Lake Bunyonyi is Africa’s second deepest lake, after Lake Tanganyika. Lake Bunyonyi is a place with many little birds hence the name “Bunyonyi”. A Uganda birding safari to Lake Bunyonyi is simply satisfying because of its name. The lake is located in the districts of Kabale and Rubanda in South Western Uganda close to the border of Rwanda.
Resting on 6,500 feet above sea level, Lake Bunyonyi is an eye-catching scene to many people. Lake Bunyonyi reflects the blue sky in hilly Kigezi, Western Uganda. Uganda’s magical lake Bunyonyi appears on the 5,000 Shilling note under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces”. Towns on its shores include Kyevu and Muko, while its 29 islands include Punishment and Bushara.
The stunning looks of Lake Bunyonyi have made it one of the interesting destinations which are attracting different travelers to take safaris in Uganda. This lake is one of the top tourism revenue earners for Uganda which money is got from several Uganda safaris. and the main water source for Kabale town.
Lake Bunyonyi masks a dark and painful past that makes it a key tourist destination. In fact, of all the 29 islands that make up Lake Bunyonyi, the Punishment island, “Akampene” is the most visited. The islands around it are far busier, with houses, tourist comfort resorts such as those that litter the entire lake and thriving trees. The history of this lake alone has attracted several Lake Bunyonyi safaris.
According to olden times, Lake Bunyonyi is said to have been formed late back about 8000 million years ago. The process of its formation was described as a result of lava flow that emerged from one of the Virunga mountains.
Lake Bunyonyi, initially had a depth of 2,953 feet, roughly 900metres. However, activists and district leaders say that the depth has reduced by 1.2 meters.
Lake Bunyonyi is a major source of fresh water for domestic consumption besides being an international tourism centre, earning millions of shillings for the government and the community that has invested in camps and resorts.