Lake of Little Birds
Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
222Trip End Ongoing
Arriving near dusk, we boarded a boat to get to our accommodation for the night, Bushara Island Camp. Unfortunately, we arrived in the dark, and being an eco-friendly camp, there was very little lighting, so our first take on the place wasn't the most positive. The fact that it took 1.5 hours for our dinner to come out didn't help matters either. So, our first impression of BIC was not a good one. We were placed in luxury safari tents, which just really means they are larger and nicer than your average tent, but mine was fine. It had a sink on the patio, a toilet and shower out back, and a lovely view of the lake.
The next morning we finally got to experience the island camp as we awoke to birds chirping, a sunny day, calm waters, and greenery all over! The island is covered in Eucalyptus trees, flowery plants, grass, and over 200 different species of birds. In fact, it turned out that BIC is a bird sanctuary. It is a sustainable eco-tourist spot managed by a local non-profit that assists the local community on several ways. It is definitely a rather nice play to spend a few quiet, relaxing days. But as we only had one day there, we arranged to go out island-hopping on a few canoes. We canoed to several different island and around the lake for about 2 hours. It was quite nice and very relaxing after our hike the day before, though again, the restaurant took forever to bring out our breakfast. If you stay here, you absolutely MUST pre-order every meal, otherwise you will be hungrily waiting often!
Leaving Lake Bunyonyi, we drove back to Kigali for dinner and a bit of shopping, then flew to Kampala. There we would enjoy a half-day of souvenir shopping and relaxing before our flight to Addis Ababa and Jeddah. Another successful African safari!