What to Expect in a Uganda Lake Safari!

What to Expect in a Uganda Lake Safari!

Uganda offers some of the best eco tourism excursions ranging from Gorilla trekking in the deep impenetrable forests of Bwindi, bird watching in the swamps and forests in the East, west, south and central parts of Uganda. But this also comes along with lake safaris.  Below some of the lakes in Uganda and what to expect when you visit some of these lakes.

Lakes in Uganda

Lakes are some of the most beautiful sceneries to lay your expectations upon in case you are planning a trip to Uganda. Below are some of the lakes you should consider discovering in depth while in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is located in south western Uganda right in between Kabale and Kisoro. The lake is also located a few kilometers to Rwanda border with some of the best lake sceneries in the whole of Uganda.

Scuba diving and several other under water activities are not yet available anywhere in Uganda but there also a number of surface water activities that can be carried out at Lake Bunyonyi.

Lake Bunyonyi is translated as “lake of the birds” making it one of the leading birding havens in Uganda. Besides; it is also a wonderful resting place after a long day of gorilla trekking.

Other activities that can be carried out at Lake Bunyonyi include; canoeing, zip lining, swimming, and community tours.

Lake Mutanda

Lake Mutanda is located in Kisoro; it is often taken to be the nemesis of lake Bunyonyi. The lake has a number of Islands that can be explored through a canoe trail. Mountain biking, hikes, fishing and evening sceneries that almost much those of lake Bunyonyi


Lake Kyoga

Lakes can be classified according to size, depth, and a lot more categories; Lake Kyoga is mainly defined by its shallowness.  Its depth ranges between 3 to 5 meters deep.

It is characterized by its swampy papyrus covering most of the parts of this lake. This also makes it one of the top destinations for birding because of the vastness of bird species that are available in these swamps.

The surroundings of the lake are still under developed, therefore it is always recommended to plan your trip considering that accommodation might not be an easy thing to acquire.

Lake Opeta

Lake Kyoga has several other lakes right next to it. They would have been part of the same lake if only they were not separated by a few soil blocks.

Lake Opeta is also another birding haven in the heart of Uganda commonly known for the swampy areas around it that harbor hundreds of bird species.

Lake Bisina

Lake Bisina is another park of Lake Kyoga if you are to take a satellite view. It also drains into the papyrus swamp around lake Kyoga making it an extension of the birding havens of Kyoga wetlands.

Lake Bisina

Canoeing can also be done on this big yet shallow lake. Several fish species have been introduced in this same lake to boast fishing at this lake. Some fish species are showing progress in multiplication while other species are nowhere to be seen.

Lake Albert

Lake Albert is one of the deepest rift valley lakes in Uganda descending to more than 50 meters deep. It is one of the lakes that have not yet been developed for tourism. Its surrounding have mostly been affected by the oil development which are not open for touristic activities.

However you can do a deep tour to discover the life of the local communities that survive and depend on Lake Albert mainly for fishing.

Lake Edward And Lake George

These are some of the most famous lakes in Uganda’s tourism. It these two lakes that are connected by the famous Kazinga channel.

Lake Edward is slightly bigger than Lake George shared between Uganda and Democratic republic of Congo. Measures are being undertaken to preserve lake George from the silt that comes of the run off of mountain Rwenzori.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the biggest fresh water lake not only in Uganda but in the whole of Africa. The lake is also one of the already proven sources of the Nile River.

Several activities are often carried out on and around Lake Victoria. This includes; boat cruise to the Sesse islands, sport fishing, swimming, canoeing, and several other water activities.