8 Left lane, Manyago, Entebbe, Uganda


African Roots Guesthouse is located in senior quarters, a residential suburb of Gulu once a golf course grounds for British colonial settlers. African Roots Gulu is a great stopover point for lunch or an overnight while headed to Kidepo or connecting from Kidepo to Murchison Falls National Parks, Uganda’s best well kept wilderness secrets. The Guesthouse boasts fourteen bedrooms spread across the property giving our guest’s that true sense of exclusivity.

  • 14 en suite bedrooms
  • Breakfast included
  • 24 hour shuttle services available
  • High speed internet
  • Roots Bar & Restaurant


African Roots Guesthouse Gulu is our newest addition to the African Roots brand, opening her doors to the public in December 2017.  It was originally a private residence built in late 90’s now transformed into a fully functional Guesthouse, restaurant and a cocktail bar.


The best stopover en-route to Kidepo National Park; The most “wild” of all the Game Parks in Uganda with absolutely breathtaking landscapes. 2 minutes drive or 10 minutes walk to the town center.


14 en suite & spacious bedrooms making it possible to offer a touch of personalized service to our guests


Our meals are freshly prepared with ingredients got fresh from our garden & local vendors in the market.

Team of Women

A team of entirely Ugandan women ran this Guesthouse ensuring all guests are comfortable with a keen eye to detail.


Our Menu

Our chefs have created a menu that reflects what African Roots is all about – Simple, laid back and fresh with great taste. All our dishes are designed to use only the freshest readily available ingredients from either locally sourced suppliers or our own backyard garden. Breakfasts are included in the room rate; lunch menu is available through-out the day and available to order on an A-la-carte basis. 

Simple & Fresh

Our open deck dining area immersed in a blend of African décor in a modern setup overlooking the lush green garden makes dining with our worthwhile. Open garden dining options are also available. Each evening African Roots serves fresh and tasty full course meals. If you have any special dietary requirements, just let us know in advance and we will be happy to alter the menu for you. 

The Roof Top Bar

Enjoy a selection of our local and international beers, spirits, cocktails and African Roots creations at our Roof top bar in a relaxing setup while enjoying the sounds of soothing African music.

Drinks are held overlooking the Guesthouse mini garden which makes an ideal location for a pre-dinner evening drink.


African Roots Guesthouse bedrooms include; queen size or Twin, extra length beds with fine percale linen, en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms,  TV, free fast wifi, a desk, chairs, firm mattresses, Custom-designed mosquito nets hanging on from the ceiling or  4 poster bed in 14 comfortable rooms. Our hand-crafted beds offer the flexibility to request either a single, double, twin –share or triple occupancy. Cots for babies are available.

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Things to do in Gulu

Fort Baker

Just 40 minutes – 1 hour drive away from Gulu town is Fort Patiko/Baker situated in a nice rural area of Ajulu. This important historical location was a modern slavery hub where Arabs slave masters used as a sorting ground for slaves. The healthy-looking slaves were then forced to trek from Patiko, through Sudan across the Red Sea and sold in Egypt. While the history and remains of it are rather interesting, the natural beauty of the landscape is breath taking with fantastic views of rocky outcropping beyond the fort, vast open vegetation seen miles away. There is also a nice opportunity to take a little walk in the surrounding area and hike to one of the close hills.
We advise you bring proper hiking boots, rain jacket in the rainy season and wear long trousers as it can get very bushy (especially after the rainy season) and you might find have to find your own track. AR safaris can fix this excursion for you kindly contact us for more details.

Aruu Falls

These seven lines of cascading streams of roaring waterfalls offer a thrilling unforgettable and adventurous experience. This place is ideal for adventure seekers as you can enjoy a dip below the water fall, hike up the ragged rocks with not so well defined path, enjoy bird watching or a picnic day out to appreciate nature. The road to the falls is off the beat and facilities at the camp site need a little uplift. Aruu Falls is 47Km away from Gulu town and AR safaris can fix your excursion – kindly contact us for more details.

Murchison Falls National Park

Tacked in Northern part of Uganda, (300km from Kampala & 130km from Gulu town), Murchison Falls is where the Nile surges through a narrow gorge gap over a massive drop to placid river whose banks are a haven for hippos, crocodiles and variety of birds including: fish eagles, bee-eaters, and kingfishers among others. Activities here include – Game drive, Nile river boat cruises, breakfast, cheese and wine sunset cruise. AR safaris can tailor safaris to your liking and flexibility kindly contact us.

Kidepo National Park

Kidepo lies in the far northeast of Uganda. One of Uganda’s remote destinations with a strong wilderness atmosphere, offering breathtaking savannah landscapes which end in rugged horizons and boasts exceptional game viewing and birdlife. It has an exceptional amount of wildlife which include; African hunting dog, Bat-eared fox, Striped Hyena, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Antelopes, Zebras, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Bush pigs among others.