Popularly known as the lake of a thousand Islands, Lake Bunyonyi is one of the fascinating Uganda Safari tour destinations in the Kigezi region.
At about 25km from the northern border of Rwanda and 52km from the closest Bwindi Impenetrable Park region of Ruhija where gorilla safaris in Uganda
are carried out, Lake Bunyonyi occupies a flooded valley system amidst
the steep rugged hillsides of Kigezi Highlands and its range of 29
Islands make it one the most fascinating water bodies in Uganda.
to have come into existence about 8000 years past from the overflow of
the Virunga volcanoes, Lake Bunyonyi features a heritage of beauty and
culture as the communities that have lived around its shores and some of
its Islands have got a lot of tales about it. The lava from the
adjacent Volcanoes blocked River Ndego at Muko leading to the formation
of a dam. The Virunga Volcanoes stand as a chain of eight (8) Mountains
straddling across Uganda, Rwanda and Congo and are among the most
exciting physical features to explore on Uganda Safaris and tours.
Bunyonyi stands as the Africa’s second deepest lake and the deepest in
Uganda extending to incorporate the surrounding marshes and Ruvuma swamp
which is a rich haven for birders. The main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi
have rich history behind them including the Punishment Island where the
pregnant girls would be left to die as it was abominable to get pregnant
before marriage among the Bakiga. The Njuyera or Sharps Island is known
as a historical leprosy treatment while Bucuranuka (Upside Down Island)
is noted to have buried people alive when they refused to offer local
brew to a passing old woman. Such exciting history makes the lake a rich
destination for cultural tours in Uganda.
The Batwa people a former hunter gather group that lived in the forests
were resettled on one of the Islands of Lake Bunyonyi and have got a
great heritage to explore as well.
The other lake adventures
including the canoe paddle, engine boat ride, swimming, biking along the
lake shores, nature and birding walks around the lake and its Islands
combine to derive lasting experience.
Accommodation is available in various lodge categories including Luxury, Midrange and Budget including
@Lake Bunyonyi Resort, Lake Bunyonyi Eco resort, Arcadia Cottages
Bunyonyi, Byoona Amagara Island Retreat, and Bushara Island Camp among