If you’re headed to Uganda on business, on vacation looking to see gorillas or to work with an NGO, you’ll likely pass through Entebbe airport. While the capital city is Kampala, the city of Entebbe serves as the nation’s gateway for air travel. For passengers departing the country by plane, the Karibuni lounge is located at this airport.
Getting to the lounge is simple. Located on the airside of the airport, you’ll pass through customs and turn right. The neon glow at the end of the hallway is where you’ll find the lounge. The small terminal means that it takes just one or two minutes of walking to get there after customs.
A general note about the airport: There’s an initial baggage screening to get into the terminal, before the check-in desks. After customs, the security checkpoints exist at each gate – just before boarding.
Space and seating
The Karibuni lounge is strikingly similar to the Tanzanite lounge in Dar es Salaam. The biggest similarities: The “unique” interior design and furniture choice, which includes a large rock water feature. Having grown up in a Canadian/North American context, I probably wouldn’t choose this type of aesthetic but maybe it appeals to Ugandans that use it more.
Seating is quite plentiful and comfortable. As you can see from the photos, the chairs are soft and comfortable for sinking into. Some chairs have seen a lot of use and the cracks definitely start to show in the leather/vinyl. Otherwise, it’s a comfortable setting to be in before a flight.
Another similarity to the Tanzanite lounge was the food. Lacking freshness, most of the food was heavily baked or fried and left sitting under heat lamps. The majority of food comes in the form of finger food and meat-filled pastries.
The bar appears to be well-stocked with various spirits and liquors. There are also cans of an East African beer called Tusker. For non-alcoholic beverages, you’ll find the standard offerings: bottles of coca-cola and other carbonated drinks.
All things considered, the Karibuni lounge has all the necessities you would want in a lounge. This would include a comfortable place to rest, some decent food, and a solid wifi connection. While the food isn’t stellar in the lounge, it’s better than other places.
If you have a Priority Pass you can use it here or pay cash for your visit. If you have a long enough wait before your flight then I would recommend it!