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Bushara Island Camp
Reviewed 28 August 2010

The island is the ideal place to relax and unwind. We stayed in the tree house, the shower has wonderful views out to the lake and the balcony is perfect for enjoying breakfast. My only complaint would be that the staff were a little grumpy at times!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2010

Bushara Island is an amazing little place - great way to relax during a backpacking trip. This will be a lengthy review, but I can't stress enough how wonderful it is.

I stayed on Bushara while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, along with another PCV friend and my boyfriend, who was a VSO volunteer. The three of us rented the "treehouse" for about $12 a night per person. It's not actually a tree house, per se - it's more of a cabin built on stilts, but it's gorgeous anyway. It's as secluded as can be on an island that small and also has a private balcony overlooking the lake (it would be incredibly romantic if you're an adventurous couple!). It could sleep five comfortably (2 double beds and 1 single, all with mosquito nets) and has an en suite bathroom with toilet and shower (in a manner of speaking). It's a composting toilet/latrine, which was enthralling for 3 development workers. Doesn't smell at all and has a built up seat, so it's just like using a "real" toilet. The shower is open air, facing the lake, with a wall of sticks, so you can get that fresh air, outdoor shower feeling while still preserving your privacy. You can order "hot showers" from the reception and someone will delver buckets of warm water to the barrel/pipe contraption that serves as a shower.

And the food - after two years of only Ethiopian food, we were in heaven! I imagine the menu changes regularly, but try the crawfish (it's caught fresh each day). We were also big fans of the French onion soup, the guacamole with chapati, and the crepes for dessert. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful - one night a big group arrived who screwed up the kitchen timing (you order each meal during the one before so it can be ready at your requested time), and they tracked us down on the island to ask if we'd like to move our dinner earlier or later instead of waiting until we turned up at dinner to tell us our food would be late.

Yes, there is no power or running water, but Bushara has a luxury all its own. It's community run, so you can sleep well knowing your money is going to good causes. Local villagers will come to share traditional dancing - I'd recommend it. I was afraid it would feel like voyeur tourism, but it's a small, intimate village group who will stick around and teach you dances afterward, so it doesn't have that overly-produced, "watch us sell our culture" feel that I've seen in African capital cities. You can hike and swim around the island (there's a rope swing and a dock) or hire a canoe for an evening trip.

Bushara is on a lake, so there are mosquitoes - bring repellent. If you're the kind of person who cares about thread counts and mints on your pillow, it's not for you. But if you want to experience the natural beauty of Uganda, then it's a perfect vacation spot. Think of it as luxury camping and you'll have a fantastic time.

Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

This camp is on island on Bunyonyi lake near Kabale,on pier you have motorboat that will bring you in 15 min to camp it huge green territory with tents and cottages,we stayed in cottage ,it have bedroom and shower with toilet(this toilet has lavatory but not flushing water you have to sprinkle small or big deals with sand)
,no electricity but in reception you get a torch.
no runing water, but you have in bathroom any tank with water to hand washing ,and when you order it service man will bring you canister with hot water for shower. But all these discomforts ,nothing to compare with great view on lake ,and green lush environment, with shore line frindged with tall euqalyptus trees,and in the night black sky with billions stars and Milky Way through all sky. You have there very good restaurant with our favorite dish avokado filed with small shrimps from lake. They have beaches for swiming this lake is free from all Billharzia parazites.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2015
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2015
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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2014
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Room Tip: hängt von den Vorlieben/Bedürfnissen der Reisenden ab, ob Zelt,Hütte od Zimmer (von dort ist ein Bad...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Address: PO Box 794 | Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Kabale
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Ranked #9 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Kabale
Price Range: £14 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Bushara Island Camp 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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