Lake Bunyonyi

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Lake Bunyonyi also called “Place of many little birds” is located in south western Uganda between two districts of Kisoro and Kabale, close to the border with Rwanda. It’s Located at 1,962 m (6,437 ft) above sea level. Geographically lake bunyonyi is a body of water seven kilometers or 4.3 miles west from Kabale Town, southwestern Uganda. It is 25 km long and 7 km (4.3 mi) wide, covering an area of 61 square kilometers (23½ sq. miles). The lake’s altitude is 1,950m above sea level and it is surrounded by hills that are 2,200 to 2,478 meters high and intensely cultivated. Its 29 islands are concentrated in the central part and have few settlements but instead they are mostly used for tourist facilities and for secondary as well as a primary school study tours. The data on the lake’s maximum depth varies, from 44m to 900m (144 to 2,952 ft) in parts. If the latter is true, Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa. The temperature on the surface rises to 25 degrees Celsius (77ºF). It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming.

Towns on its shores include Kyevu and Muko, while its 29 islands include Punishment Island and Bushara Island. It is a popular location for watersports and is known for the surrounding terraced hillsides. It is popular with both foreign and domestic tourists and there is a wide variety of tourist accommodation. Many tourists and travelers who undertake a gorilla trekking safari or come to Uganda after their Rwanda gorilla safari experience rest and relax at the beautiful Lake  Bunyonyi as they enjoy the best  scenery in the whole world, involve themselves into various cultural and community activities as well as birding and canoe rides. The lake’s main Centre is Bufuka Village which is the area inhabited by two tribes of the Bakiga and the Batwa.

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