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“Great little cafe near Kyambura Gorge Lodge”

Omwani Training Cafe
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Description: The Omwani Training Cafe is a unique concept for this remote part of Uganda. It serves a variety of coffees, teas and juices, as well as delicious snack and lunch options that blend international and local tastes. Tourists find it hard to find international-style drinks, snacks and meals away from the tourist lodges - Omwani Café caters for this market. The Omwani Café is conveniently located on the Kichwamba Escarpment on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park and is adjacent to a number of lodges, including Volcanoes Safaris' Kyambura Gorge Lodge. The Omwani Training Cafe was opened in 2014 by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust, a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Kyambura Women's Coffee Cooperative and the local community. The café provides practical training for local youths, who are disadvantaged as a result of the loss of parents, HIV/AIDS, or disabilities. The programme equips trainees with the skills to gain successful employment in hospitality, in an area most well-known for safari tourism. The trainees gain practical skills in food and service before they intern at the cafe for two months. They are then sent for further internships at nearby lodges. As well as enjoying freshly prepared drinks and meals, Omwani Cafe clients are helping develop this remote corner of Uganda. All profits from Omwani Cafe go to support the training of these young people. The VSPT plans to take ten interns on a quarterly basis for theoretical and practical training. Volcanoes Safaris guests staying at Kyambura Gorge Lodge can enjoy a coffee tour followed by a hearty homemade brunch with freshly brewed coffee served at the café. Guests who take the afternoon coffee tour may choose to order a delicious pizza from the wood-burning oven.
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Description: The Omwani Training Cafe is a unique concept for this remote part of Uganda. It serves a variety of coffees, teas and juices, as well as delicious snack and lunch options that blend international and local tastes. Tourists find it hard to find international-style drinks, snacks and meals away from the tourist lodges - Omwani Café caters for this market. The Omwani Café is conveniently located on the Kichwamba Escarpment on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park and is adjacent to a number of lodges, including Volcanoes Safaris' Kyambura Gorge Lodge. The Omwani Training Cafe was opened in 2014 by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust, a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Kyambura Women's Coffee Cooperative and the local community. The café provides practical training for local youths, who are disadvantaged as a result of the loss of parents, HIV/AIDS, or disabilities. The programme equips trainees with the skills to gain successful employment in hospitality, in an area most well-known for safari tourism. The trainees gain practical skills in food and service before they intern at the cafe for two months. They are then sent for further internships at nearby lodges. As well as enjoying freshly prepared drinks and meals, Omwani Cafe clients are helping develop this remote corner of Uganda. All profits from Omwani Cafe go to support the training of these young people. The VSPT plans to take ten interns on a quarterly basis for theoretical and practical training. Volcanoes Safaris guests staying at Kyambura Gorge Lodge can enjoy a coffee tour followed by a hearty homemade brunch with freshly brewed coffee served at the café. Guests who take the afternoon coffee tour may choose to order a delicious pizza from the wood-burning oven.
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the cafe and had pizza and drinks at the volcanoes safaris lodge. The coffee tour was fascinating and the coffee tastes great. Thank you to Stella and the rest of the staff for hosting us. The local dance group performed for us and were amazing!

Thank KJuliet24
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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Omwani Training Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Dear Juliet,

Many thanks for your review. We are happy to hear that the coffee tour was fascinating and that the coffee tasted great.

Stella, the Omumashaka Dancers and the cafe staff will be delighted with your comments.

Thanks again for your review.

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

I visited Omwani Cafe for the first time in January 2016 and have since returned several times. My favorite thing about this place is not the pizza (which is delicious, and possibly the best in Uganda), the coffee (which goes from tree to cup on the property), or the basketball goal (a thing which is hard to find in these parts), but my favorite thing about Omwani is the amazing staff and their commitment to empowering their community. Stella and Naboth are two friendly and kind faces I see upon each visit, but they also bring many youth to the cafe to train for jobs in the tourism industry.
If you visit, plan to stay for a while (like 3 hours). Depending on the day, the pizza oven may need time to warm up, and you should take time to walk the property and hear about the various projects that Omwani helps support. Naboth might even show you the process of making coffee or they may invite some neighbors to show you the traditional dances of the region.
Omwani Cafe is not far off the main road and worth the visit; this place is truly a gem.

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Thank KMoore45
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VolcanoesSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Omwani Training Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Dear KMoore45

Many thanks for your review. We're delighted to hear from a regular customer of Omwani Cafe!

The cafe serves our locally grown Omwani coffee, and a variety of snacks and meals. The café’s rolex (omelette in a chapati) is an upmarket version of the popular street food, and is served with avocado (guacamole) and chunky chips.

We are very proud of this small cafe, which as you say, has been set up to train and skill local disadvantaged young people, to help them get jobs in the local tourism industry. This project is developed by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust, who also manage the Omwani women's coffee cooperative and coffee processing tour, and the Omumashaka Dance Troupe, who perform for guests at Volcanoes Safaris' Kyambura Gorge Lodge nearby.

Omwani Cafe is a convenient stopover for anyone on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park and is just off the main road (Kichwamba Escarpment, Kyambura).

Thanks very much for your review - we look forward to hosting you again soon.

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