Peaceful – Beautiful – Exotic – Entebbe Botanical Gardens
Birds-Monkeys-Flowers-Plants-Trees beyond the Imagination at Entebbe Botanical Gardens
Entebbe Botanical Gardens provides a perfect introduction to the Pearl of Africa with all of its beauty and magical splendor. Entebbe Botanical Gardens is beautiful pearl within the Pearl of Africa – Uganda – that most visitors do not get to see since it is not on the normal itinerary unless you are birder – and Entebbe Botanical Gardens is one of the best places near Kampala where you can spot many species of birds. It is also a place of tranquility and peace, a feast for the eyes and there is a notable absence of people – you are simply immersed in nature, the sounds of birds breaking the stillness of the moment. It is simply a lovely place to spend a few hours – you can bring along a picnic lunch and make it an all day adventure.
The Entebbe Botanical Gardens established at the turn of the 20th history is a place of flowers, plants, trees not only native to Uganda but from other tropical locations around the world – it is certainly a place of beauty and discovery for flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, monkeys, insects and magnificent birds. It is a birders paradise within 40 minutes from Kampala, a low priced entry and you can do it without a self-appointed guide who is looking to make a few shillings – since, unless they know what they are talking about, the chatter becomes a distraction from seeing the beauty of the garden and discovering birds, often the best person to guide you is your driver-guide supplied by your tour company such as Kabiza Wilderness Safaris.
The Entebbe Botanical Gardens are not equipped for the disabled however a slow drive in a safari vehicle through the park will certainly allow anyone who is unable to walk to see these wondrous gardens. For those coming to do some birding – it is best to have an East African Orthinology Book on hand and a good pair of binoculars will also make your time here better. If you need a birding guide ask one of the young men to talk about birds and within a few minutes you will know whether it would be good to have him along, please do note that the self-appointed guides at Entebbe Botanical Gardens are quite aggressive, even for Uganda where need is always the motivation.
Right at the entrance in the tall trees you usually find a pair of Verreaux’s eagle owls. Birds of the gardens include the orange tufted and red chested Sunbirds and Orange Weaver. The latter breed in the bushes on the shores of Lake Victoria along with slender-billed Northern Brown –throated, yellow backed, Jackson’s Golden –backed , Black-headed and Vieillot’s black weavers . The rocky headland along the Lake making an ideal observation point . On the lake and around the shore look for long-tailed Cormorant , Common Squacco and black-headed herons, hamerkop ,African Open-billed Stork , yellow billed duck , Grey headed gull , various terns ,giant and pied Kingfishers and swamp Flycatcher . Scan the boats at the large jetty where you often find Pratincoles (2-3 pairs are usually present). Black headed Gonolek and Red- chested Sunbird occur in the dense scrub covering the headland .
As you stroll along the paths, you will find a medicinal garden, stands of Bamboo, thick underbrush, towering trees, simply a lovely morning, afternoon or full day in the quiet of Entebbe Botanical Gardens along Lake Victoria that seems to appear over and over as you walk along …and lastly folklore-including the Bradt Guide talk about the possibility that some early Tarzan Films were made here…enjoy Entebbe Botanical Gardens….from Kampala…jon
“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” John Hemingway – African Journeys
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