The Ssese Islands are perhaps Uganda’s best kept secret. These beautiful islands are a piece of paradise surrounded by water in a landlocked country. The Ssese Islands are found on Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world which is shared by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. They are a beach paradise even though there is no sea, or ocean shore.
The Ssese Islands archipelago is made up of 84 islands that retain their natural spectacular nature. The island has a collection of sandy beaches and palms, exotic plants, flowers and trees and most important the hospitality of Ugandans which makes it a perfect holiday spot for a weekend and family getaway as well as Honeymoon.
The island also has tropical forest filled with primates such as monkeys and other species of wildlife such as the Sitatunga Antelopes, and the exotic bird species which makes it a paradise for bird watchers.
The island’s exciting activities include Nature Walks, Boat Rides, Quad Biking, Fishing, Bird Watching, and Beach Games among others. One can also visit the villages and interact with the locals and learn something about their cultures and way of life.
The islands a scenic and a very interesting place to visit; even the view of the sun rising or setting over these islands is breathtaking. They are not only a secret for Uganda, but also considered one of the world’s best secret islands.
There are hotels and lodges on some of the islands, though Bugala Island is perhaps the largest and most frequented by visitors since it has most hotel and lodging accommodations. Many of these are located along the lake, giving you a beach front view and access to the lake. Good accommodation close to the beach makes for a good and relaxing holiday. You can even enjoy a beach camp fire in the evening.
There is no large hotel, or five star accommodations on the islands but the accommodation that is there is good. And there is something for everyone depending on your budget.
Locals and tourists are able to access the islands by charting a motorized boat from either the cities of Kampala or Entebbe.
A visit to the Ssese Islands is something you really do not want to miss out on for any reason. These islands were listed as one of the world’s best secret islands because they are simply amazing.
This is the perfect place to relax, rest your mind and your body from the hustle and bustle of the city, or the exciting and equally tiring tourist adventures that Uganda has to offer.