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“Great thing to do on a free afternoon” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre

Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre
P.O. Box 369 | Plot 56/7 Lugard Avenue, Entebbe, Uganda
+256 718 329 299
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Entebbe
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This wildlife center, a former zoo, is among Uganda’s most popular tourist attractions.
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“Great thing to do on a free afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I've visited the park with my colleague on a trip to Uganda. We did not expect anything much but we ended up having quiet a good fun at this park. You can see many animals, monkeys wondering around, giraffes and if you really lucky, the white rhino too. Unfortunately when we were there rhinos were shy and hiding :(. I loved the walk around the park, especially that very old tree in the middle.. Some hundreds years old. Amazing nature, very nice weather as you basically are on the equator. A local girl came and brought us around, explained what they do and some interesting facts about the animals. Many school children from all around Uganda, they were all so cute.
A small shop is located just next to the entrance where you can buy local artifacts as well as books and as far as I remember there is also a restaurant inside. The park is just next to Lake Victoria. Overall I really loved that afternoon and I recommend it to everyone who wants to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Entebbe.

Visited May 2012
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“Sehr schön!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I visited the Wildlife in November and liked the way the animals are looked after there. It was very interesting for me.

Visited November 2012
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“Entebbe Zoo is quite interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

It's a great way to spend an afternoon in Entebbe, while you wait for a flight. It is near the airport and has quite a few animals in natural habitats. Unlike the US zoos with fake rocks and scenery, the Entebbe zoo is more like they just decided to fence in part of Africa! The animals are in with their native plants and many of the animals are rescued from poachers I think. The lion is very old and thin, but the other animals look very good and it's a beautiful place to walk around, located on L. Victoria. You can see groups of animals living together which is nice also. The one exhibit shows giraffe, ostrich, gazelle, etc. all in same fenced area. The crested crane is in with the cape buffalo, and other animals also are grouped together. Nice, smaller and very relaxed zoo.

Visited December 2012
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“Nice way to spend a couple of hours in Entebbe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

There isn't too much to see and of course, seeing animals in cages is not like a safari experience, but it is something of interest to do in Entebbe

Visited August 2012
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Kampala, Uganda
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“You can stay overnight at the Zoo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

For plenty of children, a day trip to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (otherwise known as the Entebbe zoo) is a fun day trip. They are rounded up with their classmates and led through the zoo en masse. But what if you could have the zoo completely to yourself? What if you could do so at night? Well, for those willing to spend few shillings, this can become a reality.

Past Chimp Island, on a road that very few tend to wander down (on account of it being long and bereft of animals) there is the backside of the Entebbe Zoo. Here there are six bandas where guests of the zoo are allowed to stay the night. They are named after different areas in Uganda (Ruwenzori’s and Queen Elizabeth) for example. For about 35USD or about 95,000UGX you can rent the banda for the evening.

The rooms re furnished nicely with a small kitchenette, mosquito nets and comfortable beds. Some bandas are one story with one large bed and one smaller bed, which is perfect for new families. Other bandas are furnished more for a group of friends, with two stories and 4 single beds. The cost is the same regardless of which banda you choose.

If you are looking to save a few shillings, but would still like to spend time inside the zoo you can choose to camp. Camping along the beach line or at the picnic site will cost 15USD () and enjoy a crackling fire and quite possibly, a lions roar in the middle of the night. You must bring all of your own equipment and arrange for your own utensils as well.

Once you are settled then feel free to explore the zoo at your leisure. There are a whole host of things to do that suit every need. If you’d prefer to sit and have a drink or have a bite to eat while looking over Lake Victoria, you can visit the zoo café, which sits on the hill over the lake. You could also wander down to the lake if you prefer and check out the fisherman just off shore. There are also toys and jungle gyms for children, a wandering camel to pet, and, of course, then there are the animals.

The zoo is comprised of three different areas: The Savannah, The Wetlands, and the Forrest. These are representative of the ecosystems that exist inside of Uganda’s many different national parks. There is a wide variety of animals inside these sections, including Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Waterbuck, Cob, Zebra, Rhino, assorted Primates, Chimps, Crocodiles and a number of different Birds. Many of these animals were rescued from poachers and smugglers and live in the zoo while they are rehabilitated. If it is feasible, they are later released back into the wild.

Part of the fun of staying at the Wildlife Center is that after darkness falls, some of its more interesting animals become active. The Lions, Serval, Leopard and Hyenas can be found wandering their cages, their eyes reflecting in the light of headlamps. Growls, roars, and giggles abound as the night wears on, and it’s easy to feel a little bit vulnerable, despite being perfectly safe.

The Hyenas can be a particular delight as they are both inquisitive and mischievous creatures by nature. It is not uncommon to find them playing games with people as they pass by. Dart behind a tree, and the hyena will hide itself. Peek out and it does the same. However, make no mistake, these are still extremely wild animals. Hyenas in particular are some of the strongest and most ferocious predators out there, so please, remember that no matter how cute they look, or silly they seem, putting anything into the cage is a terrible idea.

If, you find you just can’t get enough of the zoo, it’s also worth noting that the zoo has a variety of internship programs that students and members of the public can take part in. After passing health requirements, you can work close up with chimpanzees and try being a keeper for a day. These volunteer programs can range from just a few hours to a few months.

Visited December 2012
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