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14 Issues to do in Entebbe Uganda


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

We’ve spent a lot of days exploring the sights of the Entebbe space, and we’ve put collectively this information that 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’s onerous 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 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 got just a few days to discover, this information will provide you with a number of concepts for issues to do in Entebbe.

From seeing chimpanzees to attempting 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 you’ll 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 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 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 probably embody issues like attempting 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 usually included on guests’ safari itineraries as a result of it is a wonderful option to get an introduction to a number of the crops and birds of Uganda.

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

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

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

It’s additionally residence to a lot of monkeys, together with the attractive 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 charge to go to the Entebbe Botanical Backyard, and you may also pay further for an area information. You possibly can rent a information on the backyard entrance, or be a part of a tour akin to this metropolis strolling tour or this full day tour that features a guided go to right here.

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

Entebbe Botanical Garden_by_Laurence Norah-2

 

Go to the Seaside

Entebbe sits on the shores of Lake Victoria, and there are a 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 might be discovered all alongside the lake entrance, from the airport space, to the Botanical Backyard and past.

Just a few issues to notice. Among the seashores are a part of resort or restaurant property, and so are solely accessible to prospects. The various lake ranges can have an effect on how a lot seaside (if any) is accessible. Lately, growing water ranges within the lake and erosion has brought about most of the former seaside areas to grow 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 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 even get out on the lake by taking a ship tour.

If you happen to like aviation, chances are you’ll need to head over to Aero Seaside the place you’ll find a small assortment of outdated airplanes and aviation tools (entrance charge to go to) subsequent to the seaside space in addition to a restaurant and bar.

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

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 present the official residence and workplace of the President.

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

The principle historic web site to go to is Muzinga Sq. Park, the place you’ll discover just a few vital monuments and memorials.

These embody:

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

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

Observe that though Entebbe might be finest identified worldwide for being the placement of the 1976 airplane hijacking and subsequent profitable hostage rescue state of affairs, often called Operation Entebbe or Operation Thunderbolt, there’s not a lot data on show about this. There was information {that a} museum was deliberate to open in 2007 on the Previous Entebbe Airport, the place the incident befell, 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 a lot of historic church buildings, each Catholic and Anglican. Some date again to colonial instances. The Bugonga Catholic Church in Entebbe dates from 1902, making it the earliest everlasting Catholic church in Uganda. St. John’s Church historical past dates again to 1908 with the present Anglican church buildings courting again to the Nineteen Thirties with a brand new constructing additionally being constructed right here.

These of you interested by spiritual historical past may additionally need 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 situated simply exterior Entebbe so you have to transport to go to. This full day tour of Entebbe and the encompassing space at present features a cease and go to to the Kigungu touchdown web site.

In case you are interested by 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 need to embody a go to to Entebbe Golf Membership as a part of their journey to Uganda. Based in 1901, that is the oldest golf course in East Africa.

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

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

If you happen to’re searching for someplace to remain close to the golf course, the 4* Lake Victoria Lodge is an effective 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 aren’t any trekking areas inside a brief drive of Entebbe or Kampala.

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

Ngamba island is present in Lake Victoria, and is residence to a lot of orphaned chimpanzees. The island additionally has a lot of different native chook and wildlife species. A go to provides 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 youngsters, as they gained’t be allowed on a chimpanzee trek.

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

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

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

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

Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda

 

Eat a Rolex

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

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

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

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

When it comes to avenue meals, one other common dish is kikomando. That is a cheap dish product of sliced chapati and fried beans. It could additionally include further toppings akin to gravy, meat, or avocado.

Whereas in Entebbe, we additionally advocate you strive the native fish and seafood from Lake Victoria. You’ll discover native perch and tilapia on a number of native restaurant menus. In case you are 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 Schooling Centre, additionally sometimes called Entebbe Zoo, is a 72-acre Zoo which is residence to over 250 animals. These embody chimpanzees, giraffes, lions, and rhinos, in addition to the uncommon and distinctive wanting 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 concentrate on offering as pure an atmosphere as attainable, with bigger enclosures that mimic the animal’s pure habitats the place attainable.

In fact, in a perfect world it would be best to head out on safari in Uganda to see a few of these animals within the wild, however the conservation middle is actually possibility if in case you have restricted time and would really like a extra assured viewing expertise.

There’s a charge 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 possibly can 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 possibly can be taught much more in regards to the centre and its work, and is certainly price contemplating if in case you have the time and price range.

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

Entebbe Zoo_by_Laurence Norah

 

Take a Boat Tour / Go Fishing on Lake Victoria

Entebbe sits proper on Lake Victoria, one of many African Nice Lakes. That is the world’s largest tropical lake, and the 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 supplies the livelihood for a lot of locals, primarily by way of fishing. A lot of the fish you might be prone 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 get pleasure from a while on the lake. Well-liked actions embody taking a ship tour, which afford wildlife watching alternatives or the prospect to observe the sundown. You can even take a fishing tour on the lake.

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

Boat Uganda_by_Laurence Norah

 

Discover Native Markets

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

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

There are additionally repeatedly different markets in Entebbe, together with varied avenue markets on various days. For instance there’s a Saturday market on the Works Sports activities Floor. This market sells a little bit of every part 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 Backyard Cafe, and it options all types of meals and craft gadgets from native growers and creators.

Market Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah
Saturday avenue market being arrange in Entebbe

 

Store for Souvenirs on the Craft Village

The Entebbe Juakali Centre, higher often called the Entebbe Crafts Village, is situated virtually straight reverse Victoria Mall, and is an effective place for memento purchasing. There are a variety of stalls right here providing quite a lot of gadgets, 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 fluctuate 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 cheap after we visited.

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

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

Craft Village Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Go to Victoria Mall

Though 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 essential to purchase something to your Uganda journey.

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

It’s an incredible place to select up groceries or snacks, get a SIM card, get cash, change forex, or purchase any last-minute wanted clothes, climbing, 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 just a few souvenirs from a small craft store, in addition to some toiletries and snacks from the grocery store.

The resort, the Greatest Western Premier Backyard Lodge, is linked to the purchasing middle. Visitors 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

In case you are 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. Because of the categorical freeway that opened in 2018 (requires tolls), it’s now solely round a 30-minute drive from Entebbe to Kampala, though site visitors in Kampala itself might 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 ideas from an area on security.

We additionally visited different locations on our personal, utilizing a journey 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 possibly can undoubtedly go to all these areas by yourself however it does require some coordinating as websites are unfold out. In case you are visiting Uganda as a part of a safari, you may additionally have the ability to get your safari firm to incorporate a tour of Kampala’s highlights on the itinerary as properly. It’s additionally attainable to e book a tour like this which visits each Kamapala and Entebbe.

Uganda Museum Kampala_by_Laurence Norah

 

Celebration on the Evening 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 possibly can dance the evening away.

The Avenue 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

In case you are planning on going out at evening, do learn our recommendations on security in Entebbe and plan your transport prematurely.

Street Club Entebbe_by_Laurence Norah

 

Excursions from Entebbe

There are a variety of common excursions which 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 a lot of multi-day safari excursions from Entebbe that embody issues like safari recreation drives, village visits, chimpanzee trekking, and gorilla trekking.

Listed below are some choices to contemplate.

  • This full day tour consists of the highlights of Entebbe in addition to a visit to the Mabamba swamp the place you’ve got an opportunity to see the elusive and odd-looking shoebill stork
  • In case you are primarily targeted 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 journey, which supplies the chance to see a lot of uncommon birds together with the shoebill stork.
  • Birders may additionally take into account this 2 day tour, which incorporates each Mabamba Swamp and the Entebbe Botanic Gardens.
  • In case you are on a brief journey to Uganda, maybe for enterprise, and actually need to expertise a safari recreation drive, you are able to do so with a day journey to Lake Mburo Nationwide Park from Entebbe. This may contain a variety of driving, however it’s an possibility if in case 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.
  • Searching for a extra adventurous tour? Try 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 characteristic chimpanzee trekking and gorilla trekking. You possibly can see a number of the finest choices on GetYourGuide right here and Viator right here.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

 

The place to Keep in Entebbe

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

  • 2Friends Seaside Lodge – it is a good worth possibility situated by the shores of Lake Victoria and 10 minutes drive from the airport. The resort has comfy air-conditioned rooms, some with lake views, all with personal loos. There’s an on-site restaurant and seaside bar, small outside swimming pool, and the employees are very pleasant. That is the place now we have chosen to remain on each of our visits to Entebbe.
  • Papyrus Visitor Home – it is a good worth possibility providing peaceable lodging a little bit method from the centre of Entebbe. In case you are searching for extra of a conventional visitor home feeling, it is a good possibility to contemplate. Rooms are all en-suite and there’s an on-site restaurant for meals. Simply be aware rooms have followers relatively than air-conditioning.
  • Greatest Western Premier Backyard Lodge – conveniently situated 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 services.
  • Imperial Botanical Seaside Lodge – this resort is situated subsequent to the shore and has a wonderful 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 Lodge – 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 situated for each Entebbe Golf Membership and Entebbe Cricket Floor. It provides 4* lodging with a pool and restaurant.
  •  The Boma Lodge – this luxury boutique resort is present in a Nineteen Forties period residence 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 situated for many sights.
  •  Admas Grand Lodge – this properly reviewed 4* resort provides high quality lodging close to Entebbe’s predominant sights. Rooms are en-suite and air-conditioned, and there’s a swimming pool, health centre and restaurant on-site, in addition to a sizzling tub, spa and wellness centre.

In fact, there are numerous extra choices in Entebbe throughout a spread of costs. You possibly 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 you can 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 evening in Entebbe. It’s also a well-liked final evening in a single day keep.

Entebbe can also be properly linked to Kampala. There’s an categorical freeway between the 2, which solely takes round half-hour to journey by automotive. Observe it is a toll highway, however the charge is properly price paying because the outdated Entebbe-Kampala highway can take over 2 hours to traverse resulting from site visitors.

In case you are arriving into Entebbe airport and staying in Entebbe or Kampala, your resort would possibly have the ability to organize an airport switch for you. You can even e book this your self utilizing a service like this.

There’s additionally a shared shuttle bus service from Entebbe to Kampala and Jinja often called the Pineapple Specific. This provides an reasonably priced scheduled service from a lot of Entebbe areas together with the airport, and you may e book this on-line right here.

Entebbe Airport_by_Laurence Norah

 

How you can Get Round Entebbe

There are a variety of how to get round Entebbe. First, the city just isn’t very massive, so you would stroll between most of the sights your self. You are able to do this your self, or on a guided strolling tour like this.

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

Nevertheless, some sights are fairly unfold out, relying on what you need to go to, and chances are you’ll have to take transport. Your two predominant choices in Entebbe are boda boda and automotive taxis.

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

If you happen to resolve to take a boda boda, we extremely advocate you’re taking one that gives a helmet to riders. We personally keep on with automotive taxis as of late 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 primary precautions when visiting.

The principle difficulty 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 digicam tools or costly telephones out of sight in a bag, and solely convey them out if you intend to make use of them. It’s also a good suggestion to keep away from strolling after darkish if attainable.

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

Scams are additionally one thing to concentrate on. We advocate reserving any excursions prematurely with a licensed respected tour operator. In case you are nervous about strolling round, then a strolling tour is a good possibility.

In case you are not sure of something, we strongly advocate asking for recommendation at your resort or from a trusted information.

We advocate studying up on the newest journey recommendation offered by your authorities earlier than visiting, as we advocate for any nation. For instance, you possibly can 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 ideas to 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 a variety 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 properly with English as most individuals within the tourism business right here converse at the very least some English. At sights and museums, the knowledge is commonly written in English.

 

Consuming Water in Uganda

The faucet water in Uganda is mostly not considered protected for guests to drink. It’s best to drink bottled water, or take into account filtering your personal water. See our information to protected ingesting water when touring for some advised choices.

 

Web Entry in Uganda

If you wish to get on-line, you’ve got two predominant choices in Uganda. You possibly can depend on WiFi, which is mostly accessible without cost at most motels in addition to many different areas akin to cafes and eating places.

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

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

In order for you extra recommendation on web entry when touring, see our information to getting on-line when touring for some ideas and recommendation.

 

Cash in Uganda

Uganda makes use of the Uganda shilling, or UGX. We advocate at all times having some native forex readily available for tipping, markets, and different small purchases. It’s best to tip native employees in native forex as they then should not have to pay to have it exchanged.

Ugandan shillings might be simply withdrawn at ATMs throughout the nation, though these could cost a small charge for doing so. We advocate 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 change forex on the airport in addition to in Kampala, Entebbe, and different bigger cities.

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

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

It’s additionally price checking the change price, as you would possibly end up getting a greater worth in the event you pay within the native forex relatively than in USD or different overseas forex.

 

Energy Retailers / Journey Adapters for Uganda

Uganda makes use of a three-pin plug (Kind G plug), as you’ll find within the UK and a lot of different international locations in East Africa. In case you are coming from the UK or different nation that makes use of the British plug, then your tools will probably be effective and also you shouldn’t want a journey adapter.

In case you are visiting from a special nation, akin to from the USA, Canada, or most of Europe, then you have to a journey adaptor like this.

Moreover, Uganda makes use of a 220v-240v system. That 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. In case you are travelling from one among these international locations, you have to to examine in case your tools helps the upper voltage. It must be written on the plug.

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

Laurence and Jessica on beach Uganda_by_Laurence Norah

 

Additional Studying

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

And that’s it! As at all times, we hope you discovered this information helpful. If in case you 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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