Top things to do & see around Lake Mutanda Kisoro – Tourist attractions in south western Uganda
Top things to do & see around Lake Mutanda Kisoro – If you have been to South-western Uganda especially to Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable national parks, then you have heard or are familiar with Lake Mutanda, one of the most beautiful Lakes in Uganda and on the African continent.
Located within Kisoro district (20 kilometers/12 miles north of Kisoro Town) in south-western Uganda and 454 kilometers (282 miles) south-west of Kampala, Lake Mutanda is a small freshwater Lake in Uganda. It is Stunning, breathtaking, magical, spectacular, ecstatic and beautiful are the words often used by tourists to describe this Lake, and visiting it offers one of the life time experiences any visitor would look forward to,
It is sprawled within the foothills of the Virunga Massif at an altitude of 1800 meters (5900 feet) above sea level and the three Virunga Volcanoes found in Uganda-Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabinyo can be clearly viewed from this Lake but it also features a number of lush Islands. The lakeshores offer shelter to several wildlife species such as African Clawless otters, chameleons, snakes, Hippos, frogs and monitor lizards but bird species such as Sacred Ibis, Kites, grey crowned cranes, Pelicans and Kingfishers can be spotted within the area.
This small freshwater Lake is found at just a stone’s throw away from the Mgahinga National Park where mountain gorillas and golden monkeys can be tracked as well as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Its calm breeze, warm temperatures and beautiful surrounding areas make you think the water body is in another country and not Uganda. Therefore, visiting Lake Mutanda should not miss on the list of must-do things in because of the interesting things you are likely to see and do, and they include;
Hiking to and around Lake Mutanda
This invigorating activity is refreshing but also allows tourists to encounter different tree, butterfly and bird species. One of the most interesting hikes of 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, which may need at least a week to complete.
Mountain Bike rides
Mountain biking is one of the most exhilarating but challenging experiences because it involves traversing areas of rugged terrains and red dirt roads, thus requiring participants to be physically fit and are required to bring your own bike or hire from Kisoro.
You may never be able to swim in most Lakes in Africa but it is possible within Lake Mutanda because it is Bilharzia free.
Fishing within Lake Mutanda
Fishing using local methods and equipment, will get you a chance to catch some of the fish species found in the Lake including Tilapia and mud fish.
Taking a nature walk and canoeing, will give you an outstanding opportunity to spot bird species within and around Lake Mutanda, including Kingfishers, fish eagles and Pelicans among others.
Dug-out canoe rides
If you’ve never tried the exciting dug-out canoe rides or your dream has always been to try one, then visit South-western Uganda where you will enjoy the activity within Lake Mutanda. Canoe rides allow 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.
A trip to Lake Mutanda will allow you to undertake community/village walks to the villages around Lake Mutanda so as to acquaint yourself with the lifestyle or livelihoods of the people as well as their interesting cultures and traditions.
Relaxation and enjoying the scenery around the lake
Instead of physically demanding activities, you can choose to visit the Lake to satisfy your eyes with its mind-blowing views or to relax by the shores of the Lake or while staying at Mutanda Lake Resort or the farther Chameleon Hill Lodge. After seeing the area, you will agree that there are few places as spectacular and breathtaking as Lake Mutanda.
Gorilla and Golden monkey trekking in the nearby Mgahinga national park.
While at Lake Mutanda, you will move for a very short distance to Mgahinga Gorilla National park where you will encounter and interact with the only habituated gorilla family-Nyakagezi but also see the small, cunning and playful golden monkeys as they branchiate from one branch to the other hence creating the most photogenic moments. Contact Great Adventure Safaris to for details on top things to do & see around Lake Mutanda Kisoro in Uganda.