Lake Bunyonyi is found in southwestern Uganda in the Kigezi Highlands between Kabale and Kisoro districts. It has its deepest point at 900m making it the second deepest lake in Africa. The lake has 29 islands and is ringed by terraced rolling highlands of Kigezi, and from viewpoints up the highlands one can access breathtaking views of lake and the lush islands. Lake Bunyonyi is only 2 -3 hours drive from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the home of the Mountain Gorillas, and is the best relaxing point after the incredible Gorilla trek in Bwindi Forest..
Activities to do at Lake Bunyonyi.
Canoe ride & Island hoping.
You can take a canoe ride around the lake at any time of the day, however the early morning is the most exciting when there is a lot of mist over the lake and as if cloud clover is mid-way highlands. It is a sight often compared to one of the mystic scenes in the famous movie “lord of the rings”. Visit from one island to another, (island hoping) and as you enjoy breathtaking views of the lush highlands.
The famous Batwa pygmy people have a community on one side of the lake which you can visit during the canoe ride. The Batwa will show their traditional way of life, hunting techniques and will perform their traditional dances.
Lake Bunyonyi is said to be completely free from bilharzia and also does not have dangerous animals such as crocodiles and hippos and wonderful lake to swim during your relaxation time. However given the immense depth (900m) extreme caution should be taken when swimming to avoid drowning.
Hiking to the top of the highlands surrounding Lake Bunyonyi is very exciting and rewards with access incredible view points of the lake. The trek passes through local communities and terraces which gives you the chance to meet and learn about the people who are very welcoming.
Bunyonyi directly translates “little birds”, which refers to the plenty of birds at Lake Bunyonyi. Go out on a canoe ride and count a number of water birds and other species on the islands