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Combine canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi with gorilla trekking in Uganda
“The most beautiful lake you’ve never heard off.” Wall Street Journal
Combine canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi with a gorilla trekking experience in Uganda with a visit to the majestic Lake Bunyonyi. Considered one of the deepest and most beautiful inland water bodies lakes in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi is a freshwater body located about 400kms south of Kampala and 4hrs drive from Kigali, Rwanda. Located in the present-day Kabale and Rubanda districts, Lake Bunyonyi lies in the Kigezi highlands’ valleys, with several terraced hills adding to the scenic beauty of this famous lake.
Lake Bunyonyi is a renowned tourist destination because of its exquisite proximity to Bwindi forest national park, the home of the mountain gorillas. Lake Bunyonyi is also a few kilometers away from the Uganda/Rwanda border. Bunyonyi is locally known as “a place of little birds” that offers refreshing experiences ranging from dug-out canoeing, swimming, and bird watching. Visiting Lake Bunyonyi is a “must do” for most travelers visiting southwestern Uganda to track the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is very possible to combine canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi with gorilla trekking in Uganda, both at Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
How to get to Lake Bunyonyi from Kampala or Kigali, Rwanda.
Lake Bunyonyi is accessible by both road and air transport. The drive from Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi takes approximately 7hrs, whereas a drive from Kigali, Rwanda, is 4hrs. There are plenty of public buses traveling between Kampala and Kabale town daily.
There are taxis from Kabale town to the shore of Lake Bunyonyi, which is 5kms away. For those who prefer flying, AeroLink Uganda offers daily flights from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro Airport. Kisoro town is about 40kms from Lake Bunyonyi.
The most popular activities at Lake Bunyonyi are dugout canoe trekking, bird watching, visiting the many islands of the lake, community visits and homestays, walking and hikes, and biking. Several budgets and mid-range accommodation options are available around Lake Bunyonyi and in the nearby Kabale town. Whether you are on your way to visit the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest national park or Rwanda, Lake Bunyonyi is a recommended a stop-over.
Select Gorilla Trekking Trips that include visiting Lake Bunyonyi
Bamboo Ecotours trips provide an option to Lake Bunyonyi for a day or two. Contact us today, and we will arrange your tour to Lake Bunyonyi! Or choose from the prescribed itineraries below.