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Lake Victoria & Entebbe

Lake Victoria is the biggest freshwater lake in Africa, forming a natural boundary between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. At over 67,000 square kilometres, it is twice the size of Wales. Famously the source of the mighty River Nile in Uganda which takes the waters of Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean, Lake Victoria is known locally as Nyanza.

This huge lake has an abundance of fish life, and is the biggest centre for freshwater fishing in Africa. Fishing villages and port towns such as Port Bell with it's bustling fish markets, lie along its shores. Local fisherman use traditional rowing boats about 12 feet long called Ssese canoes. Watching the fishermen on this vast body of water, casting their nets or bringing in the catch as fish eagles call overhead is an unforgettable experience, and the opportunity to view a rowing race between local boats should not be missed.

Whether or not you are a fisherman, spending time on Lake Victoria is hugely rewarding. The views are wonderful, and the wildlife - including hippo, shoals of cichlids, and rich birdlife - is splendid. Hiring a boat with a local guide is the perfect way to explore the Lake and visit local villages.

In Ugandan waters are the Ssese Islands, the largest of which, Buggala, has a few small tourist lodges and a few nights on some of these remote and peaceful islands is a great way to enjoy the rural way of life in Uganda with many trails around forests and fishing villages.

Butterflies, colourful birds and monkeys live in the trees in on the islands and boat trips reveal many water birds and sometimes otters. Just a short boat ride from Entebbe lies Ngamba Island, a chimpanzee sanctuary where visitors can either day trip or stay overnight in the small tented camp.

Entebbe is a major town in Uganda. It is located on the northern shores of Lake Victoria and is about 37 kilometres away from Kampala, the capital city. Prior to independence in 1962, Entebbe was for a while the seat of government of the Protectorate of Uganda. The State House, the official office and residence of the President of Uganda is located in Entebbe. The national Botanical Gardens are found in Entebbe. The international airport is also here and there is a good selection of hotels and restaurants. If you are staying at any of the Entebbe hotels you can walk all around the small town, include a trip to the Botanical Gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and the street market. Entry fees are payable to the gardens and wildlife centre.

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