Uganda Crater Lakes Tour| Lake Nyinambuga That Features On Twenty Thousand Uganda Shillings Note

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Did you know that the Uganda Carter Lake featuring on the 20.000UGX note is lake Nyinambuga?

Lake Nyinambuga in Uganda is one of the beautiful landscapes of crater lakes cupped under steep hillsides in the south area of Fort Portal that offers amazing travelers scenic ideal walking and road cycling tours.

 The cultivated land has attracted a good number of Uganda primates and plenty of birds that occupy the lakeshores.

 It’s the beautiful Lake Nyinambuga that features on Uganda’s USh20.000 note, as you see in these photos.


The history of  Crater lakes in Uganda goes as far back as 9,000 years ago. That is when they were formed as a result of volcanic activity. 

These craters are a result of violent volcanic activity or volcanic fissure but unlike other volcanoes that create cones at the top of the mountain, these explosion craters emitted lava with ash and rocks spreading them far across the surrounding areas thus leaving a large basin.

Over time, these basins are covered with water crating the crater lakes, as we know them now. Crater lakes provide scenic views and lush green surroundings. 

There are quite several crater lakes in Western Uganda that can offer great spots for your safari photography.

And here are some of the crater lakes you should visit.

1.Ndali - Kasenda Craters Lakes, Uganda Crater Lakes Tour, Lake Nyinambuga That Features On Twenty Thousand Uganda Shillings Note, Uganda tour and travel, Uganda safari tours

Ndali - Kasenda Crater Lakes in Uganda is located in Fort Portal near Kibale Forest National Park, the Ndali Kasenda Crater Lake is an easier trek on foot. Stretching 10km, there are quite several crater lakes that you can explore.

The famous ‘Top of the world’ crater trail is a 3-hour guided walk through the entire crater area.

There is a lot more to see and learn on this trail from your assigned guide.

This is indeed a piece of paradise that most people have not experienced.

You will be mesmerized by the great view of the Rwenzori Mountains, Kibale rain forest, and the vast tea plantations.

While here you as well do some mountain biking around these craters. The thrill of hiking this area increases with every new crater you reach.

The area has many crater lakes. The lakes include Lake Nkuruba, Lake Lyantonde, lake Nyabikere, Lake Nyinambuga, and lake Kifuruka among others.

On your trip to Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking, make sure that this is added to your itinerary.

 There are superb accommodation areas like the Ndali lodge, Rweteera Safari Park, Papaya lake lodge that is all in close distance to Kibale National Park, and the Uganda crater lakes. 

2. The Bunyaruguru Crater Lakes, Uganda Crater Lakes Tour, Lake Nyinambuga That Features On Twenty Thousand Uganda Shillings Note, Uganda tour and travel, Uganda safari tours

Bunyaruguru Crater Lakes in Uganda is located on the Western side of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The locals located in the Kichwamba escarpment also know it as the Kichwamba crater fields.

There are over 20 craters in the Bunyaruguru area however the most prominent is the Nkugute Crater Lake.

Nkugute is located in Rubirizi District in Bunyaruguru County.

It is said to have mysteriously taken up the shape of Africa.  

Nkugute is a name derived from a Runyaruguru word that means ‘swallow’, from the myths and ancient stories that have been told in the surrounding areas for years.

It was believed that the lake claims the lives of a boy and girl each year.

Thus the 'swallow' reference. There was no actual proof to confirm this local myth. 

Nkugute Crater Lake was formed as a result of volcanic activity in the Bunyaruguru Volcanic field, which is also evidenced by the Kitagata hot spring in Sheema distinct.

A thick forest earlier on surrounded the lake, but it was removed during the construction of the Mbarara-Kasese highway. 

Other crater lakes in Bunyaruguru include the twin lakes of Kyema and Kamweru, Mirambi and Katinda, Nyungu and Rwizongo, lake Nkuruba, Lake Mafuro, Kamweru and Kyema as well as Lake Kamunzuku. 

In Uganda, there are more than 50 crater lakes. Although some might be saline with a strong smell, there is a good number with freshwater and beautiful scenery, evidence of 12,000-year-old creation of true and spectacular beauty. 


3. Katwe Crater lakes,  Uganda Crater Lakes Tour, Lake Nyinambuga That Features On Twenty Thousand Uganda Shillings Note, Uganda tour and travel, Uganda safari tours

At the highest point of Queen Elizabeth National Park of the Mweya Peninsula lays the amazing Lake Katwe.

On your drive to the Queen Elizabeth National park, you will be able to have a 27km view of the spectacular Katwe.

The park is only a glimpse away; you have a panoramic view of the rift valley, the Rwenzori Mountains, Lake George, and Edward as well as the Kazinga channel.

Feel free to stop by the Katwe salt lake and experience the salt mining process by the locals.

The lake has quite several inlets but no outlets, which explains why the water is so salty.

During the dry season, through the process of evaporation, the salt solution is concentrated to make salt rocks, which are dried and sold by locals.

Lake Katwe is 996 meters (3,265 feet) deep and highly salty which means it is not inhabitable for animals. However, you will see the animals on the drive to Katwe. You won’t miss Lake Kitagata which is fed by salty water from a salty hot spring and the clear view of the Kyemango crater. 

Interact with the minors; try out some craft making, walks around the lake among others. 

Surrounding the Crater Lake is endless lush green vegetation and hills, combined with the reflection of the sky. This makes for a magical sight for your eyes.


Please Note:

Many of these crater lakes are found in the Western part of Uganda, near and around the two areas of Kibale forest national park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

A visit to any of the craters can be included as part of your wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth national park or Kibale National Parks.

Taking the half-day to visit the craters is totally worth your time and effort.

To get an idea of how your Uganda Safari can have a visit to craters, take a look at some of our Safari Packages that go through the nearby National parks of Western Uganda.

These itineraries can easily be customized to your liking - to include your visit to the craters.

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