Hello to all of our avid readers 😊 It is our wish from the Green Rangers Safaris Team that all of you are well and good. Today we’ll be talking about Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda. One that is a wonder of the world by many of its visitors.
Lake Bunyonyi Overview
Bunyonyi in English simply means ‘place of many little birds’. And this suits it seeing as it has over 200 species of birds found within its territory. It is located in South Western Uganda, next to the border with Rwanda, between Kabale and Kisoro. It has 29 islands located within its waters that actually add to the beauty of the place. When the light from the sun, hits the islands, the light distortion leads to some marvelous sights. Especially in the dusk and dawn periods.
There are numerous activities to partake in at the lake, namely:
I mean, it’s a lake with 29 islands located within its waters, what more can I say. With the sweeping greenery on the islands, to the spectacular views from the various lodges, including Arcadia and the way the light hits the islands in the dawn and in the dusk, this place is truly a sight to be held. Morning is truly spectacular as the thick fog covers can completely obscure the surface of the lake. Creating an illusion of the islands floating above the clouds.
Few natural lakes offer the opportunity to actual swim in the waters. Since Lake Bunyonyi free of bilharzia, you can do exactly that. Seeing the many indigenous people take a swim is a testament to how natural the water has been kept, with little to no risk of contamination.
With the over 200 recorded species of birds found on the island, it is truly a bird-watchers’ haven. Adding to the other wildlife in the region, it truly highlights the beautiful backdrop, ranging from the elegant herons to the rare Levaillant’s cuckoo then to the numerous slender-billed Baglafecht weavers.
This is the most enjoyable of the activities, as you get to bear witness to the beauty of the islands themselves. It actually requires the use of canoes to hop among the islands unless you’re feeling adventurous and plan on swimming 😂 Watch out for the crocs🐊🌚
Through these, you can learn of the various histories of the islands. The most famous being Akampene(Punishment) Island. Whereby unmarried pregnant were marooned due to the taboo of their situation. It also allows you to enjoy the abundant wildlife found that make the area their habitat.
For those with aquaphobia, I would not advise doing this. But you’ll miss out on so much of the adventure. These canoes are the main means of transport. And the experience of being in a flimsily built structure surely gives a person a burst of adrenaline. Though that might just be me😂😊.
This includes a visit to the Batwa people, who perform indigenous song and dance that is truly a sight to behold. Seeing the numerous playful children and ladies wrapped in the colorful kangas truly adds to the beauty of this region.
For more information on what will go on during this trip, visit Rwanda Superb Safari.
Until next time nature lovers, take care and have a lovely weekend!