Lake Bunyonyi also known as the place for many little birds is situated between Kabale district and Kisoro district in the South Western region of Uganda close to the Republic of Rwandan border. Of the fact that this lake is a site to many bird species, it managed to get its name “Bunyonyi” a Luganda word which means “many little birds”.
Lake Bunyonyi is 25 kilometres long and 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) wide from Kabale town, covering a land expanse of 61 square kilometres (23½ square miles) with an altitude of 1,950m above sea level. Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa is enclosed between the lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of 2,200m to 2,478m. On this lake, there are 29 islands of various shapes and sizes distributed over widely across the water that makes it the most magical and one of the natural wonders of the world.
Those interested in the swimming activity, this is the right lake of the fact that it is free from water borne diseases like bilharzia, and also free from dangerous creatures such as crocodiles and hippos. This makes it the loveliest lake in Uganda.
Note: Many local travellers and those from different countries worldwide after an adventurous gorilla trekking experience come to this lake to rest and relax while enjoying the best scenery in the whole world.
How to get there?
Lake Bunyonyi is found in between the hills of Kabale in the South Western part of Uganda. By road, it’s approximately 410 kilometres from Kampala which is also a 6 hours’ drive to Kabale town. Then it is 8 kilometres on murrum road from Kabale town to the place of many birds (Lake Bunyonyi).
Attraction on and around Lake Bunyonyi
- Akampene also called Punishment Island
- Bushara Island
- Kyahugye Island
- Bwama and Njuyeera (Sharp’s Island)
- Bucuranuka or Upside Down Island
- Bird species
- People & Culture
Tourist activities at Lake Bunyonyi
- Nature walks
- Bird watching
- Boat riding and canoeing
- Historic and cultural visits
- Visiting the pygmies
- Hiking and biking