Lake Bunyonyi, Kigezi. The Sun kisses her good night on the evening of January 9, 2017. What words can express the visual experience? How does one convey the sense of peace and calm?
Lake Bunyonyi, this 25 km long lake, with a perimeter length of 64 km, is Africa’s second deepest lake. It has 29 islands, including the notorious little one with a lone tree, the spot where girls who became pregnant out of wedlock were left to die. (Many were “rescued” by wife-hunters.) Thankfully the practice was abandoned decades ago.
Located just 10 km from Kabale Town, this is one place we never tire of visiting. The lakeside has great hotels and resorts to choose from. Better still, there are lovely spots that would be the perfect location for a cottage or retirement home.
From the south side of the lake, one often gets a marvellous view of Mount Muhabura, the inactive volcano that straddles the Kigezi-Rwanda border.
The locals tell great stories about the lake. One story with profound lessons is that Bunyonyi hates alcohol. She has swallowed many who have attempted to cross her after excessive consumption of booze.