If your idea of tranquility is a cozy green haven overlooking Lake Bunyonyi (Uganda’s most stunning lake), then you’re going to want to read on.
Bunyonyi Overland Resort, as the name suggests, is strategically situated right on the banks of Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale, south-western Uganda, overlooking the still blue lake. Lake Bunyonyi is believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyinka and the fourth deepest lake in the world. The name Bunyonyi translates to “place of many little birds”, but what makes the lake most stunning are the 29 dotted islands on the lake and the lush green terraced hills that frame it.
I stayed in cottage 16, one of the 22 cottages found at Bunyonyi Overland Resort. The resort also boasts of 8 wooden cabins, 18 furnished safari tents and two dorms. I loved the variety of accommodation options and the fact that there is something for everyone. One can also choose to camp right on the shores of the lake! Even though I arrived during the night, I couldn’t help but notice the giant chess board right in front of the restaurant and made a mental note to check it out during the day time. I ordered one of my favorites – pork chops and mashed potato before retiring for the night.
Views for days
The next day the weather was beautiful and perfect for taking a stroll round the lodge. Lush, exuberant greenery canopying over the still and peaceful Lake Bunyonyi welcomes you at every turn. The resort is complete with a massage parlor on the pier, a sunbathing and swimming deck and a jetty … did I mention the amazing view?
Things to do
In addition to simply enjoying the peace and tranquility of the lodge, I took a boat ride onto the lake. I love being out on the water. The cool breeze, coupled with sunshine, is so welcoming. Plus, there is always something to learn. As we left the dock, I had a clearer view of the resort in all its glory, subtle structures peeking out of thick greenery. Our boat captain took us past Bwama Island, the biggest island on the lake complete with a church, school and about 500 inhabitants. We then spotted Punishment Island, the smallest island on the lake infamous for murder and abuse of women as recent as the early 1900’s! The Bakiga (people from Kabale) used to leave unmarried pregnant girls on this small patch of waterlogged grass to die of hunger or while trying to swim to the mainland. This was a punishment for the “shame” an unmarried pregnant girl brought to the family as well as her failure to collect a bride price. Thankfully, this horror practice got abandoned in the first half of the 20th century.
A scrumptious lunch awaited after we docked. This time I ordered fish curry and rice (a must try when you visit the resort, especially the cray fish!). Aside from the food and the boat rides, other activities include bird watching, mountain biking, fishing as well as community walks. Find out more about Bunyonyi Overland Resort, their rates and activities here.
Have you visited Lake Bunyonyi before? How about Bunyonyi Overland Resort? Let me know in the comments below. Xx