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The Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes found in Uganda

Posted by on August 21, 2020

Discover the Explosion Crater Lakes in the Pearl of Africa

Do not miss the Stunning-Scenic Crater Lakes found in Western Uganda

The Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes found in UgandaNot to miss in the Pearl of Africa. The Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes found in Uganda. – Western Uganda is one of the Best Places to see the scenic Explosion Craters

The Pristine  Lakes in Uganda are unknown to most visitors to Uganda.

They, however, provide the scenic plus to your safari in Western Uganda. You will see them near Kibale Forest, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and Queen Elizabeth Park.

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

The Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes found in Uganda is also where you find some of the best Safari Lodges. Lodges such as Crater Lake Safari Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Papaya Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge, and Kasenyi Safari Camp. 

The Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes found 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. 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. 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, you miss that these beautiful lakes were the earth powerfully exploded.

Where do you find The Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes found 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. On this route, you can 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 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

Your Time 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, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Vanilla Plantations, Tea Plantations, Kibale Rainforest Jungle, Lake George and the Kichwamba escarpment of the Western Rift Valley.

You can take several hikes 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 Crater Lake Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, and Papaya Lake Lodge. All are 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. Still, there is a jewel among them, and that is Lake Kyaninga. If you have a few dollars to spare, there is the exclusive up-market Kyaninga Lodge. It 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 has become more known and famous 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 Scenic Explosion Crater Lakes found in Uganda are places that should be on your must-do list during your visit to Uganda. The beauty of these crater lakes is 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 LodgeKyaninga LodgePapaya Lake LodgeNdali Lodge.

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

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