Relax and enjoy gorgeous scenery at Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Relax and enjoy gorgeous scenery at Entebbe Botanical Gardens

If you’re a traveller flying into Uganda, then you’ll probably be familiar with Entebbe as the home of the country’s international airport. It would be a shame to see it just as a stop-off point, though. That’s because it’s a destination that’s well worth exploring on its own terms, although life is conducted at a more relaxed pace than in Kampala. There is lots to see and do – and not least is Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

What is there to see at Entebbe Botanical Gardens?

Entebbe Botanical Gardens offer the chance to relax, walk, and enjoy a truly stunning landscape. It has been described as the ideal introduction to the Pearl of Africa (the nickname that Winston Churchill gave to Uganda) and it’s difficult to disagree.

Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Victoria and located just a short distance from the airport, these stunning gardens and woodlands are home to 115 species of birds and several primates. Wander through the lush tropical scenery and see if you can spot a squirrel, black and white colobus or a vervet monkey.

(Rumour even has it that the first black and white Tarzan films were shot here.)

First laid out in the late 19th century, the gardens also feature unusual plants, trees and butterflies. Many people choose to incorporate a visit on the first or last day of their holiday – and we think that it’s well worth the diversion.

Birdwatching in Entebbe

For birdwatchers, the gardens are paradise. Bird species to be found here include:

  • Grosbeak weaver
  • African Harrier Hawk
  • Orange weaver
  • Long-tailed Cormorant
  • Common Sand Piper
  • Grey-capped Warbler
  • Black-headed Gonolek
  • Verreaux’s eagle-owl

To make the most of your experience, it’s always a good idea to pack a pair of binoculars and some information to help you identify your finds. An experienced local guide will also prove an invaluable source of expertise.

We are happy to include a trip to Entebbe Botanical Gardens as part of our tailor-made birding safaris. It is also an ideal destination for a relaxing walk or picnic while waiting to go to the airport. If you would like to make an enquiry, simply complete our enquiry form or email us at