The Bunyonyi Bird Tour
Lake Bunyonyi, translated as a�?the place of many little birdsa�? is believed to be the deepest lake in Africa and has been declared an undiscovered natural wonder of the world by visitors far and wide. The Lake takes its name from the abundant birdlife that call it home. It is a birding paradise as over 200 species are found here, including the white-tailed blue monard, the African harrier hawk, the grey-crowned cranes, the cardinal woodpecker, the slender-billed baglafetcht, Levaillanta��s cuckoo, weavers, herons, egrets and many more.
Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of 2,200-2,478m, but ita��s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical. The most common mode of transportation on these waters is the dugout canoe, which offers a completely different perspective of the Lake. You can rent your own to explore the islands or be guided by our experienced paddlers. We offer motorized or non-motorized canoes and give our guests the option to specify the length of the journey, depending on how many of the islands they wish to explore. Each island is associated with a legend. Akampene (a�?Punishmenta�?) Island, the smallest and most notorious of the 29 islets, holds a dark reputation: ita��s where pregnant, unmarried girls were exiled to starve or drown if they attempted to swim away.
We also offer community walks which explore the settlements along the shores to experience everyday life among playful children, farmers and women wrapped in multi-coloured kangas. Our local guides will lead you along the best hiking trails on the islands or through the terraces of the Kigezi highlands to be rewarded with spectacular views of the landscapes and even some wildlife. Forest and tree plantations can be found on some of the islands, as well as monkeys and zebras. Otters can also be spotted in the waters.
You may experience this tour by itself, or in combination with the other tours on offer. The price of this package is subject to the client’s choice of destination(s) and the duration of the tour(s). Please contact us for a bespoke quote.