Saturday, January 11, 2014

Car Ferry From Entebbe to Ssese Islands is Out of Service Until Feb or Mar 2014

Uganda Africa Traveler Update:

The car ferry from Entebbe to the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria in Uganda has just gone OUT OF SERVICE for a few months. The Passenger ferry is still running but if you want to take your vehicle, you must take the (very nice and free) passenger and car ferry out of Masaka (Nyendo). The ferry, The Pearl, docks at Bukakata. Journey to Bugala Island takes only 30 minutes. Ship leaves promptly. Don't be late!

A nice place to camp is at the Ssese Island Hotel near Kalangala.

Note that the Hornbill Camp is CLOSED. German ex-pat owner has been imprisoned on the island for the last 5 weeks. He and his wife Tina ran Hornbill Camp for 18 years but a property dispute with the resort next door (The Pearl) resulted in the Hornbill Camp being smashed to bits in December 2013 just as guests rose for breakfast.

If you visit the island any time soon stop in and give Dika your support or just say hi. In any event, a visit to a Ugandan Prison especially the one on Bugala Island where some of the prisoners are free range and ducks quack around the feet of the inmates, can be interesting.

Jinja, Uganda

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