Kalangala’s main access route via Masaka must be restored if the tourism potential of the island district is to be realised, leaders have said.
Kalangala, which is made up of more than 80 islands, is a top tourist destination for sport fishing, bird watching, exotic beaches and stunning sunset views, among others.
The island district can mainly be accessed via the Masaka route through Bukakkata and Bugoma with the use of the MV Pearl and MV Ssese marine vessels.
However, those travelling to the district have often been advised to use the MV Kalangala ferry that docks at Entebbe.
But MV Kalangala has, since its return from servicing on October 1, been reduced to transporting half its capacity to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Vessel’s capacity affected
Now, a vessel whose capacity is 108 passengers, only takes 50 people so as to maintain social distancing in line with the standard operating procedures stipulated by the Ministry of Health.