Filming on Lake Bunyonyi, there are many other activities one can do while in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park including filming on this most beautiful Lake in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi is located in Kabale district just one drive from Bwindi forest. Lake Bunyonyi is located at 1,962 meters above sea level and it’s about 25km long and 7km wide. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest lake in Uganda and the second deepest lake in Africa with a depth of 144ft and 2952ft. this lake also has 29 islands each with different historical backgrounds attached to it.
Lake Bunyonyi is also one of the best bird-watching destinations in Uganda with 1066 bird species making it one of the best places in Uganda to go for birds watching. Lake Bunyonyi attracts different filmmakers from different parts of the world to film the beauty, heritage, and the Local community around Lake Bunyonyi.
The requirements of filming on Lake Buyonyi?
If you are planning to film on Lake Bunyonyi You will need to first clearance from the Local government Kabale District where Lake Bunyonyi is found and you must also have the media cards from Uganda Media Council, after getting media cards then you will also need to clear your filming equipment with customs at Entebbe International Airport or at any other entry point to Uganda. Kisoro tours Uganda will help to process both the filming permissions with Kabale District and other Local Authorities in the area, get Uganda Media cards for you, organize accommodation and transportation for you as well as clearance processes of all your filming equipment’s.
What to Film on Lake Bunyonyi
Among the things to film on Lake Bunyonyi includes 29 Islands, each with unique history attached to it, the 29 Islands on lake Bunyonyi include the Akamene island also known as the Punishment Island, Njuyeera Island, Bushara Island, Kyahugye Island, Bwama, and Bucuranuka Island among the many other Islands that are good for Documentary filming in this area where your opportunity to film and cover the history about each Island and how the local communities value its heritage.
An example is the Akamene island (Punishment Island) wherein earl days unmarried and young girls who would get pregnant before marriage would leave there to die because they used to be seen as bringing shame to their families. The girls and other unmarried young women were taken to a tiny Akamne (Punishment) Island and left to die there, sometimes the lucky ones would be rescued by fishermen, and others would die there.
Canoeing and Boat Crise on the Lake Bunyonyi
Boat ride/canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi is one of the best places in Africa and in the world to go to for canoeing; canoeing is one of the activities to film on lake Bunyonyi, canoeing involves using non-motorized boats to go around the lake and visit different villages living on the Islands.
Visit Batwa (Pygmy) Village on Lake Bunyonyi
Another activity on Lake Bunyonyi is to visit one of the Island which is home to the Batwa (Pygmies) tribes offers an opportunity for filming their local communities and how they survived for all the years on this lake.
Birds Watching on Lake Bunyonyi
This is the lake is one the best bird-watching destination in Uganda most especially for those interested in filming water birds, this is the top birding spot with different bird species some of them are migratory birds. Lake Bunyonyi Bird species include the African Harrier Hawk, grey crowned crane, cardinal woodpecker, the white-tailed blue Monard, herons, Secretary Bird the egrets, slender-billed baglafetch, levillant cuckoo, and the (Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars among many others birds that are found on Lake Bunyonyi.
Lodges/hotels where to stay while filming on Lake Bunyonyi
On the lake Bunyonyi, there is a number of accommodations range from budget, mid-range to luxury, Budget accommodation options include Lake Bunyonyi rock resort, Crater Bay Cottages, and Bunyonyi Overland Resort among the budget lodges on Lake Bunyonyi, Mid-range accommodation options include Acadia Cottages and Bird nest Cottages, among others and the Luxury options include Bird Nest Resort and Acadia Cottages both lodges have both Mid-range accommodation and luxury.
The best time to go for filming on Lake Bunyonyi
East Africa mostly Uganda has an equatorial tropical climate that has 2 main seasons, one is the dry season which begins from June to September and December to February while the rainy season starts from March to May and October to November. because of these 2 types of seasons, most travelers tend to come to Uganda during the dry season making it also the best time to film on Lake Bunyonyi.
During the rainy season, it is very hard to drive around in some parts of the country because of the heavy rains that make the trails too slippery which can as well affect most activities and getting from one place to another we recommend filming on Lake Bunyonyi during the dry season.