Lake Mutanda

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Activities at Lake Mutanda

This scenic lake lies just north of Kisoro and makes for a relaxing base from which to explore the area and track mountain gorillas in nearby Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. With the misty Virunga volcanoes as a backdrop and ringed by papyrus swamp, there are plenty of hikes, birdwatching, and water activities to be enjoyed around this lake.


2 day Hike Lake Bunyonyi to lake Mutanda

This amazing hike/ canoe trip is passing 3 wondeful lakes in the south-west of Uganda: lake Bunyonyi, lake Mulehe and Lake Mutanda.


  • start from Lake Bunyonyi or Lake Mutanda
  • moderate hiking, motorboat & canoe
  • three lakes
  • fantastic views
  • most untouched areas
  • hike through the Valley of No Living
  • traditional healer
  • nursery school fun
  • exquisite lunch at Mutanda Lake Resort

    9am daily departures from any Lake Bunyonyi lodge or Mutanda Lake Resort.

four people: USD 150 pp
three people: USD 175 pp
two people: USD 235 pp
one person: USD 355

The price includes everything during the trek (guiding, boats, activities, tented accommodation, meals and snacks, drinks), plus a tour of the Bakiga cultural museum. It does not include transport from Kabale to Bunyonyi or back from Mutanda, nor accommodation at Bunyonyi or Mutanda.

You can do the tour either from Bunyonyi to Mutanda or the other way around.


Contemplate your day as you enjoy a nice drink whilst listening to the enganga traditional guitar and relax watching birds.

2 hours by canoe; 1 hour by motorboat

$10pp 5 people or more; $15pp 3/4 people; $20pp 2 people; $35 for 1 person*



After Kyangushu Island with an ancestral burial place you will anchor near the picturesque village of Mukozi. You will be warmly welcomed by the children of the nursery school, pay a visit to a craft maker and a traditional healer and finally stop for a sip of something outrageous in the local bar.

(boat & walking); 3-4 hours

$20pp 5 people or more; $25pp 3/4 people; $35pp 2 people; $60 for 1 person*


The boat takes you to Kyangushu Island where in former days the ancestors were buried. Back on the mainland the children of the nursery school will give a short performance. After the school visit, an experienced local fisherman will explain his ways of catching fish. Your local lunch will be served in the village , where you will also see a craft maker at work. The trip will end with a visit to a traditional healer.

Boat & walking); 6-7 hours

$30pp 5 people or more; $35pp 3/4 people; $55pp 2 people; $95 for 1 person*



Our ride to the burial place of Kyangushu will be followed by Mutanda Island, the biggest and the only inhabited one. On a clear day it offers views of Bunagana (Congo border), Lake Mulehe and Bwindi NP. On a Sunday you can dance with the 70 villagers in their church.

3-4h; 2h motorboat

$l5pp 5 people or more; $25pp 3/4 people; $35pp 2 people; $50 for 1 person*

Visit a Batwa (Pygmy) hideout at Garama Cave

A new tourism trail, result of a collaboration between the Uganda Wildlife Authority  and the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda, is helping the indigenous Batwa pygmy people to keep their culture alive, following their eviction from the forests of southwest Uganda more than two decades ago. The Batwa are Uganda’s traditionally forest-dwelling pygmy people. About a century ago, there was a conflict between the Batwa and the Bantu speaking people in the region. The Bantu tried to expel the Batwa people from the area, so they hideout in Garama Cave. The Bantu had no idea there was a hidden cave in the forest and therefore could not find the crafty Batwa. Your guide will explain how the Batwa lived and fought out of this cave. The cave is 342 meters in length and 14 meters deep, and is now only inhabited by bats, The walk to and from the cave passes through mountain woodland with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the scenery or watch birds ($85,- pp, including Mgahinga NP  fee).

Difficulty: Moderate - Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours – Distance: 3 km – Elevation gain: Very little


Hike in Sabinyo Gorge (‘’where it is always wet’’)

This hike takes you deep into Sabinyo’s lush gorge. It is moist, with thick vegetation and there is a beautiful moss-lined stream along the walk. This trail reveals the true height of Mount Sabinyo. At the end of the gorge you find yourself looking straight up at the peaks. With the peaks up and a small waterfall by your side, the end of the gorge is a great spot for a rest. Keep your binoculars ready! The gorge is one of the best birding spots of the park. Look for the Rwenzori Turaco, Duikers, and Golden Monkeys ($50,- pp, including Mgahinga NP fee).

Difficulty: Moderate - Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours – Distance: 6 km – Elevation gain:  Little

Climb Mount Muhavura (‘’The guide’’)

een from all over the Kisoro district, Mount Muhavura truly acts as a guide. Towering above the land, this typical cone shaped volcano provides some of the best views in Uganda. On a clear day one can see all the other Virunga volcanoes, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. Muhavura does not have the thick forest that Mgahinga and Sabinyo offer. Much of the climb is gradual incline up a rocky surface covered by grasses and small shrubs. The low vegetation gives you excellent views of the area throughout the day. At the top (4127 meter) you are awarded wit fine views over Congo and Rwanda, and a clear crater lake about 36 meter wide. Look out for scarlet-tufted malachite sunbirds among the giant lobelias (65,- pp, including park fees).

Difficulty: tough, very steep! - Hiking time: 8 - 10 hours – Distance: 12 km – Elevation gain:  1700 m.


Climb Mount Sabinyo (‘’Old Man’s Teeth’’)

Mount Sabinyo offers three challenging peaks to climb. The trail takes you up a ridge along the Eastern side of peak 1. If you wish to continue, the climb to peak 2 involves walking a ridge with breath taking drops into the gorges of Rwanda and Uganda. Finally, the hike up to peak 3 is steep with several ladders and much scrambling. You are sure to get your hands dirty en route to peak 3. On top of peak 3 (3669 meter) you will be in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo at the same time! The Sabinyo hike takes you through all different vegetation belts, and you have good chances of seeing Golden Monkeys, Duikers, Rwenzori Turaco and Sunbirds ($65,- pp, including park fees).

Difficulty: tough, very steep! - Hiking time: 8 - 10 hours – Distance: 14 km – Elevation gain:  1300 m.

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