Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Bunyonyi overland resort is situated on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi a home of small birds in southwestern Uganda. The lodge is located near Mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which are famous for gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga. Guests at Bunyonyi overland resort can take part in activities such as gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, birding, canoeing, Batwa cultural experiences, and nature walks.
Bunyonyi overland resort has over 10 safari tents with great views of Lake Bunyonyi, 12 self-contained cottages, campsites, and family cottages. Some of the property amenities at Bunyonyi overland resort include free Wi-Fi, room service, daily housekeeping, free parking, TV and each room has its bathroom. Bunyonyi overland resort is perfectly located for activities such as birding, boat cruises, nature walks, canoeing, zip-lining, mountain biking, and quad biking.
Getting to Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Travelers can access Bunyonyi overland resort by using road transport from Entebbe/Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara – Kabale- to the lodge taking about 8-9 hours while those from Kigali can access the lodge using Katuna or Cyanika birder taking only 4-5 hours. Travelers can also use air transport from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Kisoro airstrip where they will have a short drive to the lodge. If you are planning to visit the lodge using air transport, we advise you to book the flight in advance.
Activities to do while having a stay at Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Travelers staying at Bunyonyi overland resort can be able to trek mountain gorillas in the Ruhija and Rushaga sectors since it’s the nearest to the lake. To trek mountain gorillas in Rushaga while staying at Bunyonyi overland resort, you will have to inform your tour operator to book for you a gorilla trekking permit in advance to avoid inconveniences most especially in the dry season. Bunyonyi overland resort is just a 15 minutes drive to the Rushaga sector. You will have to wake up early morning to join other trekkers at the briefing center in Rushaga where you will be taught about the rules and regulations of the trekking activity after which ranger guides will lead you into the jungle to search for these gentle apes. during the search, you will have opportunities of seeing some of the park animals, birds, and different tree species. when you locate the mountain gorillas, you will be given a maximum of 1 hour to be around these gentle apes watching them do daily activities, learn their habits and take photos.
Seeing mountain gorillas for more than 1 hour in Bwindi
Guests at Bunyonyi overland resort can go for gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga or Nkuringo sectors of the park which are 15 minutes and 45 minutes drive respectively from the lodge. Gorilla habituation in the whole world is done in the above sectors between gorilla families Bushaho and Bikini. You will need to wake up very early in the morning to meet other trekkers for a briefing about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla habituation activity. After this, a group of trekkers, rangers, conservationists, and researchers lead the trekkers into the jungle to search for the mountain gorilla habituation undergoing habituation. During the search, the trekkers have chances of meeting different park animals like the buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs, duikers, monkeys, birds, and different tre3e species. on locating the mountain gorilla family undergoing habituation, the trekkers are given up to 4 hours to be around them as they make them get used to human presence, watch them do daily activities, and take photos.
Bird watching at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Bunyonyi overland resort is located on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi a home to over 200 bird species. Guests having a stay at this lodge can go for birding activities like by a well-experienced guide who will take you to the best birding spots with opportunities of seeing birds such as egrets, African kingfisher, slender baglafetch, weaverbirds, levillant cuckoo, herons, grey shrike, golden-backed weaver, African harrier hawk, olive pigeon, red-chested owlet, malachite kingfisher, cardinal woodpeckers, pied wagtail, handsome francolin, grey crested crane, yellow-ramped tinker bird, slender-billed baglafetch, mountain yellow warbler, and white-tailed blue Monard among others.
Guests at Bunyonyi Overland Resort can take part in swimming activities on the shores of the lake the fact that it’s very deep and swimmers can’t go far. Lake Bunyonyi has no dangerous water animals such as crocodiles and it’s also bilharzia free meaning it’s very safe to swim in this lake but only if you are a good swimmer. Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa so if you are planning to swim out into the lake, you need to use some safety precautions such as a nearby canoe, or a buddy system.
Canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi
Guests having a comfortable stay at Bunyonyi overland resort can go out for canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi has over 29 islands travelers can explore. The canoeing activities are led by well-trained guides who have enough information and history about the islands and will be able to tell you all the information about all the islands such as Akampene island famous for being a place where girls that got pregnant before getting married were taken to die of hunger.
You can take a nature walk around the lodge or around Lake Bunyonyi which will give you opportunities to meet different people, communities including that of Batwa, birds, plants, hills, and is much more. The nature walks are best enjoyed when you have a guide.
Batwa cultural tour
During your stay at Bunyonyi Overland Resort, you have opportunities of meeting the Batwa pygmies who will lead you around the lake with opportunities moving you around the area showing you how they used to survive in the forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga before the government evicted them out of the forest. they will tell you how they used plants as local medicine, make fires using sticks, collect honey, gather fruits, and how they used bows and arrows to kill small animals for meat.
Golden monkey trekking
Travelers having a stay at Bunyonyi Overland Resort can go golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga national park which is a 2 hours’ drive from the lodge. Those planning to trek golden monkeys in Mgahinga national park are advised to book their trekking permits in advance of 3-4 months before arriving in the country to avoid inconveniences most especially if you are planning to visit in the dry season. Guests who want to trek golden monkeys in Mgahinga national park will have to wake up early in the morning to join other trekkers for a briefing about the dos and don’ts of the trekking activity after which ranger guides will lead them into the jungle to search for these beautiful endangered species of primates. During the search, the trekkers get opportunities of meeting different bird species, trees, animals among others but when they finally meet the golden monkeys, they are given a maximum of 1 hour to be around them learning about their habits, watching them do daily activities and taking photos.
What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year.