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“Amazing little island retreat!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Byoona Amagara
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East Lansing, Michigan
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing little island retreat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

Byoona Amagara is a wonderfully nice and relaxing place to take a breather on beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. The accommodations are simple but nice, the staff is very friendly, the grounds are clean and refreshing, the food is good and the overall environment is inviting and peaceful. I would absolutely stay here again and again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Eric D
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Byoona Amagara is one of the most unique places I have ever stayed at. Breathtaking views, affordable cottages that fully blend in with the natural environment, and delicious food. Profits go to sustainable community development of the region.

To get to the island, you hire a local fisherman who will paddle you there in a canoe. If you are in more of a hurry, there is also a motorized boat that can take you there.

We stayed at the family cottage, which was spacious and cozy. The shower is outside with a spectacular view on the lake. It is equipped with a dry toilet, to have a minimum impact on the environment. The geodomes also looked amazing, one side of them is open so you feel like you're sleeping outdoors.

The menu is very elaborate, with a lot of great fish dishes and many options for vegetarians.

I will definitely return to this peaceful place!

Room Tip: The family cottage is great if you are in a group of 3 or more people. For couples, the geodomes are...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sara V
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Clarkston, Michigan
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

I went here with three of my sisters and stayed at a Geodome basic and absolutely loved it! The island was beautiful and so peaceful. It was a great getaway from the craziness of life. The food at the resort was good and decent prices.

I would recommend staying here if you are in the area!

Room Tip: Definitely do a Geodome. They are huts that are open to the water so have a beautiful view! And they...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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VAncouver
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

Set in exquisite surroundings , lovely quirky accommodation, spotless, excellent staff and great food . I Highly recommend this place. The road getting there is tough at the end. The lake is lovely and the bird life is fascinating

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sallycinnamon999
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

The geodomes are lovely and something a bit different, with great views. Food is nice and very good value for money. Lots of activities like biking, canoeing, swimming, movies. Polite, helpful staff. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Arua, Uganda
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

We were a group of 6 people we really enjoyed Byoona Amagara this is really a fantastic place with an amazing view out of the Geodomes and Cottages. But in the end we left the island without our backpacks!!

The food is in our opinion well-price and good and you can get a beer for 4,000 UGX, what you barely find in other touristic places. We made a trip with a boat what is also a good fun even if need some time to learn how to do it.

So I would really recommend this place, but unfortunately someone stole our backpacks in our last night. We left our Geodome Cottage to have dinner and some drinks with our friends in the restaurant, after we came back the backpacks where gone. Luckily we had the most worthy things like laptops, cameras with us. The other backs where too big for the locker, so we ask if we can leave things at the reception. The manager said this locker should be enough and a night guard is also around, so we didn´t mind to leave this bags behind.

After a troublesome night was the manager helpful and went with us to the police and also took care that we get the report, because we had to return to Kampala. The police officer told us that the guards on the island are too few for the size and that it´s the fault of Byoona Amagara so they have to refund us for the lost things, if the thief cannot be caught.

From our side we didn´t want to make the burden on them to big and we tried to get the money for the insured things from the insurance. The other not insured things we told the manager that we want Byoona Amagara to refund this. In the beginning he said he understands and the police as well said that they have to pay all, so we thought they can at least pay the uninsured part. After we send the list with the things we were demanding, the owner of the company just replied per mail and said he is sorry and it is our fault. So now we have to go the long way with the police.

So it is a beautiful place but we really felt unsecure in the last night, if you sleep in open cottages and you cannot be sure that anytime someone can stand in front of your bed.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tom_Travels99
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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33 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights in a deluxe dome in this amazing place. You pay so little for what you get. The food is great as well! The island and views are beautiful, and it's great fun to walk around with all the small paths you can follow. We also met two brothers called John and Gerard living in a small village at the island, you easily find them when you just leave the byoona amagara premises while walking around. They do a community project for orphans and Gerard wants to start a small cafe with local food and drinks in an outside hut to earn some extra income for the project. I bought some colorful selfmade bracelets of them. Worth checking out!
The kitchen staff wasn't very friendly with me, instead of helping me when I had a question, they talked about me in their own language right in my face and laughed at me when I asked them what they were talking about. They also wanted to overcharge me for laundry. When I told another staff member, a very kind man called Friday, it stopped.
Still I give this place 5 stars, because it's absolutely stunning and unbelievable value!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Byoona Amagara
Address: Itambira Island | Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Western Region > Kabale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Kabale
Number of rooms: 15
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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Byoona Amagara Uganda/Kabale

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