Flights to Entebbe (EBB)

From Entebbe, you can easily get to Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

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Flights to Entebbe

Perched on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Entebbe is located in the Wakiso District of Uganda.

Having served as the capital during British colonial rule (which ended in the 1920s), Entebbe is endowed with a generous share of leafy boulevards and old colonial buildings, which you can easily explore on foot. The city also boasts a generous number of white sand beaches beside Lake Victoria. These beaches are lined with hotels, restaurants and nightlife venues, and have become extremely popular with local and international tourists. It’s worth noting that the beaches are very crowded at weekends but they’re relatively empty during the week. However, you must resist the dive in, as the water isn’t suited to swimming.

Entebbe is also a great springboard to Lake Victoria’s many islands – most notably, the stunning Ssese Islands and Chimpanzee Island, which, as the name suggests, is a chimpanzee sanctuary.

You can fly to Entebbe when you’re visiting Kampala, Uganda’s capital city – it’s just 40km away. Both Entebbe and Kampala are verdant, vibrant destinations with friendly populations. You can use either as a launch pad to explore the rest of Uganda, or focus on experiencing the cities in their own right. For a historical lesson on Uganda, Kampala proves itself the perfect destination. Head straight for the Uganda Museum on Kololo Hill to learn about the country’s past.

The capital city was originally built on seven hills, but it’s undergone almost constant renovation, and it’s beyond the hills that you’ll find a hotel for your stay in Kampala. It’s safe to walk around any time of day or night, but if you really want to immerse yourself in Kampala’s local culture and don’t mind battling with the city’s traffic, get around on a boda-boda motorbike. Local taxis come in the form packed mini-buses called matatus.

Kampala’s urban centre is studded with important government and religious buildings, such as the monumental Uganda National Mosque which has a capacity of up to 15,000.

Kampala is alive with a strong arts and culture scene, particularly among the city’s predominantly young population. With burgeoning visual arts groups and ardent support from locals, you can find contemporary and underground galleries alike. Keen shoppers can peruse the city’s many vibrant markets for locally made clothes and jewellery.

Both Entebbe and Kampala have a significant population of residents from India, and as a result, the cities’ food culture takes a distinct Asian slant, although the rise in the number of international restaurants nods towards both Entebbe’s and Kampala’s increasing cosmopolitanism. In short, these close cities have it all: beaches, culture, stunning wildlife and great food.

Bird-watch at the Botanic Gardens

Entebbe is famed for it botanic gardens, which lie on the shores of Lake Victoria. The gardens are a great spot for anyone with a passing interest in ornithology (birdwatching), since they’re inhabited by dozens of species of African birds, including Verreaux’s eagle-owls, orange weavers and red-chested sunbirds, and the black-headed gonolek.

Berkely Road
+256 414 320 638

Go ape on Ngamba Island

Ngamba Island, better known as Chimpanzee Island, is part of the Koome Islands in Lake Victoria, which lie 23km south of Entebbe. Founded in 1998, the island is a sanctuary for chimps that cannot be returned to the wild. Day visits, overnight excursions, and long-stay volunteer programmes are all available – and all are unforgettable experiences.

Ngmba Island
Koome group of islands
Lake Victoria
+256 414 320 662

Spot a rare shoebill

Visit the Mabamba wetlands, home to the rare shoebill (also known as the whalehead or shoe-billed stork). Guided canoe tours take you into the heart of the wetlands, through papyrus reeds, and out onto the expansive waters. Here, it’s possible to catch a glimpse of these strange-looking creatures.

Sunset Entebbe
25 Church Road
+256 786 710 050

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

Also known as Entebbe Zoo, the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre was founded in the 1950s with the aim of rehabilitating and rehoming confiscated and injured wildlife and animals orphaned by poachers. The UWEC offers accommodation, educational tours, and is home to over 120 bird species, as well as free-roaming monkeys.

56/57 Lugard Avenue
+256 414 320 520

Get out on the water

Entebbe is the best starting point for anyone wanting to see more of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Tour company Wild Frontiers offers specialised tours and relaxed evening cruises with food and drink provided. Those who like to sing for their supper can go on overnight fishing trips with a local expert. Nile Perch – the largest fresh water game fish in the world – is your top target.

3 Nsamizi Close, off Wilson Road
Nsamizi Road
+256 41 4321479

Visit the Ssese Islands

Located in the northwestern part of Lake Victoria, the Ssese is an archipelago consisting of 84 islands. In spite of the islands’ astounding natural beauty, they remain relatively untouched by tourists. The ferry from Nakiwogo Dock lands in Bugala, the largest of the 84 islands, though it’s advisable to head to Banda – a more laidback, scenic option.

Nakiwogo Dock
51-59 Nakiwogo Road

Imperial Resort Beach Hotel (International)

This imposing hotel is home to a number of great eateries, including a pizzeria, Asian restaurant Breezers (which serves Indian and Chinese food), and the popular Mango Bar. The Imperial Resort also has Entebbe’s only 24-hour cafe for anyone craving a cup of tea in the small hours.

Mpigi Road
Off Khasim Kiwanuka Road
+256 414 303 000

Anna’s Corner (International)

Anna’s Corner is a simple, spacious restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating and a sizeable menu that serves everything from burgers to pasta to coffee. It also features a quaint souvenir shop, good Wi-Fi and movie nights throughout the week.

1 Station Road
+256 788 096 893

Faze 3 (International)

Opened by the same people behind Faze 2 in Kampala, Faze 3 is something of an expat institution. The restaurant serves everything from great coffee to curry to fish and chips. The atmosphere at Faze 3 is always buzzing, and the restaurant also features an outdoor terrace with views of Lake Victoria.

106 Circular Road
Near Mugwanya Road
+256 774 097 815

Goretti’s Beachside Pizzeria (Pizza)

Goretti’s is a tour and travel company that doubles as a stylish pizza joint. Fantastic views of Lake Victoria can be enjoyed from the extensive outdoor seating area, while the pizzas are authentic and tasty. Catch the African dance performance every Friday.

Nambi Road Manyago Katabi
Next to Anderita Beach Hotel
Plot 188
+256 782 056 973

Gately Inn (International)

Gately Inn’s restaurant serves a colourful array of well-prepared international dishes, including steak, Italian and Thai. The venue features a partially covered dining area, as well as extensive outdoor seating on the large terrace area, which lends itself to the laidback vibe.

2 Portal Road
Main Airport Drive
+256 41 432 1313

Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Restaurant (International)

Seize the day (and a cup of fantastic local coffee) at this picturesque restaurant and coffee house. Also on offer are a variety of homemade, healthy dishes, which range from traditional Ugandan fare to Western comfort food. The restaurant’s lawn area is a particularly nice place to dine.

33 Uringi Crescent
+256 793 396 832

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

A vast space dedicated to the preservation of the country’s extensive wildlife, staying at UWEC will bring you closer than nature than you’ll likely experience anywhere else in Entebbe. You can be as upscale – self-contained apartments – or as budget – tents – as you wish, or opt for a traditional African-style cottage (bandas).

56/57 Lugard Avenue
+256 414 320 520

Lake Heights Hotel

Each of the 33 rooms have been individually designed and are equipped with all the mod cons, including comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms, work stations, and high-speed Internet. The hotel is also home to Bridge Bar, a popular nightspot.

13 Church Road
+256 312 208 000

Laico Lake Victoria

A certain kind of comfort can be found at this, one of a number of Laico properties on the continent. Overlooking the Entebbe Golf Club and Lake Victoria in the distance, the four-star property features 132 brightly decorated rooms, 12 suites (all feature air conditioning and mosquito nets), a gym, a magnificent pool, and even a botanical garden.

23-31 Circular Road
+256 312 310 100

Karibu Guesthouse

Translated from Swahili, the name means ‘Welcome’, and with just seven well-appointed and individual rooms spread out across the land, you can sure to feel exactly that. There’s also an Italian restaurant on site, and a lovely veranda to kick back on after dinner.

84 Nsamizi Road
+256 777 044 984

Entebbe Backpackers Hostel & Campsite

This campsite and hostel is a great place for budget travellers to pitch a tent, rest their heads or mingle with some likeminded folk. The area is dotted with trees and lush flora and fauna and features 11 rooms of various sizes, standards and prices.

33/35 Church Road
+256 41 432 0432

2 Friends Beach Hotel

This laidback guesthouse features 16 bright, spacious rooms, which are artfully appointed with the works of prominent local artist Elinrós Henriksdotter. All but four of the rooms feature private terraces overlooking Lake Victoria. There’s also a nice (albeit small) swimming pool, and a sun terrace.

3 Nambi Road
Off Manyago Road
+256 772 236 608

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