Kitagata hot Springs well known of having natural healing powers are found along Ishaka – Kagamba road in sheema district, western Uganda. Kitagata directly translates to ‘warmth” and the Kitagata hot springs are in two parts, the hot part called Ekyomugabe literally meaning for the king who used to come often there and Mulago named after the national referral hospital Mulago.
Many people having different illnesses flock the Kitagata hot spring in anticipation to receive their healing by bathing in the water or drinking it. The Kitagata hot spring is believed to have natural healing powers with its waters boiling up to 80 degrees Celsius at some points.
Kitagata hot springs are scientifically said to have been formed by a Volcanic activity beneath the surface area, where the heat generated from the rocks heats up the water even up to boiling point forming the hot springs.
The healing takes place because of the minerals from the hot rocks or from relaxation in warm water. It’s believed that over 800 people come to the springs either to have a bath or collect some water from the hot spring to use in curing their sicknesses.
The hot springs are well located with amazing views of the beautiful vegetation and hills plus valleys. River Ngaromwenda feeds the Kitagata hot springs but in the recent past, the locals expressed concern that when the river floods the hot springs get so cold.
Visitors to western Uganda especially those traveling to Queen Elizabeth national park or Bwindi Impenetrable forest can add this site on their tour itinerary to see the hot springs. The tour lasts about one hour viewing and learning how its healing powers. See half naked people which clearly shows that people has faith in the healing from the hot springs.
Visiting the hot springs allows visitors to appreciate nature, looking at the boiling water that is so hot enough to boil eggs and make porridge is an amazing experience.
The place is always busy with many people coming in and others going out after healing their sickness. There are grass thatched and other small rooms with corrugated iron sheets which are rented to the sick people for resting at a small fee. Considering so many people bathing in the same water, you may wonder if there could be any form of disease transmission, but no any disease transfer has been recorded so far. Visitors are expected pay a small entrance fee and to follow the rules and regulations governing the hot springs.