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Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Kampala, Uganda

The Basics

Split between Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya, Lake Victoria harbours diverse flora and fauna, including more than 200 species of fish, making it the ideal place for a fishing or a wildlife tour. The close proximity of Entebbe International Airport mean that many visitors opt to spend a pre- or post-flight night on Victoria’s shores, which have a range of accommodation options. Boat tours typically offer a flexible itinerary while multi-day Uganda tours nearly always include Lake Victoria as part of a wider itinerary.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Spending time at Lake Victoria is a must for nature lovers and travelers looking to get off the beaten path.

  • The Ssese Islands are still relatively untouched by tourism; tranquility, however, comes at the cost of a lack of modern amenities.

  • Don’t forget a jacket for lakeside evenings; the lake is so large it has its own microclimate which results in slightly cooler evenings.

  • Be aware that storms are common, so it’s worth checking the weather ahead of your voyage.

  • It’s recommended to avoid swimming, as a lot of raw waste ends up in the waters.

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How to Get There

The close proximity of Entebbe International Airport means that many visitors opt to spend a pre- or post-flight night on Victoria’s shores, which have a range of accommodation options. From the airport, visitors can take a short taxi ride to the lake. There are plenty of resorts to choose from all along the mainland shoreline, while the Ssese Island ferry departs Nakiwogo daily.

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When to Get There

Although rainy season might not be the most pleasant time to visit Lake Victoria, travelers that opt to brave the downpours are rewarded with increased wildlife sightings and impressive views of the natural landscape bursting into fresh bloom.

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Uganda’s Spiritual Home

Before the arrival of European colonizers, Lake Victoria’s Ssese Islands held great spiritual significance in the region. The god-like python Luwala and the healers he spoke through were important figures in East African culture and politics, and their line still continues today. Ferries to Bugala Island operate daily from Nakiwogo and Bukakata. Once there, you can immerse yourself in its spiritual past on a forest walk or take time to reflect on the tranquil Mutumbula Beach.

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