel – Mbale

Away from the hustle and bustle of Kampala, you and your partner can drive to Gishu land for a change of scene.

Wash and Wills hotel, just outside Mbale town, has a Valentine's offer of Shs 115,000 for a standard or superior room.

“Deluxe” will set you back Shs 160,0000 while “Junior” and “Executive suites” are going for Shs 190,0000 and Shs 230,000 respectively.

Sheraton Kampala Hotel

The hotel located in the heart of Kampala is offering a four course meal at their La Terrace restaurant for Shs 250,000 per person. It is served with a bottle of champagne.

At the Seven Seas Restaurant, they have another four course meal that goes for Shs 125,000 per person, served with bubbly [wine].

If you are on a budget, there is the buffet option at paradise restaurant for Shs 80,000 per person.

If you wish to spend the night, you might have to part with $250 for a suite or $195 for a double room.

Serena Kampala Hotel

The prices here haven’t changed much as their rooms still go for $239.

However, you could get an under the stars experience with the Valentine's offer of two 3D movies by the pool side, at Shs 50, 000. It will start at 6pm. Free popcorn and cocktail are promised.

Serena also has a SPA offer Shs 638,000 for two people for 90 minutes.

Hotel Africana Kampala

Here dinner will cost couples Shs 120,000, including a bottle of wine. Accommodation is $100, bed and breakfast.

Skyz hotel Kampala

The new hotel at Naguru hill will not only give you a good view of the city but has offers for couples with dinner going for Shs 300,000 and a room for two going for $200 dollars.

There will be a musical show by artistes like Irene Namubiru, Naava Grey and performances from comedians Madrat and Chico.


Prices have been cut by about 15 percent at Shoprite from gifts to eats, wines, champagnes and teddy bears.

The supermarket is also organising a Valentine's competition in which you can win a dinner for two at Tamarai restaurant.

Similarly, Game, located in Lugogo has also cut prices on a number of items.

Where else to go?

Away from the hotels and shopping craze, you can go to various night spots in Kampala that have organised pocket friendly experiences which range from comedy shows, food, movies and music to dance the romantic night away.

Many of the night spots in Kololo, Ntinda, Bukoto, Bugolobi and Kabalagala have caught the Valentine's bug.

Since the day is during the week, couples can decide to push their celebrations to the weekend for convenience and this offers more time together.

Adventure group, The Travel Maniacs for example has organised a trip to Jinja for those who fancy a night under the moon, zip lining, barbecue, telling stories around a camp fire and others. This is at a fee of Shs 180,000 all expenses catered for.

In Jinja still, you and your partner can take the bungee jumping challenge or water rafting at the source of the Nile.

Also one can try out the different cultural centres around Kampala if you think the idea is a romantic one.

Ndere cultural centre would be our pick and with just Sh25,000, you and your partner could have a buffet there this Sunday while watching cultural dances from all over the country.


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