Due to its small size and relative low level of development, Entebbe retains a distinct charm. Most of the broad tree-lined residential streets will eventually lead you to the lakeside or to one of the town's two golf courses. Though it is tempting to head straight to Kampala from your flight, Entebbe has a few attractions of its own that are worth your time.
Sitting on a peninsula in Lake Victoria less than an hour's drive south of Kampala, Entebbe is a pleasant town of 80,000 inhabitants. Once the capital of Uganda during British colonial rule, the town continues to host the official residence of the president, a small number of ministries, and UN missions. Entebbe is often the first town in Uganda visitors see since it is also where the international airport ('EBB') is located.
Located on 40 lakeside hectares (98 acres), the Entebbe Botanical Garden is an excellent place to relax and observe nature. Visitors are given the chance to see a wide variety of flora endemic to Uganda and other tropical climates. Bird watchers will marvel at the sounds and sights of so many species. And several monkey families also call the garden home. This is a lovely place to spend a few hours or even enjoy a picnic on the peaceful grounds.
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
Set on the shores of Lake Victoria this former zoo boasts of a wide variety of indigenous wildlife housed in natural settings. Lions, rhinos, giraffes, birds, and many more are spread out over a large area with beautiful walkways. Entrance fees go to support the maintenance of the centre as well as animal conservation efforts throughout the country. A small restaurant serves simple local dishes.
Uganda Reptile Village
African rock python, three-horned chameleon, and forest cobra are just a few of the many species of the fascinating reptiles you can find at the Uganda Reptile Village on the edge of a village just north of Entebbe. Founded and run by a local boat captain with a vision, the "snake park" makes for a fun and educational visit.
Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island
Situated on a small rainforested island a short boat ride from Entebbe, this sanctuary provides the perfect habitat for the rehabilitation of chimpanzees. Some of the rescued chimps are orphans and others were born into captivity without the required skills to make it on their own. The sanctuary staff care for the lovable apes and, in time, attempt to reintroduce them into wild populations. Day and overnight trips to this amazing experience can be organised. Just ask us about the options when booking your tour.
Sunset Cruise on Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria is one of the largest lakes in the world. Why not go on a late afternoon boat cruise among small islands on your way towards the equator line as you view the sun sink towards the horizon? Watch the fishermen cast their nets and enjoy the snacks and drinks provided on board.
If you are an avid bird watcher and have a bit more time we can also incorporate a visit to the Mabamba papyrus swamp area – home to several pairs of the rare shoebill stork. As well as the possibility of seeing these elusive birds, there is an abundance of other water birds, wildlife such as otters and much more to view amongst the tranquil waters of this area.