Top Things to Do and See around Lake Bunyonyi

Posted by on July 22, 2017

Things to do and see at Lake Bunyonyi – a Magical Lake in Uganda

Incredibly Beautiful Lake Bunyonyi  “A Scene from Lord of the Rings”


Lake Bunyonyi – a  Magical, Stunningly Beautiful Lake in Uganda. UnBunyonyi-do-not-miss-itknown to many visitors, tucked away in the Gorilla Highlands. A lake that should be on your list of things to see, to experience in your lifetime.  Lake Buyonyi, not to be missed when Visiting Uganda.

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

Most of all it is the beauty of this hidden African Jewel, Lake Bunyonyi. Scenery that will stay with you of its 29 Islands, the Mountains and Virunga Volcanoes, the Pleasant Climate, the perfect spot according to Lonely Planet, to relax and chill out.

Don’t miss Lake Bunyonyi.


One can say all kinds of things about Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda – how large it is, how deep it is, how it wasThings to Do and See formed, – but when you visit Lake Bunyonyi – all those things dissipate into thin air – what you see is one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa, visitors from near and far are simply awed by its mystical, magical beauty as you see it snaking along the Ugandan landscape, dotted by 29 islands of various shapes and sizes, surrounded by a ring of terraced farms, their greenery accenting this mystical lake like a lovely frame and is not wonder that Lonely Planet called it “A scene from Lord of the Rings.”

Bunyonyi – means the “place of little birds,” not only is it a place for birds but a restorative place, a place of solace, of rest, of quietness, of reflection and tranquility. After days of being on safari, traversing the hills and valleys of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of the Mountain Gorillas – Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place to put it all into perspective, to take in the beauty of Lake, to relax and chill out and partake in one of the fun-filled things to do and see such swimming, boating, canoeing, nature walks, biking, hiking, marketplace and village visits.

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


Lake-Bunyonyi-Relax-Chill-OutRelax and Chill Out:

Lake Bunyonyi – is one of the best places in Uganda to relax and chill out after a safari, 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.

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

The Lake attracts Ugandans, visitors, even residents of other countries such as Rwanda, to come and relax and chill out a bit.


Lake Bunyonyi - Magical Lake in UgandaSwimming:

Lake Bunyonyi – is bilharzia free and there are no hippos nor crocodiles found here, it is safe to swim here and enjoy.

It is a deep lake – the second deepest in Africa so you ought to be a good swimmer, but it certainly to be enjoyed while staying here. Some lodges such as Birdnest Resort also have a choice swimming pool or the lake for their guests.

Take a swim in one of Africa’s most beautiful 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 mindful that it is a very 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 Lake in UgandaCanoeing -Boating:

There are 29 Islands to explore on Lake Bunyonyi, you can explore the quaint Villages, forest, 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 quite popular and you can even take overnight trips on the Lake and stay on an Island


Lake Bunyonyi - Magical Lake in UgandaNature Walks and Hikes:

You can hike, 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 - a Magical Lake in UgandaMountain Biking:

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

The temperature and weather are nice 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 Lake in UgandaBirding:

The word Bunyonyi – means place of little birds and Lake Bunyonyi is home to over 200 species of birds – one can do a great bird – boat safari with your own birding guide from the water, on some of the various islands the surrounding shores of the lake.

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

The Place of Little Birds – Lake Bunyonyi is a great birding destination in Uganda.


Lake Bunyonyi - a Magical Lake in UgandaCultural Interactive Village Visits:

Interactive cultural visits 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 arrange 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 enriching time.  If it is market day in Rutinda, that is something to see and gives you an insight into life along and on the Lake.


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


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