Prior to Calvin & Mary Jane leaving Uganda, we took a two-day holiday out to one of the Ssesse islands. There are approximately 84 islands that make up Ssesse islands, in the middle of Lake Victoria. We stayed on a smallish one known as Banda island.
We departed from Kasenyi docks (near Entebbe) at 2pm in the afternoon. Saying it was chaos as we boarded would be an understatement. Porters met us at the water's edge and carried us to the boat so we wouldn't get wet in the dirty water. We expected the boat to look like a ferry with nice seating and an awning. What it turned out to be was a cargo boat that happened to carry people as well. Once on the boat, we were told to make our way to the front, stepping over numerous people on the way. The other passengers seemed to be used to this type of travel and leaned over as we walked on boards near their heads. Finally, we found our seats, which turned out to be less than two inches wide. The ride wasn't bad at first and the waves were mild, but after four hours on the boat, our backsides were numb. We were so thankful for the cloudy day and comfortable temperatures. It made traveling more pleasant.
At some point, we asked a drunk passenger near by how much he had paid for the fare. We didn't think this many other passengers could afford what the captain was charging us mzungus (white people). It was only $8 per head for the ride, but that seemed a lot for the Ugandan economy. The passenger responded that he paid $2.25 for his ride. We tried talking to the captain about this discrepancy, but the issue was never resolved. It seems that they charge the passengers according to what they think we can afford.