Banda Info

Banda Island is the pearl of the eighty-four islands of the Ssese Island Archipelago in the Northwest of Lake Victoria, Uganda

DMS: -0° 15′ 23.90″, +32° 24′ 22.91″

DD: -0.256639, 32.406364

Banda within the Ssese Islands Archipelago


The island was bought in late 1990’s by Dominic Symes (aka King Dom of Banda) and it opened as a resort in 1999. Dominic died in May 2011 and ever since his friends are keeping Banda island alive in his memory.


Banda is a typical place to relax. So bring a book and chill. There is quite an interesting bird life to watch from your chair along the shore, and there is also the occasional family of otters passing by.

Your own beach - with a view!

Your own beach – with a view!

The most popular pastime for customers seems to be stretching out after a large meal, or soaking up some skin cancer on the sandy palm fringed beaches. However, the swimming is superbly relaxing and there is nothing nasty in the water (check out the page on Schistosomiasis/Bilharzia!). We have two beautiful BackGammon games built into our dining table. Worth trying! Also on the beach you find a net and a professional volleyball waiting for you to sweat out the huge lunch before you settle for a shandy on the beach.




Another popular past time is jetty fishing or getting to the small island in front of the beach and enjoy a great sunset from there as well. We also offer trolling with Kato with a good chance to catch Nile Perch.

Trolling for Nile Perch with Kato

Trolling for Nile Perch with Kato

Sunset Fishing on Petra Island

Sunset Fishing on Petra Island







Is this all too much ‘water’ for you take a walk to the lookout hill through the rain forest where you have a splendid view of the Ssese islands or continue and visit the Fishing village on the other side of the island. You can find more pictures in the Images of Banda Page.


We hope to welcome you on Banda Island!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brenda Nagayi
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 03:19:28

    So I’m planning to have a few days or a weekend away to this island, with about 15-20 people in december 2015 and i would like to know how much that will cost me because the website does not have rates. I would appreciate a reply. I hope to hear from you soon.
    Thank you


    • bandaisland
      Jun 30, 2015 @ 09:52:04

      Hi Brenda,

      Great you are planning a real party!

      It will be 110,000 per person per night for the lazy camping and dormitory and 130,000 for the cabins and furnished safari tents. Because you are a big Group we can organize a barbecue for you.
      The above rates include All meals And tea and coffee complimentary.

      Many greetings!


  2. Will Morrison
    Jan 19, 2016 @ 10:07:24

    I think we were one of his first guests (1999) in a bungalow that was not completed and the insects were awful (after dark). He invited us to come over for a night after meeting him in Kampala. He was very hospitable and provided us with an amazing meal and was proud to show what he was trying to do with the island. I can send you some pics if you would like though I would have to scan them to get them to you. Sorry, no digital prints in 1999. Best regards. Will and Tamra Morrison, Olympia, WA, United States.


    • bandaisland
      Jan 19, 2016 @ 10:25:23

      Hi Will and Tamra,

      What a nice unexpected message! I am so happy! Thanks for that and YES PLEASE send me those pics. My oldest pictures (just digitals were coming up) are from 2002 when I was a guest on Banda. Then Dom and I became best friends. I’d love to make a page with Banda Memories.

      Banda still has the Dominic feel, it has just been a bit feminized. And our food is still amazing. Maybe you remember a small boy there: Kito? He is our co-manager and chef – which he learnt from the master.

      Cool you have found our website. Do you like it? Are you planning to come to Uganda any time in the future?

      Many many greetings, Petra


  3. Raffus
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 04:28:28

    nice to hear you are up and running,
    sorry to hear about Dom.

    I am the guy (with the green shirt)
    who was nooo africa fan,
    in his weeding speech….

    well: the marriage is still on,
    and we greet you now from Namibia.

    Hopefully we make it back to Banda some day,
    searching for the source of the nile.

    We had a great time with you


    • bandaisland
      Feb 17, 2016 @ 19:44:52

      Hello Hello!!!!! That is a nice surprise. It must be about ten years ago. A nice party indeed. Am surprised you guys are now in Namibia but not surprised at all you’re still together.

      Terrible Dom died, but we keep Banda alive in his memory. If there is any after life he must love we still cook his recipes but send thunder and lightning on me for the light blue curtains.

      It would be most terrific if you could indeed visit Banda again. Maybe a weeding anniversary trip? 🙂

      Many greetings!



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