Gulu is an important city of Northern Uganda. It's the economic centre of the region, has some useful facilities for travellers and a handful of historic attractions. As violence related to the LRA rebel groups diminished, more NGO workers and travellers settled in and generally friendly local business owners are finding ways to cater to the increasing demand for hotels and restaurants. All in all, this may not yet be a vibrant city nor the most beautiful of Uganda destinations, but it has a charm of its own and breathes the energy of a community shaking off its past.
Gulu airportServed several times a week by Eagle Air flights to and from Entebbe Airport (usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Occasionally, some charter flights may be available to Moyo Town, Arua and Pakuba. United Airlines Limited fly to Entebbe.
By trainGulu is connected by rail, and part of the North Line. This means there are connections to Pakwach in the north, and in the other direction to Lira, Soroti, Aloi, Kumi, Mbale and Tororo. There is a plan to build a railway line to Juba.
By carThere's a good road connection as well, and buses run from here to many other destinations. It is 336.4 km to the capital, Kampala.
Swimming pooladdress: at Acholi Hotel
Stanbic BankHas a Mastercard/Visa Card ATM.
Kenya Commercial BankHas a Mastercard/Visa Card ATM.
Equity BankHas a Mastercard/Visa Card ATM.
Kope cafeaddress: Oyla Road
Country Bakeryaddress: Awich RoadSells pies.
phone: +256 758 660020address: Plot 6/4 Elizabeth RoadThis is a hotel with a long history and although it could use another update, it's clean and has a bunch of amenities. There are 80 rooms, 12 suites, a swimming pool and a restaurant. The fitness facilities are a bit worn down, but if you're in need of exercise they're there nonetheless. Ask to see a couple of rooms on different floors and expect at least one or two things in the rooms to not work (think tv, drain or aircon). Still, an okay mid-range place for Uganda and the friendly staff leave most travellers with a fairly nice experience in the end. There's also good and free wifi in the lobby.
Bomah Hotelphone: +256 413 000 000address: Plot 8, Eden RoadThis large hotel set among charming gardens is as big and as upscale as it gets in these parts of the country. It's the go-to place for diplomats and business travellers. Facilities include a rooftop restaurant, a nice lounge, comfortable rooms and very cold beer. There are also good massages to be had (US$18). Don't expect every that's expensive to be very good, though - especially the food is of varying quality. All in all an excellent place though.
Franklin Guesthousephone: +256 782331531address: Nehru Road and Main StreetFan single rooms.
Sunset Hotelphone: +256 775978671address: Coronation RoadFan single rooms.
Binen Innaddress: Coronation RoadSingle rooms with shared bathroom.
Payero Rest Housephone: +256 772410927address: Coronation RoadSingle/double rooms.
Hotel Abolo Lapokphone: +256 774505098address: Olya RoadSingle/double rooms.
Hotel Kakanyerophone: +256 471432153address: Bank LaneSingle/double rooms.
Mimosa Hoteladdress: Obadiah Lalobo RoadSingle room with own bathroom. Breakfast. This hotel has 16 rooms.