The 84 forested islands of the Ssese Group, scattered like green jewels on the waters of Lake Victoria, 55 km from Entebbe – Uganda’s International Airport, are one of Uganda’s undiscovered treasures. It is only the larger island Bugala that has any development, the rest remain unspoiled – tropical forests full of birds, the world’s most beautiful butterflies, monkeys and monitor lizards, white sand beaches, crystal clear water teeming with fish and other marine life.
Isolation is what has kept the Ssese’s from development, and will continue to do so. Islands Club, is a small lodge, situated on Bugala Island, the largest of the Ssese Islands. Islands Club offers wooden chalet accommodation, set beneath high forest just off a white sand beach lapped by clear water.
Beautiful wooden cabins all with personal bathroom (flushing toilet, shower with hot/cold water)
Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Right on the beach
Multi course evening meals are often taken on the beach, around a large bonfire, while in this unpolluted atmosphere the night stars seem close enough to reach out and touch.
Things to Do
Whether you like sun-bathing, swimming, watching animals, go fishing, or simply relaxing, you can do it all at Islands Club:
A big variety of wildlife is available on the islands. Black-and-white colobus monkeys, water monitor lizards, a few antelope species (including the rare split hooved swamp-dwelling Sitatunga), but most of all birds, such as Trumpeter hornbills, herons and kingfishers, hawks, eagles, turacos and parrots. Most of these birds live in the beautiful tropical rainforest
The world’s largest fresh water fish is swimming in the Lake Victoria, and you can catch it! Nile Perch of 80 kg have been taken by anglers, with specimens well over twice that size recorded.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Ssese Islands, or explore the one of the largest lakes in the world by swimming. And wait for the sun to set…
Please note that for some of these attractions additional rates may apply.
Several ways of transport are available. The islands are located near Entebbe and Masaka.
Boat from Entebbe
A 25 footer boat is available from Entebbe to the Ssese Islands. This journey takes approximately 3-4 hours.
A speed boat is available, this takes approximately 1 hour, but is more expensive
Ferry from Masaka
Between Masaka and the Ssese Islands is a free, government owned ferry. It runs three times a day every day except Sunday, when there is only one crossing around midday. Drive to Bukakata in Masaka and take the ferry to Bugoma. From there, it is a 45 minutes drive to Islands Club (Kalangala Town).