EXPLORE THE SPECTACULAR BUBEMBE ISLAND
Bubembe Island is found within Lake Victoria in Uganda, and is popular for being one of the 84 islands in this freshwater Lake referred as Ssese Islands. It is sprawled within Kalangala district, lying within the north-western side of this Lake.
Besides the popular attractions especially wildlife species like mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the Big five animals (lions, leopards, Rhinos, Elephants and Buffaloes), over 1062 bird species and water resources, Uganda is a home to numerous verdant Islands with endless beauty and nature to the fullest.
Lake Victoria is made up of 84 Islands, that are collectively known as Ssese Islands and majority of them are unoccupied except for some fishermen, thus rainforests and swamps that surround some of the coastal regions make the Ssese Islands an ideal habitat for aquatic and forest bird species especially the African fish eagles, flycatchers, hornbills, whale-headed storks, Grey parrots, weavers, turaco, Kingfishers and Pelicans. The undeniably unblemished land is abundant with plant life, butterfly species and many others
Other attractions within Bubembe Island include several wildlife species such as Crocodiles, Hippos, the shy sitatunga antelopes, waterbucks near the shores of the Lake. Within the forested areas, a number of primate species can be spotted and these include Chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and the red-tailed monkeys among others.
Much as Bubembe Island is an endowed tourist destination within Lake Victoria, it was greatly affected especially after Bidco, the Vegetable Oil producer started to use Bulldozers throughout a number of places to set up monocultures of Oil Palm plantations which also affects the fertility of the soil. However after demonstrations/protests by a number of Ugandans, the Government halted destruction of the forests so as to maintain the natural state of the area.
How to Reach Bubembe Island
As earlier mentioned, Bubembe is one of the Islands within Lake Victoria and can only be access through water transport and is approximately 9 hours steamer trip from Port Bell (In Kampala) to the Island. Alternatively, you can use the ferry from Bukakata to the destination but tourists from Bugala Island and actually take a two hour boat ride to Bubembe Island.
In conclusion, Bubembe Island is one of the most spectacular places you will ever desire to explore during Uganda safaris. It is a home to several wildlife species including primates (black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and vervet monkeys), sitatunga, Hippos and Crocodiles as well as bird species including African fish eagles, flycatchers, hornbills, whale-headed storks, Grey parrots, weavers, turaco, Kingfishers and Pelicans among others.