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14 Issues to do in Entebbe Uganda

If you happen to’re heading to Uganda, there’s a excessive likelihood you’ll fly into the worldwide airport in Entebbe. While many guests head straight out on a safari or gorilla trek, we expect there are many issues to do in Entebbe to make it value spending at the very least a day or two of your journey.

We’ve spent a lot of days exploring the sights of the Entebbe space, and we’ve put collectively this information that can assist you plan what to see and do right here.

Entebbe was the previous seat of presidency, however after independence this moved to close by Kampala. Entebbe itself is pretty unfold out with few tall buildings, and has fairly a tropical laid-back type. It’s onerous to think about it was the seat of presidency, particularly if you examine it to Kampala with its tall buildings and loopy site visitors!

Whether or not you’re right here for a brief keep while ready for a safari to begin or a flight to go away, or you’ve a number of days to discover, this information offers you numerous concepts for issues to do in Entebbe.

From seeing chimpanzees to making an attempt conventional meals to buying regionally made souvenirs, Entebbe has one thing for everybody! Let’s get began.

14 Issues to do in Entebbe

This listing of issues to do in Entebbe covers all kinds of choices. No matter your pursuits, we expect one can find one thing to get pleasure from on this nook of Uganda.


Take a Strolling Tour

An effective way to get an outline of Entebbe is to take a regionally led strolling tour like this. We love taking strolling excursions, particularly after we are new to an space. We discover they’re top-of-the-line methods to see the highlights, be taught concerning the tradition and historical past, and get suggestions from locals on different actions.

We took a tour of Kampala with the corporate that runs the Entebbe tour, and it was glorious. Our information was educated concerning the space and historical past of the nation, and was additionally in a position to advise on issues like security, what to eat, and extra.

Most strolling excursions of Entebbe will possible embody issues like making an attempt the native meals, seeing native monuments, visiting the Botanical Gardens, and visiting the craft market. Simply verify what’s and isn’t included within the tour value, and do not forget that tipping is all the time appreciated in Uganda.

Chimpanzees Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah


Go to the Botanical Backyard

One of the well-known sights in Entebbe is the Nationwide Botanical Gardens of Uganda, usually simply known as the Entebbe Botanical Backyard. That is usually included on guests’ safari itineraries as a result of it is a wonderful method to get an introduction to a number of the crops and birds of Uganda.

Discovered on the shores of Lake Victoria, the Entebbe Botanical Gardens was established in 1898. They’re one of many oldest botanical gardens in Africa. The gardens are divided into a lot of areas which characteristic crops and timber from totally different areas of Uganda, in addition to different tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate areas all over the world. Over 300 species are represented.

In addition to the spectacular assortment of timber and crops, the backyard is properly often called a great location for birdwatching. Among the species you could spot right here embody the massive marabou stork, the palm-nut vulture, the African gray parrot, pink-backed pelican, yellow-billed duck, malachite kingfisher, and lots of extra.

Chook lovers will certainly wish to embody the Botanical Backyard on their listing of locations to go to in Entebbe.

It’s additionally house to a lot of monkeys, together with the gorgeous black and white Colobus monkey which you’ll be fortunate sufficient to identify. However you’re fairly positive to see vervet monkeys as there are a selection of them right here.

There’s an entrance price to go to the Entebbe Botanical Backyard, and you can even pay further for an area information. You possibly can rent a information on the backyard entrance, or be part of a tour equivalent to this metropolis strolling tour or this full day tour that features a guided go to right here.

There’s little or no signage right here so a information is an efficient funding if you wish to be taught extra concerning the native timber and wildlife.

Entebbe Botanical Garden_by_Laurence Norah-2


Go to the Seaside

Entebbe sits on the shores of Lake Victoria, and there are a selection of stretches of seaside that may be discovered all alongside the lake. Among the small seaside areas are sandy, some rocky. These seaside areas may be discovered all alongside the lake entrance, from the airport space, to the Botanical Backyard and past.

Just a few issues to notice. Among the seashores are a part of resort or restaurant property, and so are solely accessible to clients. The various lake ranges can have an effect on how a lot seaside (if any) is accessible. In recent times, rising water ranges within the lake and erosion has induced most of the former seaside areas to develop into inaccessible. Lastly, there’s a danger of bilharzia (schistosomiasis), so many individuals advise towards swimming within the lake.

Though we haven’t swam right here, we get pleasure from strolling alongside the shoreside, sitting on the seashores, and watching the birds. Maribou storks, little egrets, cattle egrets, and pied kingfisher are frequent birds you’ll see alongside the shore. You too can get out on the lake by taking a ship tour.

If you happen to like aviation, you could wish to head over to Aero Seaside the place one can find a small assortment of previous airplanes and aviation gear (entrance price to go to) subsequent to the seaside space in addition to a restaurant and bar.

Our suggestion is to benefit from the seaside views from a pleasant beachfront restaurant or bar, and benefit from the cool breeze coming over the lake as you sip an area beer or contemporary glass of fruit juice.  For instance, we regularly eat on the shoreside restaurant of the 2Friends Seaside Resort.

Beach Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah Maribu Storks_by_Laurence Norah

See the Monuments and Historic Websites

Entebbe was the seat of presidency and administrative hub till Uganda gained independence in 1962 and Kampala turned the capital. However Entebbe is house to Uganda’s State Home, which is presently the official house and workplace of the President.

The State Home and most of the former colonial administrative buildings aren’t open to the general public. Nevertheless, you’ll undoubtedly see a few of these colonial-era buildings as you discover Entebbe.

The principle historic website to go to is Muzinga Sq. Park, the place you’ll discover a number of essential monuments and memorials.

These embody:

  • A cannon in Muzinga Sq. Park, which was left by Tanzanian troops as a part of the battle to overthrow Idi Amin. Two statues of troopers have been added subsequent to the cannon.
  • The Independence Tree, or Freedom Tree, the place conferences have been held throughout the motion to achieve independence from British rule.

It’s value noting that relying on if you go to Entebbe, entry to numerous monuments could also be restricted or you could be requested by guards to not take photographs. That is possible because of the close to proximity of those places to State Home.

Be aware that though Entebbe might be greatest recognized worldwide for being the placement of the 1976 airplane hijacking and subsequent profitable hostage rescue scenario, often called Operation Entebbe or Operation Thunderbolt, there’s not a lot data on show about this. There was information {that a} museum was deliberate to open in 2007 on the Outdated Entebbe Airport, the place the incident came about, however we couldn’t discover any present details about any museums. There are a variety of books and movies about this occasion.

The town additionally has a lot of historic church buildings, each Catholic and Anglican. Some date again to colonial instances. The Bugonga Catholic Church in Entebbe dates from 1902, making it the earliest everlasting Catholic church in Uganda. St. John’s Church historical past dates again to 1908 with the present Anglican church buildings relationship again to the Nineteen Thirties with a brand new constructing additionally being constructed right here.

These of you interested by non secular historical past may also wish to go to the Kigungu Missionary Touchdown website, the place the primary Catholic Missionaries, Brother Amans and Father Mon Maple Lourdel, arrived in Uganda.

Right here there’s a plaque, monument, and statues of the 2 missionaries. It’s a preferred place of pilgrimage. That is positioned simply exterior Entebbe so you will want transport to go to. This full day tour of Entebbe and the encompassing space presently features a cease and go to to the Kigungu touchdown website.

If you’re considering delving into the historical past of Entebbe, we’d counsel contemplating hiring an area information or becoming a member of a tour.

Muzinga Square Park Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah


Play a Spherical of Golf

Golf lovers will certainly wish to embody a go to to Entebbe Golf Membership as a part of their journey to Uganda. Based in 1901, that is the oldest golf course in East Africa.

Right here amongst the tall pines, you’ll discover a Par 71 18-hole golf course. The course is open to non-members, and you may see the charges for a spherical and ebook on the official web site right here.

If you happen to’d moderately watch golf than play, the golf membership additionally hosts tournaments year-round, which you’ll see on their web site.

If you happen to’re in search of someplace to remain close to the golf course, the 4* Lake Victoria Resort is an efficient choice. It’s a colonial-era resort with views of Lake Victoria, simply 10 minutes’ stroll from the golf course.

Entebbe Golf Course_by_Laurence Norah


Go to Chimpanzees

Many individuals coming to Uganda hope to see chimpanzees within the wild, usually as a part of a chimpanzee trekking expertise. Nevertheless, if you’re solely in Uganda for a quick time period, it isn’t all the time sensible to do a trek as there aren’t any trekking places inside a brief drive of Entebbe or Kampala.

The excellent news nonetheless is that you just don’t have to do a full chimpanzee trekking expertise to see chimpanzees in Uganda. You possibly can as an alternative choose to go to the chimpanzees on the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Ngamba island is present in Lake Victoria, and is house to a lot of orphaned chimpanzees. The island additionally has a lot of different native chook and wildlife species. A go to gives assured chimpanzee viewing and the chance to be taught all about chimpanzees. It additionally avoids the necessity for a trek. There are additionally no age restrictions right here, so it’s good if you’re visiting Uganda with youthful youngsters, as they gained’t be allowed on a chimpanzee trek.

Ngamba island may be reached by boat (by both motorized canoe or speedboat) from Entebbe, and there are numerous journeys out there. You possibly can go for a half day or full day, in addition to keep in a single day on the island when you’ve got extra time.

If you need to go to, you must have your Ngamba Island tickets booked prematurely earlier than heading to the island. You possibly can see extra on the official web site right here.

Be aware that you just can not convey your individual meals or drinks onto the island however there are meals choices out there on the island.

In Entebbe, you can even see chimpanzees on the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Training Centre, which we’ll cowl later on this article.

Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda


Eat a Rolex

Uganda has quite a lot of scrumptious meals to strive, however maybe essentially the most well-known and in style avenue meals that guests should style is a rolex.

Regardless of the identify, this meals has nothing to do with the watch of the identical identify. The identify comes from the preparation. It’s created by combining an egg omelette (usually with sliced greens) on high of a fried chapati, after which rolling it up. The result’s “rolled eggs”, which has been shorted to “rolex”.

Chances are you’ll discover a Rolex on the menu at your resort or guesthouse, or as a part of a packed breakfast. Nevertheless, we extremely suggest discovering a stall promoting rolex and shopping for them contemporary. They style so much higher when eaten scorching and proper from the pan!

In Entebbe, you will get a rolex from the road distributors on Nsamizi Highway. If you happen to take this guided tour, you’ll go to a rolex stand and see how they’re made, with the choice to purchase one. They’re an affordable and scrumptious snack meals, and one you need to strive when in Uganda.

By way of avenue meals, one other in style dish is kikomando. That is an affordable dish made from sliced chapati and fried beans. It could additionally include further toppings equivalent to gravy, meat, or avocado.

Whereas in Entebbe, we additionally suggest you strive the native fish and seafood from Lake Victoria. You’ll discover native perch and tilapia on numerous native restaurant menus. If you’re self-catering, you should purchase your individual contemporary seafood from the little roadside fish markets.

Rolex Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah-3 Rolex Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah-3


Go to the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Training Centre

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Training Centre, additionally sometimes called Entebbe Zoo, is a 72-acre Zoo which is house to over 250 animals. These embody chimpanzees, giraffes, lions, and rhinos, in addition to the uncommon and distinctive trying shoebill stork.

Many of those animals have been rescued from poaching or unlawful trafficking, and the centre focuses on care and rehabilitation of those animals. They’ve a robust deal with offering as pure an atmosphere as doable, with bigger enclosures that mimic the animal’s pure habitats the place doable.

In fact, in a really perfect world it would be best to head out on safari in Uganda to see a few of these animals within the wild, however the conservation heart is actually a great choice when you’ve got restricted time and would love a extra assured viewing expertise.

There’s a price for visiting the Zoo, and you may see extra on the official web site right here. You are able to do the usual admission, or you may pay further for a behind the scenes tour or Keeper for a Day tour. The latter present a way more immersive hands-on expertise the place you may be taught much more concerning the centre and its work, and is unquestionably value contemplating when you’ve got the time and funds.

You possibly can go to the centre by yourself, and it’s additionally included on this full day tour of Entebbe.

Entebbe Zoo_by_Laurence Norah


Take a Boat Tour / Go Fishing on Lake Victoria

Entebbe sits proper on Lake Victoria, one of many African Nice Lakes. That is the world’s largest tropical lake, and the biggest lake in Africa by space. Lake Victoria spans throughout three nations: Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The lake has many native names, however the English identify comes from the British explorer John Hanning Speke who named it after Queen Victoria.

The lake gives the livelihood for a lot of locals, primarily by way of fishing. A lot of the fish you’re prone to eat in Uganda is both going to return from Lake Victoria, or the Nile River which flows out and in of it.

As a customer, you can even get pleasure from a while on the lake. Fashionable actions embody taking a ship tour, which afford wildlife watching alternatives or the prospect to observe the sundown. You too can take a fishing tour on the lake.

Ask regionally at your resort, they need to be capable to offer you some tour choices. The vacationer boats will normally cease at a number of factors to choose up individuals and your resort may also help you organize it.

Boat Uganda_by_Laurence Norah


Discover Native Markets

If you happen to get pleasure from searching native markets if you go to a vacation spot, then you’ll undoubtedly get pleasure from Entebbe. The city has a lot of common indoor and outside markets, which provide a wide range of totally different produce.

One in style market is Kitooro Market. It is a massive lined market space with many native distributors promoting primarily contemporary produce, meat, and groceries. It underwent important renovation, and re-opened in 2021 in a brand new construction. You’ll additionally usually discover distributors within the streets exterior the market constructing itself. It’s usually open day by day.

There are additionally often different markets in Entebbe, together with numerous avenue markets on various days. For instance there’s a Saturday market on the Works Sports activities Floor. This market sells a little bit of every little thing together with clothes, meals, house furnishings, and many others.

The Entebbe Farmer’s Market is held on the primary Sunday of each month at Muti’s Backyard Cafe, and it options all types of meals and craft gadgets from native growers and creators.

Market Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah
Saturday avenue market being arrange in Entebbe


Store for Souvenirs on the Craft Village

The Entebbe Juakali Centre, higher often called the Entebbe Crafts Village, is positioned virtually immediately reverse Victoria Mall, and is an efficient place for memento purchasing. There are a variety of stalls right here providing a wide range of gadgets, together with souvenirs, crafts, jewelry, artwork, clothes, sculptures, tableware, scarfs, and luggage.

There are fairly a number of stalls right here and the choices do range by stall, so do browse a bit. Pricing is just not fastened and haggling is anticipated, though we discovered the preliminary costs have been comparatively cheap after we visited.

We visited right here after stopping at Victoria Mall, you may simply stroll throughout the road. We purchased a number of issues right here. This was really the one craft market that we visited throughout our time in Uganda.

The stallholders, virtually all ladies, have been very pleasant and well mannered and we loved searching the stalls, even when it was pouring with rain after we visited!

Craft Village Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah


Go to Victoria Mall

Though not likely a vacationer attraction, Victoria Mall is a well-liked vacationer cease. Opened in 2013, this shopping center is an efficient place to cease if you must purchase something in your Uganda journey.

The shopping center features a good-sized grocery store, a number of retailers promoting clothes, sneakers, outside gear, and presents, a restaurant, a fast-food restaurant, a pharmacy, a watch clinic, and a cinema. There’s an ATM, a spot to purchase SIM playing cards (Airtel), and a Foreign exchange cash change workplace.

It’s an amazing place to choose up groceries or snacks, get a SIM card, get cash, change forex, or purchase any last-minute wanted clothes, mountaineering, or tenting stuff. The shopping center has good safety, and you may go to on foot or park on website.

We visited and purchased a number of souvenirs from a small craft store, in addition to some toiletries and snacks from the grocery store.

The resort, the Finest Western Premier Backyard Resort, is linked to the purchasing heart. Company have direct entry to Victoria Mall so it’s a useful place to remain for many who plan to go to the mall and craft market.

Victoria Mall Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah


Take a Day Journey to Kampala

If you’re in Entebbe for a number of days, it’s best to undoubtedly contemplate taking a day journey to Kampala. Kampala is the capital metropolis of Uganda, and there’s so much to see right here. Because of the categorical freeway that opened in 2018 (requires tolls), it’s now solely round a 30-minute drive from Entebbe to Kampala, though site visitors in Kampala itself may be very gradual.

We’ve spent a while exploring the highlights of the town, each on our personal and as a part of a guided strolling tour. We are able to extremely suggest a guided strolling tour because it was a great way to be taught concerning the historical past and tradition of the town, in addition to get suggestions from an area on security.

We additionally visited different locations on our personal, utilizing a experience sharing app to get round. We extremely suggest contemplating placing the Kasubi Royal Tombs, Uganda Museum, the Baha’i Temple, Gaddafi Mosque, and Kabaka’s Palace (Mengo Palace) in your itinerary.

You possibly can undoubtedly go to all these places by yourself however it does require some coordinating as websites are unfold out. If you’re visiting Uganda as a part of a safari, you may also be capable to get your safari firm to incorporate a tour of Kampala’s highlights on the itinerary as properly. It’s additionally doable to ebook a tour like this which visits each Kamapala and Entebbe.

Uganda Museum Kampala_by_Laurence Norah


Celebration on the Night time Golf equipment

If you wish to have some late-night enjoyable, Entebbe has a number of late-night bars and night time golf equipment the place you may dance the night time away.

The Avenue Membership Entebbe is a well-liked choice. It is a restaurant and lounge by day and an evening membership by night time. Another choice is the Knight Riders Discotheque

If you’re planning on going out at night time, do learn our tips about security in Entebbe and plan your transport prematurely.

Street Club Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah


Excursions from Entebbe

There are a variety of in style excursions that you would be able to take from Entebbe, together with day excursions of native sights in addition to longer multi-day safari excursions that cowl extra of Uganda.

The preferred day journeys are going to be to Kampala, Mabama Swamp, and Jinja. The closest nationwide park for wildlife viewing goes to be Lake Mburo. However you can even be part of a lot of multi-day safari excursions from Entebbe that embody issues like safari recreation drives, village visits, chimpanzee trekking, and gorilla trekking.

Listed below are some choices to contemplate.

  • This full day tour consists of the highlights of Entebbe in addition to a visit to the Mabamba swamp the place you’ve an opportunity to see the elusive and odd-looking shoebill stork
  • If you’re primarily centered on chook watching, then contemplate reserving a tour with Mabamba Shoebill Excursions.  They run a half-day tour to the swamp from Entebbe, together with a ship experience, which provides the chance to see a lot of uncommon birds together with the shoebill stork.
  • Birders may also contemplate this 2 day tour, which incorporates each Mabamba Swamp and the Entebbe Botanic Gardens.
  • If you’re on a brief journey to Uganda, maybe for enterprise, and actually wish to expertise a safari recreation drive, you are able to do so with a day journey to Lake Mburo Nationwide Park from Entebbe. This may contain quite a lot of driving, however it’s an choice when you’ve got restricted time.
  • If you need to go to the highlights of Entebbe and Kampala, try this two-day tour which does simply that.
  • On the lookout for a extra adventurous tour? Take a look at this two-day journey to Jinja which has horse-riding, quad biking, and white water rafting in addition to a strolling tour of Jinja itself
  • There are additionally many multi-day safari centered excursions from Entebbe, together with excursions which characteristic chimpanzee trekking and gorilla trekking. You possibly can see a number of the greatest choices on GetYourGuide right here and Viator right here.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda


The place to Keep in Entebbe

There are a variety of lodging choices in Entebbe throughout a spread of value factors. We suggest the next as a place to begin/

  • 2Friends Seaside Resort – it is a good worth choice positioned by the shores of Lake Victoria and 10 minutes drive from the airport. The resort has snug air-conditioned rooms, some with lake views, all with non-public loos. There’s an on-site restaurant and seaside bar, small outside swimming pool, and the employees are very pleasant. That is the place we’ve chosen to remain on each of our visits to Entebbe.
  • Papyrus Visitor Home – it is a good worth choice providing peaceable lodging a bit means from the centre of Entebbe. If you’re in search of extra of a conventional visitor home feeling, it is a good choice to contemplate. Rooms are all en-suite and there’s an on-site restaurant for meals. Simply notice rooms have followers moderately than air-conditioning.
  • Finest Western Premier Backyard Resort – conveniently positioned proper subsequent to Victoria Mall, this 4 star resort can be near many different sights in Entebbe together with the Botanic Gardens. All of the rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite services.
  • Imperial Botanical Seaside Resort – this resort is positioned subsequent to the shore and has a superb location subsequent to each the Botanical Backyard and Wildlife Centre. It additionally has its personal seaside entry. En-suite rooms are air-conditioned and there’s an on-site restaurant.
  • Lake Victoria Resort – this colonial period resort was initially designed because the leisure centre for the Governor of Uganda, and it’s the place Queen Victoria stayed on her go to to Uganda in 1958. It’s conveniently positioned for each Entebbe Golf Membership and Entebbe Cricket Floor. It gives 4* lodging with a pool and restaurant.
  •  The Boma Resort – this luxury boutique resort is present in a Forties period house and gives non-public en-suite lodging with air con. There’s an on-site restaurant and bar in addition to a pool, and it’s conveniently positioned for many sights.
  •  Admas Grand Resort – this properly reviewed 4* resort gives high quality lodging close to Entebbe’s important sights. Rooms are en-suite and air-conditioned, and there’s a swimming pool, health centre and restaurant on-site, in addition to a scorching tub, spa and wellness centre.

In fact, there are lots of extra choices in Entebbe throughout a spread of costs. You possibly can see extra choices for Entebbe on right here.

2Friends Room Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah 2 Friends Guesthouse Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah


How you can Get to Entebbe

Entebbe is the placement of the principle worldwide airport in Uganda, so that is the place most guests to Uganda arrive. It’s common for these on safari to be picked up immediately on the airport and to spend their first night time in Entebbe. It’s also a preferred final night time in a single day keep.

Entebbe can be properly linked to Kampala. There’s an categorical freeway between the 2, which solely takes round half-hour to journey by automotive. Be aware it is a toll street, however the price is properly value paying because the previous Entebbe-Kampala street can take over 2 hours to traverse as a result of site visitors.

If you’re arriving into Entebbe airport and staying in Entebbe or Kampala, your resort may be capable to organize an airport switch for you. You too can ebook this your self utilizing a service like this.

There’s additionally a shared shuttle bus service from Entebbe to Kampala and Jinja often called the Pineapple Categorical. This gives an inexpensive scheduled service from a lot of Entebbe places together with the airport, and you may ebook this on-line right here.

Entebbe Airport_by_Laurence Norah


How you can Get Round Entebbe

There are a variety of the way to get round Entebbe. First, the city is just not very huge, so you might stroll between most of the sights your self. You are able to do this your self, or on a guided strolling tour like this.

We walked round most of Entebbe and had a good time, simply bear in mind that it may be very popular so it would be best to put together with a hat, sunscreen, and loads of consuming water.

Nevertheless, some sights are fairly unfold out, relying on what you wish to go to, and you could have to take transport. Your two important choices in Entebbe are boda boda and automotive taxis.

Boda bodas, that are bike taxis, are simple to search out alongside the streets and drivers will usually cease and ask if you would like a experience in the event that they see you out strolling. Or you may take a daily automotive taxi. You should utilize a ride-sharing app like Uber to rearrange transport or ask at your resort who may also help organize transport.

If you happen to determine to take a boda boda, we extremely suggest you’re taking one that provides a helmet to riders. We personally follow automotive taxis lately for security causes, however boda bodas are an affordable and simple type of native transport.


Is Entebbe Secure?

Entebbe is pretty protected, though it would be best to pay attention to your environment and take fundamental precautions when visiting.

The principle difficulty guests to Entebbe will want to pay attention to is opportunistic crime. Issues like bag snatches and pickpocketing are one thing to pay attention to, as is the danger of mugging.

As a customer, you wish to minimise the dangers. This implies not sporting costly jewelry or carrying some huge cash. We’d additionally advise you to maintain any digital camera gear or costly telephones out of sight in a bag, and solely convey them out if you intend to make use of them. It’s also a good suggestion to keep away from strolling after darkish if doable.

We walked throughout Entebbe and took many photographs utilizing our small compact digital camera and telephone, and we by no means felt in any hazard. Nevertheless, we did primarily go to in style places in daylight and stored our smartphone and digital camera tucked away in a bag when not in use.

Scams are additionally one thing to pay attention to. We suggest reserving any excursions prematurely with a licensed respected tour operator. If you’re nervous about strolling round, then a strolling tour is a good choice.

If you’re not sure of something, we strongly suggest asking for recommendation at your resort or from a trusted information.

We suggest studying up on the most recent journey recommendation offered by your authorities earlier than visiting, as we suggest for any nation. For instance, you may see the recommendation for visiting Uganda on the UK authorities web site right here, and the US state division web site right here.


Sensible Concerns for Entebbe

Listed below are some sensible suggestions in your time in Entebbe and Uganda that can assist you plan your journey.



The official languages of Uganda are English and Swahili; nonetheless, there are quite a lot of native languages spoken in Uganda. Essentially the most extensively spoken language within the space is Luganda. Though Swahili has been made an official language, we not often heard locals talking it.

As a vacationer in Entebbe and Kampala, you will get by fairly properly with English as most individuals within the tourism business right here converse at the very least some English. At sights and museums, the knowledge is commonly written in English.


Consuming Water in Uganda

The faucet water in Uganda is mostly not thought to be protected for guests to drink. You must drink bottled water, or contemplate filtering your individual water. See our information to protected consuming water when touring for some steered choices.


Web Entry in Uganda

If you wish to get on-line, you’ve two important choices in Uganda. You possibly can depend on WiFi, which is mostly out there without spending a dime at most inns in addition to many different places equivalent to cafes and eating places.

You too can put money into a SIM card. We purchased an Airtel SIM card at Entebbe airport on arrival. You too can get a SIM card at Victoria Mall in Entebbe. It was superb worth and we loaded it with sufficient knowledge to final for our complete go to. It labored reliably throughout nearly all of the nation, with some exceptions in essentially the most distant areas.

Simply bear in mind there’s a registration course of which includes a scan of your passport, fingerprinting, and a photograph. It’s not troublesome, however it does take about 10 minutes or so.

If you would like extra recommendation on web entry when touring, see our information to getting on-line when touring for some suggestions and recommendation.


Cash in Uganda

Uganda makes use of the Uganda shilling, or UGX. We suggest all the time having some native forex available for tipping, markets, and different small purchases. It’s best to tip native employees in native forex as they then don’t have to pay to have it exchanged.

Ugandan shillings may be simply withdrawn at ATMs throughout the nation, though these could cost a small price for doing so. We suggest doing this from an ATM on the airport or one hooked up to a financial institution. There are additionally locations the place you may change forex on the airport in addition to in Kampala, Entebbe, and different bigger cities.

Bank cards are extensively accepted for transactions at most tourist-focused companies, particularly for bigger transactions.

Most vacationer centered companies will even settle for america greenback (USD) and a few will even settle for the UK pound sterling (GBP) and the Euro. However the perfect international forex to have and most generally accepted is the U.S. greenback. The payments should be in good situation and of a current difficulty. They will’t have any marks or be in poor situation as in any other case they won’t be accepted. So if bringing USD forex with you, make sure you verify it earlier than your journey.

It’s additionally value checking the change charge, as you may end up getting a greater worth in the event you pay within the native forex moderately than in USD or different international forex.


Energy Shops / Journey Adapters for Uganda

Uganda makes use of a three-pin plug (Kind G plug), as one can find within the UK and a lot of different nations in East Africa. If you’re coming from the UK or different nation that makes use of the British plug, then your gear will likely be effective and also you shouldn’t want a journey adapter.

If you’re visiting from a unique nation, equivalent to from the USA, Canada, or most of Europe, then you will want a journey adaptor like this.

Moreover, Uganda makes use of a 220v-240v system. That is just like a lot of the world apart from components of the Americas, together with Canada and the USA, the place 110v is the norm. If you’re travelling from one among these nations, you will want to verify in case your gear helps the upper voltage. It needs to be written on the plug.

Typically, decrease powered units like cameras, laptops, and telephone chargers assist 110v – 240v, while increased energy units like hairdryers don’t. See our information to journey adapters for extra on this subject.

Laurence and Jessica on beach Uganda_by_Laurence Norah


Additional Studying

That sums up our information to issues to do in Entebbe! Earlier than you head on, we additionally wished to share another sources you may discover helpful for planning your journey to Uganda.

  • If you’re in search of a guidebook, there’s the Brandt Journey Uganda Information. That is the one journey information that covers simply Uganda. There’s additionally the Lonely Planet East Africa information, which covers Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi for these additionally touring elsewhere in area
  • If you happen to’d like a guidebook to birds, we use the Pocket Information: Birds of East Africa and discover it very helpful. For common wildlife, we use the Pocket Information to the Mammals of East Africa.
  • Seeing primates within the wild is without doubt one of the hottest actions in Uganda. See our detailed information to chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and gorilla trekking in Uganda for all the knowledge you must plan that a part of your journey.
  • You’re possible going to wish to take quite a lot of photographs if you go to Uganda. See our suggestions for taking nice safari photographs, in addition to our information to the perfect safari cameras and lenses that can assist you get the perfect outcomes
  • If you’re planning on visiting Kenya, try our information to issues to do in Nairobi and our steered 1 day Nairobi itinerary, which has numerous concepts for the town
  • If you need to skip plastic waste, you may contemplate filtering your individual water as you journey. See our information to protected consuming water when touring for suggestions
  • We now have a information to getting on-line when travelling, that can assist you keep linked in Uganda
  • You’re going to wish to energy all of your units if you journey – see our information to the greatest journey adapters so you may select the precise one for Uganda

And that’s it! As all the time, we hope you discovered this information helpful. If in case you have any questions or feedback, simply pop them within the feedback part beneath and we’ll get again to you as quickly as we will.

A detailed guide to things to do in Entebbe Uganda. All the attractions and activities as well as practical advice for your visit.

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