The affable cities of Kampala and Entebbe, Uganda, lie a mere 37km apart. Kampala, the country’s capital and largest city, has maintained its unique cultural heritage and spirit despite the march of modernisation, while Entebbe is Kampala’s peaceful neighbour and sits on the north shore of Lake Victoria, the African continent’s largest lake.
Kampala is a scenic city originally built across seven hills, similar to Rome. Expansion over the years means that it now covers over 20 slopes. It is picturesque and peaceful at its numerous viewpoints looking across the vibrant and animated streets and markets below. For the inquisitive traveller, it is best explored on a Kampala tour, which helps to provide a good grasp of its history and geography.
The history of the city and its many Kampala sights are actually closely connected with its terrain. Kampala Hill, often referred to as Old Kampala, is the nucleus around which the city was built. Nearby Kasubi Hill is home to the Kasubi Tombs, the burial grounds of the kings of the Bugunda Kingdom. Visitors can also learn about the importance of religion and faith in Ugandan culture on a tour of the city’s places of worship and visit the only Bahá’í Temple in Africa.
Entebbe was the colonial capital of Uganda and is now home to the country’s only international airport. For many travellers, it provides the perfect welcome to the country, as its serene atmosphere soothes the spirit after a long flight. Spending time on the tranquil Lake Victoria, visiting the gorgeous Botanical Gardens that straddle the equator or viewing game at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre are wonderful ways to spend a day in Entebbe. Alternatively, take a tour of the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, located on a pristine island in Lake Victoria, to learn about rescued chimps.
Making the Most
Whether you decide to stay in the capital or nestled along the shores of Lake Victoria, there are many Kampala and Entebbe hotels from which to choose, a special hand-selection of which are offered through www.kampala-entebbe-hotels.travel, whl.travel’s first destination portal in Uganda.
Travellers can make the most of two of Uganda’s most charming cities through local tour operator, The Far Horizon. On behalf of the team, Patrick Shah says, “Sustainable tourism is not just a fad. Without the engagement and support of the local communities and a focused, long-term strategy for the protection of the environment at all levels of government, Africa’s wild places will be gone in a few decades.” Patrick, along with Nicola, Steven and Stella, “are enthusiastic and grateful for the opportunity to tie together our fascination with travel and the internet through our partnership with whl.travel.”
Stay tuned as the team from The Far Horizon will soon be launching portals in Jinja, renowned for adventure sports, as well Western Uganda, acclaimed for its incredible wildlife.