Entebbe International Airport

Entebbe Town

Entebbe Town is the gateway to Uganda because of Entebbe International Airport, the only international Airport in Uganda and Entebbe is where the ruling president’s home is located, the State house.

The Town is situated on Lake Victoria at 3,800 feet above sea level. Up until 1962 it was the administrative Capital of the Country.

The word Entebbe means “chair” and it is derived a local legend in which the King commanded his dominion from a carved rock that he used as a chair.

Several governments’ offices are still housed at Entebbe including State House (the official residence of the president). Entebbe has excellent Hotel facilities and Restaurants.

It is a traditional lake shore town with lovely tree-lined avenues and some unusual and interesting buildings from the 1930s and 40s.

MV Kalangala Ferry from Entebbe to Kalangala Everyday

MV Kalangala Ferry – Leaves Entebbe to Kalangala (Ssese Islands) Everyday at 14:00


By air: Entebbe International Airport is 4km from the Centre of Town.

By road: The town is linked by a modern tarred road with the Capital City of Kampala 40km to the North West.

By lake: Local boats can be hired to take you to many of the Landing Sites on the shores of Lake Victoria.


Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre. Originally started as an animal orphanage and Zoo in the 1920s it is a showplace of Ugandan fauna especially Chimpanzees and Birds.

Entebbe Botanical gardens: First developed from a natural forest in 1898, the gardens are a tropical paradise of Ugandan plant life.

Kigungu Landing Site in Entebbe Uganda

Kigungu landing site: Site of the landing of the first Catholic missionaries to Uganda in 1879.

Kasenyi fishing village. A traditional lake side fishing village with a colorful markets.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary –  established in October 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Mabamba Swamp – Mabamba Swamp is one of the best places in Uganda to spot the highly sought-after shoebill in its natural habitat.

Entebbe Botanical Gardens – Laid out in 1898, these expansive gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll. The highlights are its pockets of thick rainforest, which locals claim some of the original Tarzan films were made in, and excellent birdwatching with 115 species (USh10,000 per guide). You’ll see plenty of monkeys, including black and white colobus, and tree squirrels too.

Entebbe Golf Club –  is one of the oldest and best courses in East Africa, with wild animals which are free with people. The course is playable all year round.The club also features 2 tennis courts, 1 basketball court, a cricket oval, darts and snooker.

UWEC Zoo – formerly known as the Entebbe zoo, offers a wide range of animals kept there, but also birds, medicinal plants, orchids and more.

Accommodation in Entebbe

Entebbe’s endowed with some of the top hotels, lodges and guesthouses in Uganda. From Safari Lodges to Boutique Hotels and top business hotel brands like The Marriott, Imperial HotelsPremier Garden Hotel and more.

And lots of white sand beaches.