Ssese Islands are a stunning archipelago of 84
islands surrounded by landlocked countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and
This gorgeous group of islands are located in the Lake Victoria, largest lake of Africa. Among sandy beaches, palm, exotic plants, trees and flowers, you will find the local connect with these forever friendly people of Ssese Islands.
What’s the best part? These paradise islands are ready to host you all year long with its tropical climate and all-encompassing weather.
For those travel bugs planning Uganda Safaris, Gorilla trekking and more, visit to the Ssese Islands is a guaranteed retreat.
“Go wanderlust with romantic beach walks, moonlight dinners, campfire, scenic beauty, breezy weather and enjoy the ultimate Honeymoon destination at Ssese Islands.”
How to reach this
land of paradise?
Nearest flights connecting to Ssese Islands is the Entebbe International
ferry departs Entebbe for Kalangala at 2 pm arriving at 5:30 pm. The return
journey from Kalangala to Entebbe starts at 8 am arriving at 11:30 am.
fun ferry and boat rides are other thrilling experiences of the Uganda Safari.
Bugala Islands –
Islands, part of Ssese island cluster, is the 10th largest Lake Islands in the world. Covering
around 275 km2 (106 sq mi) these islands are also the third largest lake
islands in Africa after Ukerewe and Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Idjwi.
of the top destinations of Uganda
Safaris, Bugala Islands is the most visited destinations with its
infrastructural developments and high efficiency of receiving tourists.
is surrounded with amazing hills and daily travel of tourists and other beach
activities make it a suitable destination for visitors. Ferries and boats
connect Bugala to the main town of Kalangala.
main primates of the region include Vervet Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, Bushbucks
and snakes. The home of Hippos is the southern islands, along with three
endemic species – a rat and three types of butterflies.
Koome Islands is a chain of small islands named after the largest north-eastern
group of islands i.e. Koome. The island is separated from Ssese islands by Koome Channel.
islands are ideal for camping site, resort hotels, fishing camps and
agricultural developments. You can enjoy the Uganda Safari tour at its best in the Koome Islands.
of the other islands in the same group are Damba Island, Luwaji Island,
Ngamba-Chimpanzee Island, Bulago Island, KayagaIsland and more.
islands are apt for the Honeymooners wishing to experience the African
Fishermen Culture and Practices.
People of Ssese Islands:
residents of Ssese Islands are
extremely modest, friendly and helpful who value relationships unlike today’s
tribe inhabiting the region are the Bassese, a Bantu tribe, and were part of the
Kingdom of Buganda, the largest of the Ugandan kingdoms
main languages spoken here are Luganda and Lussese. Lussese is a district the
Bantu district language and is quite similar to Luganda and Lusoga.
around the inhabitants of Ssese Islands say that the Abassese people lived in the islands for over 500 years ago.
The Must Do’s at Ssese Islands:
Swimming is the most rewarding experience in the fresh waters of Ssese Islands.
One of the best activities of Uganda Safaris, and will help release your weekday stresses.
Whether you swim or just sit and watch the beach waves and sun-bathe, this trip is a sure shot spiritual retreat.
are varieties of fish species in the Ssese
Islands in Lake Victoria like: tilapia, lung fish, tiger fish and more that
are caught in the fishing activities.
enjoy fishing as a major fun activity in the Ssese Islands.
the nature lovers, bird
watching in the calm and tranquil lands of these Ssese
islands would be a breathtaking experience.
is a numerous bird species like Crested Crane, shoebill Stork, Shelley’s
Crimsonwing, Great Blue Turaco, marabou Stork and African Grid Broadbill are a
delight to sight.
can light a beach fire; you can soak under the sun, play various sports with
your family, and Barbeque the fish you caught or simply sit and relax.
most popular location of the Uganda
Safari, beaches serve as the best Honeymoon destinations at Ssese Islands.
Palm oil plantation:
palm production on a commercial basis was introduced to BugalaIsland, in the
Kalangala district of Uganda in 2007 with support from the government-funded
Vegetable Oil Development Project (VODP) and the International Fund for
their occupation, the islanders have gone from fishing to oil palm cultivation
and the situation has changed dramatically.
tall and flourishing palm trees and other fruit plantation around the beaches
are a must watch scenic sites of the Ssese Islands.
to watch the heart warming sun set with breezy and calm winds hushing over the
serene lakes of Ssese Islands in the
waters of Lake Victoria.
from boat rides, ferries that take you around the islands and connect you to
the mainland cities are also a delight to travel in.
Kalaya Caves of JjajaKiwumulo or Semuggala is the mystical place in Ssese
caves are an integral site for Nkima clan one of the 52 clans of the Buganda
Kingdom. The caves house traditional items like spears, calablshes, barkcloth
and a fire place which is always burning.
are two main entrances to the cave – a small one used for exit and the wider
one usually for entrance purposes.
cave has a very good spiritual and cultural history
is believed that people from different countries for ages, have been visiting
these caves for seeking blessings.
take time retreat and connect spiritually to their Gods in these caves.
Bubembe Islands: It is the Bugala chain of
Islands, surrounded by forests and swamps, this island is a home to many
wildlife including birds such as herons, geese, parrots, animals, such as
Chimpanzees, monkeys, crocodiles and Hippopotamus.
Bukasa Islands: It is the second largest island
of Lake Victoria, is a mysterious
destinations with major tourist attractions being various waterfalls, and
various animals living in the dense forest cover like monkeys and birds. Damba Islands: It belongs to the Koome
chain of Islands in the Mukono district. It is the ideal location for exotic
tropical retreat for visitors.
Culture walking is another Uganda culture safariactivity that helps travellers analyse the culture and traditions of the Ssese Islands.
Canoe Rides :
Canoe rides help you relax and take the adventurous tour on the Ssese Islands.
can enjoy the breathtaking scenery with opportunities for lone travelers,
romantic trips, or traveling with family at Ssese Islands. The landscapes are
beautiful, perfect for hiking or taking nature walks.
Wild life Viewing:
Ssese Islands hosts diverse range of mammals
like Gorilla, Chimp, and the Big five (Buffalo, Elephant, Leaopard, Lion and
monkey, red-tailed monkey, l’Hoest’s monkey, golden monkey, Ugandan red colobus
and Uganda mangabey are some of the specials. The black-and-white colobus are
vividly found in Ssese islands.
When should you visit Ssese Islands?
best part of Ssese Islands is that
you can visit it anytime during the year.
tropical climate of Ssese Islands gives a pleasant all year long weather with
temperatures ranging from 21 to 28 degree Celsius during the day and 12 to 18
degrees at night.
hottest months being December to February and rainy season is between April to
May and October to November.
Where you can stay at Ssese Islands?
Island Tented Camp:
You will find room services,
restaurants, bars, lounge, laundry facilities and a fire place.
Resort Beach hotel:
This countryside hotels offer
bars, rooms, internet, fishing trips and sailing activities.
Gardens Beach Resorts:
This resort stretches on the white
sand beach offering accommodating beach services.
These also provide camping and
Island Beach Resort:
These are located in the Bugala islands
offering services like dining, accommodation and conference facilities.
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