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Lake Mutanda is Africa's highest lake, with a height of 5,900 feet. FILE PHOTO

On your next safari, you should definitely visit the famous lake Mutanda if you have never been to southwestern Uganda before.

Have you ever been to the southwest of Uganda? If so, you must have heard that Lake Mutanda is on the list of places you should visit on your next safari

One of the most beautiful lakes in Africa, Lake Mutanda is located at the foothills of the Virunga mountains Muhabura, Sabyinyo, and Gahinga are the three Virunga mountains that provide the greatest views. 

Located 5,900 feet above sea level, Lake Mutanda is one of the highest lakes in Africa.

Lake Mutanda is more than just a glimpse of the Virunga mountains; it’s a treasure trove of other experiences that few people know about or have written about in European travel guides. 

There are many things to do and see around Lake Mutanda near Kisoro Town, which is about five hours from Kigali, nine hours from Kampala, and ten hours from Entebbe away by car.

Lake Mutanda in Uganda has a ton of things to see and do

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It is a popular fishing spot for the people who live nearby that there are several dugout canoes afloat in Lake Mutanda. PHOTO/MTANDALAKERESORT

Relax at Uganda’s most scenic lake

It’s still one of the most popular activities at Lake Mutanda, with more than ten unique viewpoints. Wherever you stand around the lake is a viewpoint.

Visitors to Lake Mutanda are seeking peace after a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Forest lasting an hour or a gorilla habituation adventure in Rushaga lasting all day and four hours (also in Bwindi forest). 

Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda is the best spot in Africa to see mountain gorillas, and Realm Africa Safaris offers journeys to the far-flung southwestern gorilla trekking zones of Rushaga and Nkuringo.

Take a trip to Mgahinga National Park to see the Golden Monkeys

Despite its proximity, we’ve decided against visiting Mgahinga National Park due to its frequent movement of the 01 gorilla group, the Nyakagezi. 

While gorilla climbing in Mgahinga might be risky, the Golden monkeys thrive in this park more than anyplace else, and you can also do a Batwa Cultural Experience walk or a guided Volcano hike to the summit of one of the three (03) Volcanic mountains; Muhabura, Sabyinyo or Gahinga (after which the park is named).

Learn to paddle a Dugout Canoe made of wood

You either own a yacht or have sailed on one at some point in your life, or you know someone who does. You’ve probably seen or heard of a dugout boat, if not. 

During your time at Lake Mutanda, you can take a ride in a canoe fashioned from tree trunks. 

To truly appreciate Lake Mutanda, there is no better way to travel across it than on one of these powerful boats. Customers have been allowed to help build a canoe out of a tree trunk, which is chiselled by hand locally.

This is s an even better opportunity for those who keep wondering how boats are built. Customers have been allowed to help build a canoe out of a tree trunk, which is chiselled by hand locally.

Lake Mutanda is an excellent place to go fishing

There are several dugout canoes afloat in Lake Mutanda, which is a popular fishing spot for the people that reside in the vicinity.

As long as you’re staying near a lake, you can enjoy a dugout fishing excursion.

The Batwa Pygmy people can be visited

Human settlements are prohibited in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, which were home to the Batwa Pygmies. Today, they are no longer as little as they once were due to intermarriage. 

It is thought that the Batwa people were once nomadic hunter-gatherers who lived under the canopy of huge trees and caves that surrounded the forest. 

Both the Buniga and Mgahinga forests’ Batwa populations can be seen in Lake Mutanda.

Hikes and Walks with a guide

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A visit to Lake Mutanda is more than just a sight of the Virunga Mountains; it’s a treasure trove of other experiences that few travelers in Europe are aware of or have written about. PHOTO/MTANDALAKERESORT

As far as walking safaris go, this is one of the best options for visiting Lake Mutanda. Nkuringo is the final destination of this two-day trek, which begins and ends in Buhoma. 

We recommend that you stay at the reasonably priced Nkuringo Gorilla Safari Lodge – perched on a hill overlooking the Bwindi impenetrable forest. 

A canoe ride on Lake Mutanda is the highlight of the second day of your walking adventure, which takes you from Mutanda to Kisoro. 

At Lake Mutanda, there is a tonne of things to do and see that might be added to your walking safari to make it longer and, perhaps, more enjoyable.

Biking in the mountains

Cycling up the rough terrain and winding red dirt roads can be challenging, but due to Lake Mutanda’s gorgeous shoreline, people tend to forget and become engrossed in the sight of this incredibly wonderful panoramic splendour that can only be experienced in person by visiting the shores of Lake Mutanda.

Bird watching

Do you love watching birds? As part of your exploration of Lake Mutunda, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to see numerous types of birds, including the kingfisher and pelicans.

While on this safari, you can check-in at the Chameleon Hill Lodge, Lake Mutanda Resort or Bwindi Jungle Lodge for the best accommodation experience. 

All a close to the beautiful lake so you won’t have to worry about the distance.


With this post on “activities – things to do and see at Lake Mutanda in Uganda” you now have an insight into all the magnificent activities you try out on your next trip to Uganda.