Canoe ride to Tisai Island

The forgotten island

The island is one of the gazzetted bird sanctuaries in the country and home to some of the most endangered bird species. It is part of Opeta-Bisina wetland system, uniquely placed and a haven to the rare fox’s weaver, shoebill and white-bucket duck.

Tisai island, in the Kumi district of Teso, is the poorest community in Uganda. It has 6000 inhabitants, and has remained isolated since 1967. Access is very difficult, which can only be gained by boat. Since the early 2010’s the Church of Uganda and the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church have been working with the community and started some churches. From this base of church / community / government involvement some investment has begun to flow into the island.

How to get there?

The Eco-tourism sites on either lakes can be accessed by boat from either sites.

  1.  Kapir Community Eco-Tourism Site
  2. Magoro Community Eco-Tourism Site
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trip
  • Cultural Encounters
  • Fishing