Lake Bunyonyi also known as the “Place of many little birds” is located in south-western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale, and it is close to the border with Rwanda. The lake is one of Uganda’s iconic natural attractions and actually features on the country’s currency notes.
Towns on its shores include Kyevu and Muko, while its 29 islands include Punishment Island and Bushara Island.
Lake Bunyonyi is a Fresh body of water located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of Kabale town with a maximum length of 25km (16mi)with a width of 7km (4.3mi) and a depth of 44 – 900m (144-2,953ft). This Lake has a surface elevation of 1,962m (6437ft) and going by its deepest end of about 900m, the lake ranks as the second deepest lake in Africa.
The Bakiga used to leave unmarried pregnant girls on this small island with – to die of hunger or while trying to swim to the mainland (swimming skills were rare). This was to intimidate the rest, to show them not to do the same. A man without cows to pay the bride price could go to the island and pick up a girl. The practice got abandoned in the first half of the 20th century.
Bwama and Njuyeera (Sharp’s Island)
In 1921, English missionary Leonard Sharp came to this part of Uganda and in 1931 established a leprosy treatment centre on the then uninhabited Bwama island. A church, patient quarters (model villages), and a medical facility were built, while Sharp settled on Njuyeera Island (probably meaning “white cottage” after the similarity of the doctor’s small white house to Sharp’s father’s house in Shanklin, now The White House Hotel). The rationale of the leprosy colony was that of “voluntary segregation'”, where the provision of a happy community to live in would attract leprosy sufferers, so removing them from the communities where they might infect others.
Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of 2,200-2,478m, but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — we could’ve admired them all day. It’s a sight that reinvents itself every hour or two with the ever-changing climate and direction of the sun. In the early morning, the islands weave through cotton candy-like streams of mist and, in the afternoon, they’re bathed in the warm glow of the sun. Later, they’re silhouetted against a dim sky as evening approaches. One day the islands vanished from sight completely, hidden under a blanket of clouds, but it only took an hour to see them emerge once more.
DAY 1: Depart Kampala at 8.00am and drive South West of Uganda with a stopover at the Equator Crossings, shopping of Art, Crafts, Fruits, Lunch and Photography at Visitors places of interest. Check-in at the lodge and take a Boat trip on the Lake, have a rest at the shores of the lake before returning to the Lodge and overnight after Dinner and entertainment.
DAY 2: Have an early Breakfast and thereafter embark on a Natures walk to view a variety of Birds and the surrounding beauty of the lake as it’s often called the ‘’ Switzerland of Uganda’’, Butterflies and Insects. Have a boat trip or swim before returning to the Lodge for Lunch and thereafter relax at leisure or take a community walk. Have entertainment, Supper and overnight.
DAY 3: Have breakfast at 8:00am and check-out from the Lodge to drive back to Kampala with stopovers enroute for Lunch, shopping of Art, Crafts, Fruits and photography in places of interest before dropping you at your Hotel in Kampala.