Uganda Lakes


Uganda Lakes


When most think of Africa, they conjure up images of dry dusty plains wand hungry children, but Uganda doesn't exactly suffer from a lack of rainfall and is awash with lakes some of which were formed when running lava from active volcanoes back in time blocked the courses of rivers whilst others, according to traditional Ugandan beliefs, were created by the gods in retaliation for supposed misdemeanours.Some, like Lake Albert, are part of chain of lakes in the Albertine Rift (the western branch of the East African Rift) that were created as a result of on-going tectonic movement that is gradually splitting the Somali Plate away from the rest of the African continent which some scientists have concluded will eventually form a new smaller African continent split from mainland Africa.


The lakes in Uganda provide not only tourist attractions but also provide a living for many of those in Uganda who live on their shores for fishing and other pursuits. Most have boat trips which can be undertaken without great expense and the best have island resorts on them where you can feast on a better than (probably) expected meal!




Lake Albert

Lake Albert


Lake Albert is located between the Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo in Western Uganda and is the most northern of the lakes in the in the Albertine Rift which straddles parts of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania and is Africa's 7th largest lake.

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Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi


All about the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi deep in Western Uganda, its tourist attractions, things to do and places to stay including its numerous island resorts.

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Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo National Park


About twenty minutes from Mbarara, Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest of Uganda's national parks covering an area of just 143 square miles (compared with Queen Elizabeth National Park which is 764 square miles), and is home to Lake Mburo and well worth a visit.

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Lake Nyabihoko

Lake Nyabihoko


The nearest island to the town of Ntungamo, the lake is home to an island with an ancient Ankole homestead and features in the novel 'The Lightouse project' available on Amazon.

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Tourist Attractions

As yet largely uncommercialised,
Western Uganda has many tourist
attractions for the explorer to visit.

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Best Things to Do

As well as the main tourist attractions
there are many other activities
to enjoy in Western Uganda.

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Main Local Towns

A guide to the main towns in and
around Western Uganda, where to stay,
eat and things to see and do.

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Accommodation Guide

A comprehensive guide to the best
places to stay when visiting Western
Uganda from hotels to camp sites.

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