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