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Itambira Island | Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
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Byoona Amagara
Ranked #3 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Kabale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
34 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars NEW

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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Entebbe, Uganda
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
43 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
71 hotel reviews
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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8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Montreal, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I had a wonderful time at this hotel and I am truly in love with their whole geo-room concept. It is an open straw hut with a view on the lake and a fully furnished room inside (bed frames, mattress, mosquito net, table, candles, chairs, nightstand). The twin geo room is not nearly as nice as the double room as... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I planned a trip to trek for mountain gorillas through Amagara Tours and they booked me a geodome at Byoona Amagara. They arranged for me to be picked up at the airport in Kigali and I arrived in the evening, unaware that the eco-resort was on an island! The boat ride was incredibly beautiful, the stars were so bright and... More 

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ByoonaAmagara, Public Relations Manager at Byoona Amagara, responded to this review

Hi Ildi, We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us and the pleasant surprise of finding us on an island! And thanks for taking the time to write about your experience here. We're sure you can make your own version of our Flapjacks as well... after all, they're for Homers! We're sorry about the weather, though... that happens sometimes.... More 

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Address: Itambira Island | Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Kabale
Number of rooms: 15

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