The ssese islands are a collection of 84 islands in Lake Victoria is one of the Uganda’s prime destinations for casual rambling and it offers practically limitless opportunities for off-the-beaten-track exploration. The islands are extremely lush and well- watered, with an annual rainfall of over 2,000mm, and they support extensive areas of forest. In addition to the forests and the animals that live in them, the islands offer varied and attractive scenery.
The largest and most accessible island, Buggala, is 43km long. Its principal town is Kalangala, which is where most visitors end up staying. Other islands which can easily be visited include Bubeke, Bukasa and Bufumira. A road runs the length of Buggala and there are roads connecting the main centers on most of the other large islands. Islanders have complained about tourists, specifically women, wandering around in shorts. It is advisable to dress modestly and, if you swim, to do so with a T-shirt on. It may also be worth mentioning that the Ssese Islands are reputed to have the highest proportion of HIV infection in Uganda.
Day 1: Transfer To Nakiwogo Landing Site On Lake Victoria
Early in the morning you will be briefed by the guide to transfer to Nakiwogo Landing site on lake Victoria. This journey will take you through Entebbe. You will have an early lunch stop in Entebbe before proceed to the landing site. The ferry will then transfer you to Ssese islands a 3hr journey. You will then be transferred to Palm Beach Resort.
Day 2: Forest Walking And Wildlife Safari
This morning go for a forest walk to enjoy some of Uganda’s Natural forests with plenty of wildlife. This walk will reward you with game like Monkeys, baboons, butterflies, and good scenery. After the walk go back to the lodge for lunch and then in the afternoon swim in the waters of the Island shores that are clean and disease free or learn how to ride a bod boda if you already don’t know. Dinner and overnight at Palm Beach Resort
Day 3: SSese Island Nature Walk
Go for another nature walk in the morning or for a leisure jog on the island and in the afternoon take a walk in the Palm plantations and view the new oil project. You will also visit some of the fishing villages and have a look at the different types of fish caught and methods used. Dinner and Overnight at Ssese Palm Beach Resort.
Day 4: Transfer Back to Kampala From Lake Victoria
Have breakfast to transfer to Luuku landing site and board the ferry to Bukakata landing site on Lake Victoria. You will then drive back to Kampala. You will reach in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel / Hotel Africana.
End of Ssese Islands Holiday
Andronicos Lodge: Tel. 0772 375529- Basic rooms
Most visitors to Bugala Island stay in one of several tourist facilities set in the bay on the lake below Kalangala itself.
Hornbill Camp: Tel. 0775 880200, 0753 803121. Set on the beach in a clump of remnant forest. Popular venue for budget travellers. Bar, meals available.
Islands Club: Tel.0772 504027. Accommodation in bungalows and tents. Camping possible on the beach at US$10- per person!! Visitors to Islands Club are requested to pre-book in Kampala at Wema Tours.
Kingfisher Camping site: Tel. 0754 157888, 0753 231531, 0782 455358. This is the first venue you encounter when arriving off the ferry. This simple site offers a grassed camping area with small dining room and volleyball court on the beach. Accommodation is currently provided is a few tents with all bedding provided. Meals are prepared on request.
Mirembe Resort Beach: Tel. +256 0392 772703, 0782 528651, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the newest tourist venue opened at the end of 2004. Mirembe offers clean and comfortable single and double rooms with large bathrooms. The venue is secluded in and arc of forest where camping is also possible.
Bar and restaurant situated under a large thatched open sided structure with views of the lake.
Panorama Camp: Tel. 0773 015574. email@example.com 18 self-contained cottages with solar lighting and hot water. Bar and restaurant.
Ssese Palm Beach Resort: Tel/Fax.0414 254435, Mobile. 0772 750331 or 0772 368742,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nine cottages, bar and restaurant. Hot showers. Popular with backpackers. Reservations for cottages can be made through East West Travel in Kampala
Pearl Gardens Beach Kalangala: Tel. 0772 372164, 0774 977163, email: email@example.com. Located between Hornbill Campsite and the fishing village.
Ssese Islands Beach Hotel: Tel. 0414 220065 or Cell 0772 408244, 0772 845905,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lake shore rooms. Bar with pool table, darts, table tennis and satellite TV. Solar lighting, clean running water and hot showers. Located a few miniutes walks from the beach.
Ssese Habitat Resort: Tel. 0312 278318, 077692269, email: email@example.com. This upmarket venue opened early 2008 on Bugala island and consists of 3 lake facing properties each with 5 well furnished self contained rooms. Satellite TV is available. One of the 3 properties can be utilised as a family unit. There is a camp ground for campers that wish to use their own equipment or tents and bedding can be provided by the resort on request. A Kampala booking office can be visited at at 40 Bombo Rd in Carol House.
An open air bar & restaurant serves a variety of wines, beers and soft drinks and of all course meals.