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Lake Bunyonyi - Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most pleasant and delightful places in Uganda. It is located in the south-west Uganda at an altitude of more than 1800 meters and some people believe it to be the deepest lake in Africa, even if this presumption is still to be proved. Lake Bunyonyi has been formed around 8000 years ago and covers an area of 60 sq. km with a rich ecosystem that encloses the surrounding wetlands.

The name of Bunyonyi means: "the place of little birds". Lake Bunyonyi is one of the best spotting places in Uganda and there are around 200 bird species like: the African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus), Levaillant's Cuckoo (Clamator levaillantii), Cardinal Woodpecker (Dendropicos fuscescens), Rufous-necked Wryneck (Jynx ruficollis), Gray Crowned-Crane (Balearica regulorum) and many weavers and herons.

With its fresh water, bilharzia free and beautiful landscapes, Lake Bunyonyi is a small paradise not only for travellers looking for a place to relax but even for the spotted-necked otter (Lutra Mucullicolis) that lives here abundantly due to the absence of crocodiles or other predators, and so very easy to see like nowhere in Uganda.

On the lake there are 29 islands and the most important are: Bushara, Bwama, Itambira and two small islands famous for their ancient legends: Akampene e Akabucuranuka island.
A boat cruise under a full moon will surely remain in your memories for a long time.