"Banda" Banda Island by muguruki

Banda Island Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 28 photos

Heard a lot about Banda before I ever got there, not all good! I still hear mixed things about the place now; it probably is the Marmite of Ugandan travel (by that I mean you either love it or hate it).

Banda is a serious chilling place the most energetic thing I did on Banda was pick chillies from some of the many bushes scattered about the place! The food on the island is excellent, prepared by the staff under the owner Dom's strict instructions and because of the islands remoteness most of the food and spices are actually grown on the island itself. The food is so good that I didn't even have to bring my own Marmite (now there is a rarity).

Since the Dutch government have provided a ferry to run to the Ssese islands from near Entebbe that goes straight to the big island, very few tourists actually make the short trip to Banda which makes the place even quieter these days.


This is the boat arriving on the beach at Banda Island on its return trip to the mainland.

If you are coming from the mainland the journey from Kasenyi near Entebbe takes 3 hours and usually leaves just before nightfall. After the boat leaves Banda it then continues on to the main Ssese island.


Resting in the shade before the return trip back to the chaos of the port at Kesenyi.

Its a good idea to take a brolley and not just for the possibility of rain, but for the only shelter on the boat trip back to Kasenyi.

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  • Last visit to Banda Island: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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