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We will sleep at The Heart of Edirisa at Lake Bunyonyi. At 10 in the morning, following a hearty breakfast, the paddling will begin. Our first stop is Bushara, an island campsite where a glass of passion fruit juice will pleasantly refresh us. After a half-hour walk through a forest full of birds, we will move to Bwama Island, a former leper colony. Next we will canoe past Punishment Island, an islet where pregnant unmarried girls used to be left to die, to the slightly bigger Sharp's Island.
Dr Sharp was a British missionary doctor, the founder of the leper colony. His beautiful island home is now a lodge - the site for our light, fruit-based lunch.
A couple of hours in the dugouts will bring us to our Day 1 destination. Opposite Kyevu market lives Mama Bena's friendly family who will receive us at 5pm. They happily allow us to pitch our tents close to their fantastic grass-thatched home, and treat us to some excellent local food.
We will climb to the top of their peninsula, to see one of the humblest primary schools of the Bunyonyi area that enjoys a priceless view.
After breakfast at 7:30am we will cross to Kyevu. We will bid a temporary farewell to our canoe boys (and most of our luggage) and embark on a day of trekking. The first hour will be spent walking alongside a pretty and extensive swamp. We will meet the Batwa ('Pygmies') who will show us some traditional dances and teach us how to use the bow and arrow.
Some metres before the Rwandan border we will find a steep slope that rises into Karembe Hill (2,478 metres). We will need approximately one hour to deal with the most challenging part.
Afterwards the climb is much more gentle and enjoyable - in 30 minutes we will reach the top and have a lavish picnic there, enjoying the view of Muhavura, a volcano shared by Rwanda and Uganda.
Next on our program is a gradual descent, taking three to four hours.
We will be entertained by a top-quality performance of Bakiga dances and encounter a makeshift craft shop that local women open just for us.
Our dugouts will be waiting at the beginning of the Bufundi peninsula, to take us to The Heart of Edirisa for a tasty buffet dinner at 6pm.
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|23. Jul. 2016|
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