Lonely Planet Writer

Ugandan artists set up home on new floating island

Lake Victoria, Uganda.
Lake Victoria, Uganda. Image by michell zappa / CC BY-SA 2.0

A piece of land that broke off from Uganda‘s mainland four months ago has been occupied by a group of artists. Named Mirembe, which translates to ‘peace’ in Luganda, the island is 20 acres in size and has been migrating across the waters of Lake Victoria. The 10 male residents live in grass-thatched huts, and have started farming maize, cassava, beans and even bananas in the soggy soils. Although environmental scientists have warned the residents to stop farming and vacate the island as it may break up and sink, the men don’t believe Mirembe is in jeopardy because they can’t actually feel it moving. Read more: bbc.co.uk