Things to Do
Also known as “Bocce” or “Boules”, Karibu has a 10 x 3 meter Pétanque pit nestled in a beautiful corner of our garden. The rules are simple and it’s a great way to spend the late afternoon with a cold drink at hand.
Karibu has a number of board games available to guests such as: Chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, Rummikub, Cards or the local “Omweeso”.
We have a number of books and magazines in various languages that guests are free to enjoy throughout their stay.
Avid bird watchers will be happy to know that we have observed over 30 species of birds in our garden. From large eagles to
the beautifully painted sunbirds, the sound of birds is a constant background noise at Karibu.
We are fortunate to be located far away from the busy trading centers, main roads and bars of Entebbe which makes Karibu a peaceful, tranquil place to catch up on some sleep, emails or reading.
Things to do in Entebbe
Entebbe is located on a small peninsular in Lake Victoria around 40kms from the capital city of Uganda – Kampala. All major international flights come through Entebbe airport, however there is more to do in Entebbe than just catch a flight! Karibu can advise on, organise, or book all of the following activities, please contact us if you would like more information:
Entebbe Botanical Gardens
Just 5 minutes from Karibu, the Botanical Gardens were established in 1898 and are home to over 300 varieties of exotic plant species as well as an abundance of birdlife, black and white colobus and vervet monkeys.
The rainforest zone in the gardens was used as a backdrop during the filming of the original “Tarzan” film in 1940. Entry is a few dollars in local currency (additional charges if you have a camera or take a guide).
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
Also close by, the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) is a centre for the recuperation, breeding and rehabilitation of native Ugandan animals that have been rescued from poachers or illegal traders, or from injury in their wild habitats. UWEC strive to release rehabilitated animals back into the wild when possible and also work to educate the people of Uganda about the importance of our local animals and conservation.
You can visit UWEC to see some of Uganda’s unique and rare animals such as the shoebill stork, rhino, chimpanzee, ostrich and hyena. Other more in-depth visits are also available such as “Chimpanzee Close-up”, “Behind the Scenes Tours” and “Keeper for a Day Experience”.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Founded by the Jane Goodall Institute in 1998 this 100 acre island is a refuge for over 40 rescued chimpanzees. You can visit the island as a half-day trip departing at either 9am or 1pm. It is also possible to experience the chimpanzees “close up” although this must be booked well in advance to make sure you have all the necessary vaccinations.
18 Hole Golf Course
Entebbe has a well-groomed 18 hole course dotted with exotic trees and even the odd monkey! Day membership and club hire are available to travelers.
Half or Full-Day boat trips are available on the lake to fish for the legendary Nile Perch, known for their size and exciting fishing. The best is to go as a small group (3-4 people) as it splits the cost of the boat…
Sunset Boat Cruises on Lake Victoria
Take a 1 – 1 ½ hour cruise out onto the lake to watch the beautiful colours created by the sun as it sets down on the horizon. Drinks and snacks are available on board.
Things to do near Entebbe
Karibu offers a selected number of all-inclusive packages that allow our guests to fly to either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to track the rare Mountain Gorillas or to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wilderness safari. We can also organise a tailor-made safari of your choice, be it a short trip to stunning Murchison Falls, or 2 weeks to see the whole country, we can arrange it. See our Safaris Page for more details.
About 3 hours drive from Entebbe, Jinja is known as the “Adventure Capital of East Africa”.
Karibu can help you organise any of the following activities such as: White water rafting, jet boating, kayak school, horseback safaris, quad bike safaris, bungy jumping or paragliding.
The best option from Karibu is the daily ferry that departs Nakiwogo pier at 2pm arriving at Kalangala around 5-6pm.
Return ferry is the next morning at 7am. Depending on your budget we can advise you on a number of accommodation options on the islands.
Murchison Falls National Park
The closest National Park to Entebbe (6 hours drive), this diverse park offers visitors the chance to take a 4×4 safari onthe northern river bank, a boat safari up The Nile to see the impressive Murchison Falls, or down the Nile to the delta of Lake Albert. Also in the park is Budongo Forest where it is possible to track wild chimpanzees or Ziwa Rhino sanctuary (outside the park) to track the endangered White Rhino.