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3 Day Ssese Island Exciting Tour on Lake Victoria


Ssese island exciting tour will lead you to one of the magnificent islands on Lake Victoria with a variety of sand beaches that are naturally covered with palm trees, nice looking flowers, stunning views of the surrounding areas, and the cool ambiance offering a mouthwatering experience. The Island is found in the district of Kalangala and it was popularly known as the fishing destination but because of the developments Ssese Island has become a very important tourism destination for leisure and relaxation and as you enjoy the classic beaches don’t forget to order for fish since it is in abundance.

About Ssese Island

The name Ssese originated from tsetse flies that had invaded the areas but because the local people couldn’t know how to write and read by then, they called it Ssese instead of Tsetse and this is how this place came to be known as Ssese Island.

Ssese Island’s exciting tour comes with exciting, magical, and beautiful islands coupled with sandy beaches which have made the island one of the best destinations for lake visitors for relaxation and leisure. Ssese Island is an archipelago of 84 islands on Lake Victoria in Uganda. Lake Victoria is shared by three African countries of Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya and it is Africa’s largest freshwater lake and the chief reservoir of the Nile. It is advisable that after you have engaged in tiresome activities such as gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, bird_watching tours, and safari game drives, you should then enjoy the 3-day Ssese Island exciting tour for relaxation and leisure. The beaches around Ssese are clean for you to chill and relax while enjoying the boat cruise on Lake Victoria.

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Ssese Island Beach

Activities to do

While on this 3-day exciting tour, there are a lot of things and activities that you can engage in ranging from beaches for leisure and relaxation as you enjoy the spectacular views of fauna and flora since the island harbors mammals, birds, plants, primates among others. The tour will make you enjoy the nature walks to tropical forests situated on the island, explore the Kihumuro cave, boat cruise tours as well as clubbing.

Getting There

Ssese island can be accessed via Kampala to Entebbe and then depart with the ferry to the Island. Some visitors can also depart to the island from Masaka since there is a ferry as well. The tour comes with several accommodation facilities where one would stay and these include Pineapple Bay resort, Kalangala pearl beach resort, Victoria forest resort, Ssese Habitat Lodge, Phill Leisure gardens among others.

Ssese Island is one of the top places to visit the fact that it is a secret place that is out of noise and traffic or congestion and thus you can relax and refresh your minds as you generate new ideas. Come and explore the real meaning of leisure safaris.


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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, Short Breaks, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the 3 Day Ssese Island Exciting Tour on Lake Victoria.

The Ssese Islands are an archipelago of 84 islands on Lake Victoria in Uganda. Lake Victoria is the second largest lake in the world and the largest in Africa. It is home to over several Islands that offer beautiful, exclusive, and exotic vacations together with a romantic ambiance and numerous fun facilities. This tour takes you to one of the bigger islands to experience a distinctive tropical island experience as you walk through the forests and enjoy beach time.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transportation by tourist vehicle
  • Accommodation
  • Meals full board
  • Park fees
  • Boat cruise
  • Game drive
  • English speaking driver
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Laundry
  • Telephones bills
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses.
  1. Day 1  Transfer to Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria

    Today you will be picked up from your hotel in the mid-morning and driven to Entebbe pier where you will board the ferry to Ssese Islands. The ferry to Ssese Islands leaves from Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe only once a day at 2 pm arriving at the Island at 5 pm which is an approximately 3 hours journey. There is an alternative route through Masaka district southwest of Kampala. This is a 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to arrive at the pier in Masaka. The ferry journey is about 30 minutes on the water plus another 1-hour drive on the Island to reach the lodge location which has been developed for tourism. Today will be spent on travel and no major activity on arrival except campfire which will be lit on request.

  2. Day 2 Nature walk around the island

    Today you have different options of how to spend your day. You can choose to enjoy the sunrise over the lake – ask to have your breakfast by the beach where possible. There is an option of taking a nature walk with a tour guide in the virgin forests on the island. With the services of your tour guide, learn about the forest, birds, and primates. You also have an option of fishing or quad biking on the different routes developed. Lastly, you can choose to bike to the different areas on the Island, ask the lodge for a map to guide your biking, or choose to go along with a guide. These activities can be done in the morning, return to the lodge for lunch and spend the rest of the day at leisure on the beach or take a swim.

  3. Day 3 Visit Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and back to Kampala

    After breakfast, take the ferry back to Entebbe. The ferry departs at 8.00am from Bugala Island and arrives in Entebbe at 11:00am. Visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Center  for ‘behind the scenes’ experience or proceed to your hotel.

One needs three 3 hours to reach the island when you are using a ferry which sets off at 2 pm and docks at 5;30 to 6 pm.

but if you’re using a speed boat you need only one 1 hour to dock Lutoboka landing site.

These are mainly leisure activities which include;  Tropical rainforest nature walks, biking through communities, Boat cruising to some of the virgin islands,  Sand bathing,  Pool/Beach swimming, etc.

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