KAMPALA’S PERIPHERY CANNOT
be overstated in terms of its appeal and influence. As well as the aforementioned safaris and natural attractions, your journey to the capital will actually begin around 22 miles away, as you arrive into the city of Entebbe.
It is worth noting that before you arrive, you will need to go through the country’s e-immigration system which requires you to apply through the website and submit your documents before being approved.
Transport between Entebbe and Kampala is simple courtesy of the airport shuttle service, a taxi or even a hotel shuttle if you want a more bespoke door-to-door service.
Within the city itself, transport can be a bit less simple and a bit more like a game of ‘Russian roulette’; especially if you pick the most home-grown mode of travel in the form of their ‘boda bodas’. The motorcycle taxis are a novel and great idea on the face of it; being able to weave your way through the busy streets in a quick and nimble manner. However, there is no accounting for their drivers who will take any shortcut, and adopt any route if it means getting you to your destination quicker.
The anti-dangerous SafeBoda Company has since strived to extend your life expectancy, but if - having witnessed one of these journeys - you’ve been put off the idea altogether, then a matatus might be preferred. Essentially a minibus to you and I, each matatu has a driver and conductor that does ensure your safety along a pre-determined route, but dignity and spatial awareness aren’t included in the price admittedly.
Consequently, option three might be the best way to go. The tried and tested taxi alternative - or Special Hires as they’re known in Kampala - may seem like the obvious choice given the others, but price can be the slight drawback on this front, so be sure to haggle a price before you set off.