In case you’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 predict there are many issues to do in Entebbe to make it value spending at the least a day or two of your journey.

We’ve spent numerous 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 exhausting to think about it was the seat of presidency, particularly once you evaluate 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 start out or a flight to depart, or you’ve got a number of days to discover, this information gives you numerous concepts for issues to do in Entebbe.

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

14 Issues to do in Entebbe

This checklist of issues to do in Entebbe covers all kinds of choices. No matter your pursuits, we predict 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 walking tour like this. We love taking strolling excursions, particularly after we are new to an space. We discover they’re among the best methods to see the highlights, study in regards to the tradition and historical past, and get ideas 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 in regards to 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 embrace issues like attempting 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 at all times appreciated in Uganda.

Chimpanzees Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Go to the Botanical Backyard

One of the crucial well-known sights in Entebbe is the Nationwide Botanical Gardens of Uganda, usually simply known as the Entebbe Botanical Backyard. That is typically included on guests’ safari itineraries as a result of it is a wonderful strategy to get an introduction to among the vegetation 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 numerous areas which function vegetation and bushes from completely different areas of Uganda, in addition to different tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate areas world wide. Over 300 species are represented.

In addition to the spectacular assortment of bushes and vegetation, the backyard is properly referred to as a great location for birdwatching. Among the species it’s possible you’ll 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.

Hen lovers will certainly need to embrace the Botanical Backyard on their checklist of locations to go to in Entebbe.

It’s additionally residence to numerous monkeys, together with the gorgeous black and white Colobus monkey which you will be fortunate sufficient to identify. However you might be fairly positive to see vervet monkeys as there are a variety of them right here.

There’s an entrance payment to go to the Entebbe Botanical Backyard, and you can too pay additional for a neighborhood information. You may rent a information on the backyard entrance, or be part of a tour reminiscent of this city walking 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 study extra in regards to the native bushes 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 variety 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.

A couple of issues to notice. Among the seashores are a part of lodge or restaurant property, and so are solely accessible to prospects. 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 precipitated most of the former seaside areas to turn out to be inaccessible. Lastly, there’s a threat 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 can too get out on the lake by taking a ship tour.

In case you like aviation, it’s possible you’ll need to head over to Aero Seaside the place one can find a small assortment of previous airplanes and aviation tools (entrance payment 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 a neighborhood beer or contemporary 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 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 residence to Uganda’s State Home, which is at the moment the official residence and workplace of the President.

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

The primary historic web site to go to is Muzinga Sq. Park, the place you’ll discover a number of vital monuments and memorials.

These embrace:

  • 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 realize independence from British rule.

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

Observe that though Entebbe might be greatest recognized worldwide for being the placement 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 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 happened, 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 numerous 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 courting again to the Nineteen Thirties with a brand new constructing additionally being constructed right here.

These of you curious about non secular historical past may also need to go to the Kigungu Missionary Landing site, 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 well-liked place of pilgrimage. That is situated simply outdoors Entebbe so you will want transport to go to. This full day tour of Entebbe and the encircling space at the moment features a cease and go to to the Kigungu touchdown web site.

If you’re all for delving into the historical past of Entebbe, we’d recommend contemplating hiring a neighborhood information or becoming a member of a tour.

Muzinga Square Park Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Play a Spherical of Golf

Golf lovers will certainly need to embrace a go to to Entebbe Golf Club 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’ll see the charges for a spherical and guide on the official web site here.

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

In case you’re in search of someplace to remain close to the golf course, the 4* Lake Victoria Hotel is an efficient choice. It’s a colonial-era lodge 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 experience. Nonetheless, if you’re 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 places inside a brief drive of Entebbe or Kampala.

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

Ngamba island is present in Lake Victoria, and is residence to numerous orphaned chimpanzees. The island additionally has numerous different native fowl and wildlife species. A go to presents 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 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 accessible. You may 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 need to go to, it’s good to have your Ngamba Island tickets booked prematurely earlier than heading to the island. You may see extra on the official web site here.

Observe that you just can’t convey your personal meals or drinks onto the island however there are meals choices accessible on the island.

In Entebbe, you can too see chimpanzees on the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Schooling Centre, which we’ll 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 standard road meals that guests should style is a rolex.

Regardless of 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 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 lodge or guesthouse, or as a part of a packed breakfast. Nonetheless, we extremely suggest discovering a stall promoting rolex and shopping for them contemporary. They style loads higher when eaten scorching and proper from the pan!

In Entebbe, you may get a rolex from the road distributors on Nsamizi Street. In case you 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 will need to strive when in Uganda.

When it comes to road meals, one other standard dish is kikomando. That is an affordable dish made from sliced chapati and fried beans. It might additionally include extra toppings reminiscent of 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 personal 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 Schooling Centre

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, additionally also known as Entebbe Zoo, is a 72-acre Zoo which is residence 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’ve a powerful deal with offering as pure an setting as attainable, with bigger enclosures that mimic the animal’s pure habitats the place attainable.

In fact, in a super 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 middle is actually a great choice when you have restricted time and would love a extra assured viewing expertise.

There’s a payment for visiting the Zoo, and you’ll see extra on the official web site here. You are able to do the usual admission, or you possibly can pay additional 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 possibly can study much more in regards to the centre and its work, and is unquestionably value contemplating when you have the time and finances.

You may 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 most important lake in Africa by space. Lake Victoria spans throughout three nations: 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 offers the livelihood for a lot of locals, primarily via fishing. A lot of the fish you might be 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 too get pleasure from a while on the lake. Standard actions embrace taking a ship tour, which afford wildlife watching alternatives or the possibility to look at the sundown. You can too take a fishing tour on the lake.

Ask regionally at your lodge, they need to be capable of provide you with some tour choices. The vacationer boats will often cease at a number of factors to select up individuals and your lodge may also help you organize it.

Boat Uganda_by_Laurence Norah

 

Discover Native Markets

In case you get pleasure from searching native markets once you go to a vacation spot, then you’ll positively get pleasure from Entebbe. The city has numerous common indoor and out of doors markets, which provide quite a lot of completely different produce.

One standard market is Kitooro Market. This can be a giant 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 typically discover distributors within the streets outdoors the market constructing itself. It’s usually open day by day.

There are additionally recurrently different markets in Entebbe, together with numerous road markets on various days. For instance there’s a Saturday market on the Works Sports activities Floor. This market sells a little bit of the whole lot together with clothes, meals, residence furnishings, and so on.

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

Market Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah
Saturday road market being arrange in Entebbe

 

Store for Souvenirs on the Craft Village

The Entebbe Juakali Centre, higher referred to as the Entebbe Crafts Village, is situated nearly straight reverse Victoria Mall, and is an efficient place for memento procuring. There are a variety 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 number of stalls right here and the choices do differ by stall, so do browse a bit. Pricing will not be fastened and haggling is predicted, though we discovered the preliminary costs have been comparatively affordable after we visited.

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

The stallholders, nearly 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 it’s good to purchase something in your Uganda journey.

The shopping center features a good-sized grocery store, a number of outlets promoting clothes, sneakers, out of doors 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 alternate workplace.

It’s an important place to select up groceries or snacks, get a SIM card, get cash, alternate forex, or purchase any last-minute wanted clothes, mountain climbing, or tenting stuff. The shopping center has good safety, and you’ll go to on foot or park on web site.

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 lodge, the Best Western Premier Garden Hotel, is linked to the procuring middle. 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 is best to positively contemplate taking a day journey to Kampala. Kampala is the capital metropolis of Uganda, and there’s loads to see right here. Due to the specific 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 sluggish.

We’ve spent a while exploring the highlights of town, each on our personal and as a part of a guided walking tour. We will extremely suggest 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 ideas from a neighborhood on security.

We additionally visited different locations on our personal, utilizing a journey 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 may positively 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 additionally be capable of get your safari firm to incorporate a tour of Kampala’s highlights on the itinerary as properly. It’s additionally attainable to guide a tour like this which visits each Kamapala and Entebbe.

Uganda Museum Kampala_by_Laurence Norah

 

Occasion 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 possibly can dance the night time away.

The Street Club Entebbe is a well-liked choice. This can be a restaurant and lounge by day and an evening membership by night time. An alternative 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 standard excursions you could 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 too be part of numerous multi-day safari excursions from Entebbe that embrace issues like safari sport drives, village visits, chimpanzee trekking, and gorilla trekking.

Listed below 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’ve got an opportunity to see the elusive and odd-looking shoebill stork
  • If you’re primarily targeted on fowl 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 journey, which supplies the chance to see numerous 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 need to expertise a safari sport drive, you are able to do so with a day trip to Lake Mburo National Park from Entebbe. It will contain plenty of driving, however it’s an choice when you have restricted time.
  • If you need to go to the highlights of Entebbe and Kampala, try this two-day tour which does simply that.
  • In search of a extra adventurous tour? Take a look at this two-day trip 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 may see among the greatest choices on GetYourGuide here and Viator here.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

 

The place to Keep in Entebbe

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

  • 2Friends Beach Hotel – it is a good worth choice situated by the shores of Lake Victoria and 10 minutes drive from the airport. The lodge has comfy air-conditioned rooms, some with lake views, all with personal bogs. There’s an on-site restaurant and seaside bar, small out of doors swimming pool, and the workers are very pleasant. That is the place we now have chosen to remain on each of our visits to Entebbe.
  • Papyrus Guest House – it is a good worth choice providing peaceable lodging somewhat manner 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.
  • Best Western Premier Garden Hotel – conveniently situated proper subsequent to Victoria Mall, this 4 star lodge can also be near many different sights in Entebbe together with the Botanic Gardens. All of the rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite amenities.
  • Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel – this lodge is situated 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 Hotel – this colonial period lodge was initially designed because the leisure centre for the Governor of Uganda. It’s conveniently situated for each Entebbe Golf Membership and Entebbe Cricket Floor. It presents 4* lodging with a pool and restaurant.
  •  The Boma Hotel – this luxury boutique lodge is present in a Nineteen Forties period residence and presents personal en-suite lodging with air-con. There’s an on-site restaurant and bar in addition to a pool, and it’s conveniently situated for many sights.
  •  Admas Grand Hotel – this properly reviewed 4* lodge presents high quality lodging close to Entebbe’s primary 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 a lot of extra choices in Entebbe throughout a variety of costs. You may see extra choices for Entebbe on booking.com here.

2Friends Room Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

2 Friends Guesthouse Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

The right way to Get to Entebbe

Entebbe is the placement of the primary 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 straight on the airport and to spend their first night time in Entebbe. Additionally it is a well-liked final night time in a single day keep.

Entebbe can also be properly linked to Kampala. There’s an specific freeway between the 2, which solely takes round half-hour to journey by automobile. Observe it is a toll street, however the payment is properly value paying because the previous Entebbe-Kampala street can take over 2 hours to traverse as a consequence of site visitors.

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

There’s additionally a shared shuttle bus service from Entebbe to Kampala and Jinja referred to as the Pineapple Specific. This presents an inexpensive scheduled service from numerous Entebbe places together with the airport, and you’ll guide this on-line here.

Entebbe Airport_by_Laurence Norah

 

The right way to Get Round Entebbe

There are a variety of the way to get round Entebbe. First, the city will not be very huge, so you could possibly 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 remember that it may be extremely popular so it would be best to put together with a hat, sunscreen, and loads of consuming water.

Nonetheless, some sights are fairly unfold out, relying on what you need to go to, and it’s possible you’ll must take transport. Your two primary choices in Entebbe are boda boda and automobile taxis.

Boda bodas, that are motorcycle taxis, are simple to search out alongside the streets and drivers will typically cease and ask if you would like a journey in the event that they see you out strolling. Or you possibly can take a daily automobile taxi. You need to use a ride-sharing app like Uber to rearrange transport or ask at your lodge who may also help organize transport.

In case you resolve to take a boda boda, we extremely suggest you’re taking one that provides a helmet to riders. We personally stick with automobile taxis nowadays for security causes, however boda bodas are an inexpensive and simple type of native transport.

 

Is Entebbe Protected?

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

The primary concern guests to Entebbe will want to concentrate on is opportunistic crime. Issues like bag snatches and pickpocketing are one thing to concentrate on, as is the chance of mugging.

As a customer, you need 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 tools or costly telephones out of sight in a bag, and solely convey them out once you intend to make use of them. Additionally it is a good suggestion to keep away from strolling after darkish if attainable.

We walked throughout Entebbe and took many pictures utilizing our small compact digital camera and telephone, and we by no means felt in any hazard. Nonetheless, we did primarily go to standard 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 concentrate on. 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 uncertain of something, we strongly suggest asking for recommendation at your lodge or from a trusted information.

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

 

Sensible Concerns for Entebbe

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

 

Language

The official languages of Uganda are English and Swahili; nevertheless, there are plenty 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 may get by fairly properly with English as most individuals within the tourism business right here converse at the least some English. At sights and museums, the knowledge is commonly written in English.

 

Ingesting Water in Uganda

The faucet water in Uganda is mostly not thought to be secure for guests to drink. It is best to drink bottled water, or contemplate filtering your personal water. See our information to safe drinking water when traveling for some prompt choices.

 

Web Entry in Uganda

If you wish to get on-line, you’ve got two primary choices in Uganda. You may depend on WiFi, which is mostly accessible without spending a dime at most motels in addition to many different places reminiscent of cafes and eating places.

You can too put money into a SIM card. We purchased an Airtel SIM card at Entebbe airport on arrival. You can too get a SIM card at Victoria Mall in Entebbe. It was excellent 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.

Simply remember there’s a registration course of which entails a scan of your passport, fingerprinting, and a photograph. It’s not tough, 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 online when traveling for some ideas and recommendation.

 

Cash in Uganda

Uganda makes use of the Uganda shilling, or UGX. We suggest at all times having some native forex available for tipping, markets, and different small purchases. It’s best to tip native workers 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 might cost a small payment 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 possibly can alternate 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 targeted companies may also settle for america greenback (USD) and a few may also 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 must be in good situation and of a latest concern. They’ll’t have any marks or be in poor situation as in any other case they may not be accepted. So if bringing USD forex with you, be sure you verify it earlier than your journey.

It’s additionally value checking the alternate price, as you may end up getting a greater worth if you happen to pay within the native forex moderately than in USD or different international forex.

 

Energy Retailers / Journey Adapters for Uganda

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

If you’re visiting from a unique nation, reminiscent of 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 aside from elements of the Americas, together with Canada and the USA, the place 110v is the norm. If you’re travelling from considered one of these nations, you will want to verify in case your tools helps the upper voltage. It must be written on the plug.

Usually, decrease powered gadgets like cameras, laptops, and telephone chargers assist 110v – 240v, while larger energy gadgets like hairdryers don’t. See our guide to travel adapters for extra on this matter.

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.

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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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