scenic hike around lake bunyonyi

Carolyn, Kelsey, Frank and I spent a weekend in the calm surroundings of Lake Bunyonyi. I took a little longer than expected to piece this post together as I have been a lot busier lately trying to sort out my life goals and plans. Is anyone else going through the same?

Trying to figure out how best to achieve your dreams without making compromises? Wondering whether you picked the right career and are doing enough to elevate to the next level? This is often why I’m grateful to have wonderful people in my life to get away with and reflect on these issues. This was originally meant to be a Girls weekend away with Rowena and Anita as well, but they couldn’t join this time.

My addiction to this lovely lake should be clear by now…

Getting there

We drove with Carolyn’s car, which was comfortable and managed the roads very well. Before we knew it, we got a ticket for speeding, which was unexpected since we weren’t going too fast and missed the blurry 50 limit sign. Sigh! We thankfully sorted it out with the officer and were back on the road. We got to Kabale and were able to find our destination after taking a boat to the peninsula.


We went hiking on one of the mornings, with our guide Bright. Being here just has a way of helping you appreciate the beauty of this place, with the locals that have done an excellent job with cultivating the land.

My most memorable moments from here include having the little children spot us from miles away and come down to greet us with such sheer joy! Maybe it was more for the visitors than me, but it was interesting to see how their faces lit up…

We also learned that the children during their holidays wake up early to go and dig and plant the food, so it is ready for their parents to sell by the time a new term starts. I heard that this the views from Lake Bunyonyi are similar to those in some parts in Peru. Can anyone that has been to both confirm this? *adds Peru to Wander-wishlist*

After the hike, we got intimate with the lake by taking a canoe out and testing our skills. Some of us had a hard time and ended up going in circles for a few minutes until we figured out the rhythm…or rather let Frank do it.




On Sunday morning, we woke up to the sound of the Banyankole and Bagyiga drummers singing praises at church from a distance on the other side of hill.

Your travel-buddy,



  1. Lake Bunyonyi looks so beautiful! My friends and I can’t wait to plan our visit there sometime in December ☺
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Oh the views! These kind of hikes with such amazing views are the kinds I love doing too. The lake looks so calm, serene and pretty. To be honest, it is the first time I am hearing of Lake Bunyonyi, you’ve just added to me geographical knowledge 😉

  3. Looks a really beautiful hike and your pics really bring it to life. Excuse our ignorance as we were not familiar with Lake Bunyonyi or Uganda.

  4. Your photos are really beautiful. I love the vibrancy of the colours and the variety of the photographs. The patchwork-like quality of those fields is really interesting. I’ve also been falling a bit behind on my blog work lately. It’s just never ending!

  5. Hi Karen, great photos. It would be nice if you can add a bit of context in the post. Where exactly is Lake Bunyonyi – never heard of it?

  6. Lake Bunyonyi is breathtaking. I can see why you are in love with the place. You photos did justice to the place. Although it is the first time I am hearing about it, I won’t forget the beauty of the lake and it surroundings.

  7. Scenic is definitely right. Your photos are lovely! How long was the hike?

    Canoeing is hard. We’re excellent kayakers but hate canoeing. We always end up going in circles too. It’s definitely a different paddling skill.

  8. So cool! I am going to Buyonyi late this year and I was happy to see some of the pictures of what we will find there. Good to know about the speed limit, we will drive carefully!

  9. Lake Bunyonyi looks so serene and peaceful – what a stunning hike! And what scenery to take in along the way, what with the terraced hills and lake itself. Speeding ticket sucks, but it sounds like an fantastic day. I can imagine that taking out a canoe would be a great way to end the day 🙂

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