The Explosion Crater Lakes and Explosion Craters in Uganda

Posted by on September 21, 2019

The Scenic Explosion Craters & Crater Lakes of Western Uganda

Explore the Explosion Crater Lakes and Explosion Craters in Uganda-Stunning Scenery


Discover Scenic Uganda and the Explosion Crater Lakes and Explosion Craters in Uganda- Western Uganda is  home to some of the Best Places to see the Explosion Crater Lakes and Explosion Craters found along what we call the Explosion Crater Lake Trail.

The Pristine Crater Lakes in Uganda are unknown to most visitors to Uganda. They, however, provide the scenic plus backdrop to your safari in Western Uganda that takes you to Kibale Forest, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Explosion Crater Lakes and Explosion Craters in Uganda are places of discovery, relaxation, but also some of the best spots for hiking, nature walks, climbs, biking, birding, boating, and even fishing.

The Explosion Crater Lakes in Western Uganda is where you find of Uganda’s best Safari Lodges. Lodges such as Crater Lake Safari Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Papaya Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge, and Kasenyi Safari Camp. Staying at a Crater Lake Lodge allows you to appreciate the beauty of Uganda’s Crater Lakes fully.


The Explosion Crater Lakes and Explosion Craters in Uganda were formed rather recent in the light of ancient  volcanic activity in Uganda – a mere 8 to 10,000 years ago. Today you see them as serene, scenic lakes. When they exploded, they caused tremendous damage in their time covering an area larger than Mount Vesuvius did at Pompeii. The Ugandan Explosion Craters reduced Lake Edward to a toxic mess.  Fire and brimstone still erupted from these explosion craters as recently as 2000 BC while the Pyramids in Egypt were being built.

Even in local Folklore and Legends of Western Uganda, there are tales about some of the crater lakes that are still told today. One crater at Fort Portal – Kasesankarange means, the spewer of roasted material.  The crater lakes are extinct today. However, a few of them have molten lava just 10 to kilometers beneath them and could explode again in the future. Most likely, not something that will happen while you are on Safari in Uganda with us.

The Explosion Craters did not build cones as Volcanoes do. Instead, they blew ash and rock far and wide. Today there are these incredible, beautiful lakes, some of which still have a particular sulfur smell in their water.  Some offer great places for swimming, viewpoints, and nature trails that one can hike surrounded by monkeys, tropical birds, and magnificent sights.

When you are looking down one of Uganda’s crater lakes – framed by grasslands, green forest, farms – one does not realize that these beautiful lakes were places out of which the earth exploded forth most powerfully.


Where  do you find the Explosion Crater Lakes and Explosion Craters in Uganda

Katwe Crater Lakes in Queen Elizabeth Park:

They are located north of the Mweya Peninsula and are the highest point of the park.  There is the scenic Crater Drive – 27 kilometers where you see the beautiful crater lakes on your journey.  There is not too much wildlife along the route, though Buffaloes and Elephants can be frequently seen. Be sure not to miss Lake Kitagata – the lake is fed by a salty hot spring – no appeal to wildlife but beautiful to behold.  Along with this route, you have some stunning panoramic views of the Western Rift Valley and its escarpments, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Lake George, Lake Edward, and the natural Kazinga Channel.  Along t with his route, you have the opportunity to visit Lake Katwe and its ancient salt works where you can take a tour that will benefit the local community.


Bunyaruguru Craters near Queen Elizabeth Park:

Located on the Kichwamba escarpment of the Western Rift near Queen Elizabeth Park Lake Nkugute is a beautiful crater lake that is visible from the Mbarara Kasese road. However, there are about 20 crater lakes found here and many dry craters.

There are also viewpoints where you can see the Kichwamba Rift valley and Queen Elizabeth Park.

Most Visitors are not aware of these crater lakes that dot Western Uganda, and they become an added plus for most that are on a safari and come across them

Times on a safari can be increased to include the  Crater Lake and do activities around them from Hiking to Boating on the Lakes.


Ndali – Kasenda Craters near Fort Portal and Kibale Forest:

Unlike inside of Queen Elizabeth Park – the crater lakes here can be explored on foot –there are many hikes that you can take here.  The “Top of the World Hike” gives one great view of the crater lakes here, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Vanilla Plantations, Tea Plantations, Kibale Rainforest Jungle, Lake George and the Kichwamba escarpment of the Western Rift Valley.

There are several hikes that you can take with a guide ranging from a few hours to an all-day one.  The Kasenda Craters are a perfect add-on to a visit to Kibale Forest and its Primates.

You can also stay at Upmarket Lodges such as Ndali Lodge and Papaya Lake Lodge, both overlooking a crater lake within easy reach of various hikes along the Kasenda Crater Lakes.


 Fort Portal Craters near Fort Portal: 

The Fort Portal Crater Field is the smallest among those in Western Uganda but there is a jewel among them, and that is Lake Kyaninga and if you have a few dollars to spare there is the exclusive up-market Kyaninga Lodge is a log cabin structure on a ridge overlooking the Lake Kyaninga Crater Lake and a breathtaking view of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon. It is a delightful and peaceful place with plenty of hikes in the nearby area.

The Crater Lakes in this field of them have become more known and popular with as Lodges came to the area such as Kyaninga Lodge.  Hiking and Biking organized by lodges have gotten the word out regarding the beauty and range of activities that can be done here.


The Explosion Crater Lakes and Explosion Craters in Uganda are places that should be on your must-do list  during your visit to Uganda. The beauty of these crater lakes are not something to be missed – they are a delight to behold, magnificent scenery but also give great swimming, boating, and some fishing opportunities…enjoy Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.

We highly recommend them as places for you to take a few days where you can relax and chill out, unwind during your Safaris.

Ask us to include a stay at one of the Crater Lake Lodges such as Crater Lake Safari Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge, Ndali Lodge.

Combine the Primates of Kibale Forest with the nearby Crater Lakes. Enjoy your time along Uganda’s Crater Lake Trail. 


Contact us if you like to include Uganda’s Explosion Crater Lakes in your Safari with us.