Surprisingly, Kampala (Uganda’s capital) is not home to the country’s international airport. Instead, the main port of the entry is located in Entebbe, Kampala’s smaller neighbour, around a 40-minute drive away depending on traffic levels. As a result, Entebbe is the most popular place to stay with its main residential area is a mere 4km from the airport, but visitors to Kampala are also well catered for with choices of hotels and restaurants.
Most travellers use Kampala and Entebbe as a necessary connection point between international and domestic flights or transfers. However, for those wanting an early immersion into the wildlife of Uganda, there are a multitude of opportunities from here and most of these take half a day. Perhaps head to the Mabamba Swamps across Lake Victoria in search of the elusive Shoebill, go behind the scenes at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, visit the nearby Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, or stroll the shores of Lake Victoria, one of Africa’s Great Lakes.
By contrast, Kampala’s main attractions are more along the cultural lines. Take a trip to the National Museum (the oldest in East Africa) or visit the Kasubi Tombs, the resting place of several Bugandan Kings, and an active place of worship to this day. There are also a number of cathedrals and mosques whose presence denote the rich historical roots running through the country.