3 Days Leisure Holiday on Ssese Islands

 Ssese Islands 100

Ssese is a group of islands found in the western part of the large Lake Victoria, within Kalangala district. It has 84 tinny islands which vary in size from the less than 10,000 sq km to more 40 kilometers in length. Bugala is actually the largest island. The Sesse islands came to place about 12,000 years back when a tectonic change caused a raised basin found between the 2 arms of the East African Great Rift Valley to actually flood, hence resulting into the formation of Lake Victoria.

Safari Activities

Guided Walks
They can arrange for you Guided walks around the Islands to observe the farm of palm trees plus fishing villages. The guests may as well visit the stunning bats caves. When at Bugala Island, there are guided walks within the forests which enable the guests to see a number of monkey species.

Approximately 43 of these islands are populated by Bantu speaking – basesse tribe which is related to the Baganda plus Basoga people of Uganda. The major economic activity here is fishing of the large Nile Perch with most of this being exported overseas. The moorland are habitat to a diversity of primates and there is a ferry that connects the mainland at Bukakata to Bugala Island.

Boat trip
Boat trips may be organized as a connection to the other Islands hence offering guests an opportunity to appreciate the great beauty of other Islands and even watch the spectacular birds.

Day 1: Trip to Ssese Island
Day 2: Bike Riding, Birding, Fishing and Nature Walks on the Island
Day 3: Return to Kampala


Day 1: Trip to Ssese Island
After breakfast you will drive to Masaka where you will have lunch. Proceed to Bukakata Landing site on the shores of Lake Victoria and there your guide will brief you about this tour. You will Board the ferry to Luuku site on the side of Ssese islands, and then proceed to Lutoboka bay. Dinner and sleep at Palm Beach resort.

Day 2: Bike Riding, Birding, Nature Walks and Fishing, on the Island
Following breakfast you will go for a forest walk for the entire day exploring the island. Look forward to seeing several primates, birds and butterflies, plus other species. You will go for lunch at the lodge in the afternoon go unwind besides the lake shores, or construct sand castles or even ride bikes or go fish depending on your preference. Have dinner and spend the night at Palm Beach Resort.

Day 3: Return to Kampala
After your breakfast you will go to Luuku landing site where you will board a ferry to Bukakata landing site on the mainland Lake Victoria. From there you will return to Kampala.

Student Adventures


Reason why we at Challenger tours think you should take some time off the school schedule and enjoy an exclusive Student Safari/Tour.


At Challenger tours and travel ltd, we have taken it upon ourselves to ensure that all our guides and staff have tripped profoundly into the heart of the countries Uganda. Our coordinators, consultants and guides instill all our programs with the whole lot from security and faultless logistics to verbal communication for all Nationalities. The trips we organize are to guarantee that you the Students voyage the kinds of trips that we have created to perfection and suit the notion of you the students in an idiosyncratic and inimitable technique achievable.  We work with middle and high schools, as well as with universities, to create educational adventures where the world is the classroom.


We believe that for any Students Tour we organize, we ought to deliver to both the students and teacher as well hence offer an educational adventure which will definitely be a combination of unforgettable experiences with teachable moments of not only learning, but also Funny because what is a definition STUDENT SAFRAFI without FUN to it!  The biggest remuneration is these educational travel experiences are that students learn something new about themselves and the world around them.

With our tunes of experience in traveling and trip organization for not only students but also large groups of students, we trust that we can make anything happen to our best ability. However, we can work with teachers to handcraft the itinerary and activities to flattering remark what is going on in the classroom. For all our clients, from the moment you make an inquiry, we become you personal Consultant for everything concerning the Safari to the last detail. Since we believe students are just Students and for every 8 students, a teacher joins free!

The Student Safaris that we have created can integrate pre and post-trip curriculum with in the country for example on-site discussions and coursework that make learning fun and bring students and teachers together through games. Let US take care of the details of the Safari, while you the teachers and the students focus on learning, living, and experiencing the learning of side the classroom!!!


Student's Laggage in the Challenger Tours Van and you can see our Website www.challengersafari.com




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4 Days Queen Wildlife Viewing, Kibale Chimps tracking


Tour overview

This trip begins in Queen Elizabeth National Park home of the renowned tree climbing lions and several antelope species, buffaloes, hyenas, baboons, Topis, waterbucks, crocodiles, elephants, hippos among others. It proceeds to Kibale National Park home to the largest number and variety of primates in the whole of East Africa including Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, and Blue, Red-tailed, chimpanzees and Red-Colobus. Have a nature walk within Bigodi Swamp to enjoy a wonderful opportunity for watching birds such as the sunbirds and the great blue turraco.

Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Launch Cruise;
Day 2: Game Drive, transfer to Kibale Chimp Forest National Park;
Day 3: Chimp Tracking, Bigodi Bird watching;
Day 4: Return to Kampala;

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Launch Cruise
Following an early breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving past the beautiful legendary Rwenzori Mountain range on this journey. In the afternoon you will go for the special two hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects lakes George and Edward. You will sail through perhaps the highest concentration of giant Hippos plus several other animals observed drinking at the water shores. This launch cruise provides a unique platform for taking photographs, watching birds and viewing game, perfect for a Uganda safari. The productive bird life is colorful and astonishing with well over 550 resident species.

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Kyambura Game Lodge or Katara Lodge
Basic: Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel Time: Approximately 7 Hours

Day 2: Game Drive along the way to Kibale Chimp Forest National Park
You will have a game drive very early in the morning in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Topis, Leopards, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda Kobs, among others. On the Drive to Kibale National Park you will be able to enjoy an impressive sight of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon” which you will clearly see on the road to Fort Portal.

Luxury: Ndali Lodge
Mid-range: Primates Lodge
Basic: Chimps Nest
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: Approximately 3 Hours

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking, Bigodi Swamp for bird watching
Right After Breakfast, you will head out into the Forest, to view the primates. The activity begins at 8.00am and takes half the day as you look for chimpanzees plus other primates such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, Red-Colobus and the Blue tailed monkeys along with the Red-tailed swinging through this dense forest together with birds, small insects and butterflies. The safari guide will offer you a comprehensive explanation on the primates, as well as the other forest plant and animal life ensuring that this walk is not only enjoyable but informative as well. After lunch, you will explore the unique Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site where you will encounter uncommon plant and animal species. This walk is superb for seeing various bird species such as the Great blue Turacco, little Bulbul, Rwenzori Turaco and the Narina Trogon, among others.

Luxury: Ndali Lodge
Mid-range: Primates Lodge
Basic: Chimps Nest
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Nature Walk, Return to Kampala
Following Breakfast you will go for a morning nature walk within the forest to observe the uncommon unique animal species. You will have Lunch along the drive back to Kampala.
Meal Plan: Breakfast plus Lunch.

The Safari Package includes

  • Chimpanzee Permits
  • Cultural entertainment
  • Park Ranger Fees 
  • Canoe ride
  • Two hour launch cruise on the Kazinga channel
  • Necessary Government Taxes
  • Full Board Accommodation (for three nights) and meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Full time English speaking Guide-Driver
  • Ground Transportation by a 4WD safari vehicle
  • Transfers to the Airport only if your flight is on the very day the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions

  • Air Fares
  • Visa Fees 
  • Personal expenditures of any nature including personal insurance, telephone, accommodation, drinks, cigarettes, tips, laundry, plus meals not mentioned in your itinerary as well as all activities indicated as optional.

Visa Information

Ugandan visas are issued at our Missions/Embassies abroad and also at the Entry/Exit Points e.g. Entebbe, Busia, Malaba etc..

Underlying the Uganda Visa Policy is the principle of reciprocity, that is all countries that require visas for Ugandans are also visa prone in Uganda.

Additional visa option details are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at http://www.mofa.go.ug/

Visa Fees - Effective June 2007
Student Visa US$20
Single Entry US$50
Multiple Entry 6 months US$100
Multiple Entry 1 year US$200
Inland Transit US$15

Countries Exempted from Visa requirements to Uganda

* Angola

* Comoros

* Grenada

* Malawi

* Antigua

* Cyprus

* Singapore

* Malta

* Bahamas

* Eritrea

* Jamaica

* Mauritius

* Barbados

* Fiji

* Kenya

* Madagascar

* Belize

* Gambia

* Lesotho

* Rwanda

* Seychelles

* Solomon Islands

* Swaziland

* Tanzania

* Zambia

* Zimbabwe

* Tonga

* St. Vincent

* Vanuatu

* Sierra Leone

* Italy (Diplomatic Passports)

Visa Check List
In order to qualify for a visa application, all intending travelers to Uganda must:
* Have a valid passport issued by your government.
* The passport must be valid past the date of your expected departure from Uganda.

You must have:

  • An International Vaccination Certificate against Cholera (recommended, not required). An International Inoculation Certificate against Yellow Fever.
    • You must obtain a Uganda Government VISA before entry into Uganda.
      • To obtain a Uganda Government VISA the following are required:
        • Fill out both sides of Visa Application Form "J".
          • Submit your passport and two (2) passport-size photographs