Lake Mutanda

Lake Mutanda is a small freshwater lake in the far southwestern Kisoro District lying about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north Kisoro town. The lake is roughly 454 kilometres by road southwest of the Capital City of Uganda, Kampala.

Lake Mutanda is huddled in the Range foothills at an altitude of 1,800 metres (5,900 feet). Due to its clear views, the three volcanoes within the Virunga range which include Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga and are partly positioned in Uganda can be observed openly from Lake Mutanda. The lake with several islands is drained by the Rutshuru River that flows northward to Lake Edward.

Flora and fauna

The environs on the lake’s islands and the nearby countryside include waterside wetlands and nearby forests habitations that provide a sanctuary for the endangered mountain gorillas.

Besides mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in the proximate Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the lakeside surroundings accommodate a diversity of animal and vegetal species, exceptional to this region. Bird types around the Lake Mutanda include kites,  kingfisher birds,  ibis and the crested crane, Uganda’s national bird among others. Weaver birds are very common among the reeds along the lake shorelines.

On top of the plentiful and wide-ranging avian species, Mutanda’s water shores support numerous species of chameleons, snakes, monitor lizards and frog species. There are also lavish stocks of different insect life around the lake. Mammals exclusive to Lake Mutanda are the African clawless otter where the Hippopotamus was prevalent to the area but no longer visible as they were last seen at there in 1994.