Lake Mutanda is located in Kisoro district in the southwestern Uganda close to the boarders of Rwanda and Congo, approximately 20 kilometers north of the town where the district headquarters are located. This location is approximately 454 kilometers by road, southwest of Kampala Uganda’s capital city.
Lake Mutanda and the nearby Lake Mulehe have for longtime captured the imagination of the local people and tourists but had never made it to the top of the tourism rankings in the country. Tourists who always wanted to spend their long weekends away from home exploring the country side with their families used to think of Jinja, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo National Parks but now Lake Mutanda Kisoro is a place to be.
Take a cool breath and relax after your Gorilla tracking experience in one of the accommodation facilities and explore the beauty of the Lake.
The three Volcanoes within the range, Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Mgahinga can be viewed from Lake Mutanda Kisoro. There are several islands in the lake and it is drained by the Rutshuru River which flows northward to Lake Edward
In addition to the Mountain Gorilla and Golden monkey tracking in the nearby Mgahiga Gorilla National Park the lakeside environment accommodates a variety of animal and plant species, unique to this area. There are also many bird species and most especially the Uganda’s National bird, the crested crane.
This refreshing activity also allows tourists to encounter different tree species, butterflies and bird species. One of the most interesting hikes is the two-day hike from Buhoma to Nkuringo where you will get to ascend to Lake Mutanda area. However, there are other numerous hikes around the Lake.
Mountain biking is one of the most exhilarating and challenging experiences because it involves traversing areas of rugged terrains and red dirt roads, thus requiring participants to be physically fit.
You may never be able to swim in most Lakes in Africa but it is possible within Lake Mutanda because it is Bilharzia free.
With local methods and equipment, you will get a chance to catch some of the fish species found in the Lake including Tilapia and mud fish.
Through nature walks and canoeing, you have chances of spoting the outstanding bird species within and around Lake Mutanda Kisoro including Kingfishers, fish eagles and Pelicans among others.
Try out the exciting dug-out canoe rides on Lake Mutanda. Canoe rides allows you to explore some of the Islands or spot some of the aquatic bird species especially Kingfishers, Sacred Ibis, Kites, grey crowned cranes pelicans and Fish eagles.
Take a community/village walk to the villages visit the people living around Lake Mutanda so as to get acquainted with the lifestyle or livelihoods of the locals as well as their interesting cultures and traditions.