Exploring the hidden gems of Lake Munyanyange: Lake Munyanyange is a small seasonal lake shallow crater lake located in the northern part of lake Katwe Salt Lake area in western Uganda. It’s home to a variety of migratory birds, including a high population of flamingos, which arrive from lake Natron in Tanzania. These elegant birds have pink feathers, which turn vibrant due to their diet. They feed on algae and other food found in the alkaline waters of Lake Munyanyage. The lake’s unique features such as its shallow but slippery waters attract birdwatchers and tourists, it’s surrounded by lush greenery including rare grasses like Cyprus and Odyssean, making it an interesting destination for nature enthusiasts. The lake’s mud prevents wild animals from preying on the resting flamingos.  surprisingly the lake is the only lake in Uganda where you can easily spot these captivating flamingos in their natural habitat. Besides the flamingos, Lake Munyanyange attracts other wildlife such as hyenas, elephants, and hippos. Its location within Queen Elizabeth National Park makes it part of a rich ecosystem that includes other lakes like Katwe, Nyamunuka and Maseekye among others.

If you’re planning a visit, consider staying at Lake Munyanyange Caves Lodge which offers a stunning view of the lake, Rwenzori mountains and the vast savanna of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Exploring the hidden gems of Lake Munyanyange
Lake Munyanyage Caves Lodge

Activities to do at Lake Munyanyange

Certainly, Lake Munyanyange offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy such as;

Bird watching

Lake Munyanyange is a small seasonal shallow crater lake located to the northeast of Katwe (Salt Lake area) town. The lake is an important habitat for migratory birds and has one of the largest concentrations of the lesser black-backed gulls, Larus fuscus, and other waders. Lake Munyanyange attracts birds that migrate from as far as Tanzania, Kenya and Canada among other countries. This makes not only this area but Queen Elizabeth National Park a top birding Uganda safari destination since it is home to about 600 bird species. while on a bird watching safari here, will also have the opportunity to spot other bird species such as malachite kingfishers, African fish eagles, pied kingfishers, long-tailed cormorants, the White Browed Robbin Chats, Flamingos, Desert Cisticolas, long-tailed starlings, blacked headed gonoleks, African hoopoes, winding and Zitting many more.

Take Game drives at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, one of the most popular activities at the park is game drives, which allow visitors to the park’s vast savannah plains, woodlands and wetlands in search of the big four of the five African ionic animals and other magnificent animals. The game drivers at Queen Elizabeth National Park are usually conducted in customized safari vehicles, driven by experienced guides who are familiar with the park and its stunning wildlife. The national park is home to a wide variety of animals such as lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes and hippos as well as over 600 bird species. The park’s Shashaa sector is particularly famous for its tree-climbing lions, which can often be seen lounging in the branches of the fig trees. During a game drive, you may also encounter other interesting wildlife such as warthogs, antelopes, and crocodiles as well as countless bird species.  The park’s numerous crater lakes and wetlands offer a habitat for a rich diversity of different colorful bird species, including the pied kingfishers, African figs eagle, the majestic martial eagle as well as the colorful malachite kingfisher among others. Game drives at Queen Elizabeth National Park also offer the opportunity to soak in the park’s stunning landscape, visitors can also get a chance to view the astonishing fascinating views of the Rwenzori mountains among others.

Take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

The Kazinga Channel is situated in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, is a natural marvel that offers visitors a unique wildlife experience, one of the best ways to explore the hidden treasures of the channel is by taking a boat cruise, which allows you to get up close and personal with the diverse wildlife that call this area their natural habitat. During your boat cruise safari on the Kazinga Channel, you will have an opportunity to encounter a variety of wildlife including hippos basking in the sun, crocodiles lounging on the banks, and elephants drinking and playing in the water. You will also have a chance to spot different bird species such as African fish eagles, kingfishers, herons, yellow-billed stork, African finfoot, pelicans, African jacana, Diederik cuckoo, grey-capped warbler, grey-crowned cranes, greater flamingo, cormorants, and shoebill among others which are seen along the shores.

Chimpanzee tracking

Head to Kyambura Gorge for an exciting chimpanzee tracking experience. Chimpanzee tracking is an adventurous activity in Kyambura Gorge also known as the Valley of Apes and it involves moving into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzees and once found spending one hour with them in their habitat. Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge starts early in the morning at around 8:00 am with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters at takes about 2 to 5 hours. Once the chimpanzees are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural environment which gives you a chance to learn more about their behaviours, and habits, watch them feed, breastfeed, groom young ones, take photos and record videos


Lake Munyanyange is one the most exciting fishing destinations in the country, surrounded by lush vegetation and rolling hills. Fishing at Lake Munyanyanye is a popular activity for both locals and tourists, offering a unique and tranquil experience for anglers of all skill levels. The lake is home to a variety of fish species including tilapia, catfish, crayfish and Nile parch among others. Tourists interested in taking part in these thrilling activities can enjoy a wide range of fishing techniques here such as spin fishing, and fly fishing among others. For visitors looking to fish at Lake Munyanyanye, it is recommended to hire a local guide who can offer valuable insight into the best fishing spots and techniques.

Besides the above-mentioned activities, travelers to lake Munyanayange can also embark on other activities such as nature walks, to stroll through the lush surroundings and appreciate the natural beauty, hiking, fishing, Karaoke to unwind with some Karaoke fun at the lodge, community tours and fruit picking adventure to explore the area while picking fresh fruits among others.

What is the best time to best Lake Munyanyange?

The best time to visit Lake Mundaneness is during the dry season, which typically runs from June to September. during this period, the lake’s water levels are lower, making it easier to observe the migratory flamingos that flock to the area. Additionally, the weather is pleasant, and wildlife sightings are more frequent. Remember to bring a tour camera to capture the beautiful moments and the stunning pink hues of the flamingos as well as the stunning views of the Rwenzori mountains.

What is the best way to reach Lake Munyanyange?

Lake Munyanyange, nestled in the northeastern part of lake Katwe Salt Lake area in western Uganda, offers a unique experience for visitors, the reach this remarkable destination, consider the following options.

By road:

  • From Kampala: the most common route are drive from Kampala to Kasese, which takes approximately 6-7 hours. From Kasese, it’s a shorter drive to Lake Munyanyange.
  • From Queen Elizabeth National Park: if you’re already exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Munyanyange is within the park’s boundaries. You can drive directly to the lake.
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