|We debated off and on, kind of as the rain came and went. We had come to this area(Kabale) for the purpose to go to this lake, but rain was putting us off. In fact, even as we inquired as to bus transport to Rwanda/border we made up our minds in the next breath to go to the lake anyway. Very glad we did...crossing by boat from where the taxi from town dropped us off at the dock to Byoona Amagara Is. Retreat Visit Lake Bunyonyi we watched two lake otters feeding, their little paws holding up on their tummies something to eat, really cool.
This retreat is a beautiful, friendly, off the path spot. It is not for profit in that proceeds go to support education and sustainable community development at the lake. Since all the hillsides surrounding the lake are intensively farmed, it is critical for the survivability of the environment, run off being a major contributor to the lake's pollution(thus far it does not look too far gone, still little algae).
While there I read a fascinating book I highly recommend to anyone wishing to get some understanding of this area of Africa. Dangerous Beauty by Mark C. Ross...he is/was a safari guide having lived in this area since 1977, and was one of those held captive in the March 1, 1999 kidnapping and murder of 8 tourists. On the cover it says: "a most remarkable vision of a beautiful, deadly, and fragile world." I can't say more, if you like a fast and fascinating read(I finished it in 12 hours, stayed up til 3 am!).
Also met a couple briefly who are our general age who travel as backpackers as well, which is very unusual (we have only met 2 or 3 on this journey), most of them are youngsters. Elizabeth & Ian are Canadian from Toronto, they had many similar encounters in their journeys as well, it was fun talking with them. As we travel, it is the meeting of other fellow travellers which gives us a much richer sense of who enjoys this world of ours and gives us new info for contemplation.