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The Ssese Islands

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The Ssese Islands
are a group of around 80 small islands scattered across the north-west corner of Lake Victoria in south-central Uganda.

The majority of these fertile tropical islands are quite heavily populated and farmed, whilst some of the smaller ones in particular are deserted and forested. Many have sandy beaches, although swimming is made less attractive by the risk of bilharzia.

The largest and most accessible is Buggala Island, which can be reached by car ferry both from Entebbe to the north and Masaka in the west. It also plays host to virtually all the accommodation.

The only other island which gets a regular stream of international visitors is Banda, where there is a simple and quirky backpacker option of the same name.


This is not an area which we tend to recommend to our guests, largely due to the shortage of decent quality accommodation.

Here in western Uganda we tend to focus more on areas such as Bwindi Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest and Murchison Falls.
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