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Ssese Islands tour

The Ssese Islands are the prime destination for nature and countryside lovers.

Ssese Islands 3 Day Tour

The Ssese Islands are one of the formidable attractions that make Uganda stand out as the Pearl of Africa. The archipelago of 84 Islands stands erect in the North-western part of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater lake. The Ssese Islands lie in two main groups; the southwest group which is branded the Bugala group after Bugala Island the largest island in the archipelago, and the North-eastern group commonly referred to as the Koome group after Koome Island the largest Island in that group.

The islands are dominated by the Bantu speaking Bassese tribe closely related to the Baganda and Basoga in dialect and way of life. The source of livelihood for these people includes fishing which is the dominant activity and livestock farming which involves rearing cattle, poultry, and goats.

The Ssese Islands are the prime destination for nature and countryside lovers. The rugged beauty and rudimentary setting of the islands will give you the perfect African experience. The numerous plant and animal species create the right atmosphere for nature walks, hiking, canoeing, sport fishing, primate trekking, birding, among other activities.

Trip Highlights

  • Drive from Kampala to Nakiwogo landing site
  • Ferry sail from landing site to Ssese Islands
  • Boat cruise to the different Islands
  • Ferry cruise from the Ssese Islands back to connecting landing site
  • Drive back to Kampala/airport


The most popular route is the one through Nakiwogo landing site near Entebbe by the MV Kalangala ferry to Bugala Island – the biggest island in the archipelago. The other route is through Bukakata landing site. Bukakata mainland is 36km east of Masaka with Luku on Bugala Island about an hour’s sailing.


Day 1 - Departure from Kampala and arrival at Ssese Islands

At around 11 am in the mid-morning our ATP - Tours driver/guide will pick you from your hotel/ place of residence. After a briefing on how your tour will run, your journey will commence. You will take the Entebbe route and drive to Nakiwogo landing site where you will reach at around 1 pm to prepare for your departure to the islands aboard a ferry which sets off at exactly 2:00 pm. The journey to the islands takes about 3 hours so at around 5:30 pm you shall have arrived at Lutoboka bay found in Bugala Island, the largest island in the archipelago of the 84 Ssese Islands. Once at the Island, you can choose to retire to your choice accommodation or take a nature walk in the close area.


As your ultimate safari and travel company, ATP-Tours guarantees you a terrific ‘day 1’. From your initial encounter with our kind and amiable driver-guide, through your drive to the landing site to your ferry cruise, arrival at the Islands, your dinner and first night at one of the best lodgings, we guarantee you a great experience.

Day 2 - A full day at Ssese Islands – your activity day

You will be woken up by the aggressive chirping of birds and the varied sounds and echoes proceeding from the richly-endowed mother nature at the Islands. After a sumptuous breakfast at your lodging you can choose how to begin your activity-piled day. A languorous and deliberate walk in the white sands on the shores of Lake Victoria is a great way to begin.

You can then proceed with a nature walk and primate trekking expedition in Lutoboka Central Forest Reserve. The reserve is a habitat to over 130 species of birds, among which are; the turaco, parrots, whale-headed stork, giant Kingfishers, geese, fish eagles and herons. The primates to see include; the tree climbing monkeys and chimpanzees.


The other activities to do for a great Ssese Islands experience is; going for a boat cruise to the different Islands, sport fishing, Sun bathing, squad biking, beach soccer, swimming at lake Victoria or in the hotel swimming pool and maybe watching television and napping when your tired of the outdoors. You can have your lunch and dinner whenever you feel like . A day full of activity will end with a sound night’s sleep in your comfortable lodging.

Day 3 - Departure from Ssese Islands to Kampala

After an early morning breakfast, you will board the ferry leaving for Nakiwogo landing site – Entebbe at 8 am and reach at 11 am. As an option, you could choose to board the Bukakata ferry and take the Masaka route where you will have a chance to stop at the equator. Once in Kampala-Uganda’s capital, our driver will drop you off at the airport to catch your flight on time or take you to your choice destination.

Tour package (what’s included)

  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Transport to and from Ssese Islands (including a ferry)
  • Accommodation (2 nights)
  • Meals – lunch & dinner (day 1), breakfast, lunch & dinner (day 2), breakfast & lunch (day3)
  • All necessary government fees and taxes


  • Visa and airfares
  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Tips to porters
  • Telephone calls
  • All expenses of a personal nature


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  • Dream land guesthouse – mid-range
  • Ssese Habitat Resort – Budget