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Lake Bunyonyi

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Lake Bunyonyi
is a very scenic 20km stretch of water located in south-west Uganda, which was created some 8000 years ago when a river valley was blocked by a lava flow.

Both the land around the lake and on the many islands are heavily terraced with small-scale agriculture. Just a few patches of forest and some extensive marshes remain to provide wildlife habitats. The lake is reportedly clear of crocodiles, hippos and bilharzia so should be safe for swimming, although we would always take that with a pinch of salt.

Although the Bunyonyi area is a popular rest-stop for budget and overland travellers, it is not somewhere we find ourselves recommending very often, not least because it is not connected to the rest of the country by air. However we do occasionally include in trips where guests want to view gorillas in both Uganda and Rwanda, since we need to break the long road journey here.

Birdsnest Hotel ... is probably the best of a host of simple lodges that have spring up to cater for this overland traffic.

Here in western Uganda we tend to focus more on areas such as Bwindi Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest and Murchison Falls.
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