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​Ssese Islands Weekend Break

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, 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 northwest 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 magnificent equatorial forest and are a paradise for birdwatchers and travelers 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 species. 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 pygmy kingfisher, brown-throated wattle eye, paradise flycatcher, African fish eagle, palm nut vultures, little egret, great cormorant.

Pleasant walking all around Kalangala
Boat trips

Itinerary Ssese Islands​

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 a game like Monkeys, baboons, butterflies, and good sceneries. After the walk goes 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 the methods used. Dinner and Overnight at Ssese Palm Beach Resort.

Day 4: Transfer Back to Kampala From Lake Victoria

Have breakfast to transfer to the Luuku landing site and board the ferry to the 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

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