For all of you who have followed our blog for some time - we are finally open!
Our manager Abbe (who now changed his name from Albrecht to Albert in order to make it easier for the Ugandans to remember his name) has really done an amazing job with the final touches!
So Kikonko has opened its doors on the 6th of December 2019. The first guests came and absolutely loved the scenery, the food, the comfortable beds and the swimming pool.
Now a whole new aera has begun: marketing, marketing and marketing. Stefan has become very conversant with social media marketing and Steffi talks to pretty much any safari car driver she can find on the roads of Kampala.
Our stickers are in the making and so are our new business cards and flyers.
We finally had a chance to spend a full week at the site to push forward on all sorts of things. We packed the kids and the dogs into the car, loaded it with all sorts of other materials and went to Buseruka at 6am last week Saturday.
we worked for about 10 hours: completing the mosaic floor, scraping
concrete off the stones in the restaurant, designing the huge lamp
shade, digging trenches, erecting the solar heater, planting and
weeding, filling and sanding the walls, giving advise on how to instal
the toilets and sinks, receiving 12 mattresses and solar heaters way
past midnight on the truck from Kampala and many, many more things.
Every evening we collapsed at around 8pm in our tents and looked forward
to the next day and more work.
seems like a million things still need to be done, but we are truly
moving at a very fast pace. The next truck with beds, tables, and lots
of cables for our solar system will arrive soon and Stefan is bound to
go back to the site i…
Ich (Steffi) habe die letzten 5 Tage auf der Baustelle verbracht und mal wieder viel Fortschritt gesehen. Die Bauarbeiter sind an den letzten Kleinigkeiten dran, die Tischler bauen die Fenster ein und die Balkone an, der Installateur kümmert sich um die Angestelltentoiletten und den septischen Tank. Der Gärtner hat schon die direkte Umgebung um einige Häuser herum auf Vordermann gebracht. Und die Maler haben alle Häuser von innen und außen angestrichen. Sogar die ersten Badezimmer sind fast fertig gestrichen.
Wir liegen in der Zielgeraden!! Eröffnung am 1.12. sollte machbar sein! Auch der Pool ist in Auftrag gegeben, allerdings müssen wir dafür noch sehr viel Auffüllarbeit in dem großen ausgeschachteten Loch leisten.
Last weekend was the first time for me (Steffi) to be at Kikonko more or less by myself! Stefan and the kids are in Germany and Richard was taking care of things in Hoima. So it was me and the builders! This gave me time to work on a floor mosaic in the restaurant and to start with more mosaic work in the bathrooms. It felt so good to finally be able to do something myself! After all these months of giving advise and watching how the place was built out of nowhere, it was now my time to be creative, to look for stones, break them and lay the mosaic.
At the same time the screeding (Estrich) was put in so that the final treatment of the floor can start next week. The bathroom ceiling is being worked on by our super handy man Issac and the guard house at the entrance has nearly been finished by Fred our roofing expert.