Thirty minutes from Kampala city, Garuga is a lesser known lakeside paradise. Garuga boasts of untouched beaches and multitudes of bird species. If you are planning to escape the city this holiday season, but don’t want to deal with multitudes of travelers, this is the place to be.


There are a number of hotels available for both budget and luxury travelers. Country Lake Resort is a great mid-range hotel with great amenities. For a triple room full board you will spend UGX 550,000 or about $160. For more accommodation options you can always go onto and take advantage of the best price guarantee as well as the Christmas discounts.


Being right on the lake, there is no shortage of water sports. Everything from jet-skis to kayaking can be found in Garuga. If you are more of a passive traveler, boat rides are available. Two hour long boat rides cost UGX 100,000 and you can have up to 10 people on board. Early morning boat rides are perfect for spotting the more than 20 bird species in the area. Fishing trips can also be arranged by your hotel.


While in Garuga you must eat the fish straight from the lake! This area is lucky to have numerous delicious species of fish. The fish is always fresh and you can nearly taste the Nile in every bite! Due to amazing weather, there is fresh fruit all year round for you to load onto your plate.

Going Out

Garuga is quite close to Entebbe town. For revelers with itchy feet, Entebbe offers a vibrant nightlife quite like that of Kampala. There is always a club or bar to go for serious dancing. Also most hotels in Garuga have their own discotheque with resident DJs. This means you can easily shake a leg just metres away from your room.

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