14 Issues to do in Entebbe Uganda

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Should 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 various days exploring the sights 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 type. It’s arduous to think about it was the seat of presidency, particularly if you examine it to Kampala with its tall buildings and loopy visitors!

Whether or not you’re right here for a brief keep while ready for a safari to start out or a flight to go away, or you’ve just a few 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 domestically 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 take pleasure in on this nook of Uganda.

 

Take a Strolling Tour

An effective way to get an outline of Entebbe is to take a domestically led strolling tour like this. We love taking strolling excursions, particularly after we are new to an space. We discover they’re probably the greatest methods to see the highlights, be taught 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 in a position to 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. Simply examine what’s and isn’t included within the tour worth, and do not forget that tipping is at all times appreciated in Uganda.

Chimpanzees Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Go to the Botanical Backyard

Probably the most 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 technique to get an introduction to a few 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 various areas which function crops and bushes 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 bushes and crops, the backyard is effectively generally known as a superb location for birdwatching. Among 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 plenty of extra.

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

It’s additionally dwelling to various monkeys, together with the gorgeous black and white Colobus monkey which you’ll be fortunate sufficient to identify. However you might be fairly certain 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 may also pay further for an area information. You may rent a information on the backyard entrance, or be a part of a tour similar to this metropolis strolling tour or this full day tour that features a guided go to right here.

There may be little or no signage right here so a information is an efficient funding if you wish to be taught extra in regards to the native bushes and wildlife.

Entebbe Botanical Garden_by_Laurence Norah-2

 

Go to the Seashore

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

A number of 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 seashore (if any) is accessible. In recent times, rising water ranges within the lake and erosion has triggered lots of the former seashore areas to turn out to be inaccessible. Lastly, there’s a danger of bilharzia (schistosomiasis), so many individuals advise in opposition to swimming within the lake.

Though 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. It’s also possible to get out on the lake by taking a ship tour.

Should you like aviation, you might wish to head over to Aero Seashore the place one can find a small assortment of previous airplanes and aviation tools (entrance price to go to) subsequent to the seashore space in addition to a restaurant and bar.

Our advice 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 Seashore 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 grew to become the capital. However Entebbe is dwelling to Uganda’s State Home, which is at the moment the official dwelling and workplace of the President.

The State Home and lots 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 primary historic web site to go to is Muzinga Sq. Park, the place you’ll discover just a few essential 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 in the course of the motion to realize 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 might be requested by guards to not take photographs. That is possible as a result of close to proximity of those places to State Home.

Word that though Entebbe might be greatest identified worldwide for being the placement of the 1976 aircraft hijacking and subsequent profitable hostage rescue state of affairs, generally known 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 Previous Entebbe Airport, the place the incident passed off, however we couldn’t discover any present details about any museums. There are a variety of books and movies about this occasion.

Town additionally has various 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 Thirties with a brand new constructing additionally being constructed right here.

These of you curious about spiritual historical past may also wish to go to the Kigungu Missionary Touchdown web 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 positioned simply exterior Entebbe so you will want 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’re eager about 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 Spherical of Golf

Golf lovers will certainly wish to embrace 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 guide on the official web site right here.

Should 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.

Should you’re on the lookout for someplace to remain close to the golf course, the 4* Lake Victoria Resort is an efficient possibility. 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, in case you are solely in Uganda for a quick 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 a substitute decide to go to the chimpanzees on the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Ngamba island is present in Lake Victoria, and is dwelling to various orphaned chimpanzees. The island additionally has various 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 in case you are visiting Uganda with youthful kids, as they received’t be allowed on a chimpanzee trek.

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

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

Word that you just can’t carry your personal meals or drinks onto the island however there are meals choices out there on the island.

In Entebbe, you may also see chimpanzees on the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Training Centre, which we are going to cowl later on this article.

Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda

 

Eat a Rolex

Uganda has plenty of scrumptious meals to attempt, however maybe probably the most well-known and standard road 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 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. Nevertheless, we extremely advocate discovering a stall promoting rolex and shopping for them recent. 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 Street. Should 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 a cheap and scrumptious snack meals, and one you could attempt when in Uganda.

By way of road meals, one other standard dish is kikomando. That is a cheap dish made from sliced chapati and fried beans. It might additionally include further toppings similar to gravy, meat, or avocado.

Whereas in Entebbe, we additionally advocate you attempt 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 buy your personal recent 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 also known as Entebbe Zoo, is a 72-acre Zoo which is dwelling 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 robust deal with offering as pure an setting as potential, with bigger enclosures that mimic the animal’s pure habitats the place potential.

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 heart is definitely a superb possibility you probably have restricted time and would really like 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 in regards to the centre and its work, and is unquestionably value contemplating you probably 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 international locations: 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 means of fishing. A lot of the fish you might be more likely to eat in Uganda is both going to come back from Lake Victoria, or the Nile River which flows out and in of it.

As a customer, you may also take pleasure in a while on the lake. Widespread actions embrace taking a ship tour, which afford wildlife watching alternatives or the possibility to observe the sundown. It’s also possible to take a fishing tour on the lake.

Ask domestically at your resort, they need to be capable of offer you some tour choices. The vacationer boats will normally cease at a number of factors to select up folks and your resort might help you organize it.

Boat Uganda_by_Laurence Norah

 

Discover Native Markets

Should 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 various common indoor and outside markets, which provide quite a lot of totally different produce.

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

There are additionally usually different markets in Entebbe, together with varied 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 all the pieces together with clothes, meals, dwelling furnishings, and so forth.

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 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 generally known as the Entebbe Crafts Village, is positioned virtually straight reverse Victoria Mall, and is an efficient place for memento purchasing. 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 luggage.

There are fairly just a few stalls right here and the choices do differ by stall, so do browse a bit. Pricing just isn’t 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 may simply stroll throughout the road. We purchased just a few issues right here. This was truly 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 shopping 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 should purchase something in your Uganda journey.

The shopping center features a good-sized grocery store, a number of outlets promoting clothes, sneakers, outside gear, and items, a restaurant, a fast-food restaurant, a pharmacy, an eye fixed clinic, and a cinema. There may be an ATM, a spot to purchase SIM playing cards (Airtel), and a Foreign exchange cash change workplace.

It’s an awesome place to select up groceries or snacks, get a SIM card, get cash, change 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 purchased just a few 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 related to the purchasing heart. Company 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 Journey to Kampala

If you’re in Entebbe for just a few days, it is best to undoubtedly take into account taking a day journey to Kampala. Kampala is the capital metropolis of Uganda, and there’s so much 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 visitors in Kampala itself will 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 advocate a guided strolling tour because it was a great way to be taught in regards to 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 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 may undoubtedly go to all these places 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 also be capable of get your safari firm to incorporate a tour of Kampala’s highlights on the itinerary as effectively. It’s additionally potential to guide a tour like this which visits each Kamapala and Entebbe.

Uganda Museum Kampala_by_Laurence Norah

 

Social gathering on the Night time Golf equipment

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 Road Membership Entebbe is a well-liked possibility. This can be a restaurant and lounge by day and an evening membership by evening. An alternative 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

 

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 most well-liked 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 may also be a part of various 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 think about.

  • 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 take into account reserving a tour with Mabamba Shoebill Excursions.  They run a half-day tour to the swamp from Entebbe, together with a ship trip, which supplies the chance to see various uncommon birds together with the shoebill stork.
  • Birders may also take into account 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 Nationwide Park from Entebbe. It will contain plenty of driving, however it’s an possibility you probably have restricted time.
  • If you want to go to the highlights of Entebbe and Kampala, take a look at 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 function chimpanzee trekking and gorilla trekking. You may see a few 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 variety of worth factors. We advocate the next as a place to begin/

  • 2Friends Seashore Resort – this can be a good worth possibility 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 seashore bar, small outside swimming pool, and the workers are very pleasant. That is the place we’ve chosen to remain on each of our visits to Entebbe.
  • Papyrus Visitor Home – this can be a good worth possibility providing peaceable lodging a little bit means from the centre of Entebbe. If you’re on the lookout for extra of a conventional visitor home feeling, this can be a good possibility to think about. Rooms are all en-suite and there’s an on-site restaurant for meals. Simply observe rooms have followers moderately than air-conditioning.
  • Finest Western Premier Backyard Resort – conveniently positioned proper subsequent to Victoria Mall, this 4 star resort 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 Seashore 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 seashore 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 dwelling 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 effectively reviewed 4* resort gives high quality lodging close to Entebbe’s essential 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 numerous extra choices in Entebbe throughout a variety of costs. You may see extra choices for Entebbe on reserving.com right here.

2Friends Room Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah 2 Friends Guesthouse Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Find out how to 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 is not uncommon for these on safari to be picked up straight on the airport and to spend their first evening in Entebbe. It is usually a well-liked final evening in a single day keep.

Entebbe can also be effectively related to Kampala. There may be an specific freeway between the 2, which solely takes round half-hour to journey by automotive. Word this can be a toll street, however the price is effectively value paying because the previous Entebbe-Kampala street can take over 2 hours to traverse because of visitors.

If you’re arriving into Entebbe airport and staying in Entebbe or Kampala, your resort may be capable of organize an airport switch for you. It’s also possible to guide this your self utilizing a service like this.

There may be additionally a shared shuttle bus service from Entebbe to Kampala and Jinja generally known as the Pineapple Categorical. This gives an inexpensive scheduled service from various Entebbe places together with the airport, and you may guide this on-line right here.

Entebbe Airport_by_Laurence Norah

 

Find out how to Get Round Entebbe

There are a variety of how to get round Entebbe. First, the city just isn’t very massive, so you might stroll between lots 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 extremely 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 might must take transport. Your two essential choices in Entebbe are boda boda and automotive taxis.

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

Should you resolve to take a boda boda, we extremely advocate you are taking one that gives a helmet to riders. We personally follow automotive taxis today for security causes, however boda bodas are an affordable and simple type of native transport.

 

Is Entebbe Protected?

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

The primary problem 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 chance 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 tools or costly telephones out of sight in a bag, and solely carry them out if you intend to make use of them. It is usually a good suggestion to keep away from strolling after darkish if potential.

We walked throughout Entebbe and took many photographs utilizing our small compact digital camera and cellphone, and we by no means felt in any hazard. Nevertheless, we did primarily go to standard places in daylight and saved our smartphone and digital camera 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 possibility.

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 offered 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.

 

Sensible Issues for Entebbe

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

 

Language

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

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

 

Consuming Water in Uganda

The faucet water in Uganda is mostly not considered protected for guests to drink. You need to drink bottled water, or take into account filtering your personal 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 essential choices in Uganda. You may depend on WiFi, which is mostly out there at no cost at most motels in addition to many different places similar to cafes and eating places.

It’s also possible to spend money on a SIM card. We purchased an Airtel SIM card at Entebbe airport on arrival. It’s also possible to get a SIM card at Victoria Mall in Entebbe. It was excellent worth and we loaded it with sufficient information to final for our complete go to. It labored reliably throughout the vast majority of the nation, with some exceptions in probably 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 tough, nevertheless it does take about 10 minutes or so.

If you’d 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 advocate at all times having some native foreign money readily available for tipping, markets, and different small purchases. It’s best to tip native workers in native foreign money as they then shouldn’t have to pay to have it exchanged.

Ugandan shillings will be simply withdrawn at ATMs throughout the nation, though these could cost a small price 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 change foreign money 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 may also settle for the USA greenback (USD) and a few may also settle for the UK pound sterling (GBP) and the Euro. However one of the best overseas foreign money to have and most generally accepted is the U.S. greenback. The payments have to be in good situation and of a latest problem. 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 foreign money with you, you should definitely examine 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 foreign money moderately than in USD or different overseas foreign money.

 

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 various 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 tools might be wonderful and also you shouldn’t want a journey adapter.

If you’re visiting from a unique nation, similar 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 excluding components 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 will want to examine in case your tools helps the upper voltage. It ought to be written on the plug.

Usually, decrease powered units like cameras, laptops, and cellphone 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 needed to share another assets 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. 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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