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Lake Victoria, Uganda
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Banda Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We headed over to Banda for a relaxing few days after a safari and it was just what we needed. The place was great. Cant complain with having a swim and a chill by a fire with a massive glass of wine. The food was excellent and I loved the fact they source all the fish from local guys. Interesting... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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13 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Banda Island is a great escape from Kampala and its traffic, noise and utter chaos. If you're looking for a quiet time in the company of expat owners who truly care about their customers' experience, then you have come to the right place! It is worth the detour even if it is only for one night since groups can easily... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

A great place to see uganda a little bit different. We went to banda island by cycling to kizilu first. There Vincent was waiting for us and after a boat trip of 3 hour we arrived on Banda Island. In the morning we woke up in our cabine with the water only 15 meters from our cabine. A journey to... More 

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Richmond, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Banda Island is perfect for those who wish to experience the real Uganda off the beaten path, in comfort and with amazing food, activities and staff in the most exquisite location imaginable. Choice of accommodations including lazy camping (tent maintained by staff), dormitory lodging and beach cabins provide something for every budget and level of adventurous spirit. The rainforest shower... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I never knew I got seasick - until I went to Banda Island. Despite the vomiting on the way there, I had an amazing time. The boat arrived on the beach for me to be greeted by half a dozen smiling faces a few tail wagging dogs and Petra waving a choice of beer or soda. A quick brush of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I have probably spent more time on Banda Island this last year than just about anyone. I love the place, its solitude and beauty. In all that time I have never seen Andrew the manager mistreat the staff. From what I have experienced Andrew has always bent over backwards to treat the staff with respect and affection. Andrew's first consideration... More 

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48 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A lovely setting to get away from it all. It is a bit of an adventure getting there (carried into the boat by men walking in the lake and a 3 hour boat journey!) and I wouldn't recommend for those who are used to hotel holidays! The facilities are extremely basic - sarongs on the toilet doors, cold showers inside... More 

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Excellent service, food, location, shower, cottage, view…everything! Hats off for Andrew!!! The sailing lesson was really an adventure :-). We spend two days at Banda and left with big smiles on our faces.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
24 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay overhere! Andrew taught us how to play canasta and backgammon and we played it together evening after evening. Did some fishing and our catch of the day was only some weed but good fun anyway. Had the best outdoor shower ever. Liked the good food. Just enjoy and relaxed. A little gem. Andrew and staff,... More 

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Kampala, Uganda
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8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Ok.. where should I start. Yes, you can go sailing, walk to the village by a 20 minute hike through the forest which also serves as a home for many many spiders. You could also be lying on a hammock and look at the beach. When me and my friends arrived at the island, it was quite different than what... More 

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Address: Lake Victoria, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Ssese Islands
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Number of rooms: 5

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