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13 Fun Things To Do In Entebbe, Uganda

Entebbe is usually the first stop on your trip to Uganda, especially if you are flying. This city has much more to offer than just an international airport.

Use our guide to explore all of the fun things to do in Entebbe, Uganda so that you can experience all of the incredible things this small city has to offer.

Where Is Entebbe Located?

Entebbe sits on a peninsula in Lake Victoria. The city center is less than 4 kilometers from the Entebbe International Airport.

Entebbe is part of the central region of Uganda and sits approximately 45 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala.

What is Entebbe Known For?

Entebbe hosts the international airport for Uganda. It is also home to many government residencies, including the State House, the official home and office of the President of Uganda.

Some people will remember Entebbe, Uganda as the site of the jet hijacking in 1976 that took place at the airport. The Entebbe raid event was recently made into a film called 7 Days in Entebbe.

This city is more than just a stopover for travelers though! Check out some of the incredible things to do in Entebbe, Uganda.

13 Fun Things To Do In Entebbe, Uganda

Whether we are trying to pass time before a flight or escaping for the weekend, here are all of our favorite things to do in Entebbe:

1. Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre

Also known as the Entebbe Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Education Centre is an awesome way to spend a day in Entebbe, Uganda.

Stroll through the education center to check out some of the animals you couldn’t spot on your other wilderness adventures in Uganda. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable about the animals and love to share about their work and the conservation efforts they are doing.

If you want to get up close and personal with the animals, we highly recommend a Behind the Scenes tour. We were able to get inside to feed or pet a baby elephant, a giraffe, rhino, and cheetah.

A giraffe leans over the fence to grab food on the behind the scenes tour at Entebbe Zoo.

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2. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

If you can’t make it to western Uganda to do chimpanzee trekking, Ngamba Island is the next best thing. Affectionately known as Chimp Island, Ngamba is a short boat ride off the shores of Entebbe.

It is home to orphaned and confiscated chimps, rescued from the illegal pet and bushmeat trade. The 100 acre sanctuary provides a safe and semi-natural home for their rehabilitation.

Ngamba Island has many options for touring, including half day, full day, overnight, and long stay experiences. You will be able to learn all about their conservation efforts and get to interact with some of the chimpanzees living here.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is one of the best things to do in Entebbe.

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