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Lake Bunyonyi: Things to See & Do on Holiday



Interesting stuff to do and see at Lake Bunyonyi a Magical Lake in Uganda, amazingly striking Lake Bunyonyi “A Scene from Lord of the Rings” as known to many visitors, tucked away in the Gorilla Highlands. A lake that you should not miss out on your list of African places to explore and experience in a lifetime.  Lake Buyonyi, not to be missed on any trip to Uganda.

The Lake, stands out to be the perfect place to relax and chill out, swimming, canoeing in a dugout canoe, hiking, biking, birding, boating, Island hopping,  nature walks, village visits and interactive cultural visits while staying along Lake Bunyonyi.

For the most part of all it is the beauty of this secret African Jewel, Lake Bunyonyi. Scenery that will keep in memory especially of its 29 Islands, the Pleasant Climate, the Mountains and Virunga Volcanoes, the perfect spot as according to Lonely Planet for relaxation and chill out.

Don’t miss Lake Bunyonyi

People can say all kinds of stuff about Uganda’s Lake Bunyonyi like how large the lake is, how deep, how things to Do and See formed, – but once you visit this Lake – all those things squander into thin air what you exactly see is one of the most gorgeous lakes in Africa, guests from near and far are merely awed by its mystical, magical gorgeousness as you see it snaking along the Ugandan landscape, dotted by 29 islands of a range of shapes and sizes, surrounded by a ring of terraced farms, their greenery accenting this mystical lake like a lovely frame and is not doubt that Lonely Planet called it “A scene from Lord of the Rings.”

Bunyonyi is a local name that means the “place of little birds,” but not only is it a place for birds also a restorative place, a place of solace, of rest, of quietness, of reflection and tranquillity. After a long safari  traversing the rift valley route from Murchison falls, Rwenzori mountains, hills and valleys of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest trekking the rare Mountain Gorillas – Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place to put it all into perspective, to capture in the beauty of the Lake, to relax and chill out and partake in one of the amusing filled things to do and see such swimming, boating, canoeing, nature walks, biking, hiking, marketplace and village visits.

For one to try defining, describe “Lake Bunyonyi a Magical Lake in Uganda”  You have to visit and spend some time here to do so…

The Top Things to do and see at and around Lake Bunyonyi


Lake Bunyonyi is one of the top and most excellent places in Uganda to relax and chill out after a long safari, game drives, gorilla tracking, volcano climbing, hiking and other activities that just call for a few of rest and relaxation, chilling out on an island or along the shores of Lake Bunyonyi.

Among the culinary delights found here at the Lake are its crayfish which is cooked in all kinds of ways and served at all times of the day, caught freshly in just a minute, prepared in dishes from pizza to pasta.

Lake Bunyonyi attracts all visitors from local residents of other countries such as Rwanda, to come and relax and chill out here.

Lake Bunyonyi – Magical Lake in Uganda for Swimming:

Lake Bunyonyi is just bilharzia free meaning, there are no hippos nor did crocodiles find here, it is very safe to swim and enjoy the waters.

It is a profound lake – the 2nd deepest in Africa this probably a reason why you ought to be a good swimmer, but it surely to be enjoyed while staying here. Some lodges and Resort also have a choice swimming pool or the lake for their guests.

Catch a swim in one of Africa’s most gorgeous lakes; there are also places along the lake where they have enclosed a section of the lake like a swimming pool where one can swim.

Please be watchful that it is pretty a deep lake and if you swim out into the lake, use some safety precautions such as a nearby canoe, or buddy system.

Lake Bunyonyi – Magical Canoeing -Boating:

The lake has 29 Islands for you to explore, you can explore the quaint Villages, forest, and nature walks are all possibilities while here.

Take a dugout canoe with a guide and discover the world of Uganda’s magical Lake.

This can be an all-day event or just a few hours, you can choose to paddle or to be paddled across the lake, overnight options are also available.

You can also choose a motorized cruise of the lake, there are the opportunities for sunset cruises and birding boat safaris.

Dugout Canoeing is pretty popular and you can even take overnight trips on the Lake and stay on an Island.

Lake Bunyonyi – Magical Nature Walks and Hikes:

You can do hiking, take nature walks both on the Islands and around the Lake – your backdrop, for the most part, will the scenic Lake Bunyonyi.

The walks are not strenuous and can be taken at your pace, guides accompany you that you do not get lost and do not miss one of the highlights of your walk.

Your hike will mostly be scenic in nature; some will lead you through small villages where you will meet Ugandans up close and personal, while others might be on an island that you came to with a dugout canoe. Keep your camera handy and enjoy Lake Bunyonyi.

Lake Bunyonyi – Magical Mountain Biking:

You can ride around the lake on a mountain bike and enjoy the scenery, the people, villages, hamlets, and the people get a feel for real Africa in Uganda.

The temperatures and weather are conducive here due to the elevation and a bike ride will be most enjoyable and the Equatorial sun will not beat you down.

Bike rides can be all day long or just a few hours, you will have a guide with you or our safari vehicle will be near to assist you if necessary.

Biking around one of Africa’s most scenic lakes

Lake Bunyonyi – a Magical Bird Watching

The word Bunyonyi is a local name that means ‘place of little birds’ and Lake Bunyonyi is home to over 200 species of birds one can do a grand bird and boat safari with your personal birding guide sailing on the water on some of the different islands the surrounding shores of the lake.

You can do birding on one of the 29 islands on Lake Bunyonyi and mix it with a dugout canoe or motorized boat adventure.

This pretty Place of Little Birds – Lake Bunyonyi is an enormous birding destination in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi – Magical Cultural Interactive Village tours:

Interactive cultural tours in villages, hamlets on one of the islands or in the surrounding countryside including the Batwa Pygmy People who were the original people of the forest and today struggle in their quest of survival away from their beloved forest.

We can also organize for a homestay in a village for you, along with a visit to a school, local market. Learn how to cook in the traditional manner and tend the garden where things are grown and harvested.

This can be a most inspiring time.  If it is market day in Rutinda, that is a little to see and gives you a close insight into life along and on the Lake.

This Magical Lake in Uganda has been a place of meditation, rejuvenating, exploration, journeying, discovery and a multitude of various Lake Bunyonyi is simply Uganda’s Magical Lake.

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