Ssese Island Trip Report

I don’t like to write blog posts with lots practical info, but as there was virtually no information online about how to independently get to Ssese Island from Masaka I thought I should put some up there.

From Masaka to Kalangala town you could either catch a matatu (minivan) costing 15000UGX/4USD ride that takes you all the way or you could catch a shared taxi for 7000UGX/2USD (a five seater Toyota Carina where they squeeze in nine people) taking you to Kachanga where the ferry leaves from and then catch a boda boda motorcycle taxi from the other side for a couple of dollars.

I went for the latter and after one hour in a overcramped taxi I arrived the ferry terminal to discover that the half hour ferry ride was completely free!

On the other side I was quick to go for an African Bush shower in Lake Victoria. Water in the village where I stay costs 6 cents for a small jerrycan (3cents if they would walk all the way to the public pump) and I didn’t want to ask to spend money on washing. There were lots of locals swimming in the lake, so I guessed bilharzia was not very common there.

The village of Bugoma, right next to the ferry pier was also the first place that Europeans stepped on land in Uganda so they had raised a church which there which was still standing tall. By the time I had reached the church I realised that I would not have time to visit the island capital city Kalangala so I just hung out by the ferry terminal for a while, where a local told me he had seen chimpanzees in the nearby forest so I joined him on a jungle walk without seeing other than green trees and mosquitoes before heading back to Masaka. Ssese island was a good day trip and much easier to reach than I first thought when I stepped out of the bed this morning!

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