Lake Victoria & Kampala

On the shores of one of Africa's great lakes, Lake Victoria, Entebbe and Kampala are two of Africa's most pleasant urban centres.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Jun to Sept

Overview

The two largest towns of Uganda, Kampala and Entebbe, lie only 37 km apart. Entebbe is set on Lake Victoria. Whilst Kampala, the capital of Uganda, has an equally scenic location on a series of hills some 10 km inland.

Kampala

Kampala is a vibrant African city, bustling and full of the sights, smells and sounds of a forward-moving and dynamic capital. The traffic is terrible, but there is always a great deal to look at. Most of everyday life happens on the street. People eat and drink, and buy and sell. But they also visit the barber and manufacture things within inches of the traffic too.

Though it sprawls over numerous hills, the business heart of the city is really quite small. Thus it is more appealing to visit than other capitals in the developing world.

Entebbe

Entebbe is much sleepier but attractive. The botanical gardens’ great claim to fame is that the rainforest zone in the gardens was used as a set during the filming of the original “Tarzan” film in 1940. It was established in the late 19th century. Unlike the older parks and green places of Kampala, it has survived and thrived.

Near the gardens is the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), a rehabilitation centre for native Ugandan rescue animals.

Lake Victoria

Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania share the shores of Lake Victoria. But this enormous body of water is the size of a small country in its own right! There are numerous islands which are covered with tropical rainforest, fringed by white sandy beaches and dotted with traditional fishing villages. A prime example would be Ngamba Island.

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Features

Why you may love it

  • On the shores of one of Africa's great lakes, Lake Victoria, Entebbe and Kampala are two of Africa's most pleasant urban centres
  • Kampala tours include the Kasubi Tombs and museum, the Bulange Palace, the cathedrals and the craft markets
  • Entebbe has lovely botanical gardens and the lakeshore
  • The perfect location for evening sunset cruise, drinks at sundown or strolls along the lake shore
  • See rare species like the ostrich and the shoebill stork at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
  • Lake Victoria is the largest of the Great Lakes of Africa and the largest tropical lake in the world
  • Also on Lake Victoria is Jinja, home to some of the best white-water rafting in the world

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When to visit Lake Victoria & Kampala

December to mid-March

Dry period in Lake Victoria & Kampala

Summer is a relatively dry period though being a tropical country, it can rain at any time of the year. Lake Victoria is large enough to affect the micro-climate, reducing average temperatures slightly and increasing humidity.
AVG RAINFALL 75mm
AVG HOURS OF SUNSHINE 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 29 ℃ / 84 ℉
MIN TEMP 18 ℃ / 64 ℉

Mid-March to May

Long Rains

In the southern part of Uganda, there are two rainy seasons. This is the time of the ''long rains'', peaking in April. Though the seasonal variation is not too dramatic in Kampala.
AVG RAINFALL 145mm
AVG HOURS OF SUNSHINE 6 Hours
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 82 ℉
MIN TEMP 18 ℃ / 64 ℉

June to September

Best time to visit

This is considered the best time to visit, being relatively dry and a very pleasant temperature in Kampala.
AVG RAINFALL 85mm
AVG HOURS OF SUNSHINE 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 81 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

Mid-September to November

Short Rain season

This is the time of the ‘short rains’ though it doesn’t impact the cities very much.
AVG RAINFALL 145mm
AVG HOURS OF SUNSHINE 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 28 ℃ / 82 ℉
MIN TEMP 18 ℃ / 64 ℉

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  • FishHome to many species of fish that appear nowhere else
  • SizeWorld's largest tropical lake - 59,947km²