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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fun of this palce starts with the boat ride out from Kisenyi - Brenda did a great job of meeting us and getting us on the right boat despite our best efforts to get on the wrong one! Boarding the boat requires a shouder ride from a porter (unless you want to wade waist deep in the lake). A...

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed October 29, 2016

I will not stop being supprised of what Uganda can bring to me. This place is absolutely no exception. So great, so nice, so quiet. Petra was so helpfull during reservation and Brenda with the other staff offer an amazing service there. Coffe or tea at your bedside in the morning!! Delicious 3 meals a day. Exiting talks with other...

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Masindi, Uganda
Reviewed October 29, 2016

The staff and the atmosphere in this place made me feel like I was invited as a family member. Everyone was wery social, even there was room for time alone for peace and quiet. The bonfire and the meals at the table felt very warm and cosy, This is not so common i UG. I will highly recommend other young...

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Kampala, Uganda
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Banda is a place I will always want to relax from. 5 nights was not enough for my partner and I. Banda am counting days to be back to the home of nature. And please Petra maintain nature and hospitality of Banda.

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Reviewed September 13, 2016

Very helpful and friendly staff. They arranged and coordinated the entire booking experience wonderfully. The island itself was extremely relaxing and had a lot of fun things to do - nature walk, board games, bonfire - all at a very affordable price

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Banda_Island, Owner at Banda Island, responded to this review

Dear Sherina, You made our day! We are usually not mentioned in reviews being overshadowed by the experience on Banda itself. So thanks a lot for sampling us out in your review. We do indeed try to make it as easy as possible for travellers to visit Banda, it being not an easy place to reach without help. So thanks...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 11, 2016

Brenda is brilliant and it is a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle for a taste of the easy life! Main complaints would be disappointing vegetarian food, for one meal I had to eat chips and avocado. But also, if the trusty boat is not running you have to make your way on a dodgy fishing...

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Banda_Island, Owner at Banda Island, responded to this review

Hello Hetty, I am so sorry to hear the food experience was not so good for you. Our food is usually one of the most appreciated parts of the stay on Banda. And we do pride ourselves to make sure people with special diets are getting same quality food. Did you tell us you are vegetarian at time of booking?...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 3, 2016

Banda island is an incredible experience! I stayed for just 2 nights mid-week before my flight home. The journey to and from banda can seem a little daunting but we got a special hire to kasenyi and had called Jonathon in advance and he met us there and showed us where to go and was my porter onto the boat....

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Banda_Island, Owner at Banda Island, responded to this review

Hi VHaff, I am happy you could come mid-week and enjoy the free upgrade. The cabins are indeed so nice - especially when being able to sip a coffee and watch the sunrise from your own terrace. We are now having great coffee on Banda, two local brands to choose from. Especially ground for the french press. So I guess...

Reviewed July 3, 2016

Banda Island is a hidden treasure. Not so easy to get to, it is worth the hassle. The place is perfect paradise, the wildlife is teeming, the staff are great, and the food is great. If you like to relax, eat fresh caught fish, and sit by the fire then you must go.

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Banda_Island, Owner at Banda Island, responded to this review

Hello Brian, You hit the nail on the head! That is exactly what I love about Banda myself. And indeed, if you can't go with Vincent is is very much a Matatu experience to get to us. But I somehow like the madness at Kasenyi in a strange way. Thanks for the compliment, I will pass it on to my...

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Reviewed June 26, 2016

I came across Banda Island just by chance and I am glad I did. We hitched a ride on a local fishing boat which took a while thanks to a head wind but once we got to the island it was all worth it. Brenda and the dogs were there to welcome us and showed us to our banda on...

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Banda_Island, Owner at Banda Island, responded to this review

Hi James, We love to have you back on Banda anytime soon! Let me know which meals you had then I can ask Kito to prepare something new for you. He has quite a repertoire and my favorites are the wraps, the veggie pilau and the fish samosas. When I go to Banda I also feel everything falling into place,...

Giv'atayim, Israel
Reviewed June 15, 2016

We got to Banda Island without knowing what to expect since we heard of it in a completely random way from someone we didn't really know. Now we know that most people stumble upon Banda, but we also know that almost everyone that goes there ends up coming back. An amazing hideaway, in the middle of lake Victoria, that has...

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Banda_Island, Owner at Banda Island, responded to this review

Dear Guggi1987, Thanks for the great review and we do hope you make it back to Banda! We now have amazing coffee as well, specially french-press ground Barista pro and Kigezi mountains. And it is the people like you who make the experience for other travellers good as well. You reach that remote place and find like-minded easy going and...

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Amenities

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  • Beachfront
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Banda Island, the hidden gem of the Ssese Islands archipelago, is a beautiful place with the most amazing sunsets. Peace and tranquility are at the top of the list, with amazing staff and management making sure nothing detracts. For the adventurous at heart, there is water skiing, wake boarding and a small Laser yacht. We also offer fishing, boat trips, nature walks and have a beach volleyball net waiting for you. In the evening we light a bonfire on the beach so you can watch the lights of the fisherman on the lake. Above all, you can be assured that the people you meet there are friendly and like minded travelers, there to simply enjoy a piece of paradise. And .... Our food is great! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Banda Island

Address: Banda Island | Ssese Islands, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Ssese Islands
Price Range: $25 - $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“Don't be scared or worried about the journey... He who makes an effort gets the most rewards.”
 of 5 bubbles jamesl876, Jun 26, 2016 | Read review
“Just come and have fun. Preferable to stay for a two night minimum. The safari tent might be your best option.”
 of 5 bubbles Guggi1987, Jun 15, 2016 | Read review
“the rooms are mainly safari tents set up near the lake.”
 of 5 bubbles MoniqueleJay, May 12, 2015 | Read review
“Dorms are much more secure than tents during stormy nights.”
 of 5 bubbles lorik676, Apr 21, 2014 | Read review
“We were a large group and stayed both in the tents and the dorm, we can recommend both.”
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