Our Story

Once a family home

Our story begins from a humble family home in Nakasero that belonged to the Jaffer family since 1927. Little did they know that in 1969 a knock from Vatican would convert their Home into a modest Hotel to host the Pope’s delegation for his First ever visit to Uganda.


A Hotel was born

Fairway Hotel was born in 1969 as one of Uganda’s first hotels, and was officially launched in February, 1971 by his Highness the Aga Khan with 50 operational rooms.

Training the minds of tomorrow

Shortly after in 1972, during Idi Amin’s regime, Fairway Hotel was taken over by the Government during Uganda’s Economic war to became an army base. Later, it was converted into the country’s first Hotel and Tourism Training Institute from 1989 to 1991.

Transitioning back to a hotel

The return of the Jaffer family to Uganda in 1990 has seen the Hotel evolve to a 100 rooms boutique hotel with conference facilities, top restaurants, pools, and beautiful gardens. Many of the decisions that have shaped this nation were made on these very grounds.

Today and beyond

We are proud to be a part of Uganda’s rich history with a business that stands the test of time. As we continue to define Uganda’s hospitality, we pledge to always strive for excellence by staying innovative, to provide a comfortable home for our guests and to continue supporting our local communities.