There are several beaches in Uganda that people frequent during the weekends, most of them are in Entebbe town. If you have been to any coastal town in Kenya, you will see a huge difference between beaches in Uganda and those in Kenya.
Entertainment at the Beach
You can’t seperate a Ugandan from music and fun. Every beach in Uganda plays loud music and if there is none, the revellers will bring their own music and blast it via bluetooth speakers. This is not the case with Kenyan beaches regardless of the fact that they have the most beautiful beaches around. The closest you will hear to music at a Kenyan beach will be the sounds of the waves crushing against the water.
Food at the beach
The most surprising thing about Kenyan beaches to Ugandans is the fact that they don’t sell fish or if they do, it’s among the most expensive stuff on the menu. In Uganda, people go to the beach to eat fish, in fact any place near water in Uganda is expected to serve deep fried fresh fish.
Dress code at the Beach
Trust Ugandans to turn up. The beaches may be small and few but Ugandans make an effort to dress up for the beach I.e beach wear. Aside from tourists, Kenyans don’t normally dress up when heading to the beach, could this be because most coastal towns are predominantly Muslim therefore conservative in the way they dress?
What beaches look like
Kenyans who have visited Ugandan beaches make fun of the fact that what Ugandans call beaches are simply lake shores with imported sand thus automatically disqualifying them from the league of beaches. A Ugandan wouldn’t understand this until they have visited a beach of any Kenyan coastal town. Kenyan beaches are the real deal, that’s a given, long stretches of authentic white sandy beaches that will melt the heart of any beach lover.
Activities at the beaches
Here Uganda falls short in many ways. The best you will have as beach activities includes, ball games, pool tables and board games, the rest is up to you to find something to keep you active. Kenyan beaches offer a wide range of stuff to do starting from various water games, camel rides, boat rides, snorkeling and even sky diving. This makes up for the lack of music on their beaches I guess.
Freedom accessing the beach area
It would be shocking to a Kenyan to find out that all beaches in Uganda are private property. Those not attached to a hotel require an entry fee to access the beach area. Usually the beach area is not that big and it is fenced off not to allow intruders in cases where there are adjoining premises. In Mombasa though, the beach can be accessed by anyone whether there is a hotel or not, one is free to explore as far as they can. The rule is that you can’t access a hotel via the beach, they have guards to make sure that doesn’t happen.
It’s weird to know that some tourists go all the way to Kenya just to encounter naughty beach boys in what is commonly known as sex tourism. The beach boys are given money by mostly very old white women in exchange for sexual favours . Since all beaches in Uganda are private property, good luck finding a beach boy idling around. Honestly speaking, I doubt Ugandans even know what a beach boy is.
Ugandan boat rides at the beach will leave you a little bit disappointment, what Ugandans normally call boats are engine canoes and most don’t have life jackets just so you know. Take a boat ride at your own risk. In Kenyan coastal towns, they have small boats, some with glass bottoms so yo can see marine life as you enjoy the beautiful ocean breeze. They may be more costly but they are worth every penny.
So what’s your verdict? Let us know in the comments and also feel free to share any other differences between the two that we may have left out.
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