This is an incredibly worth while place to stay. Not only is it a uniquely peaceful, tranquil, natural habitat of which you have the opportunity to enjoy, but this hospitable lodge funds a local rural development initiative! Concentrating on renewable energy and local healthcare maintenance amongst others.
Please have a look at the website to see just how special this place is:
The island has a great atmosphere and the concept of keeping natural is shown in the operation of the lodge and it's beautifully done (snazzy toilets and shower with a view!!). There is a large menu, including delicious desserts... I remember trying the chocolate fudge balls - they're the type of desserts you won't find in any other places around Uganda if you're travelling on a budget, yet they are fresh and a good portion size.
If you don't order in advance the food can take a while to arrive: I ordered a cheese sandwich as a snack and I honestly swear they were rowing the cheese from another island!
Half of us camped in our tents and half stayed in the basic dorms... cosy and very reasonably priced. They'll lend you a basin if you bring your own washing powder for your clothes and there's a line provided for drying.
Lovely walks around the island, traditional canoes are great fun and there is a little place where you can go and watch a selection of films, projected up onto the screen - which is what we did in the evening.
Personally, I wouldn't stay longer than for four or five nights before moving on but that's all you need to completely rejuvenate and chill out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Byoona Amagara is a one-of-a-kind traveler's paradise located on an island peninsula at the heart of the lake. We cater to independent travelers and backpackers looking to get well off the beaten track. We have a gorgeous location overlooking a protected island cove, perfect for swimming, canoeing, hiking or just about anything else you can think of. We also have creative and comfortable lodgings, famously fresh and delicious food, sweeping views of the lake's islands and hills, and a variety of fun and interesting tours and activities... Not to mention some of the most affordable prices in all of East Africa! We also have Internet service available, as well as an amazing library and cinema with hundreds of great books and films. What Byoona Amagara does NOT have is noise, dust, overland trucks, mosquitoes (very few anyway!), And prices that will insult your intelligence (or empty your wallet). Come stay in one of our beautiful geodomes and experience Lake Bunyonyi at its very best! Byoona Amagara is a not-for-profit establishment dedicating 100% of proceeds to support education and sustainable community development at Lake Bunyonyi. ... more less