Top things to do and see around Lake Mutanda; Lake Mutanda is a beautiful lake with many adventure activities plus great views of the surrounding areas. Lake Mutanda lies north of Kisoro town in southwestern Uganda and is amazingly located between Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Virunga mountains.

Lake Mutanda being at the foothills of Virunga Mountains, people visiting the area are guaranteed great scenery of Muhabura, Sabinyo and Gahinga mountains. This Lake Mutanda itself is dotted with 15 islands with only one island Mutanda Island inhabited by people. Some of the islands are python island, punishment island and more. Lake Mutanda is drained by Rutshuru river that flows into lake Edward.

Top Things to do and see at Lake Mutanda

This beautiful Lake Mutanda and its islands is inhabited by people who are farmers growing coffee, bananas, potaotes and more other food stuffs. Some of the islands like punishment islands have been abandoned by people due to the past practice where unmarried pregnant women and the elderly that had no care were tied up and left on these islands to die. Some of their remains like skeletons can be seen on island tour, different birds and snakes inhabit the lake and its islands. Here are Some of the tourist activities done around Lake Mutanda;

Bird Watching

Lake Mutanda is one of the top birding destinations in Uganda and a great number of birds and good birding opportunities are some of the things to do and see at Lake Mutanda. Visitors can see lots of bird species along the shores of the lake while canoeing. Some bird species to see around the lake include grey crowned crane, Sacred ibis, long tailed comorants, Weavers, Common stone chat, sunbirds and many more.

Boat Ride & Canoeing

Most of the visitors have gone on a boat cruise either in big boats or the small speed boats but something different and so enjoyable is the canoe boats on Lake Mutanda. Canoes are made by digging a hole in big chunks of tree Logs. Visitors can enjoy the canoe and visit the different islands on the lake. Moto Boats are available too for those who may need luxury and considerate of safety especially in windy and rain weather where the canoe may create fear.

Top Things to Do and See at Lake Mutanda


Fishing is one of the many things to do and see at Lake Mutanda. Visitors can join the fishing groups on Lake Mutanda to go participate in fishing activities. The activity is most enjoyable by visitors staying in any of the beautiful lodges around the lake.

Hiking & Nature Walks

Lake Mutanda is surrounded by the Virunga mountains and so visitors can take nature walks along the shores of the lake or even use it as a base station to go hiking in the Virunga mountains such as Hiking Mount Muhabura, mount Gahinga and Sabyinyo.


Visitors staying in lodges around lake Mutanda can go cycling or biking in the hills around the lake and can even take a visit to Kisoro town market or go cycling to Nkuringo, a gorilla trekking start point of Bwindi Impentrable national park.

Gorilla Trekking

Lake Mutanda’s luxurious lodges provide a perfect accommodation for number of tourists who use it as a base for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park, Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors of Bwindi forest. The lake is located between the two iconic gorilla parks, Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park in Uganda. This strategic location of Lake Mutanda has enabled tourist to enjoy double experience by having peaceful accommodation on lake shore while undertaking their gorilla trekking experience as well as having beautiful views of the volcanic mountains that lies in the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo

Golden Monkey tracking

Accommodation at Lake Mutanda provides perfect base for travellers interested to do golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga national park. Being located on the foothills of mount Gahinga, Visitors find it more interesting to spend their night by the lake side and next morning drive to mgahinga national park for golden monkey tracking experience and Hiking adventures.

A Number of best accommodation options at Lake Mutanda offer peaceful and relaxation for all tourists. Whether you are on budget tour, Midrange or seeking for a luxury Lodge in Lake Mutanda, this beautiful place will get you covered. Some of the best lodges near lake Mutanda are Chameleon Hill Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort and Mulehe Safari lodge.


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