This particular safari leads to the far South-West of Uganda, all the way to Lake Bunyonyi, the “place of many little birds!” Lake Bunyonyi is a magnificent elongated winding lake dotted with 29 islands scattered on its surface. It gets better, the lake is framed by lush green terraced hills that boldly tower above(especially by Dutch standards). Now you know why it is referred to as the “Switzerland of Uganda.” Each island has its own unique charm and hidden treasures waiting to be explored. From the largest island with the only school and hospital nearby built on it to the smallest island measuring only a few square meters, where women who conceived out of wedlock were abandoned, to live their final days hungry and lonely. Sighs. Being the 5th deepest lake in the world, it is certainly not skipped by most tourists. Fortunately, at Charlie’s Travels, we have set up a super special and off-the-beaten-track trip for you: a multi-day canoe trip in a hollowed-out tree trunk! Sounds exciting, right?
THE CANOE TREK
Island hopping in a canoe is the real deal! I mean, who wouldn’t want to sleep on a different island every night? All you need is to paddle and the enthusiasm to canoe your way through clear waters between the green islands. However, for the full island experience, Tom’s Homestay is the best choice for accommodation. At Tom’s, you get a glimpse into the local life of the islanders on Lake Bunyonyi, in an exclusive personal tour. You can also stay overnight in one of the resorts and enjoy the spacious safari tents. A first-hand jungle experience is surely guaranteed. In the mornings, you can watch the cotton candy-like mist slowly vanish, giving way to the clear blue skies. Bask in the warm glow of the sun as you sip your coffee on the verandah, away from the rest of the world. Did you know that Lake Bunyonyi’s water is not only the cleanest but the safest to swim in? A dip in the afternoons would be a nice way to cool off.
Canoeing can also be alternated with a sturdy hike along the Rwanda-Uganda border. The view over the rolling hills, the terraces, and Lake Bunyonyi is one not to be missed. If you are passionate about birds, don’t forget your binoculars! After all, this is the “place of many small birds”, birds can be seen in all the imaginable colours.