If you wonder what to do while in Entebbe and staying with us at Tilapia Lodge, you have come to the right place. Here we tell you all about the activities in Entebbe (and close by) that you can do during your stay at Tilapia Lodge.
Entebbe is the city where Uganda’s international airport is located, so it is likely that you will have a night or two here when you visit Uganda. The city is located right by Lake Victoria. It is a relaxed city compared to Uganda’s busy capital Kampala.
Shoebill Stork at Mabamba Swamp
Mabamba Swamp is close by Entebbe and it is home to the Shoebill Stork. This pre-historic looking bird is a special sight both for birders and non-birders. To see it stand like a statue in the middle of the swamp as it waits to catch a fish is a fascinating sight. You search the channels in the swamp in a small boat with a specialized guide. This is the top activity while staying with us at Tilapia Lodge!
Learn more: Seeing Shoebill Stork at Mabamba Swamp
Village walk in Lulongo
When staying with us at Tilapia Lodge you can get a feeling of being in the countryside and take a village walk (even-though we are so close to the city!). Take a walk around Lulongo your-self or to get a bit more out of it you can come for a guided village walk with a member of our team. You will then learn how plants like bananas are grown and can even come along for “goat trekking” (i.e. picking our goats from grazing in the evening).
Birding by the lodge
For birders a stay at Tilapia Lodge is the perfect weekend away or start/finish to the birding safari. Our location just by Lake Victoria and jungle park setting make it so birders can tick off both water birds and forest birds. Great Blue Turacos are regular visitors as well as hornbills. Walking around the paths of the lodge you can tick off quite a number of birds and while having a meal in the restaurant you can enjoy the weaver bird colony in the bushes by the water.
Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC)
UWEC is a centre in Entebbe where they work with conservation of and education about Ugandan wildlife. Here you can either come for a regular visit to see the animals or choose one of their experiential activities. They have a behind the scenes tour where you are guided around and get closer to some of the animals, a chimpanzee close-up experience and an experience where you’re a keeper for the day, shadowing the keepers as they take care of the animals.
Entebbe Botanical Gardens
Entebbe Botanical Gardens offers a nice place to stroll around and enjoy nature. They have a collection of plant species of which some are indigenous to Uganda and some are medicinal. You will see impressive trees and might catch sight of some monkeys. For birders Entebbe Botanical Gardens is a great stop offering forest and water birds, as it is located by the shores of Lake Victoria.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
This is a NGO that takes care of orphaned and rescued chimpanzees. It is located on an island in Lake Victoria and you get there by boat that is booked in connection with booking a visit. During a visit at the sanctuary you get to see the chimpanzees feeding.
Fishing for Nile Perch on Lake Victoria
If you are interested in fishing a day of fishing on Lake Victoria might be something for you. You can go for a professionally organised half or full day fishing experience where the target is “catch & release” of Nile Perch, the worlds largest fresh water fish! The organisers of the tour provide fishing equipment, a fishing guide & boat.