Most visitors to Uganda arrive at Entebbe Airport, probably the most easy-going airport in Africa, some 20 miles south of Kampala and on Lake Victoria’s shore. Entebbe became a colonial administrative center at the end of the 19th century and remained the capital until 1962.
With its botanical gardens and its old fashioned colonial buildings, it is a charming introduction to Uganda. Golf, tennis, sailing and swimming are available. The Entebbe Wildlife Centre features an open zoo. From Entebbe there are regular trips to Chimp Island.
This sanctuary, on a beautiful forested island, is home to chimpanzees illegally removed from the wild and confiscated by the authorities; a raised platform enables close viewing. The tour lasts about half a day, traveling either by a modified traditional Ssese canoe or a faster motor boat. Another delightful excursion is a cruise on the tiny African Queen on Lake Victoria, the boat used in the famous film.
The hills, which form the backdrop to the park, are covered in broadleaf woodland. Canoe safaris have become a popular way of exploring the Lower Zambezi, enabling visitors to get close to the wildlife in its natural habitat, although a lookout needs to be kept for the large crocodiles which live in its waters.
Fishing is also good along the river, and most lodges offer fishing with rods and simple tackle is provided. Healthy tiger fish and bream catches are common as well as vundu, a member of the catfish family, weighing up to 25 pounds.