Entebbe and Ngamba Chimp Island, Uganda

April 19, 2013

Entebbe Airport is about 40km south of Kampala on the shores of Lake Victoria. In the 19th century, Entebbe was the colonial centre of Uganda, and, until 1962, the capital city. This charming, sleepy place is characterised by botanical gardens and colonial buildings.

There’s quite a lot to do in this town, such as playing a round of golf, tennis, or going sailing or swimming. You can also visit the Entebbe Wildlife Centre.

If you hunger for some eccentric wildlife, hop on a traditional canoe or motor boat to Chimp Island, a special sanctuary for chimpanzees on a beautiful forested island. These chimpanzees were illegally removed from the wild, so authorities confiscated them and put them here. You can get a good close-up view on the raised platform, especially during feeding time. The tour takes about half a day, and you can overnight with your newfound friends at a simple mobile camp. All the entrance fees go towards looking after the chimpanzees.

Activities:

National Botanical Gardens

Wildlife Education Centre

Lake Victoria

Reptile Village

Take a ferry to the Sesse Islands

Boat trips

Chimpanzee Sanctuary

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