The western and southwestern parts of Uganda are known to be the most rewarding locations for tours and safari guests in Uganda. One of the sweet ingredients of this area is a Lake called Bunyonyi; a name it gets because of its great assemblage of bird species. The local people in the area named it Bunyonyi which translates as “the place of many little birds”.
Yes, Lake Bunyonyi is located
in southwestern Uganda between the districts of Kisoro and Kibale and
its shores are just seven (7) kilometers from the town of Kabale (which
is popular for its terraced hills). It covers a total area of 61 square
kilometers and is believed to be one of the deepest lakes in Africa; but
this has not yet been proven. The lake is an Important Birding area and
attracts both domestic and international guests on birding tours and safaris to Uganda.
The lake is just something for the eye to delve upon but surprisingly,
there is not a lot of literature written about it, neither are there
many blogs that talk about Bunyonyi as a place that tourists must see
during their lifetime. This is one place that no vacationer deserves to
miss when on a Safari or tour in Africa and is definitely one of the
treasures that Uganda ought to boast about.
Apart from the bird
species which delight in the Lake Bunyonyi water or others which tread
softly along the shores, Lake Bunyonyi is popular for its watersports.
Fish were first introduced in this lake at the opening of the 20th
century and fishing peaked in the early 1930s. Although large-scale
fishing has been replaced by subsistence fishing because of the
reduction in the number of fish; the lake still has a variety of fish
species like the tilapia, mudfish, cat fish, a few Nile Perch and lung
fish. Uganda Safari and tours guests can enjoy sport fishing in Lake Bunyonyi.
The lake is surrounded by a number of terraced hills and its waters are
segmented by up to 29 freestanding Islands. It is startling how closely
located the islands are to each other and you could actually count over
fifteen (15) of them from one of the surrounding hills. Some of the
famous islands include Akampene (Punishment Island) and the Bucuranuka
Akampene Island is where the Kiga people used to bring girls
who had lost their virginity before marriage. The girls were dumped
here to waste with hunger and this served as an example to the girls in
the community. The Bucuranuka Island has a different story all together
and is considered a doomed island. The inhabitants of this can narrate
that one day an old lady on the island begged for a drink of local beer
from a group of twenty (20) men on the Island but they turned down her
humble request and sent her in a canoe to the mainland accompanied by
one of the younger men. On reaching the mainland, the old lady cursed
the island and it capsized killing all those who were on the island.
Bold tourists can enjoy a canoe ride to some of the Islands on Lake
There is also a neighboring village called Bufuka where
visitors are welcome to experience the cultures of the Batwa and Bakiga
people. Tourists can even get a chance to join the locals’ daily routine
like dancing and singing or weaving.
The lake’s waters rise to an
altitude of 1,950m and the climate around the lake is cool and ideal for
spending a night or two out of your Safari in Uganda.
There are many comfortable tourist accommodations near the lake and in
the neighboring towns. The captivating vistas of Lake Bunyonyi and its
surrounding make it one of the best holiday locations in the world.
Come and visit Lake Bunyoyi and participate in lots of interesting
activities at the lake while breathing in some of the clearest air on
earth. “Lake Bunyonyi is a Global Natural Spectacle”
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