Entebbe, The First Leg Got Me to Uganda

Here I am. Sitting at my friend’s house in Entebbe, waiting for the result of election in Uganda. OK, I nor my friend have nothing to do with the election. However, I could say that election in Uganda had affected my mobility in Uganda during my last moments in Africa. Even though there was no significant violence in the last few days , due to security reason my office had advised me to not being too adventurous during this important days.

After Kinshasa and Bukavu, Entebbe had been my third home town during my stays in Africa for some reasons. First of all, the office where I worked for has logistic base office in Entebbe brought me come to the city for some business reasons. Secondly, flying from Entebbe to other part of the world is much cheaper compared to Kinshasa. Knowing the fact that I could fly anytime by using private flight from office, and it was free, made Entebbe was always be my first transit options.

However, I couldn’t manage myself to explore Entebbe anytime I had chances for transit or doing something related to works. Until one day, I realized that I could leave Africa anytime and I still did not explore Uganda which only required three hours flying from Kinshasa.

So, after three years in Africa, I managed one of my Rest and Recuperation times to be spent in Entebbe, to see what Uganda could offer to its visitor. I flew from Kinshasa with Oliva, good friend of mine from work, to Entebbe in the middle of April. Oliva will continue her flight to Zanzibar in the next day, meanwhile I would stay in Entebbe for a week.

Entebbe is not the capital nor economic capital, but it’s the city where international airport and presidential palace are located. Unlike its neighbor city Kampala, Entebbe tends to be calmer, quieter and less pollution. Lake Victoria, named after Queen Victoria, the largest lake in African Great Lakes region and also the largest tropical lake in the world dominating the area.

Entebbe International Airport

Entebbe International Airport

On that occasion, I stayed at Sienna Beach Hotel which is located by the lake, enabled me to see the lake anytime I want. In the morning, it offered spectacular sunrise with birds flying around, decorated red dawn skies. At the right side, laid down Botanical Garden, introducing superb Ugandan birds and variety woodland species where visitors could spend pleasant hours to walk. The other  reason was, they have restaurant with Tilapia fish in its menu that I would not miss when I was in Entebbe.

Sunrise over Lake Victoria

Sunrise over Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Another pelican at Lake Victoria

Another pelican at Lake Victoria

Some pelican birds commonly found near Lake Victoria

Some pelican birds commonly found near Lake Victoria

Entebbe Botanical Garden

Entebbe Botanical Garden

Tilapia fish, served with the rice

Tilapia fish, served with the rice

On my first day, I didn’t visit any places. Instead, I spent my first afternoon which was weekend in the same time with Oliva to have some drinks and talks before starting our journey separately.

In following day, I went to Uganda Wild Life Education Center. It is not traditional zoo where visitors could see and watch animals in the cage. Instead, it offers unique experiences to visitors to learn Uganda wild life and major ecosystem in large open air semi natural enclosures to simulate animal’s natural environment.

A wonderful 1000 m forest walk, encountering wild monkeys, birds, wonderful variety of butterflies, rhinoceroses, giraffes, ostrich, zebra, deer and many more. Those animals were rescued from poachers, illegal trades or accidents. Its natural habitats does not only provide wonderful house for those animals but also gave relaxing and educational experiences for the visitors as me.  Cafeteria is available to provide some drinks, snacks and Ugandan food (based on request) where I spent some rest hours to enjoy the sight of Lake Victoria.

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