2021 Limited Edition | Lunkulu Island

FESTIVAL INFO

Frequently Asked Questions

1 – Tickets

Early Bird tickets:

  • Full Festival pass – 71k
  • Camping (tent for 2 + mattress) – 100k

Group tickets:

  • 5 People – 50k per person
  • 10 people – 45k per person

Late purchase and on gate tickets:

  • Full Festival Pass – 95k
  • One Day Pass – 30k
  • Camping (Tent for 2 + Mattress + Sleeping bag) – 180k

For more info to to the Tickets page.

Advance tickets available on Jumia, Xente & Quicket

Advance tickets available on Jumia, Xente & Quicket

You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase any advanced festival passes, ticket packages or individual tickets.

No refunds, transfers, or resale permitted. Ticket holders must be in the appropriate landing sites to board the boat or walk to the island in time before the festival starts. There are no ticketing privileges.

Name changes will be allowed after purchase for a 10,000 UGX fee. If you purchase two passes, we will request the second name and a unique email for the pass. The deadline for the name transfers will be communicated on purchase order.

2 – Location

The festival will take place at Lunkulu Island on the shore of Lake Victoria off Mukono/Katosi road, 42 km from Kampala and 60 km from Jinja, and can be easily reached by road and can be accessed by boat.

Lunkulu Island
0°10’34.9″N 32°53’09.2″E
0.176358, 32.885882

Search on Google Maps for “Bayimba Festival Grounds”

The Location page has route maps

Yes, go to the “Location” page to view maps of where Lunkulu is located.
You can also download this PDF with the location maps.

3 – Opening Hours

4 – How to get to Lunkulu

If coming by own car you are requested to travel through Nkokonjeru to join for the official festival parking area at Namaziina landing site from where you can cross to Lunkulu Island by footbridge. For directions see the route map. 

Note that vehicles cannot access the island.

Various private transport options (from the airport as well as Kampala) are available. You can cross to Lunkulu Island by boat from Kibanga port and landing site (drop off / KissAndDrive only) or by foot bridge from Namaziina landing site.

Note that all drop offs and pick ups at Kibanga Port and landing site will be allowed till 7 pm.

NO BOATS WILL BE ALLOWED TO LAND OR TAKE OFF to Lunkulu after 7pm.

See the How to get to Lunkulu page for more details

If coming by own car you are requested to travel through Nkokonjeru to join for the official festival parking area at Namaziina landing site from where you can cross to Lunkulu Island by footbridge. For directions see the route map. 

Note that vehicles cannot access the island.

Public transport from the Old Taxi park in Kampala using a matatu will cost 5,000/= UGX to Kisoga town on Katosi road. From there one can use a boda boda ranging from between 3,000/= to 5,000/= UGX to Kibanga port from where you can cross with a boat to Lunkulu Island.

From Mukono, you can take a matatu for 3,000/= UGX at the Mukono park located in Mukono town near Collin Hotel to get to Kisoga town on Katosi road. From there you can use a boda boda ranging from between 3,000/= to 5,000/= UGX to Kibanga port where you can cross with a boat to Lunkulu Island.

All visitors from outside Uganda require a Visa and Yellow Fever Card to enter Uganda.

Flights

The nearest airport is Entebbe International airport which is directly served by a range of airlines.  Airport transfers are available and can be booked through Round Bob.

Bus

There are various bus companies connecting to Uganda from across the region (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda etc.). A special festival tour package for visitors from Kenya is arranged in partnership with Picnic Entity – click here!

See also our Info on Uganda page.

5 – Accommodation

Camping is free for Full Festival Pass holders. It is advised you come with your tent and camping gear. If you do not have a tent, pre-pitched tents can be hired for all the festival days through our partner Errands Uganda

Contact for Camping gear:
Errands Uganda
Beatrice B. Olakha
+256 704 182 118 or +256 783 714 915
errands.ug16@gmail.com

Only tents are allowed – there is no space for campers.

There will be no electricity but there will be mobile phone charging points.

There will be basic sanitary facilities.

If you do not have a tent, pre-pitched tents can be hired for all the festival days through our partner Errands Uganda – visit the Accommodation page

Those in need of other accommodation can check out Jumia for hotel options.

For more info on nearby accommodation (15 – 25 km) see the Accomodation page

6 – Paying at the festival

Instructions on how to create a BAYIMBA account in order to receive your BAYIMBA CARD can be found here.

7 – Services on location

There will be a wide range of food and drinks available at the festival location. Alcohol (beers and spirits) will be sold at the festival at regular Uganda prices. Snacks and dishes range from fresh fish, local food, BBQ.

It is forbidden for visitors below 18 year to buy or consume alcohol or tobacco.

There will be a shop at the camping space where you can buy (in limited quantities) toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, bathing soap, lotion etc.

There are toilets available on the festival location while the camping areas also have washing opportunities (showers).

Mobile charging points will be available at the camping sites.

Unfortunately, the festival will not have internet services this time.

8 – Festival Rules

  • Your advance tickets and your valid ID!

We will be using a new check-in and payment system whereby every visitor will need to present a valid ID for identification and registration to get your Bayimba Card. 

  • Closed shoes, sandals/flip flops
  • Cap, sun glasses, sun lotion, mosquito repellent

We recommend you to refresh yourselves with lots of alcohol-free drinks, apply lots of sun lotion to yourselves and wear caps.

We value a culture of mutual respect and respect for the environment. The following things are therefore to note:

  • Fire: to protect the environment at Lunkulu Island open fire is not allowed!
  • Water: swimming is only allowed in designated areas!
  • Waste: to keep the location wonderful we request you to keep the island clean by participating in waste collection and recycling!
  • Trade: it is not allowed to sell products without having been explicitly registered as a vendor by the organisation – handing out flyers without the explicit permission of the organisation is also forbidden.
  • Sexual violence/intimidation: is not in any way tolerated – please report any case to the First Aid facility and the organisation!

We are positive that you understand these guidelines and rules as part of a mutual cooperation.

9 – Info On Uganda

A certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination is required on entry to Uganda and checked at entry.