Top things to do and see around Lake Bunyonyi: Lake Bunyonyi is found in the southwestern part of Uganda, near the border with Rwanda in the Kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most naturally magnificent lakes in Africa and is one of the leading tourist destinations in Uganda. The lake attracts tourists, honeymooners, and Ugandans who wish to get away from the busy town life and enjoy the cool weather and beautiful islands. The lake offers astonishing views from all sides and is a great place to go for meditation and relaxation. The lake is a collection of water that filled a valley created by a volcanic explosion hundreds of thousands of years ago. The name Bunyonyi means “a place with little birds” in reference to the fact that the lake and its islands are home to an amazing collection of bird species. It is one of the deepest lakes in Africa. The Lake Bunyonyi area has a generally cool climate throughout the year, with enough rain to support the lush green hills surrounding the lake.

Top things to do and see around Lake Bunyonyi

Top things to do and see around Lake Bunyonyi: Activities

Boat cruise

A boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi offers remarkable views of the surrounding lush scenery and calm waters. A boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect way to unwind and appreciate the natural beauty of the area. While on a boat ride on the lake, you’ll have the chance to explore the islands surrounding this lake, such as Akampene, Bwana Island, Bushara Island, and Kyahugye Island, among others, in a short time. You’ll also be offered abundant loot of birdlife species flying at the shores of the lake, such as kingfishers, among others, as well as the refreshing breeze as you explore these hidden treasures of Uganda.

Top things to do and see around Lake Bunyonyi
Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi


Lake Bunyonyi is home to a variety of birdlife, hosting over 200 bird species, making it one of the best bird-spotting places in Uganda. Birdwatching in the lake can be done throughout the year, depending on the season and specific bird interests. While on a Uganda birdwatching tour in Lake Bunyonyi, you’ll have the opportunity to spot all the bird species that dwell in the area, such as the blackfish that can be caught in the lake throughout the year, depending on the season and specific interests. crake, African darter, great cormorant, black-headed heron, African openbill, hamerkop, African paradise flycatcher, the grekingfisher, andrena, egrets, grey heron, African harrier hawk, African fish eagle, pied kingfisher, malachite kingfisher, and African jacana, among others.

Nature walks and hikes

The hilly terrain around Lake Bunyonyi offers great opportunities for nature walks and hikes. The terraced landscapes offer both astonishing beauty and insights into local agricultural practices. Trekking up the hills rewards you with astonishing sights of the lake and its surroundings. It’s the best way to engage with the natural environment, learn about the region’s geological history, and capture remarkable views.

Mountain biking around the lake

Mountain biking around Lake Bunyonyi lets you experience the beauty of the area, its people, and authentic Ugandan culture. The elevation ensures a pleasant climate, making your ride enjoyable without the harshness of the equatorial sun. Whether you choose a full-day adventure or a shorter ride, a guide will accompany you, and our safari vehicle is always on standby for assistance. Note that some lodges might not offer bike rentals, but we can arrange them for you. Biking around this scenic lake promises to be a memorable part of your journey in the Pearl of Africa.


 Fishing at Lake Bunyonyi is a popular activity, especially for those looking to enjoy the pleasantness and beauty of the lake while trying their hand at catching some fish. While Lake Bunyonyi is not known for large game fishing, it offers a charming and memorable experience for nature lovers. Visitors planning to take part in this captivating activity at the lake are required to rent a canoe or small boat from any of the local operators and head out to their chosen fishing spot, which we at Achieve Global Safari can arrange for you and offer a memorable experience. While on your spot fishing tour here, you’ll get a chance to catch and see common fish types, such as crayfish and smallmouth bass, among other species. It’s advisable to bring your own fishing gear, although some rental services may provide basic equipment.

Swimming in Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is a charming lake with clear waters that are free from pollution due to the absence of fishing sites on the lake shores. The lake waters are free from crocodiles, hippos, and parasites that cause bilharzia. Bilharza is a common disease in some of the water bodies in East and Southern Africa. The only disadvantage of swimming in the lake is the depth. Lake Bunyonyi is believed to be the second-deepest lake in Africa. Those who are not good swimmers should take caution and instead use the hotel swimming pools.

Island hopping

Lake Bunyonyi contains over 29 islands, each with its own distinct charm. Island hopping is an excellent way to discover the cultural and geographical diversity of the area. From inhabited islands with villages and schools to uninhabited islets covered in lush vegetation, you’ll gain insights into the local way of life and the historical significance of these spots.

Cultural encounter

Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda is famous for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant cultural heritage. One of the most memorable cultural encounters at Lake Bunyonyi is interacting with the Batwa pygmies, who are indigenous to the region and were evicted from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Maghinga Gorilla National Park. They used to survive and live in the forested areas, depending on them for shelter, shade, medicines, and many more. It is said that the Batwa were hunters and gatherers who lived in these forests for over a couple of years. You can learn about their traditional way of life, hear their stories, and even participate in activities like traditional dancing or craft making.

Additionally, you can engage with the Bakiga community, which is known for its hard work and cultivation skills as well as its unique cultural values. You might have the opportunity to try traditional dishes, learn about their customs, or, on a lucky visit, meet and engage in community celebrations.

Contact our trusted tour operators for more information and inquiries about things to do and see at Lake Bunyonyi, and book with our tours and travel companies, such as Achieve Global Safaris, who offer the best tour packages while on your safari in Uganda.

This concludes the top things to do and see around Lake Bunyonyi.

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