Unusually placed only 35km apart, Uganda's two major cities, Entebbe and Kampala are the starting point of a trip to the country and captivate with very different character and ambience. Kampala is Uganda's capital and comprises the country's central economic and commercial hub, Entebbe, meanwhile, is quite in contrast: a tropical metropolis on the shores of Lake Victoria.
A classic example of an African capital, Kampala sprawls out from its high rise CBD to leafy suburbs. A smaller capital than its cousins elsewhere in Africa, although no less busy, Kampala easily holds its own with a surplus of bars, restaurants and great nightlife. While we mostly make use of the city as a stopover destination before moving off to another location, there are certainly a few attractions in Kampala worth exploring. The Kasubi Tombs and the National Museum are the main points of interest, the former houses the resting place of several kings of old, while the latter is an excellent gateway to the past with various exhibitions - the museum's collection of traditional African musical instruments is particularly good.
Entebbe, in contrast, is lacking in the bustle of Kampala, ardently offsetting the typical modern city with its lakeshore situation and captivating botanical gardens. The gardens are alive with a diversity of vibrant birdlife and the distinctive black and white colobus monkey. Entebbe is home to Uganda's only international airport and the means the vast majority of people arrive into the country. With holidays to Entebbe and Kampala there are a range of excellent city hotels to take advantage of, while excursions from both are numerous, with sightseeing flights and visits to Zika Forest and Ssezibwa Falls on offer.
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Found in Entebbe, this is an excellent stop-over accommodation, possessing an intimate atmosphere, comfortable rooms and situated only 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport.
Set in 2 acres of tropical gardens, The Emin Pasha is a superb property situated close to the heart of Kampala. A comfortable option, relax in a range of accommodation and make use of a number of facilities. Ideal for exploring Kampala or as a stopover.
Resembling a classic Roman villa, The Lake Victoria Serena Resort is set by the shores of Lake Victoria and offers a wide range of facilities and accommodation options. A pleasing choice, this is a great base for exploring Kampala.
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