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Beautiful Cottages in Ssese Island Uganda

Ssese, the Ugandan escape Island you can’t miss during your vacation

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A vacation to Uganda quickly awakes the usual activity suspects centered on Gorilla or Chimpanzee tracking, Wildlife safaris in the Savanna Parks, and visit of the cultural sites across Uganda or mingling with one of the friendliest people on the face of the Earth, among other popular nature related or urban activities.

One of the vacation desires is on relaxing and giving one’s self time to rejuvenate and reconnect the soul, mind and spirit, or rather to reconnect with one’s self. In this regard, after you have had your thrilling encounters and active engagements during your stay in Uganda, the me-moment or self-re-connection and relaxation moment is one to deeply consider. Uganda has several places which can provide you with perfect Natural therapy during your me-moments. That will leave you wholly relaxed, energized and much better to hit the road again for your usual life activities, but this time in a more productive way. Ssese Islands is one of those places you should consider for your relaxation.

About Ssese Islands

Ssese Islands refer to the Islands which make up the present day Kalangala District, found in the Central part of Uganda, in Eastern Africa. Kalangala is made up of 84 Islands, with the biggest Island Bugala Island covering 296 Km2 and hosting most of the human population. The population of the Island is relatively small as a significant fraction of the Island is covered by Palm Oil plantations and forests. Isolated from the mainland, this Ugandan Islands found within the great Lake Victoria, which is the World’s second largest fresh water lake, is uniquely beautiful and diverse. Within the Bugala Island is the most visited Island and it is a beautiful place enough to take care of most of the visitors interests but also used as a base to explore the other Islands.

The original inhabitants of these Islands, the Basese are almost culturally extinct, and the Island glows with a wide array of different cultures from across Uganda. The original Islanders, the Basese had a unique language related to the popular Luganda language which dominates among the current local inhabitants of Ssese.

Things to do in Ssese Island

Ssese is a place of diversity not only in terms of the inhabitants but in terms of the activities you can undertake too. Though a perfect place to just relax with no activity, several activities can also be undertaken here and below is a highlight of some of the things you may do while in Ssese Islands:

  1. Just relax and Refresh: One of the best things to do in this place that should top your intention is to just relax, and have a time of reflection away from the city traffic and noise. A “me-moment” is what we call it. To rejuvenate your inner self. So simply relaxing and having refreshing moments is a big recommendation to constitute significant fraction of your Ssese Island time.
  2. Nature & Forest Walk: Walking in the island is a refresher therapy that you many undertake. You can have a guided Nature walk in the natural forests in the Islands as well as walking the lakeside.
  3. Sunset Canoe: An evening Canoe or boat ride as the sun sets and the beautiful rays of the setting sun splashes over you is big experience you don’t want to miss as the sun sets over this massive lake.
  4. Guided Island drive: With your Island driver guide, you will be briefed of the touristic places, and noting your preferences, your driver will take you to the motorable places to view and see the popular places in the Islands. These include a tour of the Solar power plant that powers the Island; the palm oil plantations; the Palm Oil processing factory, which processes the Islands palm nuts into several products; driving to the spots with pristine views among others, depending on your preferences.
  5. Fishing: Whether fishing as a sport or for your barbecue, you will be in a perfect place to explore your fishing luck, which may give you the popular Nile Perch, Tilapia or other fish species. Sport fishing can be organized, with a fishing guide. Don’t miss to taste the popular Nile Perch.
  6. Boat Cruise plus Island hoping: An Island without a water vessel is an incomplete place. You can do canoeing or a boat ride in Lake Victoria as well as to go and tour and connect to the other Islands, to explore the different things they offer. You can hope from Island to Island and feel the Island life.
  7. Bird watching: The Islands are inhabited by several bird species and the Bird lovers will make quite a recording from their Island stay as well as during other activities like Nature walks.
  8. Swimming: The Ssese Islands are surrounded by Lake Victoria, and so many revelers deep into this fresh water lake for a swim in the lake. For those who are cautious of swimming in a fresh water lake but would love to swim, there are accommodation facilities with swimming pools, which will form a perfect part of your relaxation sessions in these Islands.
  9. Zoo visit: In Bugala Island there is a small zoo with a couple of wildlife including both Animals and birds, which you can visit to diversify and supplement your stay.
  10. Evening Bonfire: With the evening set, the stars in the skies, the waters spread adjacent, you can enjoy a perfect bonfire, in the company of others, better still with a BBQ of whatever you love. Your accommodation facility will do this on request or within their schedule.
  11. QuadeBiking: To the lovers of Quade-biking, you are well covered as this can be arranged since some accommodation facilities have Quade bikes.
  12. Camping: There is enough camping grounds in many accommodation facilities, so get your gear set and you are good to go or it will be rented and you can camp next to this massive waterbody.
  13. Golfing: Yes you read it right. You have a place to do some small scale golfing while in the Island.

 

How to Travel to and from Ssese Islands

Depending on your location, you may opt for different option access areas to connect to the Island:

1.Entebbe ↔ Lutoboka

If you are in Entebbe, Kampala, or you are connecting from the Northern, Eastern parts of Uganda, your departure point is preferably via Entebbe through Nakiwogo (Port Alice) – Bugala Island (One of the Ssese Islands). The MV Kalangala ferry, operated by Nation Oil Distributors Ltd, departs the Nakiwogo landing point at 14:00 (EAT) but the boarding time is 13:00 (EAT) and you are required to reach the Nakiwogo landing point by 11:00 (EAT). On arrival, you will be required to register your name and contact details and those of your Next of Kin, as well as your Nationality. You should therefore have your Passport with you. A security check is also conducted at all the boarding ports. The ferry trip will take about 3.5 Hours, arriving in Ssese at Lutoboka pier in the evening.

The same Ferry departs Ssese from Lutoboka Pier early in the morning at 8:00 (EAT) for Entebbe but the boarding time is 7:00 (EAT) and required arrival time is 5:30 (EAT). It’s important to arrive and aboard the ferry on time since the sitting capacity is quite limited, with the ferry sometimes getting over crowded, and therefore with sitting arrangement on first come-first served basis, arriving in time will help you secure a good sitting position and avoid standing on the deck, if the ferry is over-crowded. It’s also important to note that sometimes the Ferry Schedule changes, and therefore necessary to confirm.

MV Kalangala ferry is a paid-for ferry costing Ugx 10,000, which is about 3 USD, for the Second Class, while the first class costs UGX 14,000, which is roughly 4 USD. However there is no much significant difference in either the service or comfort between the 2 different classes.  You can be able to buy a few snacks on board the ferry.

If you are bringing along your vehicle onboard the ferry, it has to be paid for and booked a day or days in advance since the carrying capacity of the ferry is limited so the vehicles to be carried have to be scheduled in advance. The price for the vehicle varies depending on the vehicle and you can pay for the vehicle either at the Nation Oil Distributors Offices in Ndeeba, one of the Kampala suburbs or even pay by Mobile Money, after booking. At Nakiwogo, you can also opt to leave your vehicle behind. In this case you have to register it with security personnel and some charges will apply too.

MV Kalangala makes single return trips per day but sometimes arrangements are made for extra trips like during the peak Christmas season of 2018.

2. Bukakata Off Masaka Road

For those who don’t like travelling on water for so long yet they would still like to have a bite of Ssese Islands, more so those who are approaching the Ssese from the Western direction of the country, there is an alternative that that takes a little shorter time but still by water. This alternative is through the Bukakata landing site which is off Masaka road. From Bukakata, a free ferry is available  that travels to Bugala Island at Luku and back to Bukakata, in a journey that takes less than one hour for a one way trip. If you are coming from Kampala, you will however have to first drive from Kampala to Masaka then drive for about 36 Km to Bukakata landing site. Unlike the Nakiwogo ferry, the Bukakata ferry lands much further away from the area with most of the facilities like Hotels and therefore you have to drive from the ferry landing site at Bugala to the town of Kalangala. The Bukakata ferry too carries cars and therefore you can take along your car to ease your movements while in the Island.

Limitless Customised Tour to Ssese Island

Limitless Tours and Travels organizes private and group tours to Ssese Islands. You can have your Island tour customized to your preferences, interests and even your budget. It does not have to be expensive. At the Island, several options for accommodation can be obtained, so whatever your budget, you will get yourself something to help you relax. You can book a guided and customized Ssese Island tour package from Limitless Tours and Travels. If you want to know more about Uganda safari tour packages that can take you to Ssese, check this link, or contact Limitless Tours and Travels by email: [email protected]

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Uganda is a Fairy Tale back then and Now: What you don’t know about Uganda.

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Uganda is a “fairy tale” – described by Sir Winston Churchhill. Back then to Winston, it was the fairy tale at the end of the railway. Now it still remains the fairy tale at the end of the butmen road, at the end of the off-road tracks and at the landing of the Air jets, and at the limit of the walkways and track paths, it still remains a fairy tale. At the end of the railway, you expected an end to the “road” but guess what the Uganda train has never and will never be similar to what your eyes have given you. So rub off your expectation and open up your baby mind, sharpen your eyes and just reset your natural instincts to the factory mode alas open and free mind. That principle will take you to deep in the little known Uganda.

Are you getting lost? Or Are my loosing you? Or better still are my making you to get lost?

Let us get to what is this fairy tale and what the fuss! When someone mentions the word Uganda out there, many people have different perspectives of what Uganda is. A little flashback: When I first visited European Countries, I used to feel offended, but being the person that I am, “a natural diplomat” of sorts, I always never allowed the offense to read off my face but rather used that as an opportunity to tell the World about the real Uganda. So what is it that used to get me annoyed? Every time I introduced myself as Ugandan, many folks never knew what Uganda was and to the folks who knew what Uganda was, the next statement would feature “IDI Amin.”

Amin made such a negative mark on the World stage and his actions created an imaginary “Amin veil” around Uganda to date yet Amin left power in 1979. So how comes the almost 40year old era of Amin has still remained, to many out there, as though it is the true face of Uganda! People still refer to those 40year old stories partly because Uganda has not been out there to decide what image of hers gets placed out there and this gave good fertile soils for the planting and propagation of the negative propaganda that has been strategically used to craft a certain desired image of Africa which is far from the real Africa.  It’s not a lie that Africa has problems, but that is just like any other continent. And Africa is not a Country, Africa is Continent but certain forces have tried their best in putting Africa into a “Country container”, regardless of Africa’s great diversity.

The point is that the media has been used as a tool to artificially create and cement an artificial face of Africa, leaving many people out there not to know the real Africa. You can’t really blame someone who has never been to Africa but has only heard about Africa from their media, all they know is the type of Africa that the media has portrayed. The Africa of only problems, diseases etc etc. So for someone who has never been to Africa, it can’t be surprising what perceptions they have about Africa, which is completely skewed to the negative. Truth be told, Africa is far from what your lovely media house has told you and the proof for that lies not in what your media tells you but in you seeing what exactly is in Africa and to that effect, I bring to you a little piece of Africa (Uganda) today.

Uganda, is a very small country, small enough to be one of China’s small provinces or one of the states in the United States of America. Yes that small, but don’t be mistaken because Uganda’s small size in no way limits her uniqueness to the level that this African Great Lakes Country is actually a great force of beauty, uniqueness, diversity and whatever you may want to consider a force even in the biggest Countries.

So for the story lovers and movie funs, you may have been wondering what exactly made Sir Winston Churchill, to refer to this small country as a fairy tale. In what sense is it a fairy tale? The answer is – Uganda is a fairy tale in every sphere. That sounds ambiguous, right! Yes that sounds ambiguous to the ear but true to reality and in many senses.

I do not intend to go into the specific details of what makes Uganda the fairy tale because that should be a book in itself, however a little highlight to this fairy tale is an article that I may write soon. However that said, this little cute country earned the fairy tale bestowment. Imagine a very small country on the Equator, yet with Mountains with Snow at the peak of some Mountains, Imagine a little country that is a big constituent of the Albertine Grabben which is the most biodiverse eco-region for vertebrates in Africa. Are you thinking of Semi-arid places, Uganda has them, do you imagine the impenetrable tropical rain forests, they are in place; Do you think unique diversity in terms of wildlife, they give you the famous Africa’s Big Five plus Mountain Gorillas, yes, in fact having more than half of the remaining global population of this “King Kong”; Do you talk of Apes, they have a park with the highest primate density that many refer to as the primate capital of the world, a place where your closest known living relatives in the Wild, the Chimpanzees are a great force. Of course when you talk of Africa, then the wild fun of the legendary African Safari sets in mind and in Uganda, you have lots of options to choose which of their sprawling endless Savannah Grasslands you want to encounter the real jungle life of the wildlife therein. And the beautiful sceneries of green landscapes is one of my preferences, no wonder some of those sceneries had to be some of the scenes for the famous Black Panther movie. Beauty is many times reflected in feathers and birds have therefore been great masters of displaying natural beauty alongside flowers. So whether it is the beautiful melodies of songs from the African birds, or even the European or Asians birds seeking refuge in Africa during unfavourable times in their continents, you will be thrilled to the treat of beauty from Uganda’s birds. And yes, it is in the great lakes region, so do you know where the World’s longest River Nile originates, the Source is right here in this little country, where this river starts her journey of a thousand miles from Lake Victoria, which is the second largest fresh water lake in the World, yes you heard it right, and these beautiful freshwater lakes are masters in designing their landscapes, they seem to be natural landscape professionals who not only design their sceneries to the awe of man but also their freshness supports almost all forms of life, creating an immense aquatic biodiversity or variety of life.

But however much a country may be beautiful, her beauty is incomplete if her people are not a match to the beauty. So for those wondering what kind of people Ugandans are, the right words may not be with me but simply put Ugandans radiate warmness and conduct friendliness to anybody that sets foot in their land, so don’t ask me why so many people have sought refuge in Uganda. It does not matter what your race is, what your colour is, what your uniqueness is, you have no worries of being the “square peg in the round hole”, but rather it is a place you reach and the friendliness of its people make you feel like making it home or never leaving. This is really pretty amazing because these people are very diverse and diverse in every sense that even they don’t have a common native language which they all understand but rather use several languages and with over 40 tribes, each with its own unique and preferred staple foods, language etc, they define what diversity implies in every sense, yet their ethnic diversity has not in any way vaporised the friendly gel in them that cuts across this little yet very beautiful country.

Without getting tempted to detail Uganda’s fairy tale, in a nutshell, what the media, has made those who have never been to Uganda to know about Uganda is far different from the true Uganda and you will be the judge after your visit to this country, so the best is to come and see this for yourself, why Uganda was, is and still the fairy tale, and if you need help, you can be helped here on organising your maiden trip to Uganda. You can also contact Limitless Tours and Travels by email: [email protected]. 

Uganda Crater lake

Top 4 must-see Places to visit, for an exciting Wildlife Safari in Uganda.

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Uganda, popularly tagged as the Pearl of Africa has increasingly become an authoritative destination, rated as one of the top international safari destinations that boasts of a unique and diverse wildlife and nature. Uganda has a number of national parks and wildlife reserves that offers every visitor a piece of whatever their preference is, to witness a diverse wildlife in their natural habitat. On a guided safari trip, you can explore the untamed African wildlife in a serene and tranquil nature top-rated national parks and wildlife reserves.

Here is a list of top places, which you can explore while enjoying a guided wildlife safari in Uganda:

  1. Murchison Falls National Park

This is the largest and oldest Game Park in Uganda, gazetted in 1952, but still rules the wilderness. Murchison Falls National Park is a home to a wide variety of wildlife. This park covers 3,940 square kilometers and is known for its breathtaking Murchison Falls. The Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda is the best place to enjoy an exciting game drive that rolls in the smothering morning chill upto the Albert Delta, where the Victoria Nile opens her valves into Lake Albert. If you love variety and uniqueness, you get it squared in this African land, serving you a variety of wildlife like the Height Masters – The Rothschild Giraffes, African Elephants, Jungle masters, the African Lions, who rule the African Jungles, Cape Buffaloes, whose ever annoyed faces will pierce straight into your face in a daring gaze. You may be that lucky chap to also see the hiding Leopards, but whether that luck does not come your way, your visual plate will still be full of Warthogs, Hyenas, a bucket Antelope list of Water bucks, Heart beasts, Uganda Kobs and more.

Make sure the wild visual party does not stop until you reach the Albert Delta sprawling with even more wildlife. If you are not a bush-type, then then the waters will cool you urge. You take a launch cruise that runs through the Nile up to the bottom of the lovely waterfalls. Imagine the waters of the world’s longest river squeezing through a 7m opening then thrust downwards to over 40meters deep down in front of your eyes. That is what exactly happens over here. Your land life is supplemented by the water masters like the massive Hippopotamus competing for the breath, Crocodiles laying their traps or having their Sun-birth as well as several birds. You can also trek or drive to the top of the falls for a life memorable view of the falls.

If you love nature walks, you got it here, with the Honeymoon tracks and others deep in the Kaniyo-Pabidi, your stroll through this unspoiled land will stand out to be one of the most refreshing experiences, where you connect with nature and forget your man-made being. If you are couple, it’s a great place to reconnect with each other. Shading of the stress of the city and urban life is what you need to do here. Just keep it natural, keep it wild and keep it cool in this forested landscape.

Murchison waterfalls is surely an authority to reckon with in the African landscape and will prove to be the right platform to enjoy an epic safari in Uganda.

Do not forget to miss out an exciting chimpanzee tracking in Budongo, in Murchison Falls National Park, that will prove to be a memorable moment of your wildlife safari.

 

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda’s most impressive Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most visited national park and offers high biodiversity that includes open savannas, forested landmasses, dense papyrus and crater lakes. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a home to more than 600 bird species and 100 mammal species. On a safari trip to this park, you will love to witness the Elephants, Giant forest hogs, Hippos, Leopards, Hyenas, the famous Tree-climbing Lions who carelessly patch the barks of trees in the Ishasha sector of this protected area, and more.

On a primate tracking or chimpanzee tracking safari in the Kyambura gorge in this park in Uganda, you will love to witness the primates in their natural habitat, deep down in the Gorge as they hoot and ‘fly’ from tree to tree in search for what only them know best.

And then the beautiful and relaxing boat cruise on Kazinga channel, with amazing views and various waterlife. This park has some of the world’s most beautiful crater lakes that you should not miss. You should not miss seeing the locals mining salt in the salty lakes which migratory Flamingos call their home too during their Uganda part of the ‘tour de earth’ journeys. This man and biosphere reserve is recognized globally and you surely have to make it a place to be.

 

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This park is the right place to enjoy an exhilarating Uganda Gorilla tour.  The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is known by many as the best destination in Uganda, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. This attracts a huge number of Gorilla lovers from all around the world to enjoy a thrilling gorilla tracking expedition. With Uganda alone having more than 50% of the World’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, there is nowhere else to enjoy the Gorilla experience better than Bwindi. Having a rich ecosystem, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has an immense diversity of nature in a terrain that leaves you wondering where you are and who. The natural landscaping of this part of the earth is unique and you will be lost for your breath as you dare through the roads that cling on the sides of these rugged landscape. And the mist over the impenetrable forest will remind you of the 1988 famous “Gorillas in the mist” thriller and yes, you are where it was shot, the Gorilla landscape.

Gorilla tracking is not only the most expensive tourist activity in Uganda but also one with the biggest demand, where your Gorilla tracking permit will have to be booked and purchased months in advance and you don’t just walk over there to track but you must have been scheduled in the restricted number of tourists allowed to see these gentle giant apes, that will make your trip a life-long memory and a story to document for your friends and grandchildren too. For the bird lovers, you will enjoy a cocktail of bird songs in this impenetrable forest.

You will track the Gorillas on foot in the wild. It is a must do and you will leave to remember the experience.

  1. Kidepo Valley National Park

Talk unspoiled places and you are talking Kidepo Valley National Park, situated at the extreme northeast and considered to be the home for a variety of animals like Cape Buffaloes, Lions, Giraffes, Zebras, Hyenas, Reedbucks and more. The Kipedo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most isolated parks that lies in the rugged, semi-arid valley and famous for having the most exciting faunas such as the greater and lesser kudu, Eland, Cheetah, Spotted hyena, Side-striped Jackals and more. This remotely located park is a wilderness capital in its setting and surrounding. Surrounded by the Karamojong people who live in their communal traditional “eden-like Manyattas” and who until recently have been alien to clothes, and maintained their “natural suits”. You will love to see these people jump and dance to their traditional dances and folklore.

Many travelers including those who have made several trips to Uganda have not stepped on this remote segment Uganda and those who have done so testify to this park as being one of the most beautiful and unique sceneries that you can ever get across the continent.

To have the utmost fun, you can book a guided and customized Uganda Wildlife safari tour package from Limitless Tours and Travels. If you want to know more about Uganda safari tour packages that can take you to these places, check this link, or contact Limitless Tours and Travels by email: [email protected]. 

River Nile

Explore the Source of the World’s Longest River with Limitless Tours and Travels

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The River Nile is the longest river in the world and offers therefore a river of Interest. The Source of the Nile starts right from Jinja, Uganda, the eastern part of Africa. The river flows from the areas up close to the equator to the outrageous desert and up to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. About 6,696 km long, the river pours water over nine countries though it’s more centered to Uganda and Egypt. The countries receiving water from the River Nile include Uganda, Burundi, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

As the river is more centered in Uganda, many tour operators like Limitless Tours and Travels, have been providing travel itineraries to explore the Source of the Nile in Uganda. Limitless Tours and Travels offers amazing packages to experience the unrivaled beauty, natural endowment and very friendly people in Uganda. Its tour itineraries include so many activities on the Nile like water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, boat riding, fishing and more. This is why large numbers of tourists choose to visit the River Nile with Limitless Tours and Travels.

Offering the best opportunity to catch a closer glimpse of the Nile, Limitless Tours and Travels prides itself on ensuring exciting adventures with ultimate fun and thrill. When planning a tour to Uganda, the Source of the Nile should be one of the most awe-inspiring places to visit before getting back home. Hence, choosing a holiday with Limitless Tours and Travels to visit Uganda including the River Nile can be the best decision to take, if adventure and thrill appeal to the travel enthusiasts.

“Booking our tour itinerary to reach the Source of the Nile, our driver/ tour guide will pick you up from the airport or hotel and help you reach Jinja, making a stop at Sezibwa Falls in Mukono District. You’ll stop at Mabira forest for an exciting Tree ziplining and head straight to Jinja reaching the Source of the Nile. You can take a boat ride right on the Nile River to see the place where the river starts its journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. When you’re in the source with our tour guide, you will be able to see a wide variety of bird species including kingfishers. After seeing this, you’ll enjoy a lunch at Jinja Nile Resort Hotel and then go for a half day water rafting trip at the Bujjagali Falls or horse riding, quad biking, kayaking or bungee jumping – anything that appeal you the most. Therefore, it’s necessary to choose which activity you want to engage yourself in and we will deliver after that. At the end of all the adventures, you’ll return to Kampala in the evening for ultimate relaxation from the thrilling River Nile activities. After all, you’ll have day long River Nile adventures; but also enjoy delicious dinner and overnight at Protea hotel in Entebbe. If pure relaxation, bungee jumping, water rafting and a chance to de-stress completely  is what you’re in need of, then book a tour package to the Source of the River Nile with Limitless Tours And Travels today”, says one of the spokespersons of Limitless Tours and Travels. Take a look at this discounted one day offer to explore the Nile, Sezibwa and Mabira forest

About The Company:

Limitless Tours and Travels is a reputable, reliable company providing most affordable tour itineraries including a tour to the Source of the River Nile in the best suiting way to the needs of clients. The company believes that there shouldn’t be any limit or barrier to have fun, excitement and pleasure. That’s why it provides tour packages at the best possible costs letting the clients get the value of money they spent. For more info about its tour itineraries and services, consider visiting the website today!