Ssese Islands - Lake Victoria, Uganda

Ssese Islands are a group of 84 islands in the northwestern part of Lake Victoria in Uganda. The biggest of all the Islands is Bugala, which is also home to the main town centre called Kalangala.

The Ssese Islands are one of Uganda's hidden gems, hidden away in lake Victoria. The Islands are becoming increasingly popular for both locals and international visitors.

Ssese is great for relaxing after you have been on safari in other parts of Uganda, whether for gorillas, wildlife or mountains. For the locals, Ssese is a great weekend getaway where Ugandans party only as Ugandans can party.


On your visit to Ssese Island, you can be able to enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Relaxing on the beach
  • Boat cruise
  • Sportfishing
  • Bird watching
  • Tracking primates (monkeys)
  • Hiking
  • Community tours
  • Photography
  • Camping
  • Mountain Biking

When To Visit

Ssese Islands can be visited at any time of the year but the best time is during the dry season months from June to August and December to March.

Given that the islands are covered by tropical forests and surrounded by Africa's biggest lake, the rain can be intense and put a real damper on your planned activities.

Getting There

The Ssese Islands are located in the northwestern portion of Lake Victoria and can easily be accessed from either Masaka or Entebbe. From the mainland to the Islands, there are boats and ferries to take you over the water.

While on any of the islands, you can drive around to the various parts.

Where To Stay

On some of the bigger Islands, there are good accommodation options with endless views of the beach. There are various options for both budget and luxury accommodation.

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