Uganda is famously known for Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest fresh water lake. Perhaps other travelers have known Uganda for Lake Bunyonyi because it’s the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika. There are several Rift valley lakes in Uganda like Lake Albert, Lake George, and Lake Edward among others. Still Uganda has countless craters and crater lakes rolled in the western hills. The Crater Lake region has over 80 crater lakes with some even not known to the world.
About the crater lakes in western Uganda, tourists immediately think of Lake Mutanda, Lake Nyamunuka, Ndali-Kasenda craters, Lake Kyaninga and many others. However, we explore Lake Mulehe today. Lake Mulehe is positioned in Kisoro along the Kisoro-Bwindi Rushaga gorilla region route. Lake Mulehe is a spectacular lake that is surrounded by stunning terraces farmed by the local people who live in the neighboring hills.
This is an ideal weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and a perfect relaxation from the challenging gorilla trekking experience or after hiking one of the Virunga mountain ranges in Mgahinga national park. Its geographical position in Kisoro makes it very accessible by both tourists in Mgahinga national park and Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and even from Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park.
Relax off with a motorized boat cruise or dugout canoe trek on Lake Mulehe. Tourists take on early morning boats, lunch time and sunset cruises. A ride that furnishes spectacular views of the volcanic ranges, sea flora and fauna, as well as aquatic birds flying in the air. It’s an experience worth a day.
For water lovers, swimming is a guarantee the fact that Lake Mulehe is Bilharzia free and free from dangerous aquatic animals like crocodiles, hippos and snakes. Sunbathing is also a common activity here as tourists watch the sun set over the Virunga ranges or rising from the smoky Kigezi highlands.
Visitors to Lake Mulehe usually take on community walks to explore the lives of the local people. Visit the local markets and the neighboring homesteads of the Bakiga people, an activity that allows tourists learn so much about the unique culture and their way of living. Be sure of enjoying the traditional African music, dance and taste their local brew “Omuramba”. Travelers can even purchase handmade crafts as souvenirs to carry them back home for remembrance.
For water sport lovers can’t also miss out fishing on Lake Mulehe. Even though it’s majorly done by the local people, tourists still can’t fail to get an opportunity to fish in this beautiful lake. Jump on a dugout canoe and fish the local way to catch one of the various species of fish in the lake for your dinner. Nothing beats the sweet taste of self-caught fish.
Travelers on a gorilla tour to Bwindi impenetrable national park, or Mgahinga national park for both the gorilla and golden monkey treks, or to hike up one of the Virunga volcanoes in the park. Lake Mulehe is the most ideal place to rest and relax after such thrilling adventures.
Most trips to south western Uganda have been winding up their gorilla trekking or hiking safaris with trips to Lake Bunyonyi or Lake Mutanda. However, Lake Mulehe is also a perfect way to finish the trip before finally heading back to Kampala or Kigali for the flight back home.