14 Things to do in Entebbe Uganda

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If you’re heading to Uganda, there’s a excessive likelihood you’ll fly into the worldwide airport in Entebbe. Whilst many guests head straight out on a safari or gorilla trek, we expect there are many issues to do in Entebbe to make it price spending no less than a day or two of your journey.

We’ve spent plenty of days exploring the points of interest of the Entebbe space, and we’ve put collectively this information that will help 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 fashion. It is difficult to think about it was the seat of presidency, particularly if you evaluate it to Kampala with its tall buildings and loopy site visitors!

Whether you’re right here for a brief keep while ready for a safari to start out or a flight to depart, or you could have a couple of days to discover, this information provides you with plenty of 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 Things to do in Entebbe

This listing of issues to do in Entebbe covers all kinds of choices. Whatever your pursuits, we expect you’ll discover one thing to take pleasure in on this nook of Uganda.

 

Take a Walking 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 once we are new to an space. We discover they’re top-of-the-line methods to see the highlights, study in regards to 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 wonderful. Our information was educated in regards to the space and historical past of the nation, and was additionally capable of advise on issues like security, what to eat, and extra.

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

Chimpanzees Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Visit the Botanical Garden

One of probably the most well-known points of interest in Entebbe is the National Botanical Gardens of Uganda, usually simply known as the Entebbe Botanical Garden. This is usually included on guests’ safari itineraries as a result of it is a wonderful approach to get an introduction to among the vegetation and birds of Uganda.

Found on the shores of Lake Victoria, the Entebbe Botanical Gardens was established in 1898. They are one of many oldest botanical gardens in Africa. The gardens are divided into plenty of areas which function vegetation and bushes from totally different areas of Uganda, in addition to different tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate areas world wide. Over 300 species are represented.

As nicely because the spectacular assortment of bushes and vegetation, the backyard is nicely referred to as a great location for birdwatching. Some of the species you might spot right here embrace the massive marabou stork, the palm-nut vulture, the African gray parrot, pink-backed pelican, yellow-billed duck, malachite kingfisher, and lots of extra.

Bird lovers will certainly wish to embrace the Botanical Garden on their listing of locations to go to in Entebbe.

It’s additionally house to plenty of monkeys, together with the gorgeous black and white Colobus monkey which you will be fortunate sufficient to identify. But you’re fairly certain to see vervet monkeys as there are a variety of them right here.

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

There may be very little signage right here so a information is an effective funding if you wish to study extra in regards to the native bushes and wildlife.

Entebbe Botanical Garden_by_Laurence Norah-2

 

Go to the Beach

Entebbe sits on the shores of Lake Victoria, and there are a variety of stretches of seashore that may be discovered all alongside the lake. Some of the small seashore areas are sandy, some rocky. These seashore areas could be discovered all alongside the lake entrance, from the airport space, to the Botanical Garden and past.

Just a few issues to notice. Some of the seashores are a part of resort or restaurant property, and so are solely accessible to prospects. The various lake ranges can have an effect on how a lot seashore (if any) is accessible. In current years, growing water ranges within the lake and erosion has precipitated lots of the former seashore areas to turn out to be inaccessible. Finally, there’s a threat of bilharzia (schistosomiasis), so many individuals advise towards swimming within the lake.

Although we haven’t swam right here, we take pleasure in 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 may get out on the lake by taking a ship tour.

If you want aviation, you might wish to head over to Aero Beach the place you’ll discover a small assortment of previous airplanes and aviation gear (entrance payment to go to) subsequent to the seashore space in addition to a restaurant and bar.

Our suggestion is to benefit from the seashore 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 recent glass of fruit juice.  For instance, we regularly eat on the shoreside restaurant of the 2Friends Beach Hotel.

Beach Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah Maribu Storks_by_Laurence Norah

See the Monuments and Historical Sites

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

The State House and lots of the former colonial administrative buildings should not open to the general public. However, you’ll undoubtedly see a few of these colonial-era buildings as you discover Entebbe.

The fundamental historic web site to go to is Muzinga Square Park, the place you’ll discover a couple of necessary monuments and memorials.

These embrace:

  • A cannon in Muzinga Square 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 had been held throughout the motion to achieve independence from British rule.

It is price noting that relying on if you go to Entebbe, entry to numerous monuments could also be restricted or you might be requested by guards to not take pictures. This is probably going as a result of close to proximity of those areas to State House.

Note that though Entebbe might be finest identified worldwide for being the situation of the 1976 airplane hijacking and subsequent profitable hostage rescue state of affairs, referred to as Operation Entebbe or Operation Thunderbolt, there’s not a lot info on show about this. There was information {that a} museum was deliberate to open in 2007 on the Old Entebbe Airport, the place the incident passed off, however we couldn’t discover any present details about any museums. There are plenty of books and movies about this occasion.

The metropolis additionally has plenty of historic church buildings, each Catholic and Anglican. Some date again to colonial occasions. 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 courting again to the Nineteen Thirties with a brand new constructing additionally being constructed right here.

Those of you interested by spiritual historical past may additionally wish to go to the Kigungu Missionary Landing web site, the place the primary Catholic Missionaries, Brother Amans and Father Mon Maple Lourdel, arrived in Uganda.

Here there’s a plaque, monument, and statues of the 2 missionaries. It’s a preferred place of pilgrimage. This is positioned simply outdoors Entebbe so you have to transport to go to. This full day tour of Entebbe and the encompassing space at the moment features a cease and go to to the Kigungu touchdown web site.

If you have an interest in delving into the historical past of Entebbe, we’d recommend contemplating hiring an area information or becoming a member of a tour.

Muzinga Square Park Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Play a Round of Golf

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

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 e book on the official web site right here.

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

If you’re on the lookout for someplace to remain close to the golf course, the 4* Lake Victoria Hotel is an effective 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

 

Visit Chimpanzees

Many individuals coming to Uganda hope to see chimpanzees within the wild, usually as a part of a chimpanzee trekking expertise. However, in case you are solely in Uganda for a short time period, it isn’t at all times sensible to do a trek as there are not any trekking areas inside a brief drive of Entebbe or Kampala.

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

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

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

If you want to go to, it’s good to have your Ngamba Island tickets booked prematurely earlier than heading to the island. You can see extra on the official web site right here.

Note that you simply can not deliver your personal meals or drinks onto the island however there are meals choices obtainable on the island.

In Entebbe, you can even see chimpanzees on the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, which we are going to cowl later on this article.

Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda

 

Eat a Rolex

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

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

You might discover a Rolex on the menu at your resort or guesthouse, or as a part of a packed breakfast. However, we extremely advocate discovering a stall promoting rolex and shopping for them recent. They style lots higher when eaten scorching and proper from the pan!

In Entebbe, you may get a rolex from the road distributors on Nsamizi Road. If you’re taking this guided tour, you’ll go to a rolex stand and see how they’re made, with the choice to purchase one. They are a cheap and scrumptious snack meals, and one you have to strive when in Uganda.

In phrases of avenue meals, one other in style dish is kikomando. This is a cheap dish fabricated from sliced chapati and fried beans. It may additionally include further toppings comparable to gravy, meat, or avocado.

While in Entebbe, we additionally advocate you strive the native fish and seafood from Lake Victoria. You’ll discover native perch and tilapia on plenty of native restaurant menus. If you’re self-catering, you should purchase your personal recent seafood from the little roadside fish markets.

Rolex Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah-3 Rolex Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah-3

 

Visit the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, additionally sometimes called Entebbe Zoo, is a 72-acre Zoo which is house to over 250 animals. These embrace 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 have a powerful concentrate on offering as pure an atmosphere as doable, with bigger enclosures that mimic the animal’s pure habitats the place doable.

Of course, in an excellent world you’ll want to head out on safari in Uganda to see a few of these animals within the wild, however the conservation heart is definitely a great choice when you have restricted time and would really like a extra assured viewing expertise.

There’s a payment for visiting the Zoo, and you may see extra on the official web site right here. You can 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 study much more in regards to the centre and its work, and is unquestionably price contemplating when you have the time and price range.

You 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 Great Lakes. This is the world’s largest tropical lake, and the most important lake in Africa by space. Lake Victoria spans throughout three international locations: Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The lake has many native names, however the English title comes from the British explorer John Hanning Speke who named it after Queen Victoria.

The lake supplies the livelihood for a lot of locals, primarily by fishing. Much 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 take pleasure in a while on the lake. Popular actions embrace taking a ship tour, which afford wildlife watching alternatives or the prospect to observe the sundown. You may take a fishing tour on the lake.

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

Boat Uganda_by_Laurence Norah

 

Explore Local Markets

If you take pleasure in shopping native markets if you go to a vacation spot, then you’ll undoubtedly take pleasure in Entebbe. The city has plenty of common indoor and outside markets, which supply quite a lot of totally different produce.

One in style market is Kitooro Market. This is a big coated market space with many native distributors promoting primarily recent 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 outdoors the market constructing itself. It’s usually open each day.

There are additionally recurrently different markets in Entebbe, together with numerous avenue markets on various days. For instance there’s a Saturday market on the Works Sports Ground. This market sells a little bit of all the things together with clothes, meals, house furnishings, and so forth.

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

Market Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah
Saturday avenue market being arrange in Entebbe

 

Shop for Souvenirs on the Craft Village

The Entebbe Juakali Centre, higher referred to as the Entebbe Crafts Village, is positioned nearly straight reverse Victoria Mall, and is an effective place for memento purchasing. There are plenty of stalls right here providing quite a lot of objects, together with souvenirs, crafts, jewelry, artwork, clothes, sculptures, tableware, scarfs, and baggage.

There are fairly a couple of stalls right here and the choices do fluctuate by stall, so do browse a bit. Pricing isn’t fastened and haggling is anticipated, though we discovered the preliminary costs had been comparatively affordable once we visited.

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

The stallholders, nearly all ladies, had been very pleasant and well mannered and we loved shopping the stalls, even when it was pouring with rain once we visited!

Craft Village Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Go to Victoria Mall

Although probably not a vacationer attraction, Victoria Mall is a well-liked vacationer cease. Opened in 2013, this shopping center is an effective place to cease if it’s good to purchase something to your Uganda journey.

The shopping center features a good-sized grocery store, a number of retailers promoting clothes, footwear, outside gear, and presents, a restaurant, a fast-food restaurant, a pharmacy, an eye fixed clinic, and a cinema. There is an ATM, a spot to purchase SIM playing cards (Airtel), and a Forex cash alternate workplace.

It’s an awesome place to choose up groceries or snacks, get a SIM card, get cash, alternate foreign money, 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 web site.

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

The resort, the Best Western Premier Garden Hotel, is related to the purchasing heart. Guests have direct entry to Victoria Mall so it’s a helpful place to remain for individuals who plan to go to the mall and craft market.

Victoria Mall Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Take a Day Trip to Kampala

If you’re in Entebbe for a couple of days, it’s best to undoubtedly contemplate taking a day journey to Kampala. Kampala is the capital metropolis of Uganda, and there’s lots to see right here. Thanks to 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 could be very gradual.

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

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

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

Uganda Museum Kampala_by_Laurence Norah

 

Party on the Night Clubs

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

The Street Club Entebbe is a well-liked choice. This is a restaurant and lounge by day and an evening membership by evening. Another choice is the Knight Riders Discotheque

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

Street Club Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Tours from Entebbe

There are plenty of in style excursions you could take from Entebbe, together with day excursions of native points of interest in addition to longer multi-day safari excursions that cowl extra of Uganda.

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

Here are some choices to contemplate.

  • This full day tour contains the highlights of Entebbe in addition to a visit to the Mabamba swamp the place you could have an opportunity to see the elusive and odd-looking shoebill stork
  • If you’re primarily targeted on chicken watching, then contemplate reserving a tour with Mabamba Shoebill Tours.  They run a half-day tour to the swamp from Entebbe, together with a ship trip, which provides the chance to see plenty of uncommon birds together with the shoebill stork.
  • Birders may additionally 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 sport drive, you are able to do so with a day journey to Lake Mburo National Park from Entebbe. This will contain plenty of driving, however it’s an choice when you have restricted time.
  • If you want to go to the highlights of Entebbe and Kampala, try this two-day tour which does simply that.
  • Looking for a extra adventurous tour? Check out 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 targeted excursions from Entebbe, together with excursions which function chimpanzee trekking and gorilla trekking. You can see among the finest choices on GetYourGuide right here and Viator right here.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

 

Where to Stay in Entebbe

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

  • 2Friends Beach Hotel – 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 personal loos. There’s an on-site restaurant and seashore bar, small outside swimming pool, and the workers are very pleasant. This is the place we’ve chosen to remain on each of our visits to Entebbe.
  • Papyrus Guest House – it is a good worth choice providing peaceable lodging somewhat method from the centre of Entebbe. If you’re on the lookout for extra of a standard visitor home feeling, it is a good choice to contemplate. Rooms are all en-suite and there’s an on-site restaurant for meals. Just be aware rooms have followers fairly than air-conditioning.
  • Best Western Premier Garden Hotel – conveniently positioned proper subsequent to Victoria Mall, this 4 star resort can be near many different points of interest in Entebbe together with the Botanic Gardens. All the rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite amenities.
  • Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel – this resort is positioned subsequent to the shore and has a superb location subsequent to each the Botanical Garden and Wildlife Centre. It additionally has its personal seashore entry. En-suite rooms are air-conditioned and there’s an on-site restaurant.
  • Lake Victoria Hotel – this colonial period resort was initially designed because the leisure centre for the Governor of Uganda. It is conveniently positioned for each Entebbe Golf Club and Entebbe Cricket Ground. It provides 4* lodging with a pool and restaurant.
  •  The Boma Hotel – this luxury boutique resort is present in a Forties period house and provides personal 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 Hotel – this nicely reviewed 4* resort provides high quality lodging close to Entebbe’s fundamental 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.

Of course, there are various extra choices in Entebbe throughout a spread of costs. You can see extra choices for Entebbe on reserving.com right here.

2Friends Room Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah 2 Friends Guesthouse Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

How to Get to Entebbe

Entebbe is the situation of the principle worldwide airport in Uganda, so that is the place most guests to Uganda arrive. It is frequent for these on safari to be picked up straight on the airport and to spend their first evening in Entebbe. It can be a preferred final evening in a single day keep.

Entebbe can be nicely related to Kampala. There is an categorical freeway between the 2, which solely takes round half-hour to journey by automobile. Note it is a toll street, however the payment is nicely price paying because the previous Entebbe-Kampala street can take over 2 hours to traverse on account of site visitors.

If you’re arriving into Entebbe airport and staying in Entebbe or Kampala, your resort may be capable of prepare an airport switch for you. You may e book this your self utilizing a service like this.

There can be a shared shuttle bus service from Entebbe to Kampala and Jinja referred to as the Pineapple Express. This provides an inexpensive scheduled service from plenty of Entebbe areas together with the airport, and you may e book this on-line right here.

Entebbe Airport_by_Laurence Norah

 

How to Get Around Entebbe

There are plenty of methods to get round Entebbe. First, the city isn’t very large, so you could possibly stroll between lots of the points of interest your self. You can do that 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 highly regarded so you’ll want to put together with a hat, sunscreen, and loads of ingesting water.

However, some points of interest are fairly unfold out, relying on what you wish to go to, and you might have to take transport. Your two fundamental choices in Entebbe are boda boda and automobile 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 trip in the event that they see you out strolling. Or you may take a daily automobile taxi. You can use a ride-sharing app like Uber to rearrange transport or ask at your resort who might help prepare transport.

If you resolve to take a boda boda, we extremely advocate you’re taking one that gives a helmet to riders. We personally persist with automobile taxis lately for security causes, however boda bodas are an affordable and simple type of native transport.

 

Is Entebbe Safe?

Entebbe is pretty protected, though you’ll want to concentrate on your environment and take primary precautions when visiting.

The fundamental concern guests to Entebbe will want to pay attention to is opportunistic crime. Things 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 means not sporting costly jewelry or carrying some huge cash. We’d additionally advise you to maintain any digicam gear or costly telephones out of sight in a bag, and solely deliver them out if you intend to make use of them. It can be a good suggestion to keep away from strolling after darkish if doable.

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

Scams are additionally one thing to pay attention to. We advocate 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 uncertain of something, we strongly advocate asking for recommendation at your resort or from a trusted information.

We advocate studying up on the most recent journey recommendation supplied by your authorities earlier than visiting, as we advocate 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.

 

Practical Considerations for Entebbe

Here are some sensible suggestions to your time in Entebbe and Uganda that will help you plan your journey.

 

Language

The official languages of Uganda are English and Swahili; nonetheless, there are plenty of native languages spoken in Uganda. The most generally spoken language within the space is Luganda. Although Swahili has been made an official language, we hardly ever heard locals talking it.

As a vacationer in Entebbe and Kampala, you may get by fairly nicely with English as most individuals within the tourism business right here communicate no less than some English. At points of interest and museums, the knowledge is usually written in English.

 

Drinking Water in Uganda

The faucet water in Uganda is usually not considered protected for guests to drink. You ought to drink bottled water, or contemplate filtering your personal water. See our information to protected ingesting water when touring for some prompt choices.

 

Internet Access in Uganda

If you wish to get on-line, you could have two fundamental choices in Uganda. You can depend on WiFi, which is usually obtainable at no cost at most resorts in addition to many different areas comparable to cafes and eating places.

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

Just bear in mind there’s a registration course of which entails a scan of your passport, fingerprinting, and a photograph. It’s not tough, nevertheless it does take about 10 minutes or so.

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

 

Money in Uganda

Uganda makes use of the Uganda shilling, or UGX. We advocate at all times having some native foreign money available for tipping, markets, and different small purchases. It is finest to tip native workers in native foreign money as they then should not have to pay to have it exchanged.

Ugandan shillings could be simply withdrawn at ATMs throughout the nation, though these might cost a small payment for doing so. We advocate doing this from an ATM on the airport or one connected to a financial institution. There are additionally locations the place you may alternate foreign money on the airport in addition to in Kampala, Entebbe, and different bigger cities.

Credit playing cards are broadly accepted for transactions at most tourist-focused companies, particularly for bigger transactions.

Most vacationer targeted companies can even settle for the United States greenback (USD) and a few can even settle for the United Kingdom pound sterling (GBP) and the Euro. But one of the best international foreign money to have and most generally accepted is the U.S. greenback. The payments have to be in good situation and of a current concern. They can’t have any marks or be in poor situation as in any other case they may not be accepted. So if bringing USD foreign money with you, you’ll want to test it earlier than your journey.

It’s additionally price checking the alternate fee, as you may end up getting a greater worth when you pay within the native foreign money fairly than in USD or different international foreign money.

 

Power Outlets / Travel Adapters for Uganda

Uganda makes use of a three-pin plug (Type G plug), as you’ll discover within the UK and plenty of different international locations in East Africa. If you’re coming from the UK or different nation that makes use of the British plug, then your gear might be wonderful and also you shouldn’t want a journey adapter.

If you’re visiting from a special nation, comparable to from the USA, Canada, or most of Europe, then you have to a journey adaptor like this.

Additionally, Uganda makes use of a 220v-240v system. This is just like a lot of the world except for elements of the Americas, together with Canada and the USA, the place 110v is the norm. If you’re travelling from one among these international locations, you have to to test in case your gear helps the upper voltage. It needs to be written on the plug.

Generally, decrease powered gadgets like cameras, laptops, and telephone chargers help 110v – 240v, while larger energy gadgets like hairdryers don’t. See our information to journey adapters for extra on this matter.

Laurence and Jessica on beach Uganda_by_Laurence Norah

 

Further Reading

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

And that’s it! As at all times, we hope you discovered this information helpful. If you could have any questions or feedback, simply pop them within the feedback part under 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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