Lake Mutanda is one of the Uganda’s most scenic lakes positioned within Kigezi region in south Western part of the country a must visit area for the travellers on safari in Uganda. Lake Mutanda is located in Kisoro District, 20 km north of the main town and in between the Uganda gorilla safari destinations of Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks.
The lake sits on the foothills of the Virunga Massif, offering unmatched views of the three volcanoes that make up virunga ranges, including; Mt. Muhavura. Mt. Sabinyo and Mt.Gahinga. This lava lake also has crystal clear waters and is gifted with 15 islands that are scattered all over and evergreen. The lake banks are dotted with verdant shrubs and trees with the clouds blanketing the hilltops.
The name Lake Mutanda originates from a biggest island on the lake which is home to the “Abagesera” clan of the locals. They are majorly crop cultivators growing crops like bananas, sugarcane and peas. A church is bulit on top of the island hill and locals sail by canoe from the mainland to the island for church service. Most of the islands on the lake are still virgin apart from a few used for agriculture.
This is a great spot for one to chill out and shake off the stress, which can be visited to or after a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda. The centres of gorilla safaris in Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park are in the south and north of the lake respectively. Lake Mutanda is also home to a number of bird species like the grey crowned cranes and kites. Reptiles like the chameleons, lizards, snakes and frogs are among the other fauna that can be found here.
Lake Mutanda offers all year round experiential fishing expeditions, hiking safaris, scenic viewing, cultural & historic experience and mountain biking that can be enjoyed on a Uganda holiday tour. More obviously, enjoy the canoe rides on the local traditional dug out canoes as you take the spectacular scenery the Pearl of Africa can offer.