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    Situated on the northern shore of Lake Victoria roughly 24 miles (38km) south of Kampala, Entebbe is one of Uganda's largest towns and home to its international airport. Quieter and less congested than its northern neighbour, Entebbe is both an international travel hub and a popular weekend getaway for locals.

    Although travellers heading out on safari or a gorilla-trekking trip will likely only rest a day or two in town, Entebbe offers a wealth of activities and attractions for those who stick around. The Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre and Uganda Reptile Village are both located nearby, as well as the neatly-groomed Entebbe Golf Club. The Botanical Gardens will be of interest to birdwatchers and botany enthusiasts as well.

    Entebbe also makes a good base for exploring the region. Excursions to the Mabamba Swamps are an absolute must for birdwatchers, home to countless waterbirds and other creatures.

    Fishing and boat trips on Lake Victoria are a popular activity, including ferries to the Ssese Islands, which offer both varied terrain full of wildlife, and modern resort hotels. Ngamba Island is reachable by ferry, and is home to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

    While the surrounding natural attractions in Entebbe are its biggest draw, there are also interesting sites within the city, including the State House (official residence to the President of Uganda), the Uganda Virus Research Institute, and Nkumba University.

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    Entebbe has a tropical rainforest climate, with relatively constant temperatures and humidity throughout the year. There are no distinct seasons as temperatures generally stay between 63°F (17°C) and 81°F (27°C) at all times; however, some months are noticeably wetter than others: March to June is the rainiest time of year, while the driest months are January, and July through September. Due to its location near the equator, the daylight in Entebbe lasts 12 hours per day year round. The best time to visit Entebbe is between July and September.

    Entebbe International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated around 22 miles (35km) from Kampala.
    Time: Local time is GMT +3.
    Transfer Between Terminals: Passengers should not need to transfer to the second terminal, as it is for cargo only.
    Getting to the city: Shuttle buses operate a service to Serena Hotel, Speke Resort, Hotel Africana and other major hotels. The journey takes up to an hour to reach central Kampala.
    Car Rental: Hertz and Europcar operate at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Airport taxis provide a direct service to Kampala.
    Fascilities: Facilities include bars and restaurants, duty-free shopping, craft and gift shops, a business communication centre, and tourist information desk. Public payphones are located in departures and arrivals, and cellular telephone services are also available. There are 24-hour banks and bureaux de change in both the Departure Hall and the Arrival Hall.
    Parking Parking is available at the airport.

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    The most convenient way to get around Entebbe is by taxi: metered cabs are available from the taxi stand in the Kitoro area, or by telephone. A slightly cheaper option is the ubiquitous boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis); however, accidents are very common with irresponsible drivers, so it is best to get a recommendation for a good driver from a trusted individual.

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