LAKE MUTANDA UGANDA
Lake Mutanda is one of Uganda’s breathtakingly magnificent lakes that is situated in the South Western part of the country. It neighbours the scenic Lake Bunyonyi in a region often described as the “Switzerland of Africa”
Lake Mutanda is located in Kisoro District, 20 km north of the town head quarters. Lake Mutanda is a one of the spots one should include on their bucket list for a Uganda safari holiday especially when planning for gorilla trekking in Bwindi / Mgahinga national park.
Lake Mutanda is approximately 8 hour drive from Kampala city, via Mbarara – Kisoro route. It rests on the foot hillls of the Virunga Massif. While at Lake Mutanda, you have panoramic views of three volcanoes namely; Mt. Muhabura. Mt. Sabinyo and Mt. Gahinga. The reservoir also has crystal clear waters and is dotted with at least 15 islands that are evergreen. The banks are also covered with verdant shrubs and trees with the clouds blanketing the hilltops.
Lake Mutanda derives its name from the biggest island on the lake and is home to the “Abagesera” clan of the locals. They are majorly crop cultivators growing crops like bananas, sugarcane and peas. A church is built on top of the island hill and locals sail by canoe from the mainland to the island for church services.
This is a great spot for one to chill out and rest during the journey of adventure after gorilla trekking in Uganda. The epitome of gorilla tourism in Uganda, i.e, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is just south of the lake and Mgahinga National Park is in the west. Here you can encouter the magnificent mountain gorillas that is a one of a kind experience. Like many other places in Uganda, Lake Mutanda has a number of birds including the famous grey crowned crane, kites, among others. Reptiles like the chameleons,lizards, snakes and frogs are among the other animals that can be found here.
Generally, Lake Mutanda offers all year round fishing expeditions, hiking safaris, scenery viewing and mountain biking that can be enjoyed while on a Uganda holiday tour. More interestingly, take a boat ride on the local dug out canoes as you enjoy the spectacular views the Pearl of Africa has to offer.