The Ssese Islands are an archipelago of eighty-four islands in the northwestern part of Lake Victoria in Uganda. The islands are coterminous with the Kalangala District in southern Central Uganda, which does not have any territory on mainland Uganda.
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 Kalangala serves 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. 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.
Other islands in the Bugala Group include: Bubeke, Bufumira, Bugaba, Bukasa, Buyova, Funve and Serinya. The main islands in the Koome Group include: Damba, Koome and Luwaji.
The Sesse Islands are inhabited by the Bantu speaking Bassese tribe, closely related to the Baganda and the Basoga, and speaking a similar, though distinct language. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the islands were one of the most important spiritual centers of the region. About 43 (50%) of the islands are inhabited. The islands vary in size from less than 10,000 square metres (2.5 acres), to over 40 kilometres (25 mi) in length for the largest island, Bugala Island.
Henry Morton Stanley described the inhabitants as “the principal canoe builders and the greater number of the sailors of Mtesa’s empire.”
DAY 1: Depart Kampala for the Lake Victoria Shores at Nakiwogo in Entebbe where a Ferry will be boarded to the Island of Bugala which makes up one of the 84 Islands. Check-in on arrival at the Lodge before embarking on a Natures and Beach walk and thereafter return to the lodge for Dinner and overnight after entertainment.
DAY 2: Have an early Breakfast at 7.30am and thereafter have a Natures walk to view Birds and monkeys, Forest walk, Beach stroll and a Boat trip before returning to the Hotel for Lunch. Have a Boat trip and after visit the Palm Oil project and communities at Kananansi Bay for an insight on their traditional fishing background and practices before returning to the Lodge for entertainment, Supper and overnight.
DAY 3: Have breakfast at 8:00Am and check-out from the Lodge to drive back to Kampala via Masaka with a stopover enroute for lunch, shopping of Art, Crafts, Fruits and photography in places of interest before dropping you at your Hotel in Kampala.