Entebbe to Rwanda-Border - 5 nights
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Sep 30, 2012 1:29 AM Last Post By: momo99
Sep 7, 2012 12:35 AM
Entebbe to Rwanda-Border - 5 nightsHi,
I´m planning our trip to Uganda/Rwanda in two weeks.
We arrive Entebbe in the arly morning (Thursday), so my first plan was to stay there for two nights. No big program on the arrival day (maybe visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre?) and stay in Entebbe.
On second day my plan was to go to Ngambe Island to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
On Saturday or Sunday we are travelling to the south (Lake Bunyonyi?), our Gorilla Permits are on following Wednesday in Rwanda - we have to be on Tuesday in Musanze. So there are only 5 nights in Uganda overall.
- What do you think about Entebbe? Do you have any recommendations for an accommodation in Entebbe? UWEC offers Bandas and Flats, what do you think about it?
- We have to go to the south on Saturday or Sunday (after 2 to 3 nights). Is there any transport from Entebbe to Kabale (or Mbarara) or do we have to go to Kampala first?
- In the south, our plan is to stay at Lake Bunyonyi for the next 2-3 nights. I´m looking for an accomodation in the pricerange 30$-40$ (2 pax) on the Mainland, any idea? Or other suggestions to stay in the southern area?
Sep 7, 2012 12:16 PM
1I HIGHLY recommend Byoona Amagara on Lake Bunyoni. It was one of the highlights of my recent Rwanda/Uganda trip. Go for the geodomes. You won't be disappointed. http://lakebunyonyi.net/index2.php?page=1
I didn't spend any time in Entebbe, so can't help you there, but Kampala is worth a couple days if you have the time. The Awino market is an experience--make sure to get lunch while there. The Kampala Backpackers is a decent hostel, and much better location than Red Chili which is the other popular option.
Just a warning that getting from Kampala/Entebbe down to Kabale/Bunyoni area could EASILY take a full day. It's supposed to be an 8 hour bus ride from Kabale to Kampala, but ended up taking me close to 13 because of stops and a breakdown. Apparently, that's not unusual,
Sep 7, 2012 11:48 PM
Thank you for your answer.
I´ve some informations about the Byoona Amgera, looks really very good on the pictures!
It would be my first choice, but we love to be independent. How is it on the island, are there other villages, shops, restaurants?
We are prepared for a long bus ride. Hopefully we don´t have to take a Matatu...
Sep 9, 2012 10:36 AM
3The geodomes at Byoona Amagara are stunning, but there is very little else on the island, just a very small village, great views and peace and quiet - no other restaurants or shops. However, this shouldn't put you off staying there, it is very easy to hire a boat to take you to other resorts for a meal, or just to explore.
If you definitely want to stay on the mainland, Crater Bay Cottages would be my choice.
I think it's a good idea to stay in Entebbe , it's a relaxed, small town, before diving into the chaos that is Kampala.
I stayed at the Entebbe Backpackers, which has decent rooms, a shady garden, and a bar/restaurant.
If you stay at the Wildlife Education Centre, you get to sleep within the zoo grounds. I didn't see their rooms but I'm sure it would be fun to stay there and hear the animals at night!
The Botanical Gardens is worth a visit while you're in Entebbe. As well as 100 year old trees, there is a huge variety of birds, and monkeys too, and it has a tiny entry charge.
Sep 9, 2012 6:46 PM
4Kaz is right about there not being much else to "do" on the island. But that's kind of the point. Byoona is an eco-haven for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Lake Bunyoni. We took out a canoe with another couple when we were there, rowed around the islands, stopped at one of them and jumped on the rope swing into the lake...it was one of the most idyllic and peaceful places I've ever been to.
But the people that go there are definitely the independent backpacker types. It's not a luxury frou-frou resort, and there are dorms if you wanted...but I'd say go for the geodomes.
Sep 10, 2012 9:01 AM
Sep 30, 2012 1:29 AM
back from our trip.
Unfortunately completely different than expectet, but not because of Uganda or Rwanda (both countries are amazing...).
We got a very sad message of my family while we were at Byoona Amagera and we had to break off our trip a few days later.
Nevertheless thank you for your tipps, it was very helpful!
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