The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC), more popularly called Entebbe Zoo, is neither a Safari Park nor a zoo in a conventional sense but rather a center where wildlife education is combined with leisure.
UWEC’s main aim is to model the main ecosystem of Uganda in open range exhibits. The center takes great pride not only in it’s interactive interpretation and briefings but also the diligent enforcement of high sanitary regulations and respiratory etiquette to mitigate the spread of corona virus.
Is the Zoo open everyday? Yes the Zoo is open Monday to Sunday 8.00am to 6.00pm.
Can I enter with a group larger than 100 people? Under the governments rules for public venues, we are required to manage numbers to ensure that no group entering is made up of more than 20 people at ago. However, we can sub divide the 100 into 5 groups of 20 each.
Is there any restriction to paths around the zoo? Not at this stage.
Can I pay with cash? Cashless payments preferred to limit contact with the wildlife conservation Centre’s reception team.
Do I have to supply my details? – yes all public venues are required to keep records that include: visitor full name, phone number and email address, date and time and/or time of arrival and leaving.
Are Animal Encounters available? Yes – Special programs like animal encounters are open and running. However, these encounters are pre booked for purposes serving clients better. With the impact of Covid 19 keenly felt not just in Uganda but worldwide, these wildlife encounters are being run under Strict SoPs not only to protect our animals but also to enable our clients enjoyment, as we know how much you love connecting with wildlife in this way.
Will the Restaurant be open? Yes, the Restaurant over looking lake Victoria is open, but with strict adherence to SoPs.
Are there hand sanitizing stations around the zoo? Yes there are hand sanitizers available for visitors stationed at the entrance, toilets, Restaurant and exhibit areas around the zoo.
Please, if you or any of your family/group are not feeling well delay your visit.
– Entry/ Activity Rates –
Activity Category Rates
Behind the Scenes Experience Non Residents 70 USD
Behind the Scenes Experience Residents 50 USD
Behind the Scenes Experience Ugandans 50,000UGX
Chimp Integration Program Non Residents 290 USD
Chimp Integration Program Foreign Resident 200 USD
Keeper for a Day Non Residents 150 USD
Keeper for a Day Foreign Residents 100 USD
Keeper for a Day Junior 50 USD
VIP Exclusive Behind the Scene Non Residents 100 USD
VIP Exclusive Behind the Scene Foreign Resident 70 USD
Day Visit Ugandans 10,000UGX
Day Visit Ugandan Children 5,000 UGX
Day Visit Foreign Non Residents 15 USD
Day Visit Foreign Residents Adults 10 USD
Day Visit Foreign Resident Kids 5 USD
School Parties (Primary & Secondary) Booked Schools (Mon to Wed) 4,000 UGX
School Parties (Primary & Secondary) Booked Schools (Thursday Friday ) 5,000 UGX
School Parties (Primary & Secondary) Booked Schools (Weekends) 4,000 UGX
School Parties (Primary & Secondary) International Schools(Special Activities) 10,000 UGX
School Parties (Primary & Secondary) Tertiary/ Higher Institutions of learning 6,000 UGX
Family Banda/ Cottages Non Residents 120 USD
Family Banda/ Cottages Foreign Residents/Ugandans 270,000UGX
Other Bandas / Cottages Double Non Residents ( Bed & Breakfast) 70 USD
Other Bandas / Cottages Single Non Residents (Bed ONLY) 50 USD
Other Bandas / Cottages Ugandans (Single)-(Bed & Breakfast) 80,000 UGX
Other Bandas / Cottages Ugandan (Double)-(Bed & Breakfast) 100,000UGX
Long Stay Volunteers 1 Month 2,500 USD
Long Stay Volunteers 1 Week 650 USD
Filming Chimpanzees 1 Day 2,000 USD
General Filming 1 Day 700 USD
Students Research 1 Month (Ugandans) 300,000UGX
Students Research 1 Month (International) 500 USD
Parking 1 Day 2000 UGX
Fees can be paid cash in the equivalent of Uganda shillings or through visa or mobile money (MTN / Airtel)
– Support For UWEC Amid Covid Pandemic –
The UWEC has been impacted by Covid-19, however, like humans, animals also have pressing needs such as food that need to be provided at all times.
While the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities funds a portion of UWEC’s annual budget, the center also relies on the support from generous hearts to build new animal enclosures/exhibits, develop conservation education curriculum materials, conduct animal rescues around the country, community outreaches, research, and skill the wildlife ambassadors.
Around 40 staff are onsite at UWEC including; animal care givers, veterinary and facilities staff who have a task to sustain operations and welfare of the animals.
Your generosity today will make a difference at UWEC to continue promoting wildlife conservation.
How to reach out to fund the UWEC: Emergency financial assistance can be channeled via https://payments.pesapal.com/uwec
For questions and additional information please call +256 788 788456 or email: [email protected]