19 May 2011

Ssese Islands, our boat rides

Boarding our boat taxi was an adventure in itself! There are numerous "porters" at Kasenyi Landing who offer their services to carry passengers from the dry land to the boat... for a mere 20 cents! My goodness, they are sturdy and strong! You can see from the pictures below that they use a different technique for men and women.

The guy behind my porter is carrying most of our bags. The white plastic bags contain groceries that we carried to Banda Island at the owner's request. Another guy carried the rest of the groceries.

Safely onboard!

The ride was long and somewhat tiresome. Julie had a bout of motion sickness from the very rough water. Our boat really swayed to the left and the right... back and forth... and up and down. It was almost dark by the time we got to our first stop, another island. From there, we shifted to a private-hire boat for the last 20 minutes.

The next series of photos are from our boat ride going back to Kasenyi Landing... after our stay on Banda Island. In the photo above, we are on the private-hire boat in the foreground. It came up alongside the larger boat, and while a few hands held the two boats side-by-side, we climbed onboard.

Ryan carried on an entertaining conversation with some of the passengers, many of whom were fishermen.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth at least 10,000 words. I believe you will enjoy the four videos I took at Kasenyi Landing, as we were carried on-board and as we headed out on the boat.

There is also a video of a storm on the island. We had to wait it out before we could leave.

Click here to access all five of them.

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