Our dear friend, Adva, gave us a really cool wedding gift way back in June: A weekend getaway at an island retreat in Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda.

Lake Bunyoni is near Kabale, and made for a perfect two-night stopover between our fair trade visits in Masaka and Fort Portal.

The place turned out to be absolutely incredible. We stayed in a “geodome”, a dome hut made out of natural materials with one open side facing the lake. We had a lovely sitting area in front of it, and could read, chat, and take tea while watching dozens of birds fly around. We were lucky enough to see a bunch of Grey Crowned Cranes (Uganda’s national bird) during the trip, including a few close fly-overs. Additionally, we saw an African otter (LAURA!) from our porch, which was awesome!

our view of the lake from inside the geodome.

our view of the lake from inside the geodome.

In addition to birding and admiring our view, we hiked around the island (escorted by the friendly island dog, Jimmy), went canoeing, ate some delicious food, and played a lot of gin (the card game! And I won, by the way).

jimmy loves every inch of his island.

jimmy loves every inch of his island.

sun setting over lovely lake bunyonyi

sun setting over lovely lake bunyonyi

The last really cool thing about Byoona Amagara is that it’s a non-profit working really closely with the local community, especially those who live on the other parts of the small island. They run some educational programming and maintain a really good library and mini-movie theater for guests and locals alike.

All in all, an amazing time. Props to Adva for sending us here!

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