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Ssese Islands, Entebbe

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Island · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Explore on land or water at Ssese Islands, an archipelago boasting 80 small landmasses. Surrounded by Victoria Lake, the islands offer a variety of water-related activities. Swim--but only in the safe areas, as hippos and crocodiles can be dangerous--rent a boat, or cast your fishing line for a tasty catch. Alternatively, venture away from the water on a trekking expedition through the forest. Local restaurants serve up tasty traditional cuisine--perhaps a highlight of a visit here. Sunsets by the lake paint a picturesque scene. Arrange your visit to Ssese Islands and discover more family-friendly attractions in Entebbe using our Entebbe sightseeing planner.
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  • Experience was good. But you may suffer with deceases like, Brusella & bilharzia. Make sure you cook the meat well and stay away from dairy products. If you dont you may suffer with decease...  more »
  • I’ve been to the Islands a couple times first was 10 years ago and such a tranquil place and such a relaxing place ,  more »
  • The islands occupy the northwestern corner of Lake Victoria, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world. The largest island in the archipelago is called Bugala Island. Its largest town, called Kalangalaserves as the headquarters of the district that carries the same name (Kalangala District). Kalangala is located approximately 51 kilometres (32 mi), across water, southwest of Entebbe, in Wakiso District, on the Ugandan mainland.[1] The coordinates of the district are:0° 26' 0.00"S, 32° 15' 0.00"E (Latitude:-0.4333; Longitude:32.2500). The islands lie in two main groups. The south west can be referred to as the Bugala Group, after Bugala Island, the largest in the archipelago. The northeastern group can be referred to as the Koome Group, after Koome Island, the largest in that group. The two groups are separated by the Koome Channel. Getting there The most popular route that the islands can be accessed is through Nakiwogo near Entebbe by MV Kalangala as the main gateway to the archipelagos. Transfer between Nakiwogo and Bugala Island is usually 3½ hours. From Bukakata: From the western part of Uganda, a free car ferry links Bukakata mainland located 36km east of Masaka with Luku on Bugala Islands about 50 minutes sailing. The ferry sails either directions every few hours from early morning to late afternoon. The morning trips on Sunday are not available. From Kasenyi landing site: To get to Banda Island, there are small wooden boats departing from Kasenyi, a fishing village 7km off Entebbe-Kampala road; turn off is 5km outside Entebbe. On Bugala island there are shared taxis that run from Kalangala to Luku.
  • This is the one of the best places to visit in Uganda, the place has nice and welcoming people that make you feel comfortable. The island has alot of hotels, beaches that provide accomodation and restaurants. Lots of activities can be done on this island such as forest walks, swimming, boat cruising, camping and so much more. Its one of the best options for Vacation, outing, retreats among others ..

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