Lake Bunyoni, Uganda
Boonya Amayara Lake Bunyoni Reviews
Boonya Amayara Nov 13, 2012
Boonya Amayara is a green resort on an island on Lake Bunyoni. It prides itself on being a relaxed, chilled out place to stay, its food and not having a generator.
The accommodation is very pretty. As we hadn’t booked, we spent one night in the wooden cabin and two in a deluxe geodome. Both of them were lovely. The wooden cabin is just that, and has a double bed, a little balcony of its own, and a toilet a short distance away. The geodome is very special. It is a large, almost egg shaped hut with the side facing the lake completely open. Despite that, it is very private, because each one is built so that no one can walk past the front and see you. It has a double bed, a single bed, a big garden terrace and a shower and toilet a short way away. Both kinds of room are big and clean, and have good mosquito netting. The toilets are composting toilets, and there is hot water for showers, although as this depends on solar heating it can be lukewarm and sometimes in slightly limited supply. Also, as the shower is also a little outdoors, watch out for spiders – there was a big one in the sink one night and I would have got a fright if I hadn’t been expecting it.
The resort is very quiet and peaceful, and home to lots of lovely birds. I don’t know much about birds, so as far as I am concerned these included “little red sparrow bird”, “yellow starling sized cheeky bird”, “big iridescent some sort of water bird” and “thing with a beak like a giant hummingbird but isn’t”. I am open to people telling me the correct names. The views are lovely, and the fact that there is no generator makes it a very quiet place. Activities include walking, organised trips to the island, birdwatching and swimming in the lake, although most people seem to just chill out. The lake is very deep and very cold, and there is a sign to warn you that at this altitude, in cold, fresh water, you should be careful not to swim too far and get in trouble as two guests drowned once. For all that, it’s a lovely natural place to swim and I enjoyed it.
Transport to the island is by heavy wooden canoe, which you are expected to help paddle (free out/ 3000UGX back to the mainland) or by motorboat (20,000UGX, or about £5). There is a bar, and someone will take care of laundry for a small fee. The other guests when we were there were mostly backpackers and hippies, which is to be expected in an eco-resort. The food was nice, and is not expensive.
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