With more than ten historical tourism sites, contemporary infrastructure, and a good breeze, Entebbe municipality’s tourism potential has failed to fly high. The colonial administrative peninsula that was once Uganda’s capital city though strategically positioned at the shores of Lake Victoria (Nalubale), has remained a tourism gateway- where tourists just go through after visiting other parts of the country.
This has compelled the municipal authorities and other tourism stakeholders led by Entebbe Tourism Association – ETA, to change the tourism trend of Entebbe municipality from Uganda’s tourism gateway, to one of the key tourism destinations.
Authorities and stakeholders have embarked on plans to seize opportunities that come with having a vast fresh water lake – Victoria and the colonial historical places plus some cultural sites, to shape Entebbe’s tourism potential. Among other tourism products in Entebbe include Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center – the only zoo in Uganda and the Botanical gardens.
The stakeholders are meeting periodically to plan on how the sleeping tourism sites can be brought to life and add to the country’s revenue basket alongside improving the livelihood of the local communities.
Entebbe’s tourism destination journey has kicked off with creating a committee that will work with the municipality developer’s office to ensure implementation of the planning activities that will see identification and documentation of all tourism sites and creating an itinerary for the tourists groups, schools and also creating an events calendar, among others.
However one of the major challenges is that some high profile tourism sites such as Entebbe Old Airport at the United Nations base, Entebbe za Mugula – Near Entebbe International Airport , Muzinga park – adjacent to Entebbe State house, Port Alice docking area and the State house, have very limited access for tourists due to security related reasons.