Lake Mutanda is located in Kisoro District in southwestern Uganda, approximately 20 kilometers north of the town of Kisoro, where the district headquarters are located Cultural and community activities around Lake Mutanda. Lake Mutanda is nestled in the foothills of the Virunga Mountain Range, at an altitude of 1,800 meters (5,900 ft). The three volcanoes within the range, that are partly located in Uganda, namely: Mountain Muhabura, Mountain Sabinyo and Mountain Gahinga, can be viewed from Lake Mutanda. There are several islands in the lake. The lake is drained by the Rutshuru River, which flows northward to Lake Edward. Cultural and community activities around Lake Mutanda
What are the activities to do around Lake Mutanda?
Canoe Trip or Paddle Boarding
Canoeing is one of the best activities to do at Lake Mutanda, you will take the time to explore beautiful Lake Mutanda and its breathtaking surroundings. Experience a ride in a traditional dug-out canoe. Enjoy a glass of wine on a sunset boat cruise or explore the tranquil waters of Lake Mutanda on one of our stand-up paddle boards.
Mukozi village Visit
You will take a boat or Cultural walk to check out Kyangushu Island with its ancestral burial place and the picturesque village of Mukozi. You will be warmly welcomed by the children of the nursery school, pay a visit to a craft maker and a traditional healer. You will finish your trip with a sip of something outrageous in the local bar
Batwa trail and Garama cave
The indigenous Batwa pygmy people is a must do trail, The Batwa are Uganda’s indigenous people who used to stay in the forest before evacuation in order to protect and conserve wildlife and the forest. You will be able to appreciate their culture, traditions, dances, Language and way of life. You will pay a small fee for this encounter, and this can be organized at the Resort or in advance with Eco Adventure Safaris, you will visit the Garama cave with rich history and is now inhabited by bats.
Swimming and sun-bathing
Lake Mutanda is one of the few bilharzia-free lakes in Uganda and therefore safe to swim in. Have a dip, soak up some sun in our gardens, or enjoy a sunrise yoga session.
Mutanda Island trip
This trip can be arranged will at the resort in your free time, Mutanda Island boat trip takes you 2-3 hours to the burial place of Kyangushu will be followed by Mutanda Island, the biggest and the only inhabited one. There are amazing views of Congo border, Lake Mulehe and Bwindi impenetrable forest. You can also participate in this trip with other residents at the Resort to reduce costs and make more enjoyable.
Volcano Hike in Mgahinga National Park
For those interested in Hiking, Lake Mutanda is close to the gahinga Ranges namely; Mountain Sabyinyo, Mountain Gahinga and Mountain Muhabura and you can make a choice of climbing one of the mountains depending on your fitness. Mountain Sabinyo is at 3,669m and takes about eight hours to cover the round trip, following a steep ridge up to the peak, Mountain Gahinga which is the smallest with 3474m takes around six hours to ascend and descend, topped by a swamp-filled crater and giant lobelia. Mountain Muhavura is the highest peak at 4,127m, and this 12km round trip takes around eight hours. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded on a clear day with views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountain .Volcano Hiking experience gives you an opportunity to see different tree species, spot birds, Forest Elephants, Primates and Gorillas if you are lucky enough in Mgahinga National Park.
Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga National Park
Golden Monkey tracking is also another activity that can be done in the environs of Lake Mutanda. Golden Monkeys are also rare primates in the world and Uganda is lucky to have them remaining in Mgahinga national park. Golden monkey tracking is one of the primary activities in the park that make Mgahinga gorilla national park a distinct destination. There are two communities of golden monkeys habituated for trekking, golden monkey trekking permit costs USD100 as per the Uganda wildlife Authority Tariff of 2020-2021. The trek starts early morning at 7:00am with briefing at the park headquarters about the dos and don’ts while in the forest. Later you start your walk into the forest with park guides and Rangers until you find the golden Monkeys and you are allowed to view them for one hour. In East Africa, the golden monkeys are only found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.
How to get to Lake Mutanda
You can opt for a road trip from Kampala/Entebbe which is approximately 9-10 hours into Kisoro district. The Lake is a 45-minute scenic drive from Kisoro town, you will be able to see a lot on the way, the beautiful landscape, the Equator, people and shops. You can also access the Resort from Kigali via Cyanika Boarder between Uganda and Rwanda as it is even a short drive of about 5-6 hours and also you have a lot to see on the road. You can also opt to fly into Kisoro Airstrip from Entebbe International Airport/Kajjansi, the airstrip is very close to the resorts/hotels close to the Lake. There are has daily domestic flights by domestic Airline companies with morning and afternoon schedules.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris activities around Lake Mutanda?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing safari experiences to Uganda and Rwanda. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine gorilla trekking safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about Cultural and community activities around Lake Mutanda.