Canoe Cruise On Lake Mulehe Southern Sector Of Bwindi

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  • Aug 09, 2022

Over 20,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions set the Virunga region on fire creating tranquil crater lakes that nature has continued to beautify. One is Lake Mulehe, a scenic freshwater lake in Kisoro District. It is situated close to Uganda’s border with Rwanda.

Most south western Uganda Safari Tours have been winding up their gorilla trekking or hiking safaris with trips to Lake Bunyonyi or Lake Mutanda. However, Lake Mulehe is also a perfect way to finish the Uganda Tours before finally heading back to Kampala or Kigali for the flight back home.

Here, you can sit back and meditate during a guided Canoe Ride Experience that offers a feast for the senses. Its strategic location within a few minutes’ drive from both Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park makes it a perfect adventure to do before or after your gorilla adventure in either of these two parks.

Activities To Do On The Lake Mulehe

The lake’s calm waters make it the perfect spot for early morning and lunchtime Canoe Rides. Tourists can get stunning views of the volcanic ranges and aquatic birds chattering in the air.

As the small boat glides onto the reeds, you will see soaring ranges of beautiful volcanoes, terraced gardens and clusters of villages. Having been born here, the local guide knows this area by heart. It is a delight to listen to his stories and tour around with him.

Despite knowing that the lake doesn’t have any troublesome hippos or beastly carnivores like Crocodiles, our crew pays great attention to safety. Life jackets that are in top-notch shape are provided.

This makes the two-hour adventure safe, allowing you to have peace of mind as you listen to relaxing songs of birds and feel all smells of nature.

The dugout canoe in which you will ride is a traditional boat made from a hollowed trunk of an African teak tree. It is totally different from what you know. It looks like it could bust open any minute yet it is super resilient as it is made of wood that is lightweight and rot resistant.

It is propelled with a paddle and pointed at both ends with consideration to aerodynamics. This allows water to flow smoothly around the boat without resisting acceleration.

Your Uganda Safari Adventure will start off in high gear with an exploration of water pathways. You will float under wider expanses filled with beautiful flowery vegetation and water lilies.

As the boat drifts past papyrus jungles, you will likely to come across over 50 birds, inclusive of Uganda’s National Emblem, the grey crowned crested crane. The sight of the seven mountains towering over the borders of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda will make happiness radiate from you in waves.

Your eyes will glitter or soak up tears of joy. As the guide paddles your way past small islands, you won’t hear anything at all apart from the water splashing at the bottom of the boat.

For those who enjoy fishing, there are various species of fish to be caught on the lake. Visitors can join the local fishers in this water sport and are advised to come with their own gear.

What To Carry During Canoe Cruise?

Sunscreen is indispensable due to the glaring sunlight.

Fishing gear for anyone who wants to go fishing on the lake.

Travelers on a gorilla tour to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, or Mgahinga national park for both the gorilla and golden monkey treks, or to hike up one of the Virunga volcanoes in the park. Lake Mulehe is the most ideal place to rest and relax after such thrilling adventures. Add this on your Uganda Destinations list to make your Uganda Safari journey an adventure one!

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