Established in the year 1898, the Entebbe Botanical Gardens are legendary features that sit on the northern shores of the gigantic Lake Victoria which is the largest tropical lake in the world crossed by the equator which is usually encountered by travellers on Uganda safari.
The gardens receive 1,626.4 mm of rainfall and they lie at 1,134 m (3,720 ft) above sea-level covering 40.7 hectares. At one time, the gardens had over 2,500 plant species collections which presented an ideal destination for travellers on safaris in Uganda by then before they reduced following a period of instability that characterized the country and are currently under up grading.
The Entebbe Botanical gardens feature plant species from tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones along with shrubs and other plant species that naturally regenerated over the years. As of 1998, the gardens had 309 species of which 199 were indigenous to Uganda and 122 had medicinal value while 110 were exotic. The gardens receive annual Uganda visitors since their rehabilitation in 1998 that count to 40,000.
Apart from plant species, the gardens are a habitat for counts of birds some of which are on the birders’ lists while crafting their safari to Uganda. The birds that might be encountered in Entebbe
The garden hosts a variety of water, open country and woodland bird species among which include: the Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Yellow White-eye, Purple-banded Sunbird, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Yellow-billed Duck, Glossy Ibis, African Open-billed Stork, Malachite Kingfisher, Blue-checked Bee-eater, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black Crake, Long-tailed Cormorant, Crowned Hornbill, Vieillot’ Black Weaver, Woodland Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, the Africa and Red-billed Firefich, Black-and-white-Casqued Hornbill, Senegal Coucal, Little Stint, Little Weaver, Striated Heron, Ruff, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoos, Northern Crombec, Tambourine Dove, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Little Grey Greenbul, Water Thick-knee, Madagascar Bee-eater, Egyptian Goose, Black-headed weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Sterling, Grey-Headed Sparrow, the Spur-winged Lapwing, endless list.