Lake Victoria’s Ssese Islands are a charming collective of 84 islands separated into the Bugala Island group and Koome Island group. The lush forests on the islands seem to push the soft, sandy beaches into the waiting waters of Africa’s largest lake. Although it is a short ferry ride (or perhaps traditional canoe?) across to the archipelago, life plays out in slow motion and visitors will feel worlds away from the bustling Ugandan mainland.
The islands developed largely at their own pace for many years. Local culture thrives in the fishing villages dotted across the shores of each islet and tourists are welcomed with smiling faces and genuine warmth. Many of the residents are descendants of the ancient inhabitants of the Ssese islands and are happy to show visitors around.
Once the best-kept-secret of passing backpackers, the islands are now conveniently dotted with several small guesthouses, lodges, and hotels. Guests can enjoy forest walks; fishing trips, bird-watching, and cycles around various islands, while weekends turn into vibrant beach parties along Kalangala Bay. Daily ferries leave Entebbe, home to Uganda’s International Airport, and drop travellers off. Visitors wanting to reach the smaller islands can make use of the easily available lake taxis.
- Ssese Islands are a collection of 84 islands in Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria
- They are home to tranquil beaches and lush forests, along with an abundance of wildlife
- Enjoy island tours, cycles around the island, bird-watching, fishing, and forest walks
- A relaxing diversion and island holiday alternative to Uganda’s bustling mainland
- A daily ferry leaves Entebbe – home to Uganda’s international airport - for Ssese Islands, making it an easy add-on to a trip