Entebbe International Airport (EBB) Uganda, Kampala Airport
Entebbe international Airport is based in Uganda and it’s the main entry point used by may travelers when getting in to Uganda. Entebbe airport is the first destination of your arrival to and from Uganda from different countries across the globe. Uganda is one of the popular tourist destinations in east Africa. Uganda has got lot of attractions that has attracted many tourists in to the country, due to the availability of different national parks offering different activities, gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris, chimpanzee trekking. The landscape view, source of the Nile with may activities to be done namely, the boat cruise, baggie jumping and others. Due to the strategic location and the favourable climate of the country, it has facilitated a number of activities to take place thus improving on the tourism industry. Entebbe international airport, is only international airport in Uganda and the main entry point in to the country and to Kampala the capital city of Uganda, Uganda is a must visit country during any of your holidays and you are looking for the country to visit in Africa, come visit Uganda and you will have the best of your safari trip full of fun and memorise to last a life time.
Entebbe international airport, is located in Entebbe close to the shores of Lake Victoria one of the largest water body in Africa. Entebbe airport is about 10 min drives from Entebbe town and 40 mins drive from Kampala capital city. The airport comprises of two terminals which handle both domestic and international flights. Entebbe airport operates service for a number of international airlines including, fly Dubai, South African airlines, KLM, Egypt airlines, Air Tanzania, Ethiopian Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Emirates, Qatar Airways, Brussels Airlines, Air Kenya among others. The airport operates direct schedules flights around East Africa and other destinations some of the countries among others, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Bujumbura, juba and many others.
Entebbe airport assumed operation in 2015 and currently its under construction and going to be done in three phases due to the need to expand the airport in order to accommodate the number of people received at the airport. These areas include, expansion of the existing cargo, strengthening of the existing runways, and expansion of the new passenger terminal building from the current 410 arrivals to 930 arriving passengers and 320 departures to 820 departing passengers. This is mostly received during the busy/ peak seasons in Uganda.
Requirements needed at Entebbe International Airport
For any person living his/her country for another country, must always make sure that you have all the necessary documents required for to enter that particular country you are travelling to, for example, travellers coming to Uganda, after your arrival at Entebbe airport or departing, you will be asked to present the following documents make sure you are well equipped with them including;
Passport, it should be a valid passport which expires in at least six months.
Visa, Uganda visa can acquired either online or on arrival at the immigration office at Entebbe international airport, this is document that will give you rights to access in the country but some times when you purchase visa from the office, it takes time in case there are many passengers may cause delays therefore, is much convenient when you purchase online.
Yellow fever vaccination Card, this card proves that your health is in proper condition and you should acquire this card before travelling to Uganda, if found that you do not have the card, you will be vaccinated for yellow fever on arrival.
Reason for visiting Uganda, reason for visiting indicates the purpose of your visit to Uganda, in case you travelling for business issues, you will be required to present a business and for travellers coming for tourism purposes, they will be required to present itinerary from the tour company you will be going for your safari with.
Proof of funds. Visitors arriving or leaving the country, will be advised to present proof of fund that shows that you have enough money to spend while in that country i.e. Uganda you will present documents like bank statements, credit card as proof that you have enough funds.
Return ticket, the air ticket indicates the time you will be spending in Uganda either you are planning on staying for a short while, or planning to stay in Uganda permanently. You will best explain why you would want to stay in Uganda permanently.
On arrival to Entebbe international airport, you will walk out of the aircraft, straight to arrival terminal where you be asked to show the yellow fever card, then you will move to the immigration office to present your visa and passport which will be stamped, then you will proceed to collect your luggage from the convoy belts and pass through the security machine then walk out of the building where you will be meet by the driver guide for the start of your safari and stay in Uganda.
Services offered at Entebbe International Airport to the passengers
Airline lounge, this is departure lounge, where visitors seat and with for their departure flights the services offered include, internet, drinks, flat screen TV, this is a privately own facility so the services offered is at an affordable cost.
The VIP lounge, this is a government owned facility mainly used by diplomats and government officials at Entebbe international airport.
Baggage facility, visitor’s baggage is identified using address, names this is also done at an affordable cost, in case of misconnection and lost baggage, visitors can check on the ground handling office at the arrival hall.
Baby changing facility, these are the washrooms at karibuni lounge and along the departures transit course.
Facility for passengers with special needs. Passengers with special needs like the elderly, disabled and others Entebbe airport offers services to this form of people such as lifts, wheel chair, ramps, special walkways, and also you will find help from the passengers handling staff.
Meeting passenger facility. This is located on ground floor outside Entebbe international airport, the meeting passenger facility is where the visitors will meet the drivers, guides that will transfer them to their respective destinations they came too, on this same place, there other services offered like customer care desk, restaurants, telephone, postal service among others.
Domestic Airlines at Entebbe international airport
Entebbe Airport operates domestic flights to various national parks and destinations within Uganda, the Airline include;
Aero link Airline, this is an Airline in Kampala that operates chartered domestic flights from Entebbe to Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip, kihihi for the travellers visiting Bwindi national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, for gorilla trekking or any other business service, also kasese airstrip, Mweya airstrip , Ishasha airstrip, for visitors visiting queen Elizabeth national park, and Lamoj airstrip, Pakuba airstrip and Chobe airstrip for travellers visiting Murchison falls national park famously known for wildlife safaris. There other national parks to be visited like Kidepo valley national park, Semuliki National park among others.
Eagle Airline, this is Uganda’s based airline which operates regional scheduled and private chartered flights for passengers. The eagle airline offers quick and reliable flights from Entebbe airport to various destinations in Uganda that Is Arua Airport, Kitgum Airport, Soroti Airport, Adjumani Airport, Gulu Airport, Moyo Airport, Kihihi, Kisoro, Pakuba, Kasese, Mweya, Jinja Airport Among Others,
Attractions and activities in Entebbe
Boat cruise on Lake Victoria, Lake Victoria is one of the largest lakes in Africa, visitors in Uganda can take time and visit Lake Victoria. There a lot of activities to do when our decides to visit Lake Victoria such as a boat cruise on the lake will offer you great views pf different bird species, landscapes, islands on Lake Victoria, Sunset views in case you’re taking an evening boat cruise. this boat will give great experience of being in large water body.
Visit to the beaches, Entebbe has variety of beaches where you can go for relaxation and enjoy the sunset, islands, you can also take time and swim in the water, play volley ball, lunch and dinner with a lot of fun like music.
Uganda wildlife education center, also known as the zoo, situated in Entebbe town and takes about 10 mins drive from Entebbe international airport. When you visit the zoo you have an opportunity to view a lot of attractions like the remains from different animal species, wetlands, islands, forest, Savannah vegetation, snake types, birds, Chimpanzee, zebras, elephants and others, visiting the zoo, will help you learn about the animals and also engage in activities like feeding the animals which is so interesting.
Sportfishing on Lake Victoria, there different types of fish species found in Lake Victoria such as Tilapia, Nile perch which are the common fish species caught. Sports fishing takes place in Ssese Island which is known as the best spot for fishing for visitors.
Mabamba Swamp, the swamp harbors different bird species like the rare shoebill stock and animals like White Winged black Terns, White Winged Warbler, Brown Throated Weaver, Goliath Heron, Papyrus Gonolek. Papyrus Canary, Blue swallow and others this swamp is the best destination for bird watching in Uganda.
Ngamba Island, is situated on Lake Victoria in Entebbe and its known as the chimpanzee sanctuary and it’s a home to over 49 orphaned chimpanzees. Ngamba Island is famous for chimpanzee and visitors can take time and visit this area you will have an opportunity to interact and study different behavior of the chimpanzee.
Uganda Reptile Village, it’s also located in Entebbe and it was mainly setup to educate people about the reptiles, how to over come fear of reptiles, and also to conserve the reptiles. It harbors reptiles like Tortoise, Jacksons, cobra, chameleon, Lizard, Gaboon Viper, Crocodile, Pythons, Mambas, Puff Adders among others.
Entebbe Botanical Gardens, was established in 1898, this expensive garden is a perfect place for leisurely stroll/ activities. The highlights are its pockets of thick rain forest, which locals claim some of the original Tarzan films were made in, and excellent bird watching with 115 species. You’ll have an opportunity to views plenty of monkeys, including black and white colobus, and tree squirrels too, birds like African grey parrot, whilst bat hawk, palm-nut Vultures and medical plants, indigenous and exotic plants species, shrubs among others.