Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport

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.

Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
The lounge is very easy to find given the small size of the terminal. Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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.

Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
The lounge is at the end of the main passenger waiting area. Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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.

Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
The lounge is fairly spacious for the amount of traffic that goes through the airport. Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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.

Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
One of the few lounges I’ve visited that offers a billiard/pool table. Chris Loh/Simple Flying
Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
The lounge offers a partial view of the tarmac. Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Food

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.

Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
Not-so-fresh mini pizzas. Chris Loh/Simple Flying
Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
Samosas and other meat-filled pastries are abundant here. Chris Loh/Simple Flying
Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
There is also some fruit and sweet pastries as well. All of it is of mediocre quality. Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Beverages

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.

Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
The bar at Karibuni Lounge. Chris Loh/Simple Flying
Lounge Review: Karibuni Lounge At Entebbe Airport
The well-stocked beverage cooler. Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Conclusion

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!

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