Lake Bunyonyi means; The Lake of little birds. It is appropriately named as this location of Uganda is home to many little birds, over 200 species are found here, including herons, weaver birds and grey-crowned cranes.
Lake Bunyonyi is found 5 kilometers outside Kabale town in southwestern Uganda and is situated at an altitude of 1962 meters above sea level and varies in depth between 44 meters to 900 meters. The lake appears on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling currency note under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces”.
This lake is dotted with 29 hilly islands that are beautifully terraced by the farmers in a well organized farming practice to grow their crops on the slopes of the hilly islands. The crops grown here include; potatoes, onions, beans, tomatoes etc.
We recommend visiting Lake Bunyonyi after an experience of gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. It is a wonderful respite after a rewarding yet sometimes tough hike through the mountainous Bwindi and Mgahinga terrains to find the mountain gorillas.
Lake Bunyonyi is overall one of the most tranquil and restful destinations you will visit in your lifetime. Some of the activities you can get into while here are; Rent a dug-out wooden canoe and row as far as you can and everywhere you look, there’s beauty and peace amid rolling hills. The lake is about 60 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide, so you can get real a good canoeing experience. Another thing you could do is go swimming. Lake Bunyonyi is a crater lake and some of the shores pick up depth immediately. Being aware of this will help you make the best of your swim time. Most of the lodges and campsites on the Lake shores have built decks you can use. You can also take a community walk through the island villages and interact with the friendly locals in this beautiful part of Uganda.
It has been said that the recent Black Panther box office big hit movie has a scene that was adapted from Lake Bunyonyi. I guess you are going to have to watch the movie again to find that scene heehee…..