What does your trip of a lifetime look like? Where would you go, and what would you do? For me, my dream trip was all about Africa... specifically, African wildlife. My whole life, I've been obsessed with animals of all kinds. I'd often imagined what it would be like to come across a wild lion, or to watch a gorilla feed her baby, but never really thought it was something I could experience for real. Even after I earned a university degree in primatology, and lived in Central America so I could study wild monkeys... even after I quit my 'normal' life and moved to Thailand to become a scuba diving instructor, spending my days underwater with sharks... even after I started to travel more and go on amazing adventures, Africa still seemed sort of mythical; a place of fantasy, rather than reality.
Then, one day, I decided to make my dream come true, and started planning my ultimate dream trip. I went mountain trekking in Ethiopia, and on a horseback safari in Kenya; in between, I spent an amazing week on an epic road trip, driving between Entebbe, Uganda, and Kigali, Rwanda. Along the way, I achieved some major goals; I trekked with chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and saw my first wild lion in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It was even better than I could have imagined, and I'd love to share with you the details of how I organized it, what went down, and the answers to some common questions. So, keep reading!
After spending a couple of weeks in Ethiopia, climbing mountains, sleeping on the rim of a volcano, and exploring some of the strangest natural phenomena I've ever seen, I was ready for a bit of comfort and relaxation before embarking on the next big part of my African adventure: a 5-day road trip through Uganda, to Rwanda. Fortunately, I'd already scheduled in a few days in Entebbe; a little town located on the shores of Lake Victoria, and rumoured to be much more laid-back than Kampala, the country's busy and vibrant capital.
Entebbe turned out to be the perfect place to pause for a while, and I only wish I'd had some more days to spend in this super friendly, very relaxed town, which really has a lot to offer! I've put together a list of my highlights, as well as some practical information for visiting this little gem in the Pearl of Africa.
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