Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
July 28, 2007
Bushara Island is one of the accommodation options around the area, but this provides the opportunity to get away from everything as it's on an small island on the lake and can only be reached by boat. It's the remote nature of this wooded island that makes it so pleasant and a perfect place to retreat away too.
Accommodation is simple but there are options including several camp pitches, small cottages, or the safari tents which have a permanent wooden structure and then a canvas tent erected under it. Each has neat of their own, a tidy long-drop toilet, and a bucket shower, which add to the rustic appeal of this place.
There is a pleasant restaurant at the top of the hill on the island, which uses fish from the lake itself and the meals are good - we tried several of the crayfish dishes and they were really tasty. The restaurant opens out onto a patio area which has a small flower garden and has great views across the lake.
There are several paths around the island along which there are several secluded benches scattered about. The lake provides several opportunities to swim (it is safe to swim in and is Bilharzia free) and you can canoe in dugout canoes. There is lots of wildlife around - Bunyonyi means place of many little birds - and we also saw otters in the lake.
Bushara Island is part of the Lake Bunyonyi Development Company, a sustainable development charity that is locally based. The profits from the camp are used in various projects around the area. One program is developing craft skills and there are a selection of locally made crafts on sale such as baskets and clothing. Details about the Island can be found on its website www.busharaislandcamp.com.I loved this place and would recommend it, but it is not a luxury resort, it's really a beautiful place to retreat and recharge yourself in peace and tranquility.
From journal Ugandan Adventures