UWEC Entebbe Zoo Behind the Scenes Wildlife Experience



1 Day Tour before or after a long safari

View Safari Highlights:

  • Carnivals – Serval Cats, Lions & Leopard, Cheetah
  • Hoof Stock – Impalas, Giraffes, Carmel, Bushbucks, African Elephants, African Buffalos, Rhinos
  • Primates – Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Pata’s Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Chimpanzees
  • Birds & Birding – Shoebill Stork, Peafowl / Indian Peafowl, Ostrich, Gray Crowned Cranes, African Gray Parrot, African Fish Eagle
  • Reptiles – Nile Crocodile, Marsh Terappin, Gobon Viper Snakes, Egyptian Cobras, African Rock Python
  • Leisure – relax at the zoo beach and take a walk through the forest trail
  • Donkey & Camel Rides
  • Family fun


Entebbe zoo (UWEC) now provides a 3 hours lifetime Behind the scenes experience, in the past, wild animals were kept in captivity for thousands of years, as symbols of power or religious significance and many times as pets for those that have the love and fascination for animals. Now imagine a behind the scenes encounter with these fascinating animals on a 1 day tour in one place and stroll between each other. These include: The Lions, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, Baby Elephant (African Big Five), Chimpanzees, the rare Shoe-bill Stork, monkeys, Giraffe, Cheetah, etc.

Did you know that you can smell them, see them up-close and touch some of these wild rulers? To experience that locked away excitement, let us take you to their home at the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC Entebbe Zoo)

What to Expect

With an English speaking guide to take you around the Uganda wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC), have a close up Chimpanzee experience and make a change in their lives. Experience a rare and unforgettable behind the scenes experience to view and interact with Chimpanzees in a near wild like setting while helping to preserve their precious habitat thereby contributing to conservation of their species for generations to come.

Meet the big cats, Lions, Serval and Leopards up close enough to wake those hairs on your skin. The Hyenas, Impalas, African Buffaloes, hogs and Bushbucks roam around the short grass easy to be spotted. The African big 5 members, giraffes, elephants and White Rhinos, gracefully recognize your presence before they deep theirs heads back into enjoying their vegetarian meal. Snake in the glass, seals, crocodiles and turtles in the water to tickle the excitement out of you.

UWEC Entebbe Zoo is a family fun affair, bring the kids along to enjoy camel and donkey rides, cool down at the beach with a swim and take a nature walk in the forest path to relax.

DAY 01 : UWEC Chimpanzee close up

Leave your accommodation in the early hours of the morning to rise with the chimpanzees at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Formed in 1994 as a trust to transform the neglected Entebbe Zoo, UWEC is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, educating Ugandans about the benefits of conserving the country’s biodiversity and working with local and international partners to initiate conservation activities throughout Uganda’s national parks and protected areas.

Upon arrival, you will join sanctuary staff who will introduce you to the chimpanzees and give you the opportunity to assist in feeding, observing, and learning all that is involved in their care. When possible, guests will accompany caregivers on a walk with the sanctuary’s young chimpanzees, where you will have intimate one on one interaction with these energetic young orphans as they as they explore their environment, have their morning meal or enjoy special play time with their caregivers.

Fees for Kids:

  • East-african: UGX 150,000
  • Resident: $100
  • Non-East African: $150

Fees for Adult:

  • East-african: UGX 300,000
  • Resident: $200
  • Non Resident : $290

Entebbe Zoo Behind the Scenes Tour

This Entebbe zoo behind the scenes tour gives you firsthand experience in the behavior, habitats and activities of UWEC’s diverse mammal, bird and reptile species. Learn how keepers feed the lions, carry out health checks, and bring the animals in at night as you join them in food preparation, observing interaction, and preparing their holding facilities. You may even get to personally meet a rhino. Return to your accommodation for drinks and dinner and to discuss this amazing experience with your fellow travelers.

Fees for Kids:

  • East-african: UGX 30,000
  • Resident: $15
  • Non-East African: $35

Fees for Udult:

  • East-african: UGX 50,000
  • Resident: $50
  • Non Resident : $70

Entebbe Zoo Keeper for a Day

Join UWEC’s keepers in preparing the animals’ food, then jump on the tractor to move from one exhibit to another while you help feed an amazing array of exotic and endangered animals from giraffes to lions to chimpanzees. Get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes of a rescue centre as you attend keeper briefings, participate in recording the animals’ behaviours or observe keepers perform daily health checks. This full day’s adventure will leave you with the memory of a lifetime.

Return to your accommodation for drinks and dinner and to discuss this amazing experience with your fellow travellers. Please be aware that the participation in keeper activities requires special vaccinations and precautions designed to protect your health as well as the health of the animals. Please refer to our information sheet (provided) for more detailed information on Keeper for a Day requirements, conditions, and considerations.

Fees for Kids:

  • East-african: UGX 35,000
  • Resident: $35
  • Non-East African: $70

Fees for Adult:

  • East-african: UGX 100,000
  • Resident: $75
  • Non Resident : $150

The Cost Includes

  • English speaking Local guide
  • Professional guide {English speaking}
  • Tour escort/host
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Our Safari cost exclude:

  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees to the sanctuary are not included (USD 15) per Adult, USD 10 for children (Under the age of 14).