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-
For flights to Entebbe from Nairobi contact: air-
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-
For general travel information visit traveluganda.co.ug/businfo.asp. Expect to pay between 30,000 and 65,000 USh from Nairobi to Kampala.
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.