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Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Uganda near the border with Rwanda, Lake Bunyonyi is a hidden gem often overshadowed by the country's more famous wildlife destinations. Its name translates to "Place of Little Birds," and true to its name, the lake is a haven for birdwatchers, with around 200 species recorded in the area. However, it's the tranquility and scenic beauty of this lake that make it truly special.

Surrounded by steep, terraced hills, Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa and one of the few lakes in the region that are bilharzia-free, making it safe for swimming. With 29 islands scattered across its calm, mirror-like waters, the lake offers stunning panoramic views, especially at sunrise and sunset when the sky and water blend into shades of orange, pink, and purple.

For adventure enthusiasts, the lake offers a range of water-based activities, including canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Given its depth and relatively cool water temperature, it's also a popular spot for high-altitude swim training. The lake is encircled by a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails, which provide excellent vantage points to appreciate its splendor and observe its rich birdlife.

Wildlife around the lake includes otters and crayfish, but it's the human stories and local culture that add another layer of interest. Many of the lake's islands have their own histories and legends. For example, Punishment Island was historically used to abandon unmarried pregnant women, and it stands as a haunting reminder of traditional justice systems.

Local communities offer various cultural experiences. Visitors can learn about traditional agriculture, including the methods used to cultivate the steep, terraced hillsides. Community walks often include a visit to a local school or traditional healer, providing insight into daily life around the lake.

In summary, Lake Bunyonyi is a multifaceted destination that offers more than just natural beauty. Whether you're paddling a dugout canoe across its still waters, trekking through the terraced hills that surround it, or engaging with local communities, Lake Bunyonyi provides a peaceful and enriching experience that complements Uganda's more adrenaline-charged wildlife adventures. It's a place that invites relaxation, reflection, and a deeper understanding of this captivating region of Africa.

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Geeky Facts about Lake Bunyonyi

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The lake was formed over 10,000 years ago.

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Lake Bunyonyi encircles 29 islands.

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Over 200 species of birds can be found within the lake.

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Uganda - Gorillas in the Mist

Uganda - Gorillas in the Mist

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£8,569 / person

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Cycling Uganda & Rwanda: The Heart of Africa

Cycling Uganda & Rwanda: The Heart of Africa

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£4,081 / person

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15-Day Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Safari

15-Day Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Safari

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£2,938 / person

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6 Days Gorilla And Golden Monkey Trekking Mgahinga National Park

6 Days Gorilla And Golden Monkey Trekking Mgahinga National Park

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£1,921 / person

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Gorillas & Plains tour

Gorillas & Plains tour

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£2,119 / person

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Uganda Overland: Gorillas & Chimps

Uganda Overland: Gorillas & Chimps

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9 days from

£2,669 / person

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Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Overland: Forests & Wildlife Spotting

Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Overland: Forests & Wildlife Spotting

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£3,669 / person

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5-Days Mountain Gorillas & Chimpanzees Tracking Adventure - Budget Safari

5-Days Mountain Gorillas & Chimpanzees Tracking Adventure - Budget Safari

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£1,381 / person

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Nairobi To Kigali (13 Days) Gorillas & Gameparks

Nairobi To Kigali (13 Days) Gorillas & Gameparks

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£975 / person

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4-Days Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, Batwa & Lake Bunyonyi Safari - Budget

4-Days Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, Batwa & Lake Bunyonyi Safari - Budget

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£1,413 / person

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East Africa Overland: Serengeti & Safari Drives

East Africa Overland: Serengeti & Safari Drives

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£4,529 / person

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15 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Guided Motorcycle Tour

15 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari Guided Motorcycle Tour

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£2,878 / person

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Wildlife Safaris

Wildlife Safaris

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£2,898 / person

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