For travelers that seek beautiful green sceneries, calm and fresh water breeze from an area or  a lake, Lake Bunyonyi is an ideal place for relaxation. Located in the south west region of Uganda, near kabale and Kisoro district, Lake Bunyonyi is a fresh water lake famously known for its 29 dotted islands with a breath taking view of these islands.

Lake Bunyonyi locally means “area of little birds”. The ever green terraces and land marks creates beautiful sceneries of the lake, worth a view on a Uganda tour. This lake covers a surface area of 64km, with a width of 7km and a depth of 40m. Most local guides of the area argue that the lake is much deeper than the “scientific lecturer”. The local guides propose that the lake exceeds the depth of 40m to make 900m.

“Place of many birds” translated locally to mean to Lake Bunyonyi, is a fresh water body located in the basin of Uganda. Besides it being a lake, Lake Bunyonyi has been a great attraction with numerous fun activities enjoyed by the travelers that visit its premises
A Uganda tour is spiced up with an enroute stop over at Lake Bunyonyi to view the beautiful scenery of the lake. The 29 dotted islands of lake are one of the high lights while on a visit to the lake.

The main islands of Lake Bunyonyi have been a great attraction around the lake include.

Akampene Island

The Akampene island holds great significance  to the ancient habitats of the Bakiga region. The ‘Akampene’ island that translates to mean the “punishment island” was used as  an isolation ground for girls that got pregnant before marriage . In the previous local societies that lived around the lake, they used this island as a punishment. As girls who go pregnant before marriage where dumbed and abandoned to die of hunger as an example to the younger girls, not to engage into premarital relations.

The surviving chance of the girls that were left at the island was less, as they tried to swim back to the ground, many would die. Fortunately for the men that didn’t have enough bride price, these were considered as a rescue to the girls. For they would take up the abandoned girls from the island for marriage. This practice no longer exists around the area. But a sight of this island is truly worth companied by the interesting back ground.

Bwamba Island

This island was visited by an English missionary in 1921. Dr Leonard sharp visited the island in Uganda first, for  tour touristic activities. After in 1931, he established a leprosy treatment  center on the Bwamba Island. The island takes the name (Sharp’ island) due to the great transformation caused by Dr Leonard on the Island. He constructed a medical facility, patient quarters and a church on the Bwamba Island.
Despite the fact that Dr Leonard sharp did most of his work at the Bwanda Island, he rather settled at the Nyuyeera Island in his tiny white house. A pass by at these islands is an eye opening experience and learning about the works of the great of Dr. Leonard sharp.

Kyahugye Island

For tourists that may want to stay on one of the Islands, the Kyahugye islands provides accommodation facilities on its flat hilltop. This is the nearest island from the mainland, offering specular views far more of the lake sides, terraced hillside and the neighboring islands. Kyahugye islands, allows wildlife viewing as it is the only island among the 29 with wildlife. Sights of the impalas, waterbucks, kobs and monkeys are experienced while on a visit to the island.


Bucurannuka (upside down island)

The Bucurannuka Island has a mysterious myth that leads to its formation. The myth has it that once upon a time, old woman wanted a taste of soya from a group of men, these men denied the old lady the privilege to taste the soya. It is said, with the old lady’s departure, she requested for an escort from the group to escort her from the Island to the mainland. A young man was handed to her as an escort, but on the man’s return to the island, it tuned up side town killing the group of the men. The interesting story behind this island is intriguing and a visit to this island is worthwhile.

The 29 dotted islands of Lake Bunyonyi make up the beautiful scenery of the lake, coupled with the various fun activities.

Birding around Lake Bunyonyi, is a fascinating activity. The area has more than 200 bird species that are sighted around the lake. Water birds, assorted birds and migratory birds all can be spotted on a birding safari. Bird watching around Lake Bunyonyi avails bird species such as the crowned cranes, herons, fisher grey crowned cranes, slender –billed baglafetch, levillant cuckoo, African harrier hawk, egrets and many more.

Nature walks through the tails of Lake Bunyonyi is another rewarding activity. Surpassing the different vegetation, local communities and the sight of the fresh water together with the Islands is an experience like no other.

A boat cruise and canoe experience is another activity not to miss out, while on a visit to Lake Bunyonyi. The boat cruise and canoe experience avails one with a chance to fully experience lake, by either a motor ride or a canoe ride.

Swimming in the deep fresh water of Lake Bunyonyi, helps to set off the heat after a hike. A swim in the lake’s water is a refreshing activity.
A walk through the different local communities around the lake, gives a chance to fully immense in the different traditions. The Batwa community is one of the major cultural encounters. A visit to this local tribe of the pygmies, gives a chance to explore the different traditions, cultural practices and behaviors of the indigenous people.

Mountaineering and biking around the hill slides and on the shores of lake, is a rewarding adventure. For the sport lovers, this is an ideal activity that can be spiced with the high ropes, zip lining across the surface of the lake is a fun activity.
Lake Bunyonyi is one stop not miss out on every Uganda tour, for it offers far more than the tourists could ever imagine for a lifetime trip.

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