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Byoona Amagara

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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

One of those little corners of paradise that once you find, you immediately start redrawing your calendar to stay a little longer. Very chill place, campsite is nice and cheap, food is excellent (best rolex in Ug), and generally good vibes. Definitely paddle your way there, it's part of the experience.

Thank DaveBMar
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I wish I could return to Byoona post-haste. It seems to draw a certain type of traveler - budget, friendly, relaxed types that are happy to meet, chat, and drink together. The dorms are comfortable, cheap, and have a lake view (as well as huge lockers - bring your own padlock), and the lake is an absolutely brilliant place to...

Thank Shannon S
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Loved staying here. Sleeping in the open geodomes, waking up to bird song, swimming in the lake, the wonderful, friendly staff. It was the highlight of our trip to Uganda and so much more special than many of the more expensive lodges we stayed in. Also it is community owned so all money raised goes to people who need it....

Thank Chloe L
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Lake Bunyonyi is a beautiful location and this lodge is on a small island in the lake, accessible by motorboat. The Deluxe Geodome we stayed in was lovely; completely open at the front, with a big private deck overlooking the lake. It was a lovely place to sit a watch the birds come into all the trees next to the...

Thank Sally Y
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This is a chilled out place and at first you might think nothing happens here at all. Once you get in to the spirit it is a very friendly place which is great to come for a gorilla trek. The trek from here was very good (I am sure they all are) and it was very memorable holiday. Nice chilled...

Thank ajbradl
Reviewed 24 January 2017

The place itself is stunning with incredible views of Lake Bunyoni from the porch of our geo dome. The food is excellent and you must try the rum balls--they are the best I've ever had! Gad, Julius, Nicholas, and the rest of the staff are incredibly helpful and welcoming. Julius taught us how to fish for crayfish which we then...

2Thank Amy R
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I only wanted to stay here for 2 nights but ended up staying 5. This place is a very nice and quiet. I enjoyed being surrounded by nature and so many birds. Woke up with a great view everyday. And then the menu..... i'm still dreaming about the veggie daydream ;-) this place has it all and its a great...

Thank Loes M
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We spent a night here - for us this was just right - if I was alone and looking for some serious rest and rejuvenation, I think a couple of days would have been nice too. We stayed in a little log cabin that reminded us of something in Russia; made us smile. It was comfortable and quaint but be...

Thank STtravel1
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We happened to know about Byoona Amagara from a person we met in Kampala. It is located on one of the islands and has a very good top view of the lake from its dining area. One night we stayed in a dorm and the second in a double room with shared amenities. The rooms were clean and good for...

Thank Kanan D
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed here as a family if four in one of the deluxe geodomes. Loved sleeping to the stars and wakening to the birds in the morning. Good menu and affordable for our budget. Blankets in bed might have been a little mysty as daughter developed allergy sleeping in bed but all good otherwise!

Thank RadRab

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Byoona Amagara Island Retreat is a one-of-a-kind traveler's paradise located on an island peninsula at the heart of the lake. We cater to independent travelers and backpackers looking to get well off the beaten track. We have a gorgeous location overlooking a protected island cove, perfect for swimming, canoeing, hiking or just about anything else you can think of. We also have creative and comfortable lodgings, famously fresh and delicious food, sweeping views of the lake's islands and hills, and a variety of fun and interesting tours and activities... Not to mention some of the most affordable prices in all of East Africa! We also have Internet service available, as well as an amazing library and cinema with hundreds of great books and films. What Byoona Amagara does NOT have is noise, dust, overland trucks, mosquitoes (very few anyway!), or prices that insult your intelligence (or empty your wallet). Come stay in one of our beautiful geodomes and experience Lake Bunyonyi at its very best! Byoona Amagara is a staff-owned, not-for-profit establishment dedicating 100% of proceeds to support education and sustainable community development at Lake Bunyonyi. ... more   less 

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Address: Itambira Island | Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Kabale
Number of rooms: 15
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“best to upgrade on your lodge.”
ajbradl, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“the log cabin was private and inviting”
STtravel1, 14 Jan 2017 | Read review
“best views”
_silvi_mandu, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Deluxe Geodomes were awesome!”
NativeNewYorker11, 11 Aug 2016 | Read review
“best views, quiter rooms and great outdoor activities”
fassila, 5 Apr 2016 | Read review
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