By Gilbert Mwijuke
If you are planning to visit Kampala and looking for an upscale apartment, the new Ssanga Courts in the tranquil suburb of Nakasero makes a spectacular base.
Perched atop a hilly impasse, Ssanga Courts will place you smack in the heart of Kampala, Uganda’s rambunctious chief city. But unlike elsewhere in the city, here you’ll avoid midtown crowds while still enjoying easy access to upscale supermarkets, movie theatres and other high-end restaurants, bars and entertainment spots.
An all-apartment offering, Ssanga’s guests are hard-pressed to find more serene, luxurious, intimate and spacious accommodations in the central business district — with the price tag to match.
Ssanga Courts features 32 apartments, ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom and duplex apartments that will set you back between $2,500-3,500 per month or for as low as $150 per night.
And these are moderate rates by Nakasero standards, especially considering that most high-end accommodations in this neighbourhood are quite pricey (average nightly rates are in the upwards of $200).
Because of its Kyadondo Road location, Ssanga Courts is not convenient for commuter minibus users as they don’t ply this route.
So, if you decide to stay here, be prepared to use private transport.
Still, you’ll be happy to come home: the living rooms are nicely furnished while the bedrooms are large enough, with soothing walls and an alcove that leads to a quaint balcony where you can relax and imbibe your favourite drink in utmost peace.
“Designed and executed with quality material and outstanding craftsmanship, this is a home like no other,” Ssanga Courts says on its website. “…each room is clearly well-thought out and designed to suit the most discerning of tastes.”
What’s more, the kitchens in all appartments offer more than enough counter and floor space, parking is secure, there is a 24-hour front desk service, an outdoor swimming pool for cooling off, a sauna and gym to tone your muscles, a guests lounge that exudes a post-modern, arty ambiance, as well as free high-speed WiFi in all rooms and communal areas.
Other amenities in the apartments include king-size beds, modern closets, work desks, Jacuzzi and flat TV screens, among others.
Ssanga Courts is a luxury abode infused with a bit of adventure. The Uganda National Museum is just a 25-minute walk away; Leisure Park — a kids amusement park on Said Barre Road — is only 200 metres away; while AKA Gallery on Hannington Road is only 66 metres away.
Also within the vicinity of Ssanga Courts are places such as the Kampala Golf Club and high-end cafes, casinos, bars as well as restaurants that serve up both local and international delicacies.
You can own a piece of Ssanga Courts
Yes, that’s right: you too can own a piece of the picturesque Ssanga Courts if you can afford to fork out at least $250,000 for a duplex apartment. In fact, of the 32 apartments, at least 18 have already been bought off by different enterprising individuals, according to management.
And the good news for buyers is that Ssanga Courts management continues to take care of the apartments on your behalf, saving you the hustle of running after tenants.
“Ssanga Courts is an incredible investment opportunity to a prospective buyer or a luxurious sanctuary to one opting to rent,” boasting a “concierge service that rivals some of the best hotels in Kampala, and opulent rooms that speak to elegance and tranquility,” information on the property’s website reads in part.