Entebbe is located along the shores of Lake Victoria, not far from the capital Kampala. Entebbe will probably be one of the first places in Uganda you will see as the international airport is located here.
Victoria Lake looks huge, almost like a sea, and Ugandans (Lugandans) like it very much. It is favourite place for the locals to spend holidays, short excursions or swimming during the weekends. The water, however, isnt advisable for swimming, especially for whites because of mosquitos and other small creatures spreading diseases to which locals are alomost imune.
Entebbe has a hot and humid tropical climate, with temperatures usually between 25 °C and 28 °C. The hottest months are February and March when temperatures occasionaly hit 33 °C. The cooler period is from May to August when temperatures can drop below 15 °C at night but it rarely gets colder. March to June is the long rainy season, with April and May being the wettest months. A shorter and less wet period occurs from late October to early December.
|Avg Max||27 °C||27.6 °C||27.1 °C||26.3 °C||25.7 °C||25.6 °C||25.5 °C||26 °C||26.7 °C||26.6 °C||26.3 °C||26.9 °C|
|Avg Min||18.8 °C||19.3 °C||19.2 °C||19 °C||19.1 °C||18.6 °C||18.1 °C||17.9 °C||18.2 °C||18.5 °C||18.4 °C||18.5 °C|
|Rainfall||93.5 mm||72 mm||189.6 mm||261 mm||274.9 mm||116.3 mm||78 mm||71.9 mm||75.7 mm||132.9 mm||164.8 mm||124.9 mm|
Entebbe International Airport (EBB) near the capital Kampala serves many international destinations including Nairobi, Mombasa, Khartoum, Kilimanjaro/Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar with Air Uganda. Other airlines serving the country are mainly African airlines serving a number of destinations in East and Central Africa. South Africa Airways flies to Johannesburg, Brussels Airlines to Brussels, British Airways to London and KLM to Amsterdam. Eagle Air has many charter flights to lots of African countries only.
Eagle Air probably has the most domestic flights, flying between Entebbe and most major towns. Several other smaller charter airlines have flights as well, including those to small airstrips in or near national parks.
|Highway Motel Entebbe||Plot 4 Entebbe - Kampala Highway P.O.Box 521||Guesthouse||-|
|Karibu Guest House||84 Nsamizi Rd||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|African Roots Guest House||Plot 8 Left Lane Mayango||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Thames Hotel||P.O.Box 14116 17 Mile Entebbe Road Off Mpala Trading Centre||HOTEL||-|
Internet cafes can be readily found in Kampala and Jinja. In most larger towns you'll find internet cafes running off of either VSATs or mobile phones. The Internet connection bandwidth is very low and can be frustrating for those who are used to a high speed internet connection.
See also International Telephone Calls
Mobile phone network coverage is available in most parts of the country (over 80%), but geography can cause trouble in the mountainous regions. SIM cards are cheaply available everywhere in 'starter packs' but need to be registered before use. They make a good deal though, as prices for international data roaming are extremely high.
Mobile broadband (3G, HSDPA, HSPA, HSPA+) is available in several places. Airtel has mobile broadband available in larger places along Jinja Road. An example of price for mobile broadband on a phone through Airtel is UGX25,000 for 1GB traffic in one week.In the more rural areas, a slower (EDGE) connection might be available. Orange also offer mobile broadband. Other networks include MTN (the biggest in Uganda), Warid Telecom and Uganda Telecom.
Posta Uganda offers reasonable services. Prices are not high, though it might not be the fastest company. Expect postcards and letters to take at least 7-10 days to Europe, longer to North America and Australia. Post offices are generally open from around 8:00-9:00am until late afternoon. If you want to send parcels overseas, it would be better to use companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx or DHL, as they are competitively priced and also much faster.
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