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East Africa: Domestic and Eco-Tourism

East Africa: Domestic and Eco-Tourism – a Win-Win Formula for Sustainable Tourism Industry

Interesting article about tourism in East Africa

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Bushara Island Camp | Uganda

Overview

Bushara Island is a 16-hectare private island situated on Lake Bunyonyi, a volcanic lake in southwest Uganda. This forested islands offers a wonderful place to relax in a glorious setting. The green hills, papyrus swamps and local village culture offer a variety of opportunities for guest to enjoy their stay.

Accommodations

The resort offers guests a variety of lodging options from pitching one’s own tent to fully furnished rooms to meet the needs of the individual, couples, groups, and families. All safari tents and cottages are self-contained and offer privacy and a beautiful view of the lake. Rates for safari tents and cottages range from US$16 to US $39 pp per night. If you pitch your own tent; the site fee is US$3 pp per night. (See website for complete list of rates.) Group events and conferences accommodations are available for up to 100 people.

Activities

Swimming, sailing, canoeing, and, for the more adventurous, windsurfing are a few activities people enjoy on Lake Bunyonyi. Bushara Island Camp offers many activities for visitors includ- ing nightly campfires, local dance performances, star-gazing, several bird watching tours, and walking trails. The camp offers a variety of cultural and natural tours for US$2-5 pp. An on-site restaurant serves delicious meals including a variety of traditional dishes.

Getting There

Lake Bunyonyi is located 8km from the town of Kabale in the south-western tip of Uganda. Special taxis are available from Kabale to the shore of Lake Bunyonyi. Transport from the shore of Lake Bunyonyi to Bushara Island can be arranged at Bushara’s lakeside hut. Staff can transport visitors by motorboat or a dugout canoe. Lake travel takes about 15 minutes in the motorboat and about 40 minutes in a dugout canoe.

Making a Difference

Bushara Island Camp is one arm of a locally managed nonprofit organization called the Lake Bunyonyi Development Company (LBDC). The island camp is a sustainable eco-tourism resort focusing on raising awareness and promoting protection of the natural environment. The camp evolved with assistance of the local Anglican diocese, and in response to the needs of the people of Lake Bunyonyi. Profits from the campground assist local communities around the lake through activities with orphan care, income generation projects, agro-forestry, small livestock distribution, scholarships, craft co-ops, swimming instruction, and HIV/AIDS education.

Contact Information

Bushara Island Camp | PO Box 794 | Kabale, Uganda | 256 (0) 486-26110 | 256 (0) 772- 464585 (Mobile)| busharaisland@africaonline.co.ug

Webpage

www.busharaislandcamp.com


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Sharp’s Island | Njuyera Camp | Uganda

Overview

Relax on a private island in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi, a volcanic lake in the southwest corner of Uganda. The island is home to Njuyera Island Camp and to a superb display of flora and fauna. Over 200 species of birds, a few unique to the area, lend beauty and song to the island. In addition, you have a lake just out your front door. This resort is for travelers who crave an escape. Since the island is completely set aside for tourists, you will have the whole island to yourself!

Accommodations

The resort offers safari tents, as well as furnished rooms. All rooms and safari tents are private and come with electricity and lake views. Rates range from US$22 ppp night for single occupancies to about US$65 for a four person occupancy room. Campsites are US$5 per night. Wedding or conferences facilities are available on the island for about 100 people.

Activities

Guests enjoy bird watching, swimming, cultural dances, soccer, canoeing, visits to local villages, hiking, and nature walks around the island. The Camp also offers a variety of tours including sport fishing day trips, historical tours, and visits to see the Kagoma volcanic gas emissions! These tours range from US$5 to US$20 pp and include a snack or picnic lunch.

Getting There

The nearest international airport is Entebbe . Entebbe is 37 kilometers from Kampala, the capi- tal city . From Kampala it is a 6 hour drive (420km) to Kabale. Lake Bunyonyi is located 8km from the town of Kabale in the southwestern tip of Uganda. From the shore of Lake Bunyonyi, it is a 10 minute motorboat ride to the island.

Making a Difference

Njuyera Island Camp, started in 1996, is owned and operated in partnership with the Anglican Church of Uganda, Diocese of Kigezi. The aim of the camp is to promote economic, social, religious and cultural values in the lake community. All employees are from the surrounding communities. The camp stimulates local economy as area villages are able to earn additional in- come by selling food items and local crafts to Njuyera Island Camp and its visitors.

Contact Information

Njuyera Sharp’s Island Camp | PO Box 3 | Kabale, Uganda | 256(0)-773-149752 256(0)-774-087809 | samunva@yahoo.com; sharpsisnjuyera@yahoo.com