Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Photos of Islander Guest House & Gardens


Entrence to the Gardens


Path way with the Gardens


The Guest House facing the  gardens


The Gardens and the Guest House


Location of Islander Guest House & Gardens

ISLANDER GUEST HOUSE & GARDENS  is situated at Customs, Mpondwe border, Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Town Council. Mpondwe is located in the Rwenzori Mountains region, in Kasese District, Western Uganda. The town lies at the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Bwera is another settlement to the immediate east of Mpondwe border crossing. The Mpondwe Town Council incorporates Bwera and in this puropse, Mpondwe refers to the combined Mpondwe-Bwera metropolitan area.

Mpondwe is located approximately 37 kilometres (23 mi), by road, southwest of Kasese, the district headquarters.This location lies approximately 390 kilometres (240 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The road from Mpondwe all the way to Kampala is all-weather tarmac

Where to stay at Customs Mpondwe border :
 Islander Guest House  is a place for you to stay  for your leisure, rest  and relaxation. you will enjoy your quality time in paridise. Security is garanteed 24 hours/7. We have back up water and electric system.

Our Services:
  • Accommodation with some self contained rooms
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Pool table
  • DSTV
  • Conference hall for workshops, seminars and trainings
  • Plastic chairs and tents for hire
  • Gardens with natural environment for relaxation and leisure .
The Gardens are naturally green divided into several sections to cater of guest with different private interests. Apparently, it can accommodate around 500 guests. You can watch sunrise in the morning and  Mt. Rwezonri snow capped view on some occussions. This depends on the weather though.

Mpondwe Market:
Location of the market: Mpondwe cross-border market is located in Kasese district, Uganda, along the Uganda- Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border. It is about 59 kilometers from Kasese town in western Uganda. River Mpondwe acts as the physical barrier between Uganda and DRC. Other cross-border markets near Mpondwe include Kisenyi, Kitoma, Kabuyiri and Kamukumbi.
Market infrastructure: Mpondwe is served with a tarmac road (the Kikorongo-Bwera road) and good telecommunication facilities. The Uganda shillings, US Dollars and Congolese Francs are used as medium of exchange at the border and money conversion is done by the informal money changers.

The financial services at Mpondwe market are accessed in Bwera and Kasese towns that are 10 and 59 kilometers away respectively. Government institutions like customs, immigration and police are available while the customs post on the DRC side is located at Kasindi, about 5 Km away. During market days, goods are off loaded directly from Ugandan trucks onto Congolese trucks, without necessarily being stored at the market.

Market days and hours of operation:
The market for food and manufactured commodities operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with different commodities being traded on different days. For example, wholesaling of fish is done on Mondays and Thursdays, while the bulk of trade in all commodities is done on Tuesdays and Fridays. However, livestock is traded daily. Trading starts at about 7 am and ends at about 7 pm, except on Mondays and Thursdays where it starts at 9 am and ends at 6 pm.

Commodities traded in the market :
Fish is the main commodity traded in this market. Other minor food commodities include beans, maize, groundnuts, tomatoes, bananas (Plantain or Gonja), cabbages and onions. Fish comprises of both the salted and smoked types. Cassava is differentiated into chips and flour. The main livestock include cattle and goats. Besides the food commodities and livestock, the market is also an important transit point for manufactured products and petroleum products

Trade in food commodities is largely informal while that of manufactured commodities is formal. The food commodities are bought from source markets and transported to Mpondwe by Ugandan wholesalers (using services of transporters), who then sell to DRC wholesalers. Transactions between the two wholesalers are facilitated by brokers. More often than not, during this exchange, the commodities (especially fish, and processed food and other manufactured products) are not stored at Mpondwe, but unloaded from the sellers’ lorry and directly loaded to that of a buyer at the border . Besides selling to DRC wholesalers, the Ugandan wholesalers also sell to retailers in Mpondwe, who in turn sell to consumers. The Retailers also engage in cross-border trade of small volumes of food commodities that are transported across the border using bicycles, carts or carried on the head. Livestock trade is between Ugandan traders and those from DRC. Livestock exchange is facilitated through brokers.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population of Mpondwe at 14,900 in 2008. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of the town at 16,700.

The landmarks within the town limits or close to the edges of town include:
 Banking Services:
The following points of interest/banks also lie within or near the town: