We spent the day 6,437ft above sea level at lake Bunyonyi. The name means the place of many little birds, and it was amazing! It looked like an oasis out of a storybook. With sights like these, it’s no wonder that Uganda is affectionately known as The Pearl of Africa.
The lake is 900m deep and has 29 islands. It is filled with all kinds of fish, including crayfish! Word is that these delicious fish where introduced to the lake by Idi Amin himself at the height of his power.
The team took a boat ride on the lake and we got a sense of what life is like on this mountain lake. Boats taxi people to and from the different islands, locals paddle to and from their various jobs and kids play and swim happily along the shore. Watching them made me a little jealous – what a great place to grow up.
At the end of the day we decided to get a bit of an adrenaline rush. We headed out to a man-made platform, from which you can dive into the lake. It was quite a jump, about the same length as a cricket pitch – and it’s not 100% safe. The local lake keeper made sure to point out we’d be jumping at our own risk. Ultimately, only three of us jumped. One of us jumped with a lot more swag than the other two… But I’m not gonna mention any names.