2 Days Uganda – Lake Bunyonyi Getaway Tour (Kigali)
Hi good folks,
Hope all is going on well in the land of a thousand hills! I would like to hereby introduce to a wonderful getaway from the daily hustle & bustle of work to the enchanting serpentine Lake Bunyonyi just 8 km out of the Border town of Kabale.
This of course does not include the much vaunted for mountain gorillas, though we could arrange a quick gorilla trekking expedition at an extra cost.
Here are the details; you can choose to go either weekdays or weekends.
Pickup is from Kabale town either from a Bus (public transport) or if you choose to drive your own vehicle across the Border to Uganda you can contact us on arrival and we undertake the rest of the tour from there.
DAY 1: LAKE BUNYONYI – BOAT CRUISE/ISLAND HOPPING/ZIP LINING/KYAHUGYE ISLAND
After pick-up and check-in at Gorilla Trek Camp and of course we place our orders for our dinner, relax and prepare to head to Lake Bunyonyi. We advise you to at least be in Kabale latest 11:30 AM. We shall then drive to breathtaking Lake arriving at the jetty on Rutinda. We shall then catch our boat as we begin our island hopping.
Lake Bunyonyi is a young lake at 1,950m/6,400ft, formed 10,000 years ago when the river was dammed by a lava flow and the valley drowned. Bunyonyi is one of the safest lakes in Africa, it has no hippos or crocodiles and no bilharzias thus safe for a swim.
We shall visit the former Leper colony at Bwama.
Later visit the Punishment Island of Akampene. A traditional way of punishing unmarried pregnant women at Lake Bunyonyi was to abandon them on a tiny island called Akampene ("Punishment"). They would either starve to death or drown trying to swim to the mainland; swimming skills were rare.
However, they were often saved by poor men or slaves who could not afford the regular bride price and did not mind the stigma. The practice was abandoned in the Protected content , likely due to the influence of missionaries on Bwama and Njuyeera.
We shall also visit Sharp’s Island at Njuyeera. Njuyeera Island was the lake home of Dr Leonard Sharp Protected content . The island's name (“white cottage”) originates from the house his family built. Njuyeera eventually had a tennis court, boat house, guest cottage, windmill and gardens with lemon and guava trees, canna and flame lilies.
This idyllic setting could give a misleading sense of the general living conditions before World War II; Leonard and his wife Esther lost their first son to dysentery when he was 18 months old.
Lastly we shall visit the Upside Down Island. Here legend has it that, a group of twenty men were brewing sorghum beer on the island when an old lady passing through asked for a sip. They rudely refused her, told her to “Get lost!”. She asked for someone to take her to the mainland to which they agreed as they wanted to get rid of her. When a young man delivered her to the mainland and was starting to return, the island turned upside down drowning all the brewers... The only survivor was a chicken that flew away!
This is why the island is now called Bucuranuka, "Upside Down".
By this time we shall be famished and we shall head to Itambira Island for a local lunch that will introduce you to the culinary delights of Uganda’s local dishes.
After lunch we shall head to Kyahugye Island for a Nature/wildlife walk. Here you will walk with a knowledgeable guide who will take you around the Nature Trails of Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort. You will get to see water-bucks, zebras, impalas and Uganda Kobs. Some prolific birding and the only monkey on the island known as the President.
We shall cap a wonderful day with zip-lining across one of the deepest lakes in Uganda. Return to Kabale town. Dinner & overnight at Gorilla Trek Camp.
Day 2: Canoe trekking
Breakfast and we again head to Lake Bunyonyi. On this we shall indulge in a dug-out canoe tour of the lake. We shall canoe across the bay to the terraced hills of Kyabahinga Peninsula and if it is a school day you will be mesmerized cute little singing kids. At a trading centre above the school you will be invited to a cup of the local brew, obushera. It will be … unforgettable.
We shall also see a herbalist.
Our final stop on the ridge will be the home of Mrs Annah, a master of crafts. She will show you how local crafts are hand produced, and give you ample opportunity to make some for yourselves.
Price: USD$99 per person (2 people minimum)
Vehicle transfers to Lake Bunyonyi while in Kabale, accommodation & all meals, all activities in the program, bottled water.
Expenses of a personal nature e.g. tips, laundry, drinks and beverages, tips, poterage and gratuities, visa fees or items not on the program.
For those who are interested, you can come alone (IN members are friendly) or your spouse, or even as a group/colleagues.
The more the better...MORE FUN...MAKE MEMORIES!!!!
Kindly let me know which days/weekend your're interested in early.
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