Unlocking landmarks of Entebbe, Uganda’s first capital

Bugonga church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Uganda.  PHOTOS/ MORGAN MBABAZI

What you need to know:

The very first time one jets into the country, the first place they will see is Entebbe. This is because it is home to the country’s only international airport. Yet, beyond the airport, Entebbe is a place where many of Uganda’s administrative stories started. 

There are many things that can be said about Entebbe Municipality; it is on the shores of Lake Victoria and of course, Uganda’s first capital city.
The buildings capture the religious, administrative, educational, transport, residential, commercial and trade history that give Entebbe its fabric and character that is heavily influenced by British colonial architecture.
The prominent features along the main Circular Road are the Independence Tree, Entebbe Golf Club House and St. John’s Church in the metropolis located on a Lake Victoria peninsula, approximately 37 kilometres southwest of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Entebbe is situated in Wakiso District, central Uganda.
 
Colonial feel
The first feature as you drive into the metropolis from Kampala is Entebbe’s Independence Tree (previously known as the Freedom Tree) which became famous as the site of rallies in the 1950s, addressed by nationalist leaders such as IK Musaazi and JW Kiwanuka, who advocated for self-governance prior to Uganda’s independence in 1962. Today it acts as a location for many community functions and markets.

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