7 reasons to visit Ssese Islands

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.

Superstitions

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.

Secluded

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.

Walking

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.

Cycling

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.

Beauty

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.

Fishing

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.

Explore

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.

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HOW THIS CHRISTMAS CAN COUNT

Christmas is coming up. Am not much of a festive person but some things can make your holiday worth it. Besides the obvious chance to spend time with family and friends, time to rest and catch up with those series and movies you have been dying to watch. For those that like to read books, its a chance to curl up and lose yourself in a written world.

Here are places worth going this Christmas…

Murchison Falls. This is a lovely place to go hiking to the top of the falls, followed by a lovely boat ride. You can stay at any comfy spot of your choice and enjoy this holiday with your family. It’s never too late to adventure.

Queen Elizabeth. This is another lovely place to visit with your friends. From the elusive search for the king of the jungle who takes time off to play hide and seek, you will enjoy each moment and relax. You can also take a boat ride and see elephants playing in the water, hippos sun bathing and birds of every feather flock together.

San Juan, Puerto Rico. Christmas is a day or 3, right? Not in Puerto Rico. Here, they begin their celebrations the day after Thanksgiving and go on until the feast of the three kings on January 6.This 6 week long festivity is something you wouldn’t wanna miss. Don’t forget to join the group caroling and sing at the top of your lungs.

New York. If anything is more cliche than New York, it’s Christmas in New York. But cliche can be fun. From ice skating in Central Park, to experiencing the nationally televised lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, this is one white Christmas worth the fuss.

Bondi Beach, Australia. One could easily mistake Christmas for spring break because summer here starts on 1st December. If you want to surf and sun bathe, it’s a place you should go. On December 25th, the beach is one big Christmas party, with festive trees in the sand, surfers wearing Santa hats and suits, live music and more.This is a beach party that will blow the year away.

Santa Claus, Indiana. This made my list cause of the cheesy name. Maybe Santa has a hide out here so you can get more gifts. Also it celebrates Christmas for 3 weeks. Double hurray.

New Orleans. I like the South because of Mardi Gras. Am betting Christmas is another festival they go all out crazy for. So a Southern Christmas is on my go to list.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Know what’s better than Santa Claus? Two bearded gift-bearers. This place has Santa Claus and Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas is the richer holiday icon who gives the children most of their gifts on December 5th, marking the feast of St. Nicolas. Santa Claus, whose story is actually based on Sinterklaas’, comes on December 25th and brings the children a couple of minor presents.Two words? Two Santas!!

TRAVEL SIPS “A…

TRAVEL SIPS

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
― Jane Austen

There is nothing as relaxing as sitting home and enjoying the comfort of a place you furnished with lots of love. What is even better is when you travel somewhere for an experience you won’t forget.

Sometimes we wander to find ourselves. A well timed trip can be exactly what you need to feel better.

 

Believe it or not, coming home from a travel is often a climax of that journey.

“Why do you go …

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett

We travel so we can see the world with new eyes.

We travel so we can feel alive.

We travel so we can feel.

Take some time off and travel.

WHY NOVEMBER

November is one of those lovely months where you need to let go and enjoy the year before it fades away. It’s not hot enough to move around half naked but neither is it too cold that you have to close yourself off from the world. You need to do things for yourself because it’s a month for thanksgiving.

EAT

Spoil yourself this November. Once in a while forget your diet and just indulge in ice cream or cake, pizza or burgers. Have an affair with your favorite meal and enjoy every minute of it.

TRAVEL

This is a time to discover the world and all the nooks you didn’t know she had. You could come to Uganda and view the 3rd November Solar eclipse or take your children to Disneyland or just go to that place you are saving for honeymoon and 50 year anniversaries and other special days. Today is that special day.

LIVE

For every day there is, discover something new to do. Get new hobbies, make new friends. Learn a new language. Change your hair. You’re not getting any younger and this November is for you.