Visit Zika forest in Entebbe Uganda – Zika Forest is a perfect tourist stop along Entebbe Road while on a Ugandan Safari. The small forest is situated in Kisubi along Entebbe road at about 23 kilometers from Kampala making it one of the most convenient destinations for tourists who prefer places not far from Kampala. Most importantly, it is a perfect escape from the urban confusion or a perfect destination for a short vacation in seclusion. It’s perfect for picnics and corporate retreats
This Forest is characterized by giant mature tree and verdant undergrowth with dense canopies that were originally known as the Upper storey. The range of vegetation diversity including grasslands, wetlands that extend to Lake Victoria-largest freshwater lake in the African continent, forest types and forest edges offer home to several wildlife species that capture the attention of tourists. This Forest was named after the Zika Virus because this is where the virus was first discovered in 1947, but is now rare in the Forest. However, the word Zika means “overgrown” in luganda due to its dense tree cover hence the name “upper storey”.
Visit zika forest in Entebbe Uganda – The forest will also help you enjoy a fantastic leave and a break from Entebbe and Kampala’s much urban life most especially when you want a picnic holiday. Zika is also one of those attractions you should not miss while visiting Uganda. It has got a good nature slot and this makes it among the main list of areas to visit in case you are planning a safari to the pearl of Africa and it’s not far away from Entebbe international Airport.
Apart from its nature, wildlife and history, this forest has got an educational advantage most especially to students study classification and the ability to give breakthrough leisure tourists. Potus J. Carter listed this forest among the must visit attraction as he was disembarking his birding safari in Uganda.
Day shoebill trips
For any birders list of must see birds the iconic shoebill stork is highly rated, being critically endangered species of birds due to loss of habitat mamba swamp which is 45 minutes by boat from Entebbe and 1:30 minutes’ drive from Entebbe is considered the best spot, day trips can be arranged to the swamp in the morning or in the afternoon.
Visit Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary
This island is part of Jane Good all institute research centre, its 23 KMs south of Entebbe, this can be accessible by boat.
The island has more than 45 chimpanzees roaming freely in the 100 hectares forested island.
Visit Uganda wildlife education centre
This was first set in colonial times to provide custody for rescued wildlife and was called the UWEC zoo, later it was transformed as an educational site many Ugandan wildlife species can be seen including the chimpanzees.
Tour the botanical gardens
The 40 hectors of the heaven of Entebbe, here you advised to hire a local site guide who are always available every day
Here you can see tree species which are 100 years old , monkeys, beautiful birds and nice views of lake Victoria.
Boat cruises on Lake Victoria
Boat excursion like normal bird watching cruise, sunset, sunrise, can be arranged with both speed boat and traditional motorized canoe. However this activities must be pre-booked as boats are not available all the time
Fishing trips on Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria is where Nile perch was first introduced by the British colonial master over years the breeding become successful making it one of the best places to catch the Nile perch the fish also spread to the Nile river now breeding below the Murchison falls.
Uganda reptile’s village
This is a nonprofit organisation set up by Mr. kazibwe yasin to help rescue reptiles from people’s homes and properties Entebbe being a bit forested sometimes snakes, pythons and other reptiles still encroach homes and which the locals are afraid so he will come catch them and keep them at the reptiles village before realizing them in the wild
Craft & souvenir shopping
Entebbe being an entry and exit for many travelers and an idle town for foreign experts a lot of craft markets have been set up, here you can go and buy beautiful carvings, African fabric ,authentic cow products, incident pigmy art and craft, beautiful traditional drums and extremely un believable ceramic products.
Tour fishing villages
Entebbe has about 3 fishing villages this can be visited by tourists as you try to learn the life of people living in the fishing villages, this areas are usually over populated with temporary buildings
Boda Boda tours
This is one of Uganda’s top activities and fun as one will ride behind a motorcycle with the rider, this is the most common type of transport in Uganda‘s main cities.
The rider will take you to beautiful places, shopping centers.
You can rent a bicycle and ride around Entebbe with a guide who will take you to different places of interest around Entebbe town .Entebbe is considered safe so it’s easy to move any time of the day or late evening
The best things to do in Entebbe Uganda and activities can be arranged anytime of your convenience except late evening and at night time.
Local taxi can be hired or this tour operator can arrange you transfers and arrange book the activities for you.