The Ssese islands archipelago numbers some eighty-four islands. Forty-three of these are inhabited. Kalangala, the largest town and District headquarters, is on the largest island called Bugala Island. Its approximately 50 kilometres from Entebbe. The huge Nile Perch is fished on the island, with most of the catch being exported. Agriculture, forestry and tourism are other main industries in Ssese.
A variety of animals have their home on the island including primates.
The white-sand beaches are a good place to grab a book and relax. Canoes can be hired, there are often stunning sunsets, and you can end the day at the nightly bonfire. Swimming is generally possible, but check first as some outlying islands have hippo and crocodile occasionally!
A transfer from Nakiwogo near Entebbe to Bugala Island takes usually 3 1/2 hours. On Bugala island are shared taxis that run from Kalangala to Luku.
From the western part of Uganda, Bukakata, 36km east of Masaka, a car ferry links with Luku on Bugala Island. It takes about 50 minutes.
To get to Banda Island, take a small wooden boat departing from Kasenyi, a fishing village, 5km outside Entebbe.
Relaxation at the beach