This inhabited island lies in the southwest of Lake Victoria, where it is separated from the slightly larger Rubondo Island by about 10km of open water. The lushly forested western half of Maisome is currently protected within a forest reserve and may at some point be incorporated into Rubondo Island National Park. At present, however, the forest can be explored without paying fees, and it harbours a similar range of birds to the national park, though not the large mammals. Ferries between Mwanza and Nyamirembe stop at Maisome in both directions. However, at the time of writing this service had been suspended. It is also possible to arrange local fishermen to take you from Maisome to Rubondo Island or to Nyamirembe on the mainland. I’m told that basic guesthouses are available on Maisome, and it should be no problem pitching a tent. The staff at the ferry office in Mwanza can be very helpful with information about places where ferries stop.
(c) Philip Briggs 2009