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All You Need To Know About The Uganda Crater Lakes Tour

Uganda is home to a number of thrilling volcanic mountains formed as a result of volcanic eruptions producing Magma which cooled and made a depression, with time water collects in this basin to form lakes which apparently are known as crater lakes.Most of the beautiful crater lakes in Uganda are situated in the western region of the country in exciting places like Queen Elizabeth national park, Kabale – “Switzerland of Uganda”, Fort portal where you catch glimpse of stunning views that not even words can explain while on an Uganda Safari.

Mumwe safaris has been organizing tours to Uganda’s crater lakes and in this article, we present to you all the top crater lakes you cant miss visiting while on safari in Uganda this season;

Lake Katwe

This crater lake is famous for salt extraction, it is found in queen Elizabeth national park with in Mweya peninsula in western Uganda close to a volcanic mountain. Lake Katwe is a salty lake featuring various tributary streams with inlets but no outlets thus leading to a lot of salt production. On this note due to the accumulation of salt in the lake, when you take a tour to this site, you witness salt production process taking place . Besides the mesmerizing beauty of the lake, it is paramount to note that there is plenty of interesting activities like lake diving, guided nature walks, salt mining, enjoy the site of viewing stunning wildlife like herds of elephants plus hand crafting which supplement on the livelihood of the natives. Feel free to participate in process of how they make beautiful art craft pieces at this site.


Lake Bunyonyi

Popularly known as the great crater lake blessed with astonishing beauty, it is the second deepest lake in the world and deepest in Africa. The magical lake is dotted with 29 intriguing islands including the punishment island featuring historical legendary myths. Lake Bunyonyi is about 900 Metres deep, it is situated in kabale – Kisoro district, it is about 25 kilometers long and about 7 kilometer wide. Bunyonyi lake is one of those wonderful tourism sites in Uganda that is open to all traveler through out the Year.


Lake Nyinambuga

This is a stunning crater lake found on the 20,000 Uganda shillings note, it is blessed with beautiful sceneries, fresh clean water which is one of the reasons it favors lake diving adventure although fishing is another amazing activity that takes place here.


Kyaninga Crater Lake

The lake is located adjacent to Kyaninga lodge that is found at the summit of the crater hosting a serene beauty above the crater. When you overnight at Kyaninga lodge, feel free to get in touch with a the tour guides at the lodge to you through mesmerizing beauty of the place on a guided walk around.


Lake Nkuruba

This ionic lake is situated with Mountain Rwenzori and Kibale forest national park. It is located about 45 kilometers from the fort portal town, while here enjoy activities like bicycle safaris, guided nature walks around the surrounding reserves which give you chance to encounter exciting primates like red tailed monkeys, black and white monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys among others. In Fort portal town, take up the pleasure to visit the local markets where you interract with the local people, hand craft items made by women in the community exhibiting their culture and also delight in a thrilling bird watching adventure, you will enjoy viewing plenty of colorful bird species like black and white Casqued hornbill for the bird addicts.


Incase you would love to  groove on the alluring beauty of the Uganda crater lakes, it is important to note that crater lakes in Uganda are open to all tourists through out the year thus  feel free to take up this epic adventure in your next Uganda Safari.

And for more information about how to book the crater tour in Uganda, don’t hesitate to contact our reservation team by sending an email on for more details and inquiries or call +256700135510 to speak to the reservations team.

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