Lake Bunyonyi on the Way to become a Ramser Site


Lake Bunyonyi to become a ramser site

Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s second deepest lake in southwestern Uganda is in the final stages of becoming a ramser site. YES, this natural lake is yet to be considered a ramser site by the ramser Convention. The efforts to transform the Lake into a designated protected area are due to fears of destruction and depletion caused by public use. Due to depletion, Lake Bunyonyi has reduced its depth by 1.2 meters from the initial 900 meters, which is so unfortunate. The lake will therefore be no access to the public but rather to only permitted individuals. for this matter, the government of Uganda will put in place measures of conserving its nature. The designation of Lake Bunyonyi into a ramser site is meant to promote international branding and marketing it as an eco tourism conservation site. More so, the upgrading of Lake Bunyonyi into a ramser site will help to protect its nature and water flow habitat. The lake is also expected to attract more tourists as compared to the past. Lake Bunyonyi will become Uganda’s tenths ramser site.

Other Ramser sites in Uganda
Uganda currently has 9 designated Ramser sites located in different parts of the country. These include:
1. Lake Bisina Wetland System
2. Lake Mburo Nakivali Wetland System in Lake Mburo National Park
3. Murchison Falls Albert delta wetland system in Murchison Falls National Park
4. Lake Nakuwa Wetland system in Eastern Uganda
5. Lake Opeta Wetland System in North eastern Uganda
Other ramser site in Uganda is those surrounding Lake Victoria and these include:

6. Sango Bay Musambwa island- Kagera Wetland System (SAMUKA)
7. Lutembe Bay Wetland System
8. Mabamba Bay Wetland System
9. Nabajjuzi Wetland System

Threats to Lake Bunyonyi
Apparently, Lake Bunyonyi is under threat, which include encroachment by local people expanding land for agriculture and settlement. Other threats to Lake Bunyonyi include Siltation, Harvesting of wetland resources, Wolfram mining in Nyamuriro and erosion among others.

About Lake Bunyonyi
Located in southwestern Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi is a hidden gem in Uganda. The lake stuns with 29 islands, which make it one of the beautiful places in Africa. A boat ride to any of the islands is a magical feeling that refreshes your mind.

Top activities to do on Lake Bunyonyi
Travelers to Lake Bunyonyi have an endless list of things to see and do rewarding them with a lifetime experience. The top attractions and activities on Lake Bunyonyi include:
Bird watching: Being home to over 200 bird species, Lake Bunyonyi is a paradise for birders. The lake was named “Bunyonyi” after the very many little birds that inhabit the shores of the lake. Among the birds to see at Lake Bunyonyi include Black herons, African King Fisher, Grey Crowned Cranes, Herons, African harrier hawk, White tailed monad, Pin tailed whyder, Bronzy Sunbird, Golden backed weaver, Egrets and Ba eaters among others. Travelers are reminded to bring binoculars where possible. Bird watching at Lake Bunyonyi is best done on a boat ride.

Canoeing/Boat Riding: Enjoy a cruise to explore the different islands of Lake Bunyonyi with Africa Adventure Safaris. The most visited islands on Lake Bunyonyi include the punishment island where traditional Bakiga unmarried pregnant women would be talked and left to die in isolation. Other islands include Bushara, Bwama and Njuyeera, Kahungye, and Bucuranuka which means upside down. Each island has a different story of formation and worth exploring. Some islands have gardens and tress for local people.

• Local community visits: Endeavor to visit neighboring community villages to learn and experience the traditional life of Bakiga and Batwa communities. Enjoy traditional performances such as dances, songs and poems all performed to welcome you. You will also learn about the local living of people such as digging, cooking, grinding sorghum and taking care of babies. Taking part in traditional practices make you feel as part of the community.

Conclusively, the transformation of Lake Bunyonyi into a ramser site is a great achievement for Uganda tourism. Uganda Wildlife Authority will soon manage the site.

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