OM Bunyonyi Cultural Hostel is set on the peninsula of Lake Bunyonyi, 8 km from Kabale and just a 10 minutes’ motorboat ride away from the mainland. Backpackers/ budget accommodation is offered for Chilling in the African style huts. There is one dorm cottage for 6 pax and 1 double cottage plus a banda, all with hot water. The hostel also offers plenty of space for camping with your own or the hostel tent. Sleep peacefully in a locally designed African styled bed. Chill and comfortable stays with a budget-friendly price where breakfast is included for every room. It offers an accommodation with an individual safe box, and a flat iron with an ironing board included in the rooms. A balcony is featured in certain rooms. Beds fitted with foam pillows and feather pillows are available. For convenience, free toiletries and towels are provided in each bathroom.
The construction team created a traditional African style white “engugu” clay cottage with a nice and comfy king size bed inside. There is a shared toilet and shower for everyone.
The OM Bunyonyi cultural hostel Restaurant offers International and Ugandan cuisine. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property and private motorboat for your convenience. You can engage in various activities, such as canoeing, hiking, swimming, fishing or bird watching.
Believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with a depth of 900 meters, Lake Bunyonyi is a water body in southwestern Uganda near the Rwandan border and one of the country’s top natural treasures. At 1,962m above sea level, the lake enjoys moderate temperatures all year round, cool in both the mornings and evenings. Some of the activities to do in and around include; swimming, canoeing, nature walks, mountain biking, birding watching, cultural walks, boat rides and island exploration.
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.