We stayed at Byoona Amagara for a total of four nights at the start of 2013. We found the location, service, rooms and food all to be excellent, and great value for money. The lodge overlooks lake Bunyoni, and the rooms are spread out amongst the trees - meaning most rooms have a view of the lake, and total privacy. the lake view is unspoilt, with the near-by islands only housing the local residents, a school and a few churches.
Most of the rooms are "Geo-domes" - large wooden structures that are open-fronted, and open out to balconies overlooking the lake. They are comfortable and provide the experience of waking up to views over the lake from your bed. The dorms are simple, but clean and comfortable.
The service is polite and attentive without ever being pushy, and the staff are accommodating when tailoring food orders and arranging trips. The owner Jason, as well as his management team, was an excellent host, making sure we were comfortable and providing a lot of local knowledge. The food is a particular highlight - we had around 12 meals and each was excellently prepared, well portioned and delicious.
The showers are cold (hot showers are available for a small price), and only the higher-end rooms have private showers, but they are all clean and always available.
a perfect spot for someone looking to relax, with the option to go walking or out on the boats, and a good base from which to head out to the national parks.
We are already planning a trip back later in the year.
- 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