Things to do at Lake Bunyonyi : Lake Bunyonyi is among the deepest lakes in Africa coming at number 3 at about 900m deep. It is located in south-western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale, and it is close to the border with Rwanda. The Lake receives visitors through the year who are excited to take part in the activities at the lake.
There are many activities to do at Lake Bunyonyi that are refreshing, relaxing and adventurous. These activities are:-
Taking a tour of the lake on a boat. The waters are very safe and so you can move from corner to corner enjoying the scenic view. With a local guide, you get to learn a lot about the 29 islands (inhabited and uninhabited), tribes of people that live around the lake. There are countless boats for hire on the banks of the lake ready to take you inland all day.
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.
It is a fun, exhilarating experience to linger over the lake and splash the water as you drift from one end to another. Safety equipment is provided for this activity on site. The equipment used is well tested to ensure the safely of everyone on the ziplines.
You get to swing over the calm waters of the lake and even make half somersaults to touch the waters and feel the breeze on your face.
Lake Bunyonyi is one of the best birding destinations in Uganda. It has over 200 bird species including occasional ,endemic and migratory birds. Birding can be done as tourists canoes to Nyombi swamp ,forest around the lake and shores as well. Some of the bird include the grey-crowned cranes, red-chested sunbirds, flycatchers, white-tailed blue Monard, slender-billed baglafetch, weavers, egrets, herons, woodpeckers among others all over the banks of the lakes. If you are a bird lover but also in dire need for a quiet getaway, Bunyonyi is the perfect place to experience this.
For some more enriched experience, a walk around the communities opens your eyes to the traditional way of living, cultural beliefs, history and mythical stories that have been told from generation to generation. The local people are very welcoming.
Tracks 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 Community walks and visits
There are several roads/tracks around the Lake and uphill on the surrounding hills. The entire ride provides a clearer and clearer view of the magical islands and allows you to get up-close and personal with lots of the local people. Some of the lodging arrears provide bikes for hire. This can be arranged by your tour guide – to make sure everything is well prepared in advance
The Batwa experience
The Batwa have a fascinating history including their own creation story, a unique relationship with the forest who have been marginalized for quite some time now. They live in small grass and stick houses and generally keep to themselves. The Batwa experience was set up the Kellerman Foundation and being a part of this highly benefits this endangered group of people.