Lake Bunyonyi ( one of the deepest Lakes in Africa )

Located in southwestern Uganda in-between two districts; Kisoro and Kabale, measuring a depth of 40m (130ft). Most importantly it is one of the deepest lakes in Africa and third deepest in the world, The Lake is attached to mythical believe that the lake heals bilharzia. Lake Bunyonyi is a native name; meaning lake of small birds and known for the green and lush terraced hills, are habitat to over 200 bird species that migrate from different destination of the world.

Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi

How to get to Lake Bunyonyi

By road, it is 410km from Kampala, which is about 6 hours drive.


  • Bird watching. spotted while on a boat ride, along the shores birds like; slender-billed baglafetch, weavers, egrets, white-tailed blue moanard
  • Boat riding. Done on a canoe, common means of water transport used to explore the islands
  • Spot Fishing. There are various fish species like; Cray fish, mudfish, tilapia, Nile perch and mirror crap fish among others
  • Cultural tours. there are several cultural sites like; Bakora cave, the Abaheesi, Batwa,
  • Nature walks. Guided walk around the community and lake alongside spotting birds, done on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi islands, Echuya forest reserve and visit to local markets.
  • Mountain biking. Several tracks trails surrounding the hills giving a clear viewing of the islands, done with a guide


  • Arcadia lodge. A mid-range accommodation facility on the hillside comprising if 25 cottages that are self-contained that are bisected into single rooms, twin  double rooms, triple rooms, family rooms and have a restaurant and a bar
  • Lake Bunyonyi rock resort. A luxury accommodation, located along the shores of Lake Bunyonyi with 12 rooms of which nine are luxury and self-contained and the three are not self-contained. The rooms range from family cottages, double rooms, single rooms, triple rooms and have a restaurant that serves kinds of food to the travelers with a bar that is well stocked.