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Are you planning to visit Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla trekking and after visit lake Bunyonyi, here below are the top things to do on Lake Bunyonyi Uganda during your stay here at the beautiful lake.
Batwa Cultural Experience at Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi is also home to the traditional batwa pygmies. On Batwa cultural experience tour around Lake Bunyonyi you will be guided by one of the Batwa guides giving you an opportunity to learn about traditional life of the Batwa, you will also enjoy the traditional dances of the Batwa and Stone Age including making traditional fire among others.
Nature walks and Hikes
The Nature walk is done around Lake Bunyonyi and on the islands, it is a very exciting activity to do after your gorilla trek say in the evening. This will take you through the villages on the islands and local communities, great for sightseeing and cultural experience encounters.
Swimming at Lake Bunyonyi
Swimming in Lake Bunyonyi is one of the best activities to chill out and relax at Lake Bunyonyi after your gorilla trek in Ruhija. Lake Bunyonyi is Hippo-Crocodile-Bilharzia free lake making it great for swimmers to swim comfortably. However given the fact it is the second deepest lake in Africa you ought to be a good swimmer to swim in it.
Lake Bunyonyi is one the best birding spots in Uganda home to an impressive 200 species. After your gorilla trek in Ruhija you can go birding on one of the 29 islands on Lake Bunyonyi and combine it with a dugout canoe or motorized boat adventure giving you a great chance to sight birds on the lake banks and islands. We recommend you carry your birding book in case you have limited safari time and you will identify some birds that visit the gardens of your Lodge during your stay on Lake Bunyonyi. Some of the bird species to sight include Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat, Black Goshawk, Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Handsome Francolin, Olive (Rameron) Pigeon, Bronze-winged Pigeon, Black-billed, Ruwenzori, and Ross’s Turacco, African, Barred Long-tailed, and African Emerald Cuckoos, Red-chested Owlet, Narina and Bar-tailed Trogons, Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Blue-throated Roller, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Gray-throated, Double-toothed, and Yellow-spotted Barbets, Western and Yellow-rumpedTinkerbird, Thick-billed and Dwarf Honeyguides, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Tullberg’s, Speckle-breasted, Elliot’s, and Olive Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Rock Martin, Black Saw-wing, Gray and Petit’s Cuckoo-Shrike, Ansorge’s, Kakamega and Cabanis’ Greenbuls, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Olive and Mountain Thrushes, Red-throated Alethe, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Ruwenzori, Black-throated, and Black-faced Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera, Grauer’s Warbler, Cinnamon and Black-faced Bracken-Warblers, Mountain Yellow Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Short-tailed Warbler and Red-faced Woodland-Warbler among others.
Mountain Bicycle riding
After your gorilla trek you can ride around the lake on a mountain bike and enjoy the scenery, the local communities and people in the villages surrounding the lake. This gives you an opportunity to feel and enjoy the real Africa as you ride through the villages.
Exploring the Islands and Research
Lake Bunyonyi has 29 Islands to discover and these can be visited using a motorized boat or dugout canoes. You will have an opportunity to deeply learn about each island its history and what to see on the island.
Boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi
This is another interesting activity to do on Lake Bunyonyi after your gorilla trek in Ruhija, the boat ride is done either in a motorized boat or a dugout canoe, this takes you to the historical islands including the famous Akampene Island also known as the Punishment Island. On this Island you will learn why it is tagged as the Punishment Island, traditionally the Bakiga People would take teenage mothers/pregnant girls to Punishment Island and abandon them there to nature until they die as a punishment for having sex and getting pregnant at a teenage. It would be a big event meant to frighten other girls into abstaining from sex outside of marriage and causing the loss of the Bride’s Price for the family.
Local community visits through local villages which provide insights into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy people living beside the Bwindi forest. Other activities done at Lake Bunyonyi include Zip lining, yoga at the Lodge, volunteering which is done in the local community schools and projects and Butterfly watching which is done at night among others. Top Things to do on Lake Bunyonyi Uganda
Where to stay on Lake Bunyonyi after your gorilla trek in Ruhija
Lodges and Hotels to stay in at Lake Bunyonyi after your gorilla trek in Ruhija include Bird nest Resort, Acadia Lodge, Crater Bay Lodge, Bunyonyi Overland Resort, Rock Resort and Hawker’s Eye Lodge among others.
What is the best time to visit Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi can be visited all year round and The best time is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September.
How to get to Lake Bunyonyi after your Gorilla trek in Ruhija
By Road; Lake Bunyonyi can be accessed through the main road from Ruhija to Kabale-Kisoro Highway and then connect to Lake Bunyonyi. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to your lodge at Lake Bunyonyi. The Lake can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access Lake Bunyonyi. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to the Lodge you are booked for your stay.
Why book your activities at Lake Bunyonyi with us?
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book all the activities you are interested in doing during your stay on Lake Bunyonyi contact us and we advise you on the booking process. We as well have different gorilla safari packages to Bwindi ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla habituation permits. Feel free to check out our TripAdvisor reviews and read from a community of happy satisfied clients. With us, you can be rest assured of a memorable Uganda safari holiday. We are devoted to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction. Our team of excellent tour consultants is always willing to help answer all your safari questions. Contact us here about the Top Things to do on Lake Bunyonyi Uganda