Smoke on the water – Lake Victoria – Der Victoriasee

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On our first trip through Uganda five years ago, we´ve already heard some stories about Lake Victoria´s lake flies, small insects spending their early life cycles in the lake before transforming into flies and swarming out in vast numbers, all at the same time. It would look just like columns of smoke on the open lake, we were told. Back then, I got so curios, so desperate on taking pictures of that phenomenon, but we hardly had any time left for exploring the lake. Weiterlesen

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Buggala Island, a place of retreat I – Buggala, ein Rückzugsort I

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From Kalinzu Forest, we caught a minibus to the east, to Mbarara where we had to change transport and took a big bus eastward on to Masaka near the shore of Lake Victoria. After the delicious Friday night BBQ buffet at the Frikadellen, a Danish-run eatery linked to the NGO Childcare Denmark, and a night at the Vienna Golden Hotel in Masaka (we couldn´t figure out why the hell this is called Vienna), we tried to take a minibus to Buggala Island, the largest island of the Ssese Archipelago which comprises 84 islands just off shore on Lake Victoria. There is a free ferry service commuting all day between the mainland east of Masaka and the western tip of Buggala Island, covering the three or four kilometres in around 40 minutes. Weiterlesen