Have you truly been to Lake Bunyonyi if you haven’t tried the dugout canoe? We don’t think so… Paddle safely with our excellent captains to Bushara, the lake’s lushest island, and enjoy an easy nature walk there. You will be able to clearly see Punishment Island, the most notorious islet, and Bwama Island that used to serve as a leper colony. Last but not least, Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi is quite an attraction too, and you won’t leave with an empty stomach!
Our canoe will collect you from your hotel or Rutindo Market any time of the day. Your first stop will be Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi, a picturesque site that mixes simple life with advanced technology, the birthplace of the Gorilla Highlands initiative.
A short tour around the forested peninsula will show you an ingenious submerged swimming pool built for teaching life-saving skills, grass-thatched huts erected for volunteers, and many other things. The excellent chef, Brenda, will pack you a fresh snack that is always a little bit different.
You will then canoe to Bushara, a central island covered with a eucalyptus forest. Nowadays it accommodates travellers but once upon a time it was home to doctors working at the Bwama leprosy colony.
There is a path loop next to the island shore, an inviting route for a nature walk around Bushara, with interesting vegetation and birdsong in the air. You will learn a lot about how the Bakiga used to utilise — and often still use — the herbs and other fruits of nature.
The walk will give you a beautiful view of Bwama Island where secondary students learn in the old leprosy colony structures, and of Akampene or Punishment Island, the notorious destination where pregnant unmarried girls were left to die.
At the unusual circular restaurant at the top of the island you will enjoy a soft drink and perhaps do a bit of shopping, impressed by the crafts and clothes ladies of Lake Bunyonyi make.
If you happen to be in a hurry, we will then return to the mainland. If not, we can take it easy and use an extra hour for relaxing at Bushara.