Living in Entebbe as an expatriate

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Entebbe is a charming lakeside town located on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda. Once the seat of the British colonial government, Entebbe is now a vibrant hub for business, tourism, and expat life. The town is known for its beautiful Botanical Gardens, variety of wildlife, and proximity to Entebbe International Airport.

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Visa requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda. Visas can be obtained on arrival or by applying online through the Ugandan Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control. Different types of visas include multiple-entry, transit, and employment visas.

Language resources

English is an official language in Uganda and widely spoken in Entebbe. For those interested in learning the local language, Luganda, language classes and online resources are available.

Cost of living for expats in Entebbe


Rent for a room in a shared house ranges from $150 to $350, a one-bedroom apartment costs $300 to $500, a two-bedroom apartment is approximately $500 to $700, and a three-bedroom (or bigger) house ranges from $700 to $1,500 per month.


Groceries are reasonably priced, with fresh produce being especially affordable. For example, a kilogram of chicken breasts costs $3.50, a kilogram of apples is $1.50, and a loaf of bread is $0.50.


Public transportation, including buses and mini-buses (matatus), is affordable and costs $0.15 to $0.50 per ride. Taxis start at $1.50 and can be negotiated based on the distance. Fuel prices are about $1.30 per liter.

Climate in Entebbe

Entebbe experiences a tropical rainforest climate with two main seasons: a wet season (March to June and September to November) and a dry season (December to February and June to August). Average temperatures range from 20°C (68°F) to 27°C (80.6°F) year-round.

Job market in Entebbe

Entebbe's key industries include tourism, aviation, manufacturing, agriculture, and service-related sectors. Major employers include Entebbe International Airport, the Ugandan Government, multinational corporations, and various NGOs.

Healthcare in Entebbe

Entebbe offers a range of healthcare facilities, including private clinics, government hospitals, and specialized medical centers. Notable hospitals include International Medical Centre and Victoria Medical Centre. While medical care is generally affordable, it's recommended to have international health insurance for comprehensive coverage.

Transport in Entebbe

Entebbe's public transportation system consists mainly of buses and mini-buses (matatus), which operate on fixed routes throughout the town and its surroundings. Taxis and motorcycle taxis (boda-bodas) are also available for hire.

Safety in Entebbe

Entebbe is generally a safe town, but it's essential to remain vigilant against petty crimes like pickpocketing. Exercise caution in crowded areas and at night. The crime rate in Entebbe is relatively low compared to other African cities.

Neighborhoods in Entebbe

  1. Kiwafu

    Kiwafu is a well-established neighborhood with a variety of residential options, shopping centers, and schools. It is popular among expats due to its convenience and safety.

Attractions in Entebbe

  1. Entebbe Botanical Gardens

    Established in 1902, these beautiful gardens are home to over 300 plant species and various wildlife, including vervet monkeys, baboons, and birds.

International Schools in Entebbe

  1. International School of Uganda


    The International School of Uganda offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for students from 2 to 19 years old. It is located in Kampala, approximately 40 kilometers from Entebbe.

Useful expat resources in Entebbe

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