Enjoy the serene beauty of Lake Bunyonyi, ‘the lake of little birds’

Spotted islands on Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda.

Enjoy the serene beauty of Lake Bunyonyi, ‘the lake of little birds’

Located in southwestern Uganda between Kabale and Kisoro, you’ll find beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. Locally translated, this means ‘the lake of little birds.’

It certainly is a magical spot. What’s more, it’s distinctive too – the lake is dotted with numerous small islands, encircled by steep terraced hills and is reputed to be one of the deepest in Africa.

As it is free from crocodiles and hippos, it is perfect for swimming and enjoying a relaxing time in the calm waters.

For those who wish to stay awhile and savour the stunning scenery, there is a choice of accommodation to suit every pocket.


A hidden gem

Close to the border with Rwanda, Lake Bunyonyi is a slightly tucked-away gem – although it is a popular destination for travellers returning from gorilla trekking in Bwindi.

Among the islands that can be spotted from the shores of the lake include Bwama and Njuyeera, which were former leper colonies in the 20th century.

Today, settlements can be found on some of the other islands as well as the mainland towns of Kyevu and Muku.


What else is there to see and do at Lake Bunyonyi?

Travelling between the islands by boat allows visitors to observe birds as they move from one spot to the other.

Among the 200 species to be recorded here include the African Harrier Hawk, the Red-billed Firefinch, the Weyn’s Weaver, the Baglafecht Weaver and the cardinal woodpecker.

There are plenty of other activities to enjoy too:

  • Guided hiking trails
  • Canoeing tours on a traditional dugout canoe – choose from full-day or half-day excursions
  • Romantic picnic lunch on the shores of the lake or islands


Want to include Lake Bunyonyi on your tour of Uganda?

If you would like to discover more about visiting Lake Bunyonyi as part of your holiday to Uganda, check our options below that take you to the lake and beyond.