I grew up watching Charmed, Alice in wonderland and Wizard of Oz. I believed in magic, princesses and fairy tales. In real life, superstitions are what we settle for to get the supernatural close to us.
Well Uganda has the lovely Ssese Islands that has over 84 islands in the middle of Lake Victoria. It’s spread over Kalangala, Mukono and Jinja districts.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO.
Initially the island had Basese people, closely related to the Baganda, although they are talked of as being giants. The men had huge chests with tough muscles and the women had long breats. It is rumored that these women didn’t have to sit to breastfeed, they simply passed they breast through the armpit to the kid on the back to feed.
The Basese believed in traditional gods, maybe that is why the islands are associated with spirituality. On Buvuma island, it is believed if one brings a monkey or an animal of any kind, they will become alike in aspects of the face.
This is a good place to go for those that believe in the wrath of the gods and ghost stories.
There is no price too high for some peace and quiet. Whether you live in a quiet or loud place, it’s easy to forget the beauty in life and get caught up in chaos. The islands are far from noise and traffic and you can get a much needed holiday.
I love me my walks but it’s trying when the crowds keep pushing you and distracting you. Strike out in any directions from Kalangala for the occasional evening stroll where you will be greeted with pleasing views over the forested and grassy clearings to the Lake Shore and more distant islands. Beach walks are memorable so don’t forget that moonlight stroll. The morning run is worth a try to get you refreshed.The bonus is you get to see beautiful wildlife and birds as you enjoy your walks.
It is never too late to get up on a bicycle and pedal away.A popular cycling excursion is to Mutumbula swimming beach, off the road towards Luku.This cycling is a blessing in disguise since you get close to the marshy southwestern shores which harbour small numbers of hippo as well as a population of sitatunga antelope with larger horns than the mainland equivalent, which some authorities say is an endemic Island race. Without a private vehicle, you wouldn’t normally access these swamps.
It’s a beautiful place especially if you are on a honeymoon or holiday with partner. It is a place removed from the normal with beautiful beaches and places to stay. It could infuse romance into your relationship.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t something you have to do. But it is something you would love to do. Try and bait a fish just to know you could. It could be a competition between you and friends to make see who caught the biggest fish, just for sports.
With over 85 islands, take advantage of the trip and go on excursions to the various islands to see what they can offer.
“I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.”
― Seymour Simon
Sabili tours is organizing a trip to Kalangala the weekend of 21st December. For more details, Click here and check our facebook page.