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A Visit to Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Posted by on February 17, 2020

A Must Place to visit – Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Peaceful – Beautiful – Exotic – Tropical Entebbe Botanical Garden


Birds-Monkeys-Flowers-Plants-Trees beyond the Imagination at Entebbe Botanical Gardens, one of the top things to do and see in EntebbEntebbe Botanical Gardense.  The Botanical Garden is over 100 years old but has become more beautiful with age.

Tropical trees, plants, flowers, birds, monkeys, butterflies in abundance along Lake Victoria. Take a picnic lunch and spend the most beautiful day in Entebbe. 

The Entebbe Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit on the first or last day in Uganda, and our clients love it, and we can prepare a picnic lunch for you upon your request. It is a great place to relax and enjoy. You can even throw a frisbee here. Most of all, it is an oasis of tranquility.

Entebbe Botanical Gardens is a must-visit place if you have a day in Entebbe.  It is probably the top attraction for Tourists, and a lot of Ugandans enjoy it also.  Birders love it. It is a perfect introductory for Birder to Uganda. Those that got off a long flight will enjoy stretching their legs as they venture through the Gardens.  The lush tropical foliage alone is worth a visit here. 


Botanical Gardens provides a perfect introduction to the Pearl of Africa with all of its beauty and magical splendor.  The Botanical Gardens is a beautiful pearl within the Pearl of Africa – Uganda – that most visitors do not get to see since it is not on itineraries unless you are a birder.A Visit to Entebbe Botanical Gardens

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 immersed in nature, the sounds of birds breaking the stillness of the moment.  It is only 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 was established at the turn of the 20th Century. It is a place of flowers, plants, trees. Not only native to Uganda but from other tropical locations around the world – it is undoubtedly a place of beauty and discovery for flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, monkeys, insects, and magnificent birds.  It is a birders paradise just 40 minutes from Kampala.

The Entebbe Botanical Gardens are not equipped for the disabled. However, a slow drive in a safari vehicle through the park will undoubtedly allow anyone 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. 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 the need is always the motivation. If you are on safari with us, we arrange everything for you.

A Visit to Entebbe Botanical GardensRight 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 species is located in the bushes on the shores of Lake Victoria. Others that you will find here are the 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, merely a lovely morning, afternoon, or full day in the quiet of the Botanical Gardens along Lake Victoria that seems to appear over and over as you walk along. Local Rumors (including Bradt Guide) have it that the old black and white Tarzan movies were made here…enjoy your day in Entebbe Botanical Gardens.


If you like to include a visit to the Botanical Gardens while on safari with us, please let us know.

A Visit to Entebbe Botanical Gardens