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Ssese Islands Kalangala

Ssese getaway

The ssese islands are coterminous with the Kalangala District in southern Central Uganda, ssese islands are a popular holiday destination.

To give the chance to enjoy one of the most wonderful places in Uganda, on Bugala Island in Bumangi Bay we
are building a small but welcoming eco-sustainable lodge.

Wind power, solar system, a constant care and concern about the surrounding environment, cooperation with the local community will make the whole lodge a true eco-sustainable place without disrupting or changing any part of this little paradise while preserving the feel of peace and tranquillity belonging to Ssese Islands.

Ssese islands - a brief history

One third of Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world, belongs to Uganda. Created around 12.000 years ago, when a tectonic shift caused the formation of a huge basin of water within the two branches of the Great Rift Valley. During that time many volcanic islands were formed, most of them in the northern part of Lake Victoria. The biggest one belongs to the Ssese Islands archipelago: Bugala Island.

Ssese islands, an archipelago of 84 islands in the north west area of the lake, was called by Baganda “Islands of God” because they believed to be inhabited by spirits and divinities, called Balubaale in luganda included Mukasa, the spirit of the lake.

A part of Bugala, where the headquarter of the district of Kalangala is located, there are many other inhabited islands like Bubembe, Bukasa, Bufumira e Banda.

All the 84 islands of Ssese islands are covered with a magnificent equatorial forest and are a paradise for birdwatchers and travellers who love tranquillity, peace and leisure.


Vervet monkey, Bushbuck, black and white colobus, hippos, sitatunga antelope endemic to the islands with larger horns than the mainland specie. Other endemic species are present on the islands like the creek rat and three butterfly species.


Visitors can see various different species of hornbills, barbets, turacos, robin chats, flycatchers and weavers. Very common are jewel-like pigmy kingfisher, brown throated wattle eye, paradise flycatcher, African fish eagle, palmnut vultures, little egret, great cormorant.

Pleasant walking all around Kalangala
Boat trips


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 transfered 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 sceneries. 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 Sese Island Holiday

Ssese islands Accommodation

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.0772504027. 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, 0753231531, 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, 0782528651, email: 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. 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: 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: Located between Hornbill Campsite and the fishing village.

Ssese Islands Beach Hotel: Tel. 0414 220065 or Cell 0772 408244, 0772 845905,
email: 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: 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.

An open air bar & restaurant serves a variety of wines, beers and soft drinks and of all course meals.

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