THE SSESE ISLANDS
One third of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world. Belongs to Uganda. Created around 12000years ago, when a tectonic shift caused the formation of huge basin of water within the two branches of the great Rift Valle. During that time many Volcanic Islands were formed, most of them in the Northern part of Victoria. The biggest one belongs to the SSese islands archipelago.
Ssese islands, an archipelago of 84 Islands in the North West area of the lake, was called by Baganda “islands of God “because they believed to be in habited by spirit and divinities, called Balubaale in Luganda included Mukasa, the spirit of the lake.
All the 84 Islands of Ssese islands are covered with magnificent equatorial forest and are a paradise for birdwatchers and travelers who love tranquility, peace and leisure.
Wildlife species of vervet monkeys, Bushbuck, Black and white Columbus, hippo and sitatunga, antelope, endemic to the island with large horns than the main land specie. Other endemic species are present on the islands like the creek rat and three butterfly species.
Visitors can see various different species of hornbills, barbets, turacos, robin chats, flycatchers and weavers. Very common are Jewel- like pigmy king fisher, brown throated wattle eye, paradise flycatcher, African fish eagle, palm nut vultures, little egret, great cormorant.
Visitors can do nature walks, fishing or swimming.