In 2011 the UBOS (Uganda Bureau of Statistics) estimated the population of Entebbe at approximately 79,700.
“Entebbe”, in the local Luganda language, means a “seat”, and was probably named that because it was the place where a Baganda chief sat to adjudicate legal cases. It first became a British colonial administrative and commercial centre in 1893 when Sir Gerald Portal, a colonial Commissioner, used it as a base. Port Bell went on to become Kampala’s harbour. Although no ships dock there now, there is still a jetty, which was used by Lake Victoria ferries. Entebbe is perhaps best known to Europeans as the home of Entebbe International Airport, the main international airport of Uganda, which was first opened in 1929. It was also from this airport that Queen Elizabeth II departed Africa to return to England in 1952 when she learned of her father’s death and that she had become Queen.
Entebbe features a tropical rainforest climate with relatively constant temperatures throughout the course of the year. Entebbe has noticeably wetter and drier months, with January being the city’s driest month and a noticeably drier stretch from July through September. Entebbe’s wettest months are April and May. Entebbe’s average annual temperature is approximately 21 degrees Celsius.
- The National Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1898
- Home of the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
- Location of the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC). The Center also serves as the national zoo.
- Location of Nkumba University* State House, the official residence of the President of Uganda
- Home to the historical site in Kigungu where the first catholic missionaries Brother Amans and Father Mon Maple Lourdel landed to establish the catholic faith in Uganda.
- Home of the Oldest Golf course in East Africa called Entebbe Golf Club which was established in 1900.
THE ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
EIA is the principal international airport of Uganda. It is near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria, and about 41km’s by road from Kampala. The coordinates of the airport are 00°02’41″N, 032°26’35″E (Latitude: 0.044721; 32.443055). The headquarters of the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda are located in a new block off the airport highway.
The airport is served by several African and international airlines.
To get to Entebbe from the rest of the country will usually involve passing through Kampala, the country’s capital city. Small minibuses go to Entebbe from Kampala and vice versa on a very regular basis. Speak to the bus conductor about the minibus fares. The journey itself can take anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours. This is all dependent on the traffic on the day.
Boda-boda (Motorcycle Taxi) is the easiest choice to go around. However, boda-boda accidents are commonplace and hiring a taxi from a trusted source would be your best bet, albeit slightly more expensive.