Travel to Lake Bunyonyi Kabale Uganda – Gorilla tracking tours to Bwindi from Lake Bunyonyi – With Gorilla Gorilla permits
Travel to Lake Bunyonyi Kabale Uganda – Lake Bunyonyi is believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with its deepest end approximately 900m. The lake is dotted with 29 islands. The most prominent of these include the Akampene Island also known as the punishment island, Bushara, Kyahugye, Bwama and Njuyeera, and Bucuranuka. Also the deepest lake in Uganda, home of Otters, crayfish and a place of many little birds in South-western Uganda lies between kisoro and Kabale districts close to the border with Rwanda.
In the south-west, north of Kabale district and is located at 1,962m above sea level.
It is about 25 km long and 7 km wide covering an area of 61 square kilometers.
Activities to do when you travel to Lake Bunyonyi Kabale.
Camping, the bamboo walks are guided trails which have been established and are highly recommended for anybody who may be looking for a serious leg stretch.
When is the best time visit Lake Bunyonyi Kabale?
Any time during the year.
Activities on Lake Bunyonyi Kabale.
- Boat cruise
you can take a 2 hour bout cruise to visit islands on Lake Bunyonyi including the famous punishment island where ladies who got pregnant before marriage are taken and killed.
Apart from worshipping the scenic landscapes from a hilltop, there’s plenty to do here, so we recommend spending at least a night or two on its shores or one of the islands.
Lake Bunyonyi is known as one of the few lakes in Uganda free of bilharzia (a common parasite found in southern Africa), making its waters safe for swimming.
- Ride a Canoe:
The most common mode of transportation on these waters is the dugout canoe, which offers a completely different perspective of the lake.
- Community Walks:
Explore the settlements along the shores to experience everyday life among playful children, farmers and women wrapped in multi-colored kitenges. One of the excursions sold to tourists is a visit to a Batwa tribe of pygmies. The Batwa in this region, one of the original inhabitants of the country, were dispossessed of their ancestral lands by the government to build the Echuya Forest Reserve with tragic consequences — today, their community suffers from rampant social problems. To
- Hiking and Nature Walks:
Hire a local guide to lead you along the best hiking trails on the islands or through the terraces of the Kigezi highlands to be rewarded with spectacular views of the landscapes and even some wildlife. Forest and tree plantations can be found on some of the islands, as well as monkeys and zebras. Otters can also be spotted in the waters.
- Bird watching.
Meaning “the place of little birds”, Lake Bunyonyi takes its name from the abundant birdlife that call it home. Over 200 species are found here, including herons, weaver birds and grey-crowned cranes.
How to Get to Lake Bunyonyi.
The 466km road from Kampala to Kabale via Mbarara –Ntungamo is the easiest road to get to Kabale which is 15 kms to the lake where you will see stunning views of Uganda’s deepest lake
To reach Lake Bunyonyi independently, you first have to make your way to the town of Kabale, about an eight-hour bus ride from Kampala. From Kabale, the lake is 20-25 minutes by taxi.
Given its proximity to Rwanda, you may want to consider accessing the lake from Kigali (or vice versa), which is only 1.5-2 hours by car. If you need to purchase your visa at the border, however, add another 30 minutes to one hour to your journey.