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Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Entebbe is a city in Wakiso District of Uganda situated about 23 miles southwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. The city is home to Entebbe’s International Airport, and sits on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. As of latest measurement the city has a population of 75 thousand people.

Entebbe is a popular travel destinations for travelers heading to the capital city Kampala, reasoning is that Entebbe International Airport is the main entrance to Uganda from international destinations. Although it’s just an hour drive, it might be a good idea sticking around in Entebbe for a day or two as city is underestimated by a lot of travelers. It’s an medium sized city with easy and fast transportation on Boda boda motorcycle taxi, yet its dangerous and a lot of accidents happen. Hiring a taxi from a trust source such as hotel, friend of company may be wiser. Walking around is possible too, as the streets are safe, and old colonial gardens and parks generate a relaxed ambiance.

When in the city you can visit several sightseeing’s such as museums, art galleries but also shopping malls and nightlife areas. A few sightseeing’s include the extensive National Botanical Gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Center, Nkumba Univeristy and also the location of the State House which is the official residence of the President of Uganda. As earlier mentioned this city is underestimated and of perfect size for a day or two to learn more about the Uganda history, enjoy a few sightseeing’s and get familiar with the Ugandan people.

The visa policy in Uganda follows the principle of reciprocity, where countries that require visas for Ugandans are also required to present visas to enter Uganda. Those with US passports need an entry visa to visit Uganda. The same applies to naturalized American citizens of Ugandan descent. Single-entry visas will cost around $50 and applications can be processed at the Ugandan embassy or at various entry points.