Entebbe is one of Uganda’s key cities. The city is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria about 40 km to the south of Kampala. Entebbe has developed largely due to its importance as a transport hub. The city is home to the Entebbe International Airport which is the key airport in Uganda.
The airport caters for most international flights to the country and visitors to Kampala arrive via here. Travel between Entebbe and Kampala is mainly by “matatu” and buses. The city has a lot to offer visitors including; white sandy beaches, golf course, a number of excellent hotels and beachside resorts, restaurants, bars, a zoo and botanical garden.
The Entebbe International Airport is the key airport in Uganda. The airport handles the bulk of domestic and international passenger and cargo flights here.
The airport is situated in the town of Entebbe which is one the shores of Lake Victoria to the south of Kampala. The Entebbe Airport also serves Kampala and visitors arriving here travel to the Ugandan Capital by road. The airport is situated about 35 km from Kampala.
Facilities at the airport: information desk, lounge areas, car hire services, car parking, restaurants, bars, duty free shopping, shops, gift shops, first aid, postal services and foreign exchange bureaus.
Air Burundi, Air France, Air Tanzania, Air Serve International, Air Zimbabwe, Anova Air Cargo, Cetraca, British Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Eagle Air, East African Airlines, Egyptair, Emirates, Precision Air, Royal Daisy, Global Airlines, Royal Dutch, South African Airways, Rwanda Air Express, Sudan Airways, SN Brussels, United Airlines, TMK Air Commuter, Trans Mediterranean Airlines.
There are a number of airlines that offer regular scheduled flights to Entebbe. The city is served by the Entebbe International Airport which is the key international airport in Uganda and handles most flights into the country.
The airport was the hub of the now defunct Ugandan Airlines. It serves the city of Kampala which is situated about 35 km away.
Airlines flying to Entebbe: Air Burundi, Air France, Air Tanzania, Air Serve International, Air Zimbabwe, Anova Air Cargo, Cetraca, British Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Eagle Air, East African Airlines, Egyptair, Emirates, Precision Air, Royal Daisy, Global Airlines, Royal Dutch, South African Airways, Rwanda Air Express, Sudan Airways, SN Brussels, United Airlines, TMK Air Commuter, Trans Mediterranean Airlines.
Hotels in Entebbe:
There are a number of good hotels in Entebbe. The city is one of the largest in Uganda and is home to the international airport. Entebbe is also situated on the shores of Lake Victoria and offers some of the best sandy beaches in the country. Leading hotels include;
The Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel: one of the leading hotels in Entebbe, the Windsor Lake is amply located on the shores of Lake Victoria a short distance from the town centre. The hotel offers quality accommodation for visitors to the lake’s shores and amenities such as; swimming pool, access to a golf course, restaurants, bars and air conditioned rooms with satellite television and conferencing facilities.
Imperial Resort Beach Hotel: opened in 2004, the hotel is a welcome addition in Uganda’s developing tourism industry. The hotel is a member of the Imperial Group of Hotels and is situated on a beachfront property at the shores of Lake Victoria. The hotel features; a swimming pool, health and fitness center, private beach, bars, restaurants and conference rooms.
Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel: also part of the Imperial Group of Hotels, the Botanical is also situated near the shores of Lake Victoria. The hotel offers internet access, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and conference facilities.
Raid on Entebbe:
The rescue of passengers on a flight hijacked by four terrorists by an Israeli Commando Unit took place on the night of July the 3rd 1976 ending in the early hours of the next morning. The mission was dubbed “raid on Entebbe”, Operation Entebbe and Operation Jonathan in respect to the operation’s commander Lt. Col. Jonathan Netanyahu who was killed during the raid. The “raid on Entebbe” has been turned into a number of feature films.
The Air France flight was heading for Paris from the city of Tel Aviv in Israel via the city of Athens in Greece on the 27th of June 1976. There were 246 passengers on board and the plane was taken over shortly after take-off and was first redirected to Libya before finally landing at the Entebbe Airport. The country’s then President Idi Amin is known to have been a sympathizer for the terrorists.