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Lake Bunyonyi- Uganda water bodies

Bunyonyi is one of the country tribe dialect that literally means little birds. So this Place is composed of   many little birds and located in south western Uganda between two districts of Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda.

Geographically Lake Bunyonyi is a body of water located west from Kabale Town, southwestern Uganda.Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa as witnessed by Uganda safari travellers that safari in Uganda on their Uganda Birding Safaris or visit for their adventure vacation safari holiday tours in Uganda Rwanda Africa. The temperature on the surface rises to 25 degrees Celsius. Fish was introduced to the lake in the later years and in the 1930s fishing became profitable. Unfortunately in the 1960s fish died massively as a result of a violent shallow mixing that is anticipated to be caused by wind.

This lake has several islands that make it a very blossoming island which include;

Akampene (Punishment Island)

The Bakiga used to leave unmarried pregnant girls on this small island to either die of hunger or die while trying to swim to the mainland since swimming skills were very rare those days.This was to intimidate the rest, to show them not to do the same. A man without cows to pay the bride price could go to the island and pick up a girl.This practice got abandoned in the first half of the 20th century.

Bwama and Njuyeera (Sharp’s Island)

In 1921, English missionary Leonard Sharp came to this part of Uganda and in 1931 established a leprosy treatment centre on the then uninhabited Bwama island. A church, patient quarters and a medical facility were built, while Sharp settled on Njuyeera Island which means white cottage after the similarity of the doctor’s small white house to Sharp’s father’s house in. The rationale of the leprosy colony was that of “voluntary segregation'”, where the provision of a happy community to live in would attract leprosy sufferers, so removing them from the communities where they might infect others.

Many tourists and travelers who undertake a Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda 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 birding and canoe rides.The lake’s main Centre is Bufuka Village which is the area’s inhabited by two tribes of the Bakiga and the Batwa.