Entebbe International Airport (EBB) is the main airport of Uganda and is located near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria. It was once the site of Operation Entebbe, a counter terrorist operation on 4 July 1976 carried out by commandos of the Israeli Defence Forces to rescue passengers of an Air France plane that had been hijacked and flown to Entebbe International Airport.
Passenger arrivals to Entebbe have been steadily increasing each year, and many international carriers have also started flying to Entebbe International Airport including British Airways, KLM and Qatar Airways.
How to get around
To the city
Entebbe International Airport is located just a 10-minute drive away from the city of Entebbe, and another 50 minutes away from the larger Kampala City. The best way to get to either of these places is by airport transfer, which can be booked at the airport, or by flagging one of the taxis waiting outside the airport arrival terminal. Do note that not all the airport taxis have meters, so be sure to negotiate for the best prices before entering the taxi.
Within the city
A good way to get around Entebbe is by motorcycle taxi or Boda-boda as they are commonly referred to. These motorcycle taxis are abundant and will get you from place to place at a negotiable price. Do note however that the boda-boda accidents are quite commonplace, so if you’re a little bit on the cautious side, it might be best to book an actual taxi from a reputable source like your hotel or hostel. Entebbe is a relatively small place, so its alright to explore on foot, just be sure not to walk alone or even in a group too late at night for your own safety.
What to see and do
Entebbe is the best place to experience the beauties of nature up close and personal. The best way to see Entebbe is to book a tour that will take you to all the major attractions. There are many such tour companies available, but make sure to do your research online to see which best suits your taste and price range before booking. If you’re travelling with your own group of friends, here are some places that you should definitely visit.
The Entebbe Botanic Gardens is a great place to get acquainted with the native flora and fauna of Uganda. Filled with exotic plants and large trees, the gardens are also home to troops of colobus and vervet monkeys and a variety of birds. Do note however, that there are many unofficial guides who will stand outside to tout their business. They can be quite aggressive, so the trick is to stay calm and walk away or negotiate calmly for the best price if you want to engage their services.
If you do not plan to visit a safari anytime soon, head to the Entebbe Zoo and wildlife education centre. Catch a glimpse of African wildlife such as lions, hyenas, rhinos and crocodiles in this medium sized zoo that houses a variety of wildlife in their natural environment.
For daytrips out of Entebbe, you could head to the Mabamba Swamps to see shoebills and other birds, or take a ferry across Lake Victoria to Sesse Islands for unspoilt beaches, abundant wildlife and lush greenery – a perfect place to relax and unwind.
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