The town of Entebbe is located at the shores of L. Victoria about 40km south west of Kampala. It is also home to Uganda’s only international airport and gateway to the country. Entebbe also has the second presidential home (state house) where the president stays when he is not in his up country home or Kampala.
The town derived its name from a Luganda word ’Entebe’ which means a seat / chair. The place is where the Baganda chiefs used to seat while solving legal conflicts. The area was also adopted by the colonial government as the administrative center of the country.
Today Entebbe shelters the Uganda Wildlife Education center and the prominent Botanical gardens that are key tourist destinations. The town is also known for the dramatic rescue of 100 hostages kidnapped by the resistance group of the PFLP-EO and Revolutionary Cells (RZ) organizations by the Israel forces.
During the 2002 national census, Entebbe’s population was estimated at about 55,100 people. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population of the town at 76,500. In 2011, UBOS estimated the population of Entebbe at approximately 79,700.