Entebbe Botanic Gardens

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Graham W
9 contributions
Apr 2021 • Business
Entebbe Botanical gardens is between the town and Lake Victoria, it cost 10000 Ugandan shillings to visit and I would recommend a guide for another 10000, because without the guide you stroll around would be frustrating as most things aren’t described as the guide would. The guide pointed out all / most of the different trees, coco, rubber, canon ball tree, sandpaper tree etc. Worth it to hear about them. The gardens themselves are not really gardens, but an area with trees. As I was there on Easter Monday, the lake was being used for baptism’s and people were having fun. The were two type of monkeys in the garden and various birds, spotted like the Hornbill, which was nice to see. But like I said you need the guide, or you will miss most things.
Written April 5, 2021
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racemilyn
Kampala, Uganda2 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
It is large enough for a number of events to take place at the same time. It has a cool and fresh green ambience. But some work needs to be done on the places of convenience. They need to be upgraded. The shelters too need to be upgraded for comfort and use like during sunny and rainy seasons
Written June 14, 2021
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Wilma Du Plooy
Hartbeespoort, South Africa43 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Not your usual Botanical Gardens. More a huge Garden which anyone is using. You can drive trough it with your car or motorbike. We have used the restaurant/ drinking place straight down on the Lake when you enter at the gate which was great.
At the time a band played in the open and some people were doing photoshoots.
We had to ask for a receipt at the gate. It was not issued, although we have paid 20000 UGX which I could not calculate from the tariffs on the board.
But views on the Lake...beautiful!!!
Written January 11, 2020
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Christoph P
5 contributions
Mar 2022
I wonder what prompts people to give this place great reviews. We had a terrible time here and felt cheated despite the affordable entry.

It starts at the entrance. Tourists are charged 10k UGX (about 2,5 EUR), local residents 3k UGX. We paid 3k each and 2k for the car. However, we noticed that payment only seems to be mandatory for Muzungus (white people) as other locals were simply waived through before and after us.

One can tell that that the parc has once been designed nicely. The overall architecture and the placement of the tall trees is thought through. But there is little to no maintenance. Gardening work is mostly left to nature. Signs on trees are very scarce (probably due to the fact that it's mostly laminated paper pinned to the tree).

The alleged highlight is the café right at the shore of the lake. This spot has great potential as it would be a great place to have a coffee, beer or cold drink, small meal etc. with a nice view. However, on the day we went (a Sunday), there was unbelievably loud music blasting onto the people that were present. Not only was the music a very bass based one, but it was also two different sources from two different directions. Total nonsense. We did not last more than 5 minutes before fleeing the spot. The music did not seem to bother some of the people there, but also, noone was actually enjoying it or even dancing to it. With all this nuisance, obviously bird or animal watching was not an option.

The rest of the parc is a mix of dust clouds (as many people drive on the dirt paths rather fast, despite the indication to parc right after the entrance) and more unwanted music since the parked cars play their own music for everyone to "enjoy". It is only about 1-2 km walking to go the large round in this parc. No idea why people come here to drive even the very last meters. Then people picnic a lot and leave a huge mess. Perhaps come in the morning when not so many packaging and food waste has been thrown onto the grass.

If you want a quite hang out spot on your way to the Airport, avoid this parc anf go to nearby ViaVia instead. Air is cleaner than in Kampala, they have drinks and food and you do not get blasted by loud music.
Written March 22, 2022
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kushty500
Crewkerne, UK63 contributions
Jan 2020
One of many different venues bordering Lake Victoria in Entebbe, this one has the edge on most because the huge expanse of the botanical gardens. It is a very pleasant walk from the gate through to the beach and any amount of diversions or alternative routes through the gardens. The trees and plants are beautiful and the birds interesting. Monkeys are there of course as in most areas of Entebbe. Its a lovely way to spend a late afternoon/early evening before the mosquitoes come out. The gardens extend right down to the edge of the lake and the small sandy beach. There is a reasonably priced cafe/bar there and of course the ubiquitous music synonymous with beaches in Entebbe which we love. Hard to say how it could be better at what it does hence the five stars as there is nothing better than a chilled out experience near water. It could have lost half a star for the tendency for people to leave their rubbish behind but we cleared up everything we could see in a a few seconds
Written February 10, 2020
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michaelseymour2014
Darwin, Australia72 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Visited Entebbe Botanic Gardens yesterday. It is a lovely and tranquil place to wander through and enjoy the tropical environment. As Entebbe is very quiet presently due to Covid 19 restrictions we had the place pretty much to ourselves except for a very friendly dog (I think he belonged to the gatekeeper) who followed us around. We highly recommend anyone visiting Entebbe to spend some time in these gardens.
Written August 22, 2020
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Sally
4 contributions
Mar 2019
The steps from the original Tarzan movie are here! It is worth it to pay for a guide who can describe the many different trees & plants. I believe it was started by European colonists who wanted to find out what trees would grow in Uganda. A few include rubber trees & cocoa trees. Giant philodendron vines! Things we grow as houseplants are there, but enormous! It borders on Lake Victoria.
Written February 27, 2020
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artalmon
Kampala, Uganda516 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
We have been here now three times in the last 6 weeks or so. The botanical garden is a huge playground and discovery place for the kids. In the upper part there are hundreds of monkeys, which are playful and friendly. Down by the lake is a decent bar, which has cold drinks and where people can swim at the beach. The food, however, leaves a lot to be desired.
Written December 8, 2020
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PiersS2768
Cape Town26 contributions
Feb 2022
Esteblishe at the turn of the 19th C these gardens have magnificent trees. The gardens abut the shores of the lake. The birds were wonderful. Unfortunately,there are no gardens apart from the remarkable trees. It appears that the gardens are not given any care or attention/upkeep. Several of the trees had been blown overby a recent storm which was tragic. These trees were being cut up and cleared. Entrance fee of UGS 10000 for foreigners(approx US$3)
Written February 26, 2022
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_Mags_NL
Luanda, Angola283 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The botanical gardens are beautiful. There are some amazing trees an a lot of birds to observe. Most trees have an identification sign on them. This is really a great place for a walk. You are also allowed to bring in your car and have a picnic and even build a fire to cook on. Unfortunately there are very few benches.

I also didn’t see any bins so there is quite a bit of litter on the ground.

Entrance to the gardens is 10,000 Shilling per person (non Ugandans).
Written January 1, 2020
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