Top Things to do and see – Lake Mutanda – Uganda

Posted by on November 5, 2018

Things to do and see Lake Mutanda in Uganda

Lake Mutanda – one of the most Scenic Lakes in all of Africa – Lake Mutanda offers a variety of things to do and see


Lake Mutanda is simply one of the most scenic Lakes in all of Africa – simply amazing, stunning, and yet for many visitors to Uganda it is off of the beaten path and most never venture here.  Those that do find a magical, scenic paradise that is beyond any imagination. 

Lake Mutanda is studded with emerald isles, the Virunga Volcanoes tower around it, gentle breezes, cool, yet sunny climate, activities in abundance – Lake Mutanda should be on your list of things to do and see in Uganda…you will never regret visiting Lake Mutanda.

Lake Mutanda is the perfect add-on to your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Southern Bwindi Forest before your departure flight. 

The Lake is just 3-hours from Kigali International Airport and while you here you can enjoy some of the many activities here or just relax and chill out reading a good book.


Top Things to do and see – Lake Mutanda – a wide variety of Choices


 Relax and take in the Scenery around you

After the Gorilla Trek, after a Volcano Climb, the hike through Bwindi impenetrable Forest it is time to relax and chill out along the shores of Lake Mutanda in the shadows of the brooding Virunga Volcanoes, the Mufumbiro Mountains in the local language, the Mountains that cook.

Have a local delicacy, a freshly caught whole Tilapia with Fries.  Before dinner try one Uganda’s favorite drink, Waragi Gin with a Krest Bitter Lemon.  During the meal  have a Nile Special made at the source of the Nile in Jinja.

We suggest that you ty one of our Gorilla Reads, great books for your Safari and  about the area you are in. Enjoy your Surroundings, some locally grown Coffee or mellow Tea and it is Hakuna Matata Relaxation. Whether you are right on the lake in a lodge such as Mutanda Lake Resort or higher up at Chameleon Hill Lodge– the beauty of what is before you will have a most positive effect upon you – there are few places as beautiful and as stunning as Lake Mutanda.


 Canoe here at Lake Mutanda in a wooden dugout Canoe as in years gone by

Traditional Dugout Canoes are primarily used on two Lakes in the area.  Lake Mutanda or Lake Bunyonyi  They are hewn from one logs that is hollowed out, they are safe and quite Lake-Worthy.  They are used for fishing, transport of people, goods to the islands and to the mainland.

Lake Mutanda is a fabulous lake to explore with a canoe and visit some of the islands – go birding, you can swim here – simply enjoy the lake whether you are on top of it in a boat, or swimming in it.


 Fishing on Lake Mutanda with the added plus of scenery

Sports-Fishing is not a major tourism activity on Lake Mutanda nevertheless the scenic setting alone has attracted some of our client to dip a line into the water here and some have been successful catching lunch or dinner.

Fishing outings can be arranged for you to be with a local fisherman making it a cultural and sports event for our Clients.

You can always fish at Lake Mutanda especially if you are staying right on the lake as at Mutanda Lake Resort and if the fish do not strike, there the is scenery around you.


 Hiking around or to Lake Mutanda

Lake Mutanda and the surrounding Highlands are a Hiker’s Paradise.

Hiking around and to Lake Mutanda – one of the most fabulous hikes is a two-day hike from Buhoma to Nkuringo and then on the second day down to Lake Mutanda and a canoe trip across the lake before it ends.

There are many other hikes and nature trails found here that are simply most enjoyable and you can easily stay here for a week and not explore it all.

Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 


 Mountain Biking around Lake Mutanda

Bike rides can be quite challenging – we can bring along mountain bikes for you that you can use while at Lake Mutanda or bikes can be rented in Kisoro.  Either way, it will be a most exhilarating experience for you.

Mountain Biking can be combined with other activities around and near Lake Mutanda such as dugout canoeing.  Canoe across the lake and return to your  lodge on a mountain bike making it a perfect day.

The terrain around Lake Mutanda is not flat, mountain biking is the appropriate term for biking in this area. We cn arrange a picnic lunch for you that we bring along and set up for you.  The other choice is to have lunch at a restaurant in Kisoro or at another lodge or hotel dring your bking day.


 Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Things to do & See:

From Lake Mutanda it a short distance to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is a small park with many activities such as the famous interactive Batwa Trail where you learn the ways of the Batwa People, there is Volcano Climbing on three Volcanoes from 5 to 8 hour day-hikes, golden monkey tracking, gorilla tracking,nature walks and hikes, birding and more.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is the smallest park in Uganda but in terms of activities it carries a punch like few other.

Mgahigna Gorilla Park is synonymous with Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey trekking and Volcano Climbing. all within one an hour’s drive time from a lodge along Lake Mutanda.

Things to do and see at Mgahinga Gorilla Park – Uganda 


 Encounters with the Batwa People – the original people of the Forest

The Batwa People are the original inhabitants of the forest – the lived in the forest and left a small environmental footprint – they still lived in the area and you can go on an interactive forest walk with them in two places near to Lake Mutanda – the Buniga Forest and on the Batwa Forest Walk in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Buniga Forest Walk with the original People of the Forest 

The Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Park with the First People of the Forest 

Batwa People – the People of the African Rain Forest 


 Gorilla Tracking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Southern Area

Being based at Lake Mutanda gives you access to the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you can track the Mountain Gorillas which is a once in a lifetime experience.

The Bwindi areas of Rushaga and Nkuringo are an hour’s drive from lodges along Mutanda and often client to choose to combine a stay along scenic Lake Mutanda with Gorilla Trekking. It will often take more drive-time during th rainy seasons of the year.

The Rushaga are hs 5 Gorilla Families plus it is Home of the Gorilla habituation Experience which means 4-hours with a Gorilla Family.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and its close ]by location is another reason why some of our Clients choose to stay at Lake Mutanda.

Rushaga and Nkuringo Gorilla Trekking


Lake Mutanda’s list of things to do and see is endless and the above activities are just a few to give you an idea of the possibilities while staying at Lake Mutanda in the Highlands of Southwest Uganda.  We love to include Lake Mutanda in your itinerary – just let us know.


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