Easy Luxury Family Getaway Ideas For Entebbe, Jinja and Fort portal

Happy holidays from my family to yours!

As 2017 draws to an end, I decided to put together 3 quick and easy trip-ideas around the Pearl of Africa! Three of my friends asked me to share some ideas on where they can spend the festive season with their families which got me thinking… Have you traveled somewhere for the holiday? Did you travel on your own, with loved ones or spend quality time with your family at home? I’m grateful to have done the later because Christmas is the best time for this 🙂

I’m excited for 2018 and the possibilities to keep discovering new places around East Africa! To learn more about our culture and traditions and best of all document these experiences. Based on some of the places I’ve visited in the Pearl of Africa in 2017, here are 3 of the easiest ways to nail a getaway out of the city with your family;


Distance: is about an hour if you use public transport and less if you drive.

Number of nights- this depends on what you want to do, but this is usually a day’s trip.

What you can do here:

Picnic at the Botanical gardens, Uganda reptiles village, Snake park, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Mabamba swamp,

Where to Stay and Dine:

Does anyone have a recommendation on where to have the best tilapia in Entebbe?!?

The Boma: Has a pool which unfortunately is only open to guests but a relaxing place to have lunch and very private!

Faze 3 –has excellent menu options with some good views of the beach

Four Turkeys- Has a good menu selection and really delicious food!

Rosemary Courts (has a pool and is secluded on most days)

Protea Hotel is also excellent for a swim and relaxing with a cold drink with views of the Lake Victoria

Carpe Diem (is great if you would like to unwind from a long day)



Depending on the traffic, the fastest you can get to Jinja by car is an hour, otherwise double or triple. As a foreigner, Jinja is where you can have your first boda ride…initiation to the Boda-boda life 😉

What you can do here:

Rafting, Quad biking, Source of the Nile, Horse riding and mountain biking,  Jet boating, African Queen River tours, birding and fishing, Bungee jumping and camping

Where to Stay and Dine:

The Haven -Is perfect for couples, solo travelers, families and camping.

Black Lantern at the Nile Porch Very chill place with a pool and Nile Porch with its views…Love it!

Jinja Sailing Club– is very chill place with a large garden perfect to unwind after a long day or brunch.

The Deli- This has to be one of my favorite cafes in Jinja on main street. They serve delicious sandwiches,coffee wraps and smoothies.


Fort Portal

It takes about 3-4 hours if you drive to Fort Portal on the 300km road on a smooth road all the way.

Number of nights- Spend at least a night in Fort Portal and appreciate this love-able town for it’s unique views of hillsides and tea plantations.

What to see and do:

Toro Kingdom, Toro Botanical gardens, Semiliki Valley, Kibale forest, Ndali Kasenda crater lakes

Where to Stay and Dine:

Kyaninga Royal Cottages– Have a great view of the crater lake, with cozy cottages with affordable prices

Papaya Lake Lodge  Papaya Lake Lodge has nine uniquely designed and spacious cottages each on the volcano crater’s slope featuring views of the Lake Lyantonde from the balconies. Nestled by tree tops, each cottage is private and cozy with homey elements.

Kyaninga Lodge

Did I leave out any place you would recommend? As you can see I kept this as easy as possible because the beauty with these trips is the flexibility to tailor it as we like!

Happy a great day,



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