Ssese Islands Tour Uganda, Uganda Beach Holidays

Visit Ssese Islands

The Ssese islands have always been known for fishing until recently when people started appreciating its geographical location and the serene beauty that it offers. Located in the middle of the source of the Nile the Victoria Lake, it got the name Ssese due to the numerous Tsetse flies that were found in the area. When one person commented about the Tsetse flies in the area, the local people started calling it Ssese. The Island has not been a destination for many due to the vast infestation of tsetse flies that was in the area and to the fact that it was famously known for being one of the poorest districts in Uganda and it had a high HIV rate compared to other districts in the country.

The archipelago is divided into two parts hat is the south western part which is known as the Bugala group and the North eastern part which is known as the Koome group. These two groups are separated by the Koome channel. The Bugala group consists of the following islands the Bugaba island, Bufumira island, Serinya island, Buyova island, Bubeke island, Funye Island and many more others. The main islands that are located on the Koome group include the Luwaji Island, Koome Island and the Damba Island.

But things have changed and now the Ssese islands that are 84 in number are found in Kalangala district and are now one of the best destinations in the country due to the serene nature that is found in the area. Kalangala district has two banks and these include Finance trust bank and stanbic bank and you will not find any high rise buildings in the area. The island has roughly 65,000 people and these live on the different islands that is 25,000 people live on Bugala Island while the rest live on the other islands.

Economic activities carried out on Ssese Island

The main economic activity that is carried out in Ssese is fishing that is majorly done at the Lake Victoria and the most common fish that is caught in Ssese is the Nile perch and the Tilapia. Of recent there has been over fishing on the different islands around Lake Victoria due to the various illegal methods that are being used and these have greatly reduced the number of fish in the lake depriving most people of the livelihood of fishing and yet it is the main source of income.
Other Economic activities carried out on the Ssese islands include farming, boat riding in form of tourism and charcoal production due to the vast number of trees that is found on the island.

Things to do in Ssese Island

There are several things that you can do when you decide to travel to Ssese Island and some of these include the following:

A visit to the Island club
This is more of a campsite where various people gather around to take part in the evening activities after a very long day.th relaxing nature in the gardens is good for resting and you also get to see the setting sun in its glamour but note that the bar closes roughly by midnight as the bartenders have to rest before they open up the next day.

A visit to the Kihumuro cave
Kihumuro cave is located at Kalaya village and is located on the Bugala Island. It is a thirty to forty meters long cave and when you visit the cave you will notice the small exit and wide entrance. It is still used by very many people who go there to seek blessings from the god Jajja Muwnaga. The cave has a very good cultural and spiritual history that is best explained by the tour guides that you find at the cave as these will take you through the various stories as you tour the cave.
Some locals say that the island got its name from a man who was named Ssebugala who came to the Island many generations ago. He rested at the cave after a long journey and that is how the cave got its name from Kihumuro which when loosely translated means to rest and it is believed that his spirit and the spirits of some of his children visit the cave and that is why you will find many women and men smoking pipes in and outside the cave looking for blessings from the gods.
The cave is known as a local traditional church to many and when you get inside the cave, you will find that the floor is fully covered with grass and you are supposed to remove your shoes before you enter since it is considered to be a holy place. There are different contents that you will see in the cave and these include spears, bark clothes, calabashes, coffee seeds in a basket and many more other local items.
There is a man that is believed to wield all the powers of the gods and he always communicates to the people present the messages that the gods want them to receive.

Spot fishing on the Lake Victoria
A tour to the Ssese Island will give you a chance to enjoy spot fishing. You will be able to catch some of the common fish species like the Tilapia and Nile perch with the help of a tour guide and after enjoy smoking it on a fire that is in most cases provided by the resort where you are staying. This is an experience that you do not want to miss when you visit the Island.

Explore the billionaire’s view
The billionaire’s view is located south of Kalangala town and it is on top of a hill. The road leading to the billionaire’s view is a bit dusty and is mostly accessed by bodas that are found in the area. When you are on top of the hill, you get to see the whole island with a new perspective as you get to see the lake view, beaches, the valleys and different housings on the island perfectly. Very few people know why it is called Billionaire’s view but if you want to see the best of the island then this is the best place for you to be.

Explore the tropical forest
The island has a tropical forest which is a home to some wild animals that are found in the area and some of these animals include the sitatunga antelopes, monkeys, crocodiles lounging in the Lake Victoria and various bird species. The forest is also filled with various flora and fauna that can only be found on the Island and you can get to enjoy birding, game drives through the forest and nature walks. But remember to walk with sunscreen and put on long sleeved clothes to avoid insect bites.

Accommodation in Ssese Islands

There are several accommodation places that you can go to once you visit Ssese Islands and most of these are located on Bugala island which is not that far away from Ssese. The accommodation can be got according to your budget and some of the best accommodations here include the following:

The philo leisure gardens
The philo leisure gardens are located at the boundary of the Lutoboka forest which is located in Kalangala and it is known to be one of the best places for all birders. You get to enjoy the serene peace and quiet of the gardens and the monkeys that can be seen swinging from one tree to the next and some of the exquisite bird species found in the forest. The location of the philo gardens gives you an opportunity to rest as you listen to the sounds of nature especially if you have had a long day.

Panorama cottages
The Panorama cottages also located in Kalangala is one of the accommodation facilities where one can stay during their trip to Kalangala. The cottages have spacious self-contained rooms that offer privacy to all their guests and not forgetting the wonderful local food that is served from breakfast to supper. You also get to enjoy transportation to the airport, , ample parking space, free Wi-Fi a clear view of the lake, the sunrise and the sunset and enjoy a cool evening without the much noise that is always found in the city Centres.

Victoria forest resort
Victoria forest resort is located in Kalangala and is just 1.5 kilometers from where the ferry drops you off. The accommodation is a three star and almost all the rooms have a great view of the lake and the beaches. There is ample parking space which is private, a spacious bar and lounge, there is a forex bureau, 24 hours front desk services, gardens that you can relax from, self-contained rooms and a private beach area for the guests. Hefty meals are also served in the area and you get to enjoy the sunset while at your balcony.

Kalangala pearl beach resort
Kalangala pearl beach resort is located on the shores of Lake Victoria. It has a white sandy beach which makes it a perfect place for to spend your safari. It has self-contained rooms although there are some rooms where the facilities are shared and a hefty breakfast is served before you can enjoy the rest of the day lounging on the beach or touring the Island. The meals served are both local and international and there are also a variety of drinks that are served at the resort. The guests also get to enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and other fun activities carried out at the Island.

Ssese habitat lodge
Also known as SSEHAB, it is one of the most entertaining accommodation facilities in Ssese. The resort provides speed boats from Entebbe which helps you get to the Island in just 45 minutes as compared to the ferry that takes three hours. You will find comfortable spacious rooms at the resort and enjoy a bonfire on the evening and the beauty about it is that it caters for children as well.

Ssese islands beach resort
Ssese islands resort is located in Lutoboka bay and is one of the oldest resorts on the island. The resort has one of the finest rooms around and they are all self-contained with privacy to all the guests who spend the night there. There are several activities that you can carry out when you are at the resort like volley ball, an up close experience with some of the wildlife that is found in the area, swimming and many more others.

How to travel to Ssese Island

There are different ferries that travel to Ssese and these come from the different points of the country. Some of the scheduled time for the ferries have been listed below so that you get to know where to board from and at what time.
The different prices of the MV Kalangala which travels to and from Kalangala.
• A ferry leaves Masaka from Bukakata and this one is always free of charge although it is a tiring and long journey which is why most tourists do not use it.
• A ferry leaves Nakiwogo in Entebbe at 2:00pm every day and reaches Ssese Island at 5:30pm.
• The MV Kalangala which is the main ferry on that route leaves Ssese Island every morning at 8:00am and therefore people leaving the Island should keep time.
Ssese islands is a place that you do not want to miss especially if you have booked for a safari to Uganda. It is one of the country’s hidden treasures that have not yet been tampered with and you get to enjoy nature at its best as you unwind after a long day. And since they are far away from the city, you get to enjoy the peace and quiet at one of the most beautiful islands in the whole world.

AGRI TOURISM IN UGANDA

Uganda is known for a lot of things when it comes to tourism and Agritourism has also been added to the many things that Uganda is known for. Farm tours also known as Agritourism or agro tourism in Uganda has taken the country by storm as many farmers are now planting different crops for tourism purposes. Uganda as a country is known as a food basket in East Africa and that is why many are now venturing into Agritourism so as to earn more from their farms.

Agritourism is where one joins agriculture and tourism and in simple terms it is where crops are grown on a large scale for tourism purposes and later sold so that one can earn more income from the sales.  It is on the rise in the country and it should be understood by everyone if we want to keep up with the trending world when it comes to tourism.

Uganda does not have a lot of Agritourism farms since it has just been recently introduced into the country and that is why I have listed a few of them and other unlisted Agritourism farms.

The Pineapple Agritourism Farm

The pineapple farm is located in the district of Luweero which is just 75 kilometers from the capital city of Uganda Kampala and it sits on four acres. Tourists normally visit the area to see the way how these are propagated and how they are harvested.

It is mainly operated on by Asians and everyone who visits the farm is given a knife which they use when it comes to harvesting the pineapples and they also get to buy some fresh pineapples. The farm also gives out knowledge about the different techniques that are used when it comes to farming.

Pearl of Africa Agritourism Farm

This is located in Wakiso in Banda along Hoima road and it has different plants in the area that are grown mainly for the purpose of tourism and then for sale and consumption purposes. The farm shows you the different agricultural techniques that are used on the farm and how to maintain a large farm. Some of the plants that are grown on the farm include the following:

  • The food crops

There are many food crops that are grown in the area and some of these include sweet potatoes, bananas, sugarcanes, Irish potatoes, arrowroots, cassava and many more others. The food crops help in provision of food to the owners of the farm and the local people living around the farm and the visitors also get to buy some of the fresh food crops from the farm.

  • Backyard farming

Vegetables are the ones that are mostly grown in the backyard farming and this is mostly done in plastics. These are grown and when they are ready they are grown to supplement the farmer’s diet and some of them are sold to tourists. The tourists also get a chance to learn how to do farming on a small scale piece of land.

The forests planted here are always done on a large scale and they have helped in the reduction of deforestation in the country. There are several tree species that are planted in the area and tourists get to see the different tree species and some of these include eucalyptus trees, Musizi trees, pine trees, jackfruit trees, orange trees, Bamboo trees and many more others.

There is an increase in the demand for fish in the country and that is why there is an increase in fish farms in the country. The fish farm has different species of fish that are reared but the most common species is the Cray fish and the cat fish. When tourists visit the area, they get to learn how fishing is done, how the fish ponds are constructed, how the fish is cared for without losing them and how the fishlings are chosen before they are put in the ponds.

Below are some of the general unlisted farms that are used for Agritourism in Uganda.

Cattle farms

Most of the cattle farms in Uganda are found in the western part of the country. The cattle that is mostly used when it comes to Agritourism are the long horned cattle also locally known as the Ankole cattle and these are reared for both meat and milk purposes.

Most of the farms have been turned into tourist attraction sites and hers tourists get to see how the cattle is reared using different techniques, how they are milked locally, fed and how the manure is used to fertilize the nearby gardens to get good yields. And while here, you also get to know that when a cattle is slaughtered, most parts of the cattle are not thrown away but eaten.

The coffee farms

There are various coffee farms across the country and these have been turned into tourist attraction sites. There are two types of coffee that are grown in Uganda and these are Arabica coffee and Robasta Coffee although the most grown coffee is Arabica which is mostly grown on the slopes on the Elgon slopes.

A visit to the coffee farms will have you get the general knowledge about coffee, how it is grown, the fertilizing part and you will also get to help when it comes to harvesting the ripe ones. The coffee is also exported to the different countries and the farms acting as tourist destinations will help in income generation to the government.

Tea farms

Uganda has various tea estates that are found in the different parts of the country and these are now acting as tourist destinations. Tea in Uganda is mostly. These tea estates are now Agritourism farms and one gets to know how tea grows, how it looks like while still in the gardens and how to harvest it when it is ready. The Tea farms are generating income businesses to the owners and the locals that work in them and they provide revenue to the government.

Cotton agro tourism farms

Cotton farms were a big hit in the 1970’s but kept on reducing due to the reduced demand on the international market. The farms have reduced in Uganda with time and they are no longer as accessible as they used to be and that is why the remaining few are worth visiting. The current Uganda is so urbanized in that the current population does not know what cotton looks like and that is why the few remaining farms are being used as tourist attraction farms so that both locals and tourists can get the feel of real cotton. You can also get to know how cotton is grown and the harvesting period.

Cocoa farms

These are becoming rampant in the country due to the increasing market demand both within and outside the country. Both locals and tourists get time to visit cocoa farms and get to know how the cocoa is grown, the different cocoa types, how the harvesting is done and you also get to pick some fresh cocoa for yourself at a cheap price.

The importance of Agritourism in Uganda

Agritourism gives farmers a chance to farmers to learn about the new techniques when it comes to farming and this has greatly improving their output when it comes to agriculture.

It is a source of revenue to the government through the many tourists who come in the area.

It is used as an education Centre for both farmers and those who want to learn about the different crops grown.

Agritourism is used to preserve land for future purposes for example if trees are planted, they last for a long time but the land remains active.

Note that most of the Agritourism farms in Uganda are privately owned by the different individuals that actually want to earn more income to sustain their livelihood. Agro tourism in Uganda is on the rise and given good conditions, it will be the highlight for most of the tourists who visit Uganda in the next few years. It is a good venture for the country and if you are planning your trip to Uganda, be sure you do not miss out on the safari packages that offer a tour to the different farms that are located in the different areas of the country.

Agro tourism in Uganda is mainly carried out in the Country and it has started attracting many tourists who go on safaris to see the beautiful gardens that are always on display for both the locals and the tourists who visit to see the different techniques that are used in the farms.

There are different farms in Uganda that are meant for agro tourism and most of these are owned by individuals who want to earn some extra income to boost their farms. A few of these farms have been listed below so that we get to know what they do and the crops that are planted in the area.

Uganda Food Tours

To most travelers, experiencing new food can be very exciting. Compared to other foods, African cuisine is very unique both in the kinds of foods served and how it is all prepared. In Uganda, meat and fish and almost all the produce grown are organic.
Uganda is a small country yet very big in terms of its culture. The country has over 45 tribes and most of these tribes have distinctive and unique foods. In order for you to have the best stay in Uganda, we have prepared information about the main foods grown, prepared, served and sold in Uganda.

Bananas/Matooke

Bananas are the most consumed food in most of the regions in Uganda; especially the green plantain type which are locally called “Matoke”. They are indeed a staple food in Uganda. In most homes and local restaurants in Uganda, Matoke is prepared in a traditional way; the bananas sticks are peeled, then wrapped in banana leaves and cooked for some hours. They are later served either in mashed or stick form.

Some other people fry the Matooke with tomatoes, carrots, onions, green peppers, and in most cases with ground nuts puree (peanut), meat, or fish. Just as rice is to the Chinese, Matoke is to most Ugandans, it can be served 3 meals in a day. Matoke plantations are everywhere in the country, particularly in the western part around Mbarara.

There are also other types of bananas produced in Uganda; the type which is grilled over charcoal, usually sold by ladies along streets in urban centers, then there is a small sweet type of bananas usually called apple bananas which is also grown everywhere in the country. They are sold by most street vendors and in main markets.

Meat

Just like most countries in the West, it is not different in Uganda when it comes with meat selection, the exception is on Goat meat which is at a high density in some regions. Chicken, Pork and Beef are found everywhere in Uganda, with Chicken being the most expensive and beef the cheapest in most restaurants. In some urban centers like Entebbe, Jinja and Kampala, one can find various meat products like burgers, meat pies, sausages and samosas.

Just like fish, meat is also prepared mainly in two ways. It is either prepared as a stew or fried with onions, green peppers, tomatoes and usually a mild curry powder is added. Along most streets vendors serve barbequed meats on sticks. Most people enjoy eating Goat and Pork roasts, in most urban centers they can be found even in busy town centers like Mbarara and Masaka.

What makes meat consumption in Uganda very interesting is that almost every part of the animal is eaten. It should not catch you by surprise when you visit a local restaurant and what is served as breakfast is matoke with cow intestines; it’s a favourite meal for most Ugandans. Some even eat the feet and the head of the chicken, how foods are prepared and consumed in Uganda varies from tribe to tribe due to the cultural differences.

Fish

Around most lakes in Uganda, fishing is the main activity done. Lake Victoria is the world’s second biggest fresh water lake and the most common catches are the Nile perch and the Tilapia, also some less popular species are caught.

Tilapia fish is the most common fish caught in almost all Ugandan lakes, its flesh is white and it’s widely preferred because it doesn’t have a fishy taste. The tilapia is prepared and served in two ways. Some people cut the tilapia into few pieces and make stew, this is usually served with Matoke. Another way is by is deep frying the whole fish.

The Nile Perch is also another famous species but larger than the Tilapia fish, it is also deep fried and cooked in a stew. Due to its massive size, its cut into very many pieces before it is served. Both the Tilapia and the Nile Perch are served in local restaurants around the country, also street vendors sell them as well as in the markets throughout the country. The prices of fish vary basing on the season, if it’s at full moon the catch is lesser than when it’s darker because the fish are near and easy to catch.

The other type of fish caught and widely consumed by most Ugandans is the tiny silverfish which is called “Mukene” in the local language. These tiny fish are caught with big nets usually at night, laid to dry at the shores that’s why most fishing villages are always covered with these small fish. Silverfish is a good source of proteins especially those that can’t afford other more expensive food. Most farmers serve Mukene to their chicken, pigs and dogs because of the high nutrient content found in them.

Fruits and Vegetables

Mangoes are one of the most common fruits in the county since are grown throughout Uganda. The most concentration of mangoes is in the Western, Central and Northern parts. The seasonal mango growth usually results into huge heaps of mangoes along the major highways being sold by the growers. During this season, various types of mangoes can be purchased at a less price and most people buy a lot and fill their car boots with heaps of mangoes to share with their families and friends.

Uganda grows the best Pineapples in the world. The good climatic conditions and the soil nutrients favor the growth of the most juicy and sweetest pineapples. Pineapples are sold all around the country especially in the southern and central parts of Uganda, also you can get them in supermarkets, markets and a number of street vendors sell hundreds of pineapples every day. There are also juice making factories which make juice and many amounts of concentrated juice are exported to other countries from Uganda on a daily basis.

The Jackfruit is one of those fruits that is not common to most foreigners; it’s grown in East Africa and in the Caribbean. It’s a big green fruit normally a meter long. Jackfruits are sold also by roadside vendors, what makes this fruit different is that it has a glue-like sticky secretion so most people avoid touching it with their hands. Those sold by vendors are already sliced, you could use a plastic wrap to handle it as you eat.

Other fruits include; passion fruits, bananas, watermelons, papayas, apples, and guavas. Apples in Uganda are grown in mountainous regions which have cooler conditions and are also distributed in the major town and markets.

Vegetables that are commonly consumed in Uganda include; onions, tomatoes, cabbages, eggplants, cassava, green peppers and maize. Potatoes, squash and carrots are less common but also greatly consumed, the sweet and Irish potatoes are widely served especially in south western Uganda. Some vegetables like broccoli, spinach, lettuce, celery and green bean are close to non-existent in the country. Eating of raw vegetables is not done by most Ugandans, whereby even what some call salads for example tomatoes, onions, cabbages, green peppers are also normally fried.

Regional Specialties

To add on the general foods consumed around the country, some areas have food traditions that are quite unique and local. Some of them are listed below;

Katogo is a common Ugandan dish eaten by people mainly in Southern and Central Uganda. It is a mixture of half proteins and starch and the common one is of cassava and beans. Other katogo mixtures are for Matoke with beef, ground nut sauce, or fish.

Pilau, this dish is so common among the people of Arua district near congo border. This is basically rice fried with some vegetables and chunks of chicken or beef plus some pilau spices. It is slightly similar to what is served by East Indians called “biryani”, though pilau is milder compared to the Indian Biryani.

Rolex; famous street food made up of a chapatti, the chapatti is fired not baked. The chapatti is used to make a wrap where an egg omelet is placed and a few tomatoes, it’s enjoyed by almost every Ugandan.

Grasshoppers; they fly seasonally in the western central part of the country in Masaka District and most locals get a lot of income during the season since grasshoppers are at a high demand. It’s amazing how they are caught; catching them is done at night, where light is shone on big tin sheets; this light attracts grasshoppers and blinds them temporarily and with this they fall into large buckets which are prepared below. The legs, wings sometimes heads of the grasshoppers are removed and later fried with onions, they are served as a snack, just like one eats popcorn.

Other foods include; roasted maize, samosas, mandazis, white flying ants and many more.

Birding in Uganda

Birding refers to the act of watching birds and learning more about their characters with the help of cameras and binoculars and most People who go for birding observe these birds in their natural habitats. There are several bird species that can be seen in these countries but it is best to note that the best time for one to do birding is during the rainy season and in the morning and evening hours because by then the lighting is good for the binoculars and cameras.
When birding, there are several equipment and requirements that you will need if you are to enjoy your birding experience in uganda and I have taken the liberty to note them down so that you are ready before you venture into the wilderness for birding.

Uganda has a variety of bird species that can be viewed at the different birding spots and destinations and they are found in the area and some of these include the following.

Bwindi Impenetrable National park
Bwindi National park is located in the western art of the country and has a recorded number of bird species that amounts to over 350 bird species. It has been voted by the Africa Bird club as the best birding spot in Uganda and it has clearly marked birding routes. And some of the bird species that can be seen in Bwindi include the collared and mountain masked Apalis, Chapin’s flycatcher, Handsome Francolin, Shelley’s crimsoning and black billed Turaco and many more bird species.

Semiliki National Park
Semiliki National park has over 441 bird species and these include the Maxwell’s black weaver, piping hornbill, Nkulengu rail, black dwarf hornbill, yellow throated cuckoo, dwarf honey guide yellow throated Nicator, the swamp palm bulbul, red billed dwarf, African piculet, orange weaker, blue billed malimbe and many more other species.

The Rwenzori National Park
This is located in the Rwenzori region in the south western part of Uganda and it is believed to be a home to over 177 bird species. There are several birding spots where you go but you might as well do birding while hiking up the ranges. Some of the bird species that are found in the Rwenzori Park include the cinnamon Chested bee-eater, the swifts, Archer’s robin chat, long eared owl, Lagden’s bush shrike, blue headed and golden winged sunbird, slender billed starling, bearded vultures, Rwenzori Turaco and other rare bird species.

Lake Mburo National Park
Located in western Uganda, Lake Mburo national park is a top destination for birders in Uganda. It has a recorded number of 315 bird species and these can be viewed from the Warukiri and the Rwonyo swamps. Some of the famous bird species that can be seen at Lake Mburo national Park include the red necked spur fowl, Nubian woodpecker, crested francolin, the pied kingfisher, shoebill, , trilling Cisticola, bee-eaters, blue napped moosebird, lilac breasted roller, common quails, emerald spotted wood dove, bare faced go away birds, the African eagle fish and the Greenwood hoopoe.

Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga National Park is located in the southern part of the country and it is known to house the largest number of gorillas in the country. But besides the gorillas, the park is a home to various bird species and these include kivu ground thrush, white starred robin, olive pigeon, Rwenzori Batis, greater doubled collared sunbirds, brown crowned tchagra, western green tinker bird black headed wax bill, and the cinnamon warbler.

Cultural sites in Uganda

Uganda as a country is filled with very many cultural sites that depict how far the country has come and where it is at the moment. We won’t be able to look at all the cultural sites in the country but we will discuss a few of them and when you visit Uganda, you will be able to see other cultural sites.

The Royal Kasubi Tombs is located in Kasubi a few minutes away from the capital city of Uganda Kampala is where the Kings of Buganda are buried. It is a burial ground to four kings of Buganda and is a spiritual place to most of the Baganda people. There are several rituals that are carried out in the place by the different people and it is one of the most visited cultural sites in Uganda.

The first king to be laid at the Kasubi tombs was Mutesa 1 and he was the 35th Kabaka of Buganda. When a Kabaka died, he was laid down in a sanctum where his jawbone that was considered to be holding spiritual powers was kept at a different spot and these sanctums are still well kept and taken care of.

When you are entering the Kasubi tombs, you are required to remove your shoes as a sign of respect to the Kings. There will be a guide who will take you through the tombs showing you the different kings and how they lived their lives. You will also be able to see the different royal regalia that was used by the former kings and when you are moving out of the tombs, you have to do it backwards as you cannot show your back to the kings also known as Kabakas in the local language Luganda.

Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru is located in fort portal and it is loosely translated as the Breast of Nyinamwiru. The story behind this is that the king of Toro Bakuku arranged a marriage with a certain chief for his daughter Nyinamwiru but she refuse. Upon her refusal, the king ordered for her breasts to be cut off so that no one else would marry her and that’s how the Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru were formed. Thousands of people travel long distances to come and see stalactites that look like breasts dripping breast milk.

  • Namugongo Martyrs shrine

Namugongo shrine is located a few minutes away from the city Centre and it is where several Christian converts were killed because they had refused to denounce their religion. These men were killed by Mukajanga on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga and they were burnt alive. The shrine was separated into two sides that is the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church and when one visits the shrine, you get to know more about Uganda during that era.

Fishing Trips

Uganda’s extraordinary beauty makes it among Africa’s most stunning countries. This is not only because it has the superb sceneries but also the Mountain Gorillas, the hospitable people as well as the spectacular water bodies which enables fishing safaris.
About 25% of the terrain in Uganda is covered by water, this is with the exemption of the far northeastern region which is a semi-arid area. Lake Victoria is one of the water bodies where fishing is done, it offers big catches of the Tilapia and Nile Perch among others. Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest fresh water lake and the largest in Africa, it is shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Other lakes that are great sites for fishing safaris in Uganda include; Lake Edward, Lake George, Lake Albert, and the swampy Lake Kyoga among others. The River Nile also offers great opportunities for fishing, it is the second longest river in the world.
Therefore, it is only in Uganda that you can enjoy extraordinary sport fishing without distraction within the beautiful unspoiled waters surrounded by incredible natural environments. Below we have listed for you some of the sites where you can enjoy fishing and have an unforgettable fishing experience.

Fishing at Murchison Falls

Fishing on Lake Victoria

Fishing in Lake Mburo National Park

Fishing around Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon

Ssezibwa Falls Safari Uganda

What is the story behind the cultural and traditional significance of the falls? According to the Buganda legend, hundreds of years ago, a woman called Nakangu; from the fox clan was expected to give birth to a set of twins but instead gave birth to two rivers – two streams. Local tradition believes that the spirits of Nakangu’s unborn twins, Ssezibwa and Mobeya still live on and inhabit the waters of the river. From Ssezibwa, two rivers flow past the peaceful Island that separates them into two streams, which is the basis of the legend above and how the rivers came to be. It was customary for Buganda passing by the source of the river to throw stones into the waters for good luck. For many Buganda, the birth of twins is still considered a supernatural occurance of some sort. There have been stories of animal sacrifices and rituals performed when twins are born as a way of honoring the gods or spirits. The traditional and cultural aspect of the Ssezibwa falls gives it an air of mystery and adds to its attraction as a getaway destination. Interestingly though, a portion of the Ssezibwa site is run by Church of Uganda, which is the Anglican Church in Uganda. So it is a place for Christians to retreat, and pray and spend some time alone. Water baptism is sometimes done in these waters. All in all, Ssezibwa falls is a serene and beautiful place to visit. The falls are magnificent, the flowing rivers beautiful, and the scenery is breath taking. Its proximity to Kampala makes easily accessible and all the more attractive. The clean air and atmosphere here is such a contrast to the busy and dusty streets of the capital. You can take a hike, a long bike ride in the area, do a little bird watching, enjoy a meal at the resort, and have yourself a peaceful holiday. If you are on safari in Uganda, you can make a stopover visit to these falls on your way to Jinja for a white water rafting adventure.

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

The Rwenzoris – the fabled Mountains of the Moon – lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. Huge tree-heathers and colourful mosses are draped across the mountainside with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers”, creating an enchanting, fairytale scene.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Rwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

The Rwenzoris are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination. A nine- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita – the highest peak – though shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.

For those who prefer something a little less strenuous, neighbouring Bakonzo villages offer nature walks, homestead visits home cultural performances and accommodation, including home-cooked local cuisine.

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Queen Elizabeth spans the equator line; monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00.

The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species.

The Katwe explosion craters mark the park’s highest point at 1,350m above sea level, while the lowest point is at 910m, at Lake Edward.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!