1 Day Entebbe Adventure

1 Day Entebbe Adventure: “Entebbe” in local Luganda language means a “seat” it was named because it was the place where the Banda chief sat to adjudicate legal cases. Entebbe is best known to Europeans as the home of Entebbe International Airport, the main International Airport of Uganda which was opened in 1929. It was the same Airport Queen Elizabeth II departed Africa to return to England in 1952 when she learned of her father’s death and that she had become Queen. Entebbe also became a British Colonial administrative and commercial centre in 1893 when Sir Gerald Portal a colonial commissioner used it as a base. Entebbe city is one of the tourist attractions in Uganda, the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre protects native animals, close by is the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary which protects orphaned chimps and the attractive Beaches.

Activities

  • Birding
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Swimming at the Equator
  • Boat cruising

Highlights

  • Ngamba Island
  • Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
  • Uganda reptile village
  • Beaches

Detailed Itinerary

Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary

After morning breakfast, we shall drive to Entebbe and our first activity will be cruising to Ngamba Island which is surrounded by the fresh waters of Lake Victoria and is a home of 49 chimpanzees, 20 male and 29 are female. Amongst these 46 are orphaned and the 3 were luckily born on this Island. You will have a chance to clearly observe and feed these playful apes. Listening to the sound and observing how the chimpanzees call out for food, it is quite amazing an experience! If you are keen enough, you will notice that the boat engine will use more energy in order to sail past the Equator line crossing. You will also see the Chimpanzee clinic and they will also explain to you the different foods given to the chimps. You will have lunch then proceed to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

This is the center where wildlife education is combined with leisure and here you will not only observe the exciting indigenous species, but also will have a comprehensive interactive interpretation and briefings on them. Over 120 bird species can be watched ranging from the famous African fish eagle, over the Great Blue Turaco, Giant Kingfisher and even the smallest sun birds. It is a fun and exciting place to see and learn about the animals of Uganda and the ecosystems for example, lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, reptiles, bird species and much more.

Beaches

Entebbe is the presence of many beaches where one can go and have a wonderful experience such as imperial resort beach where you will find many exotic trees, plants and rare birds and if you love photography then this is the best spot that you should not miss out .Here you will also enjoy mystical sunsets, sunbathing or water sport activities. You will also have a tour in the caves along the beach and these have been made into creative bars due to their unique features.  More than 80% of the beaches in Uganda are situated in Entebbe.

Uganda Reptile Village

Here will come across 50 reptiles with 20 different species on display from cobras, boomslangs, skinks, monitor lizards, tortoises and the most poisonous snakes in Africa the Gaboon Viper. You will enjoy the thrilling experience of watching these slow but fun animals when they are feeding on their vegetables. You will also enjoy adventurous activities like sport fishing as well as canoe cruising in the man-made river stream which is three kilometers.

End of Tour

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Included

  • A professional driver/guide
  • Transportation including fuel
  • All activities (included in the itinerary)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Round trip transfer
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Entry fees

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Personal items
  • Meals
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips

Other optional activities in Entebbe

Visit the craft markets

Entebbe is the only city in Uganda with the largest craft market centre.  Here you can choose to buy different souvenirs to take back home like bags, paintings, African wear, Sandals, mats etc.

Visit to the Botanical Gardens 

The gardens is an attractively laid-out mix of indigenous forest, cultivation and horticulture, and a highly attractive destination to birdwatchers. Botanical garden offers an excellent introduction to Uganda’s birds such as slender-billed weaver, red-chested sunbird, gonolek, grey-capped warbler, great blue turaco and much more. Vervet and black and white colobus monkeys and also be sighted here.

Mabamba Swamp

The Swamp is one of the best places in Uganda to spot the highly sought-after shoe bill in its natural habitat. A narrow water channel extends inside the swamp allowing for birders to visit the inside by boat and half day trips can be organized to visit this swamp.

Entebbe Golf Club

The open expanse of the 18-hole golf course sloping towards Lake Victoria is Entebbe’s most distinctive feature on the drive towards the airport. This golf course remains green throughout the year because of the cool weather from the lake and good rains throughout the year. Golfers should try for early morning or late afternoon starts to avoid the heat of the day.

Lutembe Bay

This small wetland on the eastern side of the Kampala-Entebbe Road is notable for seasonal Palaearctic over 26 species and Afro-tropical over 16 migrants. Over 109 waterbird species have been recorded here and these include squacco heron, shoebill, papyrus gonolex, African skimmer and more. Over 24 regionally threatened species have also been recorded here such as slender billed gull, greater cormorant, winged black terns, northern brown-throated weaver and much more.

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