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ARRIVING INTO NAIROBI

Nairobi is a major African hub and flights between Kenya and the rest of Africa are common and relatively cheap. It’s important to note that flight availability and prices are highly seasonal. Conveniently for Europeans, the cheapest fares usually coincide with the European summer holidays, from June to September.

It’s also worth checking out cheap charter flights to Mombasa from Europe, although these will probably be part of a package deal to a hotel resort on the coast. Prices are often absurdly cheap and there’s no obligation to stay at the resort you’re booked into.

Flights from Nairobi to Entebbe operate twice daily, from Johannesburg to Entebbe three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday  and Sunday) and to Juba (Sudan) four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday).

Notwithstanding, if it is much cheaper to fly into Nairobi or, indeed, if you can’t get a convenient flight direct into Entebbe, then don’t be put-off; the bus ride can be seen as both a character building initiation into African transportation, and a really long, uninspiring safari. Several bus companies run directly from Nairobi to Entebbe/Kampala. These can take anywhere between 12 and 15 hours (including the border crossing) and most include a couple of rest stops along the way. See further details below.

For flights to Entebbe from Nairobi contact: air-uganda.com
(+256 (0)414 321 485 ) or kenya-airways.com (+254 41 2125529). Note that Victorian International Airlines has dispanded.

For directions to the orphanage from Entebbe/Kampala see ‘Local Transport'.



Travelling via Bus from Nairobi or Tanzania
Several bus companies offer direct routes from Nairobi, Kigali, Bujumbura, Goma, Juma and  Dar es Salaam  to Kampala. All of these buses will, in theory, allow travellers to alight at main towns along the route, e.g. it is possible  to stop in Jinja for white-water rafting on the Nile if you are travelling from the Kenyan border to Kampala.
For general travel information visit traveluganda.co.ug/businfo.asp. Expect to pay between 30,000 and 65,000 USh from Nairobi to Kampala.

Bus Companies
Akamba Bus: Service Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania
Telephone: Kampala office: 006 41 425 0412, Nairobi: +254 02 055 3000,  Dar es Salaam: 007 22 218 5111

Queens Coach: Service Uganda and Kenya  
This is the only fully air conditioned coach service from Kenya to Uganda. In addition, they provide you with a can of fizzy drink, a bottle of water, and two cakes! ;)
From our own experience, we recommend both of the above bus companies. Queens is slightly more expensive but the A.C. and cakes more than make up for it!

Modern Coast Express: Service Uganda and Kenya
Telephone: Kampala office: +256 75 534 7214, Nairobi: +254 72 697 8852
A fairly new coach company, which started operating in 2007. It has one of the newest fleet of coaches amongst the competition. Some of the Kenyan coaches have A.C., unfortunately the coach from Nairobi to Kampala does not.

Scandinavian Express: The largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Tanzania, serving eighteen destinations within Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia with over 40 daily departures across the region.  Telephone: Nairobi: + 254 20 242 523, Kampala: + 256 41 348 895

Easy Coach Bus – cheaper option but has been recommended against by some travellers.
Telephone: +254 20 210711.


 
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