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Entebbe Botanic Gardens
Welcome to the Entebbe Botanic Gardens, located at Entebbe, Uganda, East African Region. Entebbe Botanic Gardens endeavors to promote the knowledge and appreciation of plants for scientific research, education, awareness and recreation purposes.

Entebbe Botanic Gardens, the oldest national Botanic Garden in Uganda is strategically located at the 'entrance' into this country that is the Entebbe International Airport. Three minutes' drive form the airport and you are already in a welcome environment that will take away all your jetlag and initiate you into Uganda's well known hospitability.

On your way back, the extra time before you catch your flight can best be spent in the gardens and you can be sure of carrying with you that everlasting impression which you will share with your pals back home. And just 34km away from Kampala, the Botanic Gardens is the place for the city dweller where you can spend your weekend away from the routine noises and hectic daily chores of the city. At the end of the day, you will be feeling better than your anticipation in additional to learning about how you can make the living environment better for yourself and the generation to come.

What makes Entebbe Botanic Gardens so pleasantly special?

  • Entebbe Botanic Gardens has a total land area of 40 hectares.
  • 1.5 km along Lake Victoria shore line; all of which present a breathtaking scenery.
  • A walk along the beach into the haunting forest.
  • A rock garden in the Entebbe Botanic Gardens.
  • A medicinal garden which sustains a big proportion of the Uganda rural peasant.
  • The Gardens have a collection of 389 species of higher plants.

In addition to offered leisure, the garden also offers opportunities to learn to care for the environment, taking care and conserving useful plants and real life experiences for students of tourism. By this time all you need is a cool shade and cool refreshment both of which are never in short supply.

Plant Genetic Resource Centre is administratively under the National Agricultural Research Laboratories which is a semi-autonomous Research Institute under the Policy guidance of NARO with headquarters at Entebbe, Uganda.

What makes Entebbe Botanic Gardens so pleasantly special?
Entebbe Botanic Gardens has a total land area of 40 hectares stretching over steep as well as gently indulating hills, large expenses of specious lawn, beautiful tropical natural forest, and biodiversity rich wetlands. Entering one of the remnants of a tropical forest, your welcomed by friendly spider types with 'hi-tech' cobwebs.

1.5km along lake Victoria shore line; all of which present breathtaking scenery you would never catch anywhere with just one stop. The variety of scenic views is enriched by the great diversity of plant and animals life. A walk along the beach and out into the open wood and grasslands will have exposed to your eye not less than 32 different bird types, some of which may have arrived at the same time with the European traveller, only using a different air transport system.

The Monkeys busy taking care of their hygiene by grooming each other in a friendly and playful manner.

A range of plant species that enjoy growing in rocky habitats can be viewed.

The diversity of friendly spider types with their 'hi-tech' cobwebs will have already sent you thinking about your creation. The red tailed, the vervet and the beautiful Colobus monkeys soaring high in the branches above the natural, cool, ever flowing forest springs will be going on with their daily duties unbothered by your presence.

A wide range of ornamentals, most of which are available for sale, can be found in the nursery. To mention but a few Coconut palm, Oil palm, Indian lilac, Hores cassia, Canon ball tree, Loquat, Bermuda cedar, Mediteranean cypress. Come, see, enjoy and buy.

The medicinal which sustain a big proportion of the Uganda rural peasant as well as representing all corners of the globe; the so called cash crops (such as coffee, tea, rubber and cocoa) which sustain the economies of the developing world; the intriguing orchards of improved varieties of horticultural crops, the indigenous precious timber trees, the indigenous fruits of Uganda. All these are part of over 389 species represented in the Gardens.