so i was advised to stay here by colleagues in kampala who seem to have had a similar experience to many of the reviews here. i and my travel buddies on the other hand had a very different experience.
having arrived on the island from a long trip from kampala, we got shown to our geodome which seemed nice enough, although having accepted a booking for 3 people in 1 geodome they clearly are only made up for 2 people.
feeling like a shower after a long trip on the road, only to be told there are no dry towels - all are wet after having being washed and also no hot water.
this set the theme for our 3 day visit. the weather was overcast and at time raining, which is fine and expected for that part of the world, but then the establishment should be able to cope with this.
for our entire stay we had no towels, no hot water (other than having to order (be boiled) and then have to pay extra for) no water pump, so not even cold water for brushing teeth / rinsing face etc.
I have to say the food was very nice and whilst it took time to prepare it was worth waiting for.
another thing to watch out for is the tab system these establishments like to operate. a brief skim of the tab found 2 or 3 'extra' items which we had not had.
all in all a very disappointing experience. it is clear to see the potential that is there but for me there was a definite feeling of degeneration, lack of care and interest and that the community based project had taken its eye off its clients and was focussing more inwardly on its own needs and betterment.
i understand that the owner is american and is often not around these days, but perhaps he had returned between end october and december to re-establish some procedure / maintenance.
in essence if the sun isn't shining you stay will be peaceful enough but pretty miserable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Byoona Amagara Island Retreat 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!), or prices that 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 staff-owned, not-for-profit establishment dedicating 100% of proceeds to support education and sustainable community development at Lake Bunyonyi. ... more less