Entebbe Botanical Gardens
The lovely Entebbe Botanical Gardens are conveniently located close to town, and allow for good wildlife viewing opportunities. A variety of bird species can be seen here, as well as a number of unusual plant species. Several primate species also reside in the gardens.
Uganda Wildlife and Education Center (UWEC)
Founded as sanctuary for young animals whose parents had been killed by poachers, the UWEC now operates as a conservation education center, with a mission to promote an understanding of the importance of protecting Uganda’s biodiversity.
All the animals at the center have been rescued from poachers, illegal trade or accidents. Over 50 animal species are represented by over 200 animals.
Ngamba Island excursion
Travel by boat to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. This refuge on a 100-acre island offers a home to orphaned chimpanzees in a natural environment. Watching them is an absolute delight, as is a chance to help in their rehabilitation while stemming the impact of illegal poaching.
Tours from Entebbe or Kampala
This large accessible wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria is only a short drive from Kampala or Entebbe. Mabamba swamp extends across more then 100km² from a shallow marshy bay on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. This large papyrus swamp is listed as an Important Bird Area and provides a haven for more than 300 species of bird life. The swamp is laced with navigable channels which you can explore in dugout canoes with the help of an excellent local guide. Especially exciting is the chance to see the magnificent shoebill – Mabamba swamp is now possibly the most reliable place to see this rare and most sought-after bird.
This community project is situated halfway between Entebbe and Kampala. It is a locally run company who use natural materials, such as banana leaf, pineapple and elephant grass, to make various kinds of paper. This is then used to produce a wide variety of items, including photo frames, gift boxes, cards, albums, books, and many other interesting objects.
During your visit you will be shown the process of paper making, with an opportunity to get your hands dirty and give it a go if you wish. You will be shown how the paper is then worked to make the various goods and again have the opportunity to make something yourself to take home. At the end of the tour, there will be a chance to purchase any of the items on sale. The money received from the sale of any goods is used to help local communities.
Papercraft through the years have expanded their crafts to include the making of soaps which they supply to the lodges and also jewelry which is made from recycled glass.