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Byoona Amagara

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Itambira Island | Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
Byoona Amagara
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Byoona Amagara far exceeded my expectations for a relaxing, affordable getaway in East Africa. The geo-domes are clean and comfortable. The view of the lake from bed in the morning is incomparable. The free and inexpensive activities like hikes, swimming, canoeing, etc are plentiful and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent (except for the stir-fry,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This "hotel" is on an island in the middle of Lake Bunyoni. The setting doesn't get much more relaxing and beautiful. There is a nice gated parking lot (though the guards didn't see fit to keep someone from blocking us in which was a bit of a problem when we tried to leave) and they pick you up in a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staying in a geodome at Byoona Amagara is a memorable experience! Not only do you have such an unusual accommodation, practically under the stars, but you have a huge private porch with a view of the lake and a private composting toilet and shower. We loved it! The restaurant serves reasonably yummy food (it is of course a little over-priced... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

We decided to go to lake Bunyonyi and stay at Byoona Amagara after it was recommended to us by a friend. We booked to deluxe geodomes and they were stunning. Built on raised platforms overlooking the lake, my wife did wonder where the door was though! Privacy however is guaranteed and the views stunning. On arriving at the lake side... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Backpackers Heaven! Still (very) cold showers, if you decided for the budget-version but what a Surrounding, what a view from the Restaurant, what peace! And for anyone who took the halfopen huts: enjoy that you took the very right decision!

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Seattle, Washington
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We had a great time relaxing on this island for a couple days. The basic geodome was more than sufficient for us, beautifully secluded. Enjoyed the outdoor showers. The food in the restaurant was very good and there was a bigger variety than I was expecting. Had fun swimming in the lake, water was warmer than expected. Highly recommend if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Fantastic romantic setting in the geodome, really relaxing and amazing views. Lovely hot shower. Thought food was excellent for being on an island, really hearty and tasty.. Great value compared to other lodges.

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London
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Beautiful island with great accommodation options. Geodomes are a great idea, I stayed in the wooden cabin for one night before moving on. It was comfortable and peaceful. Compost toilets were pretty good and shower was decent with hot water! Breakfast was lovely with an unbeatable view. I understand the eco credentials of this place and am all for it,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The setting is perfect to chill and relax, all what is needed is on the island: Some great places to sleep, wander around, swim and for sure checking out the surrounding islands with the canoe. Very friendly staff, good food and filled bar... It's hard to envision much better this, just forget the rest of your calendar and enjoy!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Was very excited about this island after a 20 000sh motor boat ride to the island we were shown to our geodome which had the most perfect views of the lake. Very tranquil with a great deck surrounding the room to watch the sunset over. We had a basic geodome for 42,000sh pp which was well worth every penny falling... More 

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