Hotel Itambira Island seeds of Hope – The seeds of hope project was set up to empower communities, especially the youth from the communities surrounding Itambira Island (located on Lake Bunyonyi, in Kabale District, in South West Uganda), by equipping them with life skills so as to improve their household welfare and benefit from its gainful employment
Itambira Island ‘Seeds of hope’ is a not for profit, Non-Government Organization based on Itambira Island on Lake Bunyonyi. ‘Itambira’ means ‘place of healing or blessing’ in Rukiga (local language). It is indeed hoped that those visiting will receive God’s blessing.
Hotel Itambira Island, Seeds of Hope offers a selection of different styles of accommodation on beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Choose from treehouses with private terrace and lake view, thatched roundhouses, budget accommodation or a family cottage with 3 rooms (ideal for families/groups). All accommodation has private bathroom facilities. Room only, bed and breakfast, half board or full board available. Our restaurant is very highly rated by guests and serves a variety of African and International dishes. Large groups are welcome by prior arrangement. We also offer conference/event facilities.
This is a relatively new resort but one that gives back to the surrounding community. Some of the other resorts have a constant flow of guests arriving & departing for gorilla tours. Seeds of Hope is a 15 minute boat ride up the lake without the constant change of guests. It is the most peaceful place ever found. There is a darling cabin perfectly outfitted for all your needs. The staff are professional & attuned to all guests’ needs and so caring. The food is delicious and some of the best you will have in Uganda. You will love your stay here and it will be made so special by the caring staff.
Visit Lake Bunyonyi and enjoy a boat cruise through the amazing islands on the Lake. There are countless boats for hire on the banks of the lake ready to take you inland all day.
Lounging at the amazing resorts is relaxing enough but to experience the Switzerland of Africa, a hike in the surrounding hills is exhilarating and refreshing. Trails along the terraces, banana plantations and lush green vegetation give a clear view of the 29 islands. It gives quite a great picture-perfect spot from all angles.
Bunyonyi simply means ‘many little birds’, so bird lovers visit Lake Bunyonyi for a very good reason. It is a home for over 200 bird species like the Grey-crowned cranes, Red-chested sunbirds, Flycatchers, White-tailed blue Monad, Slender-billed baglafetch, weavers, Egrets, Herons, Woodpeckers among others all over the banks of the lake. If you are a bird lover but also in dire need for a quiet getaway, Bunyonyi is the perfect place experience for this experience.
The Lake is filled with fresh waters and is Bilharzia free. There is no shore but safe structures have been put in place to allow easy deep dives into the open waters. A change from the swimming pools is just what you need on holiday and Lake Bunyoyi is open for this all time of the day. Take time to chill on the banks of the lake, sunbathe and deep dive any time of the day.
The African Market experience is something you should. Markets around Lake Bunyonyi have about anything you can think of ranging from African crafts, vegetables, shoes, clothes, and electronics. The people move around swiftly as they haggle for cheaper prices, others stand around and catch up with each other and others riding in with more merchandise to sell. A local market is a place where people come to connect and catch up with others.
This is the commonest mode of transport on Lake Bunyonyi. The locals are constantly making trips across the lake from island to island and different sides of the hills to do their personal business. To have a better feel of what it feels like to live the way they do, a canoe ride is a perfect option, giving you extra time on the lake, a chance to stop right in the middle for a little serenity and panoramic view. You can choose to be paddled or even do the paddling yourself as long as you have a guide with you.