Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda (with Map & Photos)

The most beautiful place in Uganda is, without a doubt, Lake Bunyonyi (which means “place of many little birds”). Its winding coastline contains 29 islands and the steep hills that surround it have steep terraces, as in some places in Nepal. It is a magical place, especially when it rises over the calm waters, which has replaced the Ssese Islands as a resting place for travelers in Uganda, and has a selection of secluded and bucolic accommodations, on distant islands, with birds as the only company. The best part is that, unlike most lakes in West Africa, there are no schistosomiasis, crocodiles or hippos in Bunyonyi, so you can swim at ease in its crystal clear waters.

Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi ("Place of many little birds") is located in southwestern Uganda, between Kisoro and Kabale, and is close to the border with Rwanda. The lake appeared from 2004 to 2009 on the 5,000 Ugandan shillings banknote under the title "Lake Bunyonyi and terraces". Scientific literature generally cites a maximum depth of 40 m (130 ft), but some tour guides and locals insist that it is much deeper, around 900 m (3,000 ft), which would make it the second deepest lake in Africa.

Lake Bunyonyi is a body of water 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) west of the town of Kabale.

Lake Bunyonyi Map