Kasenda Crater Lakes

Kasenda Crater Lakes

Kasenda crater lakes area is found about 25km from Fort portal in Kabalore district near Kibale forest national park popularly known for chimpanzee trekking. The Kibale-Kasenda crater lakes area is found between Kibale forest national park and Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda and can be combined on a circuit to the national parks that lie in the western and South Western region including; Kibale national park, Semuliki national park, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi impenetrable national park. The Kasenda crater lakes area was formed over 6 million years ago during tectonic forces; formed from collapse of a volcanic eruption. Crater lakes are formed when magma with violent pressure blows the surface of the extinct volcano causing a depression that is later filled with water to form a volcano. These depressions were   filled with water to form 5 crater lakes making Kibale-Ndali-Kasende area that gives spectacular views that act as tourism sites.

This area offers a short hike at the top of the world near lake Nkuruba and you will have an opportunity to view the rift valley area with its features like Kyambura gorge and Kichwamba escarpment, Rwenzoris, lake gorge and lake Edward, Kazinga channel and the beautiful views of Queen Elizabeth national park and Kibale forest. Some of the crater lakes are surrounded by swamps but with clear waters while others are open and with unique feature of sulphuric smell and green toxic water.

The 5 crater lakes include;

  • Lake Nkuruba which is the biggest crater lake in the area and is about 25km from Fortportal.
  • Lake Nyantonde which lies west of Nyinambuga
  • Lake Nyabiteke which is 11km off fort portal road.
  • Lake Nyinambuga which lies South of Nkuruba
  • Lake Kifuruka west of Nyinambuga

While visiting this crater area, you can do walking safaris or nature guided walks around the lakes and explore their beauty on foot. While on your safari to Kasenda Crater area, use this opportunity to explore other magnificent explosion craters found within the Albertine rift including Katwe explosion craters that include blue lake, and several other Craters in Bunyaruguru including lake Rutoto with the shape of Africa, green lakes among others.

On your travel plan to visit the Kasenda crater area, don’t not miss out visiting Kibale National park known as the primate capital of the world hosting several species of primates popularly the chimpanzees. You can do chimp trekking and chimp habituation experience and also visit Bigodi community sanctuary a favorable place for birders. Connect to Queen Elizabeth for a boat ride and a game drive in Ishasha plains for tree climbing lions lazily resting in fig trees. You can continue for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park or connect to lake Mburo for a wildlife safari.

Accessing Kasenda Crater area;

  • Kyaninga lodge
  • Ndali lodge
  • Crater safari lodge
  • Lake Lyantonde eco camp
  • Isunga lodge
  • Bella Vista lodge
  • Rweteera safari park
  • Nkuluba forest lodge
  • Kibale guest house


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