Nothing is rewarding than backpacking Uganda. The country is secure. Locals are friendly and welcoming. Accommodation is fantastic and found everywhere, transport is easy to get, and there are many thrilling allures to appreciate.
I spent years hearing about Uganda. This tourist spot in the eastern region of Africa is gorgeous and worth to visit. It is not that I didn’t want to go to this country, but I just had limited funds.
My dream was to see the pearl of Africa. So, I decided to save some money for my trip to Uganda. After accumulating funds, I choose to go the cheapest way, and this is backpacking. While planning the holiday, the first step is to organize the travel documents like the passport, tourist Visa, flight ticket and health cards for Covid-19 and yellow fever.
After getting a Uganda Visa and flight ticket, I was more happy and excited to see one of the most appealing destinations in Africa. My reasons for a trip to this nation are Wildlife, Adrenaline adventures, and culture.
It didn’t take long, and the travel date reached. Two days to my departure flight, I arranged everything and packed light, including necessities. Me and fellow passengers onboard enjoyed the flight from my home country and landed at the Entebbe International Airport.
It was not only my first time to use this Airport but also my first time to hear about it. On my ticket, I saw EBB, and little did I know that it’s the code for this aviation facility. From the plane, you go straight to the health tent for mandatory screening. Once no any symptoms detected, you proceed to the immigration customs.
The process is smooth. I cleared without hustle. Make sure to have a valid passport, Visa and health card. The Airport has various service providers like Forex outlets for those who need to exchange money. Telecommunication agents available for visitors who need a Ugandan Sim card. You can buy Airtel or MTN, there are the best.
After my business inside, I moved out and got a taxicab to Jinja. It is less expensive, secure and quick. The driver is friendly and makes the ride to be more comforting. I did not expect to find a taxi driver around, so I decide to reserve a cab (transport service) in advance. The driver was available waiting for me. I was delighted to meet him. I discussed with the reservationist, and told me that they can do transfers to any part of Uganda.
With its unending charms, Jinja was my first priority. It is in the Eastern region of Uganda, and sits along the shores of Lake Victoria.
For the days in Jinja, I enjoyed multiple activities. My highlight was the White water rafting. Besides that, Bungee jumping, boat cruise, zip lining and water sliding at the Nile River Explorers camp left me with no minute to get bored.
Jinja is unmatched, I felt like not leaving this city, but I had to such that I continue with my trip. Using a bus, we traveled back to Kampala and spent some nights at Bushpig hostel. A city tour exposed me to a wealth of impressive attractions in the capital. These include the Uganda museum, Namugongo shrines, Gaddafi mosque, Kasubi tombs, monuments and the Bahai temple.
These allures dot the different corners of Kampala. Walking isn’t possible to reach them all. I made arrangements with a taxicab driver who took me around. The ride is awesome. After Kampala, I continue to the western region and stayed in Mbarara. Nothing much to see here, but the city is worth to stay for a day or two. Lake Mburo National Park is the only draw around.
From here, the journey continued to Queen Elizabeth National Park and stayed at Bush lodge. The place is fantastic. I booked it online before reaching there. The lodge organized a game drive and boat cruise for me. The experience was great. I saw plenty of wild animals.
After Queen, I got a special ride to Kisoro. The views of terraced hills, towering volcanoes in this area are spectacular. Gorilla trekking is eye-catching activity here, but I don’t enjoy it because the permit is too expensive. Volcano climbing in Mgahinga kept me busy, village walks, a visit to the Batwa people and more.
From Kisoro, we crossed to Fort portal, one of the cleanest cities in Uganda. Leaving Fort portal, my next stop was Masindi for the cascading Murchison Falls. I base here, and explored Murchison falls national park. It is another hidden allure. The park has wildlife, pretty views, and the falls. Red chili rest camp is the best pocket friendly accommodation here.
Later, a bus from Masindi (Link bus) led me back to the capital. A drive requires no less than three hours. More two nights spent at Bushpig. The city is tempting and ideal for nightlife lovers. If not Bushpig, there are other backpacker hostels in Kampala. The Airport taxi driver again picked me from Kampala back to Entebbe.
I visited the Uganda Wildlife education center, beaches and after drop off at Entebbe Airport for my departure flight. In conclusion, Uganda is a destination like no other. I hope to return.
All Airports around the globe have taxi agencies that offer Airport transfer service to travelers. If you are traveling to a new destination, don’t worry about transport from the Airport to your hotel, there is a taxicab driver to offer you a ride.
To have a successful ride, be sure to reserve in advance. For those who hope to visit Uganda, here are the points you should know before you use a taxicab at Entebbe International Airport.
With their great cars and friendly drivers, special taxi agencies in Uganda are available for Airport pick up at EBB, drop off, intercity drive and private transfers to the up country. Whether you need a ride from Entebbe to Kampala, Jinja or other parts of the country, it is all covered at a reasonable cost.
How to Book?
Using your phone or computer, visit the EBB contact page and send a message to the reservation Agent. Once at the page, fill all the fields of the contact form and press the send button. The message will go to the inbox.
The reservationist is present to read your message and send back a reply. Negotiate and reach an agreement. If you take long without receiving the reply, don’t delay to check in your spam folder or use the available contact to forward a WhatsApp message.
Taxicabs base at Entebbe International Airport in the central and Hoima Airport in the western region. They don’t have offices or stages in other parts of the nation. If you need a cab to get you from a city or village to one of the Airports mentioned above, you have to order in advance such that a driver comes to pick you in time.
How to connect
For Airport pick up, when you move out of the arrival hall, look for a placard that displays your name. The driver is available to welcome from the time when the plane lands at EBB. Meet and greet before you start the drive.
For Airport drop off, you share with the reservation agent your location, pick up time, and the local number to call when the driver reaches the place of residence. If possible, send a location using WhatsApp such that the driver can use Google maps to locate your area without hustle.
Drivers use saloon cars and minivans. The list includes the Toyota Noah, Alphard, Wish, Premio, Leguis, Raum, Sienta, Issue, Ractis and Fielder. There are all in good condition and well equipped. These cars are marked with yellow horizontal stripes and black dots.
EBB taxi cost
The charge of a taxi from Entebbe Airport depends on the number of kilometers to cover. Short rides like Airport to Entebbe town cost about 15 USD. For a drive to Kampala, expect to pay between 35 – 50 USD. Longer trips fare range between 60 – 400 USD or more.
Mode of payment
You pay cash to the driver on arrival. Operators allow currencies like the local Uganda shillings, the United States of America dollar, British pound and Euro.
Why use a taxicab?
This transport service is not only cheap, but also quick, secure, safe, private and convenient. Local drivers operate these cabs. Therefore, you as well support a local Ugandan who is seeking daily income for day to day life.
From Entebbe Airport, a driver is ready to take you to Kampala and all other parts of the country like Mbarara, Kasese, Kisoro, Fort portal, Mbale, Gulu, Kitgum, Lira, Moroto, Soroti, Arua, Bushenyi, Kabale and more notable places.
On this day tour, you visit the notable Kasubi tombs and the renowned Gaddafi mosque. Both attractions are situated in Kampala, Rubaga division.
We transfer you from Entebbe Airport or a hotel in Kampala and Entebbe. Drive to the tombs. Once at the gate, you pay an entry fee and get in for a tour around these historical features. A local guide will feed you with information about the shrines.
From here, you proceed to the Uganda national mosque for more beautiful moments. After, we take you back to a hotel in Kampala or Entebbe Airport.
Make arrangements in time. Early in the morning, we pick you from Entebbe Airport, town or Kampala and drive to the Martyrs shrines in Namugongo. We use the northern bypass and Expressway to avoid car congestion in the city center.
Once you reach the shrines, there is a guide to take you around while feeding you useful information. You are free to take photos of different features in the area. Expect to pay the entry fee.
After the shrines, proceed to the Bahai temple, the first Bahai house of Worship in Africa. It is in Kanyanya, a suburb of Kampala city. You tour around, enter inside for sight viewing and more. You cater for your lunch. After, we drive you back to Entebbe Airport or a hotel in Kampala.
Entebbe Airport is the main entry point for all travelers who come to Uganda by Airplane. It welcomes several flights from various parts of the World. Below we take you through the steps to follow after landing at EBB Airport.
From the plane, you go to the tent for screening. Health officials use temperature guns and thermal scanners to check for the symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, yellow fever, and Ebola. Any traveler found with the symptoms is forwarded to the isolation center for further examination. Those who are safe, proceed to the next area.
Go to Immigration customs
After screening, visit the immigration customs to seek entry permission. You have to present a valid passport, yellow fever vaccination card, Uganda Visa, and Covid-19 certificate. After clearing, you are allowed to enter the country.
Wait for Luggage
Proceed to a place where you wait for your luggage from. Sit in the available seats. It will take a few minutes for your baggage to come out. After receiving your suitcase and other bags, visit forex outlets to exchange some money if you need, buy a local Sim card and more.
Exit the Arrival hall
After your business inside, exit the arrival hall to meet your friend, relative, or Airport taxi driver. In the waiting area, you find many people standing with raised signs that indicate different names for visitors. Around this area, there is also a restaurant (Mama Africa) for those who need breakfast, lunch, or dinner before they proceed.
Look for your Driver
The driver or relative is available standing with your name on the poster. Look for it and point at him or her. Meet and share greetings. After, proceed to the car in the parking area to start the drive to your location. Enjoy the ride at an affordable price.