Entebbe Botanical Gardens
Entebbe Botanical Gardens is one of the hallmark attractions found in Uganda where you can visit and go winding with its nature beauty and cool breeze air. This national garden is positioned at the shores of Lake Victoria famously known as one of the world’s fresh water lakes found in Uganda. However, it is one of the beautiful places that attracts visitors with wildlife and it lies just few kilometres away from Entebbe International Airport to most of visitors this tends to be their first welcoming place in the country because it has a conducive climate and beautiful species to watch out such as primates like monkeys and notable bird species as you listen to their sweet melodies which is so rewarding.
Furthermore, the garden sits at the equator line and was gazetted in 1898, it receives the annual rainfall which measures 1623melimeters.In every year in the month of November the gardens hold the Mileage world music festival and lots of games can be carried out. The garden is small in size covering an area of about 2 kilometres along the shores of Lake Victoria.
This is a place which acts as a platform for education, awareness, creation and scientific research purpose in the country. The botanical gardens are the best location one should visit before leaving the country since it is positioned close to Entebbe Airport and one of the perfect place to go to as a weekend getaway.
There is also a nursery where travellers can buy ornamentals such as Mediterranean Cypress, Cedars, Canon ball tree, Coconut palm, Indian Lilac, Oil palm adhoerscassia among others.
The Entebbe botanical garden is haven for birders beautiful location to view variety of birds and some of the birds to be viewed by the tourists include; Violets black weavers, Orange weavers, Marabou stork, black headed heron, verreauxwleagles, hammerkops, African open billed stork, pied kingfishers, giant king fishers, yellow billed duck, black headed gull, swamp fly catcher, common squaco, black headed gonolek, long tailed cormorant, red chested sunbirds, pratincoleto among others.
The gardens are also home for monkeys such as black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys and many more spider webs can be seen here as an attraction with different types of spiders to be encountered.
Tourists on their visit at the botanical gardens can get a nature guide walk at the rocky area close to the attractive lake and also do forest canopy with breath-taking views while getting rewarded with great sights of beautiful bird species as well as enjoying the cool breeze.
Tourists on their botanical gardens can come along with a packed launch box since there’s no any close restaurant around and it’s better to carry your lunch box as you visit the area to enjoy its cool breeze, the nature and also watching species like tree squirrels and many more.
The Entebbe botanical gardens boost with over 300 species of trees ranging from temperate zones, sub tropics and tropic over 2000 of the tree species in the garden are exclusive to Uganda.
The gardens are valuable to the community in a way that it contains over 120 plants where they make medicine. It is also popularly known as a place where a film titled Tarzan acted from in 1957.
Entebbe botanical gardens can be easily reached from Entebbe international airport within 5 minutes’ drive and from Kampala capital city can take 1:00hour drive to access it. The gardens are open every day starting from 9:00am to 7:00pm East African Time.
Tourists can as well combine visiting the botanical gardens with also going to Uganda Wildlife Education Center. On visit to Uganda Education Center you can watch out various bird species and animals that are conserved at this former stunning zoo. You will also have a chance of seeing animals like lions, hyenas, leopards, rhinos and many more that can be seen in the Uganda national parks, you can as well visit the Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria for a chimpanzee experience in life time.
On your visits to these combined attractions in Entebbe, you can’t fail to get where to spend your night from because there are various comfortable accommodation units both in Entebbe town and Kampala to book your accommodation rate differs on the tourist’s wallet ranging from budget, Mid-range and Luxurious accommodation. Some of the hotels include; Sheraton hotel, Grand Imperial hotel, Lake Victoria Hotel, Protea Hotel, Via Via Entebbe mentioned few.
Lastly, Visit Entebbe Botanical Gardens every lovely and tranquil place to wonder through and enjoy the tropical environment. Really expansive jungle in the city ‘’Kampala’’ the pearl of Africa.