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The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe – Uganda

Posted by on January 3, 2020

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe – along Lake Victoria

Entebbe offers a variety of Top Things to do and see – activities in or near the town

Top Things to do and see in Entebbe – Uganda. Entebbe – a pleasant town in Uganda that most see as the Top Things to do and see in Entebbeplace where one arrives or departs the Pearl of Africa – the International airport.  Entebbe, however, it is much more – a town from where you can explore the various parks, places, islands, our national zoo, and more.

As you pass through the town coming from Entebbe International Airport, it might seem like a charming sleepy African Town. Still, beyond the main road, there is much more to discover, from food markets to a craft Village, 

Entebbe Botanical Gardens is one of the best places to see and do.

It is one of the relaxing and restful places in the Kampala and Entebbe area. And certainly not to be missed if you are staying here for a night or two.

Entebbe has a pleasant climate for you to enjoy – it is on Lake Victoria, and you can reach various choice destinations from here, most of them a short drive or boat ride, now even by plane or helicopter.  Don’t miss out on what Entebbe and the surrounding area has to offer. Enjoy the top things to do and see in Entebbe.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - UgandaRaid on Entebbe

For, many Entebbe is synonymous with the 1976 successful Raid on Entebbe to rescue the hostages of the hijacked plane by Palestinians that had landed in Entebbe during Idi Amin’s time. It has been freshly brought to the attention of the world with the release of the movie “7 Days in Entebbe.”

Today the only Raid by Israelis are regular flights by El Al from Telaviv to Entebbe bringing Tourists to Entebbe and Uganda.  The airport that was raided is now a Ugandan Military Base, the airport tower still bears the Bullet marks of that raid, and there is a plaque commemorating that day in July of 1976.

The old airport, as it is called, can be seen from the road on the way to or from the new Airport.  It is also the same airport from which many Indian Families left from when they were evicted from Uganda by Idi Amin in 1972.

Presently, since it is a military airport, it is not a tourist site that might change in the future.  Most, in this, one of the youngest nations in the world, know little about the Raid on Entebbe.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - UgandaEntebbe Botanical Gardens

It is said (including in the Bradt Guide – Uganda) that one of the original Tarzan movies was made here.  Even if not, it is a great place to spend a half or full day – you will love the flowers, trees, plants, birds, monkeys found here.  The best time is during the week when it is not busy here, and there are fewer people and more nature to enjoy at Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

If you are a Birder, Entebbe Botanical Gardens is the place to go for an introduction to Birding in Uganda.  You will find a wide variety of birds here, including water Birds.

Entebbe, for over 100 years has provided Nature Lovers with most of the time, a quiet oasis.  A place, park where you can take leisurely walks, enjoy the tropical Plants, Trees, the sight and sound of Birds and Primates.

If we go by our clients, the Botanical Gardens are Entebbe’s Best Attractions.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - Uganda Entebbe Beaches on Lake Victoria

Entebbe Beaches are great places to relax. Enjoy sunsets on a beach overlooking Lake Victoria and its islands. Uganda is a landlocked country. Yet, it has sandy beaches along Lake Victoria. Here you can have lunch or dinner on the beach, sunbathe, play volleyball and more.

During the week, the beaches are quiet. It is on the weekends or holidays that they come alive with Ugandans who come to relax.

For many, the beaches are the places to party. There are, however, quiet spots along the lake, including private beaches that are more tranquil.

Swimming is not something that we recommend due to the potential of contracting Bilharzia. 

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - UgandaEntebbe – Uganda Wildlife Educational Center

Uganda Wildlife Education Center, most call it the zoo. It is a great place to relax and walk around. It is located along Lake Victoria.

You can take an afternoon mini-safari here and enjoy the vegetation, plants, and trees found in Uganda at the same time.

You can have an encounter with the chimpanzees or be a Zoo Assistant for the day.

A unique feature of the Zoo is that you can spend the night here. Lodging is available, and especially those with children may find that a real treat.

We can arrange for you becoming a Zoo assistant for the day or overnight lodging here. Please let us know if you like to spend the night here.

Ngamba – Chimpanzee IslandThe Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - Uganda

Ngamba Chimpanzee Island (chimpanzee orphanage) has become a popular add-on to some of our Safari clients – you can stay overnight here and enjoy the Island and chimpanzees and have an interactive experience with the chimpanzees and watch them during feeding times.

The Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba can be accessed via the slow-boat, which makes this an all-day excursion with two feedings, or you can go by speed-boat to the island and quickly make it a half-day outing.

For rapid transport, you can fly here now, spend the day or stay overnight enjoying the island that many visitors to Uganda have come to appreciate.

Orphaned and Displaced Chimpanzees are brought here from as far away as the Democratic Republic Congo.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - UgandaEntebbe Fishing for Nile Perch

Entebbe and the surrounding area, including the islands, offer some great fishing opportunities and a chance to catch the giant Nile Perch, Tilapia, or other freshwater fish.

It gives you a chance to get out on Africa’s largest lake and, at the same time, catch one of the largest fresh-water fish, the Nile Perch.

Fishing times can be done to meet your time plan for either an All-Day or Half-Day Safari.

All-day Fishing Trips take in some Ssese Island Locations and the best fishing spots that your guide knows.

It is a professional angler outing, and all the gear needed is provided.  We can arrange a day of fishing for you at the end or beginning of your safari in Entebbe as you arrive or before you fly out.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - UgandaSunset Cruise from Entebbe on Lake Victoria

A two-hour cruise at sunset around the Equator on Lake Victoria.  The sunset cruise can be done with Wine and Cheese.  It the weather is right, this is a perfect way to end on the day on Lake Victoria.  We can incorporate this into your safari itinerary on your first or last day in Uganda, just let us know.

The starting point is by the Uganda Wildlife Educational Centre – called by most, the Entebbe Zoo and on a most lake-worthy vessel. The pre perfect before dinner cruise for you.

Be sure to bring your camera for a magnificent sunset over Lake Victoria and the Ssese Islands.

Let us know whether you want to go on the Wine and Cheese version of the Sunset Cruise. That is the preferred way for most.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - UgandaMabamba Swamp

Mabamba Swamp – a short trip from Entebbe is Mabamba Swamp, one of the best places in Uganda to see the Shoebill Stork and other water birds.  Mabamba Swamp is the Best Place for Shoebill Storks.

The trip from Entebbe can be made by car and ferry, or we can arrange that it is done by boat. The shoebill tour through the swamp is in a fishing boat.

You are guided by fishermen who know where the best places are to spot the shoebill Stork. Other water birds are found here and that you will see.

The boat ride on the swamp is between two and three hours in length.  The drive time to Mabamba Swamp is 45 minutes to one-hour in length.

Mabamba Swamp can be added onto you8r Safari as you head to Western Uganda or return from there.  Let us know what you like to incorporate into your visit.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - Uganda

Entebbe Golfing:

When it comes to Golfing, Entebbe has several Golf Courses in the area where a Golfer has a chance to golf on the African Continent in its Pearl Uganda.

Golfing came to Uganda with the British Colonial Government when Uganda was a British Protectorate. It was not a colony like Kenya or Tanzania.

During those Colonial Times, a lot of things were brought in, and many of them remain to this day, Golf being one of them.

Entebbe, due to its more pleasant climate than Kampala, was the capital, and a golf course built along with the Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Today Golfing has a growing fanbase among the emerging Ugandan middle-class.  You can golf right in Entebbe on an 18-Hole course or go further afield, including staying the Lake Victoria Lake Serena Resort, which now has a golf course.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - UgandaZika Forest:

Yes, Zika Forest, where the Zika Virus was first discovered by researchers in 1947.  The current strain that is presently causing havoc in parts of the world is not the strain that was found here in 1947.  There is no Zika Virus present in Zika Forest of Uganda.  Research is done here on insects trapped in the forest, and researchers come up with valuable information for the scientific community of Uganda and elsewhere.

Tourists come here, most birders, but even others drawn by the name and a chance to see a tropical forest near Entebbe.    You will find, as said, a tropical forest, birds, monkeys, and a variety of butterflies.  Uganda is a birding and butterfly destination, and you can start in Zika Forest.

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - UgandaTake the Boat to the Ssese Islands:

Now you can take the M.V. Vanessa across the world’s largest Tropical Lake to the tropical Ssese Island

It is a most pleasant journey that will be one of your highlights in the Pearl of Africa that will not be soon forgotten. The boat is a new, most seaworthy vessel with all the latest safety and navigation devices on board.

Seating is in rows of 3, where 54 passengers can be seated.  There is a section of the deck where you can go and take pictures of the scenic views, water birds, and quaint villages.

Cold drinks are available during your trip from Entebbe to Ssese Islands. Stay there a couple of days and continue on your safari or return to Entebbe by boat, adding to a most fabulous time in Uganda.

Top Things to do and see in Entebbe – Entebbe – a lovely city with its markets – busy town center – Lake Victoria – the Ssese Islands …Enjoy the top Things to do and see in Entebbe…near and far.  Most drive through it on the way from or to Entebbe International Airport. Few discover the man treasures that are found here.  One could easily spend a few days in Entebbe along Lake Victoria

Enquire about the Top Things to do and see in Entebbe along Lake Victoria as you enter or leave Uganda by Air

The Top Things to do and see in Entebbe - Uganda