Uganda is one of the countries on earth blessed to have a lot of beautiful destinations for all travelers with all travel reasons. The products, range from culture to wildlife to great and wonderful water bodies. These water bodies are lakes (man-made and natural) and rivers among others, with so many incredible activities in them which include boat cruises, white water rafting, sport fishing, relaxing on the sand beaches of the different lakes among others.
However, one of the best destination to visit while in your safari to Uganda is Lake Mutanda. Lake Mutanda is situated in Kisoro District in the southwestern part of Uganda, 450 kms from Kampala and roughly 20kms (12miles) north of Kisoro town. This lake is right at the foothills of the Virunga mountain ranges that are partly located in the Uganda which include Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Muhabura and Mount Gahinga. All these areas can be viewed while on this magnificent lake.
The lakeside environment is home to a number of fauna, floral and bird species. Some of these bird species include Kites, Uganda’s national bird the crested crane, Kingfisher birds, weaver birds among others. There are also a number of chameleons, snakes, frogs and monitor lizards, among others. Some of the unique animals that call this lake home, include Hippopotamuses and African clawless otter. Thus making it one of the best scenic lakes in Africa.
In addition to this, it is just a few kilometers from Kigali town. So in case you are in Volcanoes, Bwindi or Mgahinga national parks, don’t bypass this treasure. There are a lot of activities that can be done while in and around the lake, some include Hiking, Mountain Biking, Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, swimming, dug-out canoeing, birding, sport fishing, scenic view, cycling and so much more.
While on this wonderful lake, you will get into traditionally built canoes that are used for fishing and transportation of people and goods between the islands and the mainland. It is very safe using these vessels while visiting the surrounding islands as well as going for birding, sport fishing and community visits.
Sport fishing around Lake Bunyonyi is one interesting activity while in this place though not a major tourism activity. Fishing outing can be organized for you by the expert local fisher men, while with them; you will enjoy every detail of fun as well as having a chance to get some catch. This is one interesting cultural and sporting event for visitors.
Hiking around Lake Mutanda is one of the most interesting activity any tourist can engage in, hike from Buhoma to Nkuringo as you listen to the beautiful melodies of the birds singing.
Lake Mutanda is located in the Virunga areas which are mountainous making it a very wonderful place to do mountain climbing. Through biking, you stand a chance of discovering the country side. So tourists can hire bikes at the site or come with their own.
While in Lake Mutanda, you can tour the Python Island and get the opportunity to know more about reptiles. The best time to spot them is when it is hot, pythons love feeding on fish and other water creatures in Lake Mutanda. You will also visit the punishment island as you checkout with the skeletal remains of those who were punished.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Lake Mutanda is the starting point for your six hour treks into Bwindi national park where you will get to the Buhoma and Nkuringo Sectors at ease. It is also a short distance to Mgahinga national park- a home for the endangered mountain Gorillas as well as golden monkeys. For all those who love culture, you can also encounter the Batwa community who are hunters and wonderers and will take you through there hunting experiences.
While in Lake Mutanda, don’t be short of accommodation choices because options are endless; choose facilities ranging from Budget to luxury namely Mutanda Lake Resort for a comfortable mid-range, Karungi Camp for budget, Clouds Mount gorilla lodge and Chameleon Hill Lodge for super luxurious services. On the view of this information, let your amazing Safari begin or end with the scenic view of Lake Mutanda in Uganda.