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Kalangala Town Kalangala Town is located on the northern shores of Buggala Island in Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Buggala Island is the largest island in the Ssese Islands archipelago. The town is the administrative centre of Kalangala District.

It is approximately 60 kilometers (37 mi), across water, southwest of Entebbe.[1] The coordinates of the town are0°19'17.0"S, 32°17'31.0"E (Latitude:-0.321389; Longitude: 32.291944).


Since the Bassese is a part of Buganda kingdom, the family in Buganda is often described as a microcosm of the kingdom. The father is revered and obeyed as head of the family. His decisions are generally unquestioned. A man's social status is determined by those with whom he establishes patron/client relationships, and one of the best means of securing this relationship is through one's children.

Baganda children, some as young as three years old, are sent to live in the homes of their social superiors, both to cement ties of loyalty among parents and to provide avenues for social mobility for their children. Buganda's clan system is central to its culture. A clan represents a group of people who can trace their lineage to a common ancestor in some distant past. In the customs of Buganda, lineage is passed down along patrilineal lines. The clan essentially forms a large extended family and all members of a given clan regard each other as brothers and sisters regardless of how far removed from one another in terms of actual blood ties.

The Baganda took great care to trace their ancestry through this clan structure. A formal introduction of a muganda includes his own names, the names of his father and paternal grandfather, as well as a description of the family's lineage within the clan that it belongs to. Authoritarian control is an important theme of Ganda culture. In pre-colonial times, obedience to the king was a matter of life and death. However, a second major theme of Ganda culture is the emphasis on individual achievement. An individual's future is not entirely determined by status at birth. Instead, individuals carve out their fortunes by hard work as well as by choosing friends, allies, and patrons carefully.

Ganda culture tolerates social diversity more easily than many other African societies. Even before the arrival of Europeans, many Ganda villages included residents from outside Buganda. Many non-Baganda migrant workers stayed in Buganda to farm forming a multicultural society.

Marriage with non-Baganda was fairly common, and many Baganda marriages ended in divorce. After independence, Ugandan officials estimated that one-third to one-half of all adults marry more than once


Bassese are esteemed around the Ssese Islands for their hospitality and affability towards their guests as it is in the rest of Uganda. Currently the population of the Bassese is about 35,000.. Ssese Islands share a similar cultural heritage, history, ancestry, homeland, language and religion Baganda and Busoga Kingdoms.

These common factors are the reason for the unity and harmony prevailing in the alluring islands and the rest of the country.. The people from these Islands are primarily fishermen but they are also engaged in farming of coffee, cassava, potatoes, bananas, yams, charcoal burning, sand quarrying, some activities of prostitution and hospitality.


What's the best time to travel to Kalangala (Ssese Islands) in Uganda? Here are some annual weather facts we collected from our historical weather data: Ssese Islands has some of the amazing sunrise and sunsets in Lake Victoria and the perfect holiday weather all-year long. At Night, you have the moon and a starlit sky along with the lighting over the vast lake which provides spectacular pyrotechnic like displays at night. Ssese Islands has a tropical climate. The average annual temperature is 21°C in Kalangala. About 1266 mm of precipitation falls annually.

• Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in January, March, April, May, October, November and December.

• On average, the warmest month is January with 22.4 °C.

• On average, the coolest month is August.

• April is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.

• July is the driest month.

More information on Kalangala Ssese Islands weather and climate, visit; http://en.climate-data.org/location/783001/ or http://www.accuweather.com/en/ug/kalangala/1040999/weather-forecast/1040999


The Sesse Islands are inhabited by the Bantu speaking Bassese tribe of the Buganda Kingdom, closely related to the Baganda and the Basoga minority on the islands, and speaking a similar, though distinct language. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the islands were one of the most important spiritual centers of the Buganda region. About 43 (50%) of the islands are inhabited. The islands vary in size from less than 10,000 square metres (2.5 acres), to over 40 kilometres (25 mi) in length for the largest island, Bugala Island.