Victoria Lake, Entebbe, Uganda

Entebbe and Kampala

Often overlooked on a trip to Uganda, these two cities are the main entry points for the country, so time spent here will be inevitable.

The Botanical Gardens in Entebbe is a fun place for a spot of birding, and the quality of hotels in both cities allows you to indulge in a few home comforts. From Entebbe, you can also visit chimpanzee sanctuaries and search for shoebills.

Lazily spread out along the shore of Lake Victoria and straddling the equator, Entebbe exudes a more relaxed atmosphere and tropical charm than the capital, Kampala. boda-boda taxis and chaotic markets characterise Kampala, whereas the open feel of Entebbe, along the shores of Lake Victoria, make the latter a nicer place to spend some time.

Woman Basket Seller, Entebbe, Uganda

Why visit Entebbe and Kampala

  • Visit Entebbe’s Botanical Gardens – old Tarzan films were shot here
  • Explore the backstreets and markets of Kampala
  • Visit Mabamba swamp from Entebbe, home to shoebill storks
  • Spend time at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Shop at Kampala’s markets and see local street stalls on the back of a boda-boda motorbike – glimpse a side of Kampala rarely seen by tourists.

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