Lake Bunyonyi is found in the south western part of Uganda and is the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika. Lake Bunyonyi is strategically located near Bwindi impenetrable national park   which is a home to the endangered mountain gorilla species of Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is found in the districts of Kisoro and Kabale. This picturesque feature is surrounded with numerous beautiful landscapes, hills, lush vegetation and mountains.This lake is filled with numerous bird species of over 200 and is definitely a bird lovers destination. Lake Bunyonyi was formed thousands of years ago due to volcanic activities and it is surrounded by two groups of people known as Bakiga and the Batwa these people have a rich and diverse culture that can fulfil one Uganda cultural safari/tour at Lake Bunyonyi.

Tourist activities that can be carried out at Lake Bunyonyi.

Wildlife watching; Lake Bunyonyi is situated next to Bwindi impenetrable national park which is home   to the endangered species of mountain Gorilla. However, Bwindi impenetrable national pack does not only have gorillas but also other wildlife species like is filled Lions rarely seen, forest elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, Gorillas, hippopotamus, giraffes, Jacksons hearte beast, Uganda Kob, sitatunga, warthogs, bush bucks, water bucks, hyenas, monkeys, oribis, baboons, fish among others which makes Lake Bunyonyi a great tourist destination.

Sport Fishing; Lake Bunyonyi has a large variety of fish species such as Lung fish, Catfish, tilapia, Nile perch, tiger fish, to mention but a few. While on a Uganda wildlife/cultural tour/safari at Lake Bunyonyi, one can acquire a fish permit from the local tourist offices and go on fishing aiming to spot any of the mentioned fish species. One can also prepare a delicious Uganda meal from the fish caught.

Boat cruises; Lake Bunyonyi provides a great opportunity for tourists to engage in a thrilling Boat cruise. This is a relaxing and fun filled activity. Boat cruises offer the opportunity to view different wildlife species and birds. Boat cruise usually coasts 30USD for foreign non- residents, 20 USD for foreign residents while UGX 30,000 per East African citizen and usually takes between 1 to 3hrs. While on a boat cruise, one can be able to explore the beautiful sceneries in the lake for example the hills, islands, green trees, birds among others.

Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi

 Nature walks; There are trails that are along the shores of Lake Bunyonyi   that tourists use to walk through and explore the diverse natural beauty of lake Bunyonyi. While moving with a guide, a tourist can view the various wildlife species and birds around Lake Bunyonyi and also connect with nature.

Cultural experience; while on a Uganda lake Bunyonyi tour, a tourist can move around the local community of the Batwa and Bakiga people and learn about their ways of living, their fishing folk stories, participate in traditional dances, songs and also purchase local crafts as souvenirs to mention but a few.

Mountain Gorilla trekking; while on a Uganda Lake Bunyonyi tour, one can visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi impenetrable national park has approximately 480 mountain Gorillas forests are filled with over 500 chimpanzees. Giving a good opportunity for one to trek Gorillas that is spend time feeding and learning how to interact with them, and learning their behaviours. However, one needs to have a gorilla trekking trekking permit in order to carryout Gorilla trekking. These permits cost; 800 USD for foreign non-residents, 700 USD for foreign residents and 300,000UGX for East African citizens and this process usually takes 1 hr and is really thrilling.

Bird watching; Lake Bunyonyi is filled with numerous  bird species that will indeed fulfil a birders bird viewing experience. There over 450 bird species at Lake Bunyonyi and Bwindi Impenetrable national park for example; Abyssinian ground hornbill these usually migrate from other country, blue-headed coucal, swamp flycatcher, African fish eagle, silver bird, Senegal thick-knee, Goliath heron, malachite kingfisher, African jacana, yellow-fronted tinkerbird, black –billed barbet, giant king fisher, Black –headed gonolek, Denhards bustard, malachite kingfisher, speckle-fronted weaver, silver bird, shoe bill, osprey, weaver birds, African jacana, African qualifinch, piapiac, osprey to mention but a few.

The best time to visit the Lake Bunyonyi is during the dry months of January, February, December, June, July, August and September.

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