Edirisa Canoe Trekking
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Touch of Bunyonyi

  • ride in a traditional dugout canoe
  • tales from the lake
  • peculiar life at The Heart of Edirisa
  • Bushara Island nature walk

  • length: 2 hours; difficulty: 1
  • area: Lake Bunyonyi east coast + Bushara Island
  • departures: any day from 7am to 5pm

  • five people or more: USD 15 per person
  • four people: USD 20 pp
  • three people: USD 25 pp
  • two people: USD 35 pp
  • one person: USD 55

    Includes guiding, canoeing and a glass of juice.

    To find trip companions consult our list of upcoming treks.


Our canoe will collect you from your resort any time of the day. Your first stop will be The Heart of Edirisa, a picturesque site that mixes simple life with advanced technology, the birthplace of the Gorilla Highlands initiative.

A short tour around the forested peninsula will show you an ingenious submerged swimming pool built for teaching life-saving skills, grass-thatched huts erected for volunteers, a rural primary school and many other things.

You will then canoe to Bushara, a notable island covered with a eucalyptus forest. Nowadays it accommodates travellers but once upon a time it was home to doctors working at the Bwama leprosy colony.

There is a path loop next to the island shore, an inviting route for nature walk around Bushara, with interesting vegetation and birdsong in the air. You will learn a lot about how the Bakiga used to utilise - and still use - the herbs and other fruits of nature. Knowing which plants to pick for brushing teeth or personal hygiene may actually be handy, right?

The walk will give you a nice view of Bwama Island where secondary students learn in the old leprosy colony structures, and of Akampene or Punishment Island, the notorious destination to dump pregnant yet unmarried girls.

At the beautiful circular restaurant at the top of the island you will enjoy a glass of fresh passion juice and perhaps shop a little bit, impressed by the crafts and clothes ladies of Lake Bunyonyi make.

If you happen to be in a hurry, we will then return to the mainland. If not, we can take it easy and use an extra hour for relaxing at Bushara.

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To book a trek or get more information please write to info@edirisa.org or call/WhatsApp +256 782 779 599.

Photo: Alenka Cebular, Chris Okello, Karla Kofol, Miha Logar, Ziva Skrlovnik

General Overview
Canoeing & Trekking on Lake Bunyonyi
  2-hour Touch of Bunyonyi
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  1-day Islands of Miracles
  2-day Mama Bena`s Bonus
  3-day Mother of All Treks
Treks to Gorilla National Parks
Tailor-Made Treks
Budget Accommodation on Lake Bunyonyi
Tom`s Homestay on Lake Bunyonyi
Batwa Today (Echuya Forest Reserve)
Cultural Museum of the Bakiga (Kabale)
Special Offers for Families
Special Offers for Schools
Trip Advice
Accommodation Upgrades
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