Fort portal is a city found j the western part of Uganda which is 290km from Kampala which lies on the foot of Mountain Rwenzori ranges and has a vast of tourist attractions inclusive of the crater lakes.
Crater lakes are waterbodies formed as a result of volcanic mountains eruption causing the top of the volcano to be blown off leaving a hole which forms a crater. Thirty kilometers south of the Fort portal city between the main Fort portal Kasese road and Kibaale forest national park is a collection of crater lakes. The visit to the crater lakes is quite adventurous and interesting visit enjoyed and loved by many tourists.
Fort portal has 50 crater lakes and these vary in the size, character and these crater lakes support activities like swimming, fishing, nature walks, cycling, birdwatching since they have over 300bird species found on the shores and the primates. The crater lakes in Fort portal are located in the northern and southern part of the city. The beautiful magnificent land scape of the crater lakes cupped under steep hillsides in the area of South of Fort portal offers travelers with a scenic retreat ideal for the long nature walks and road cycling thus biking safaris are carried out in the area. The landscape south of Fort portal is dotted with crater lakes some over 400 meters deep.
Since Fort portal has 50 crater lakes here are some of them one should consider paying a visit. The popular crater lakes include;
Note: while on the visit to Kasenda one cant miss visiting the Mohammad falls in Kabata village near Ndali lodge
Other crater lakes in Fort portal include; lake Mwimba, Lake Rwenjuba, Lake Mwamba, Lake Mwegenyi, Lake Murigamire, Lake Ntambi, Lake Nyamugasani, Lake Mutusi, Lake Nyamirima, Lake Kanyango, Lake Lugembe, Lake Nyaswiga, Lake Nyamiteza among others.
This is the star and main activity that is done. It involves visiting the different crater lakes thus viewing the different attractions found on the lakes, getting beautiful scenic views of the landscape and the Rwenzori mountains ranges. As you tour you will meet the locals who I’ll be greeting you, different birds on the shores, and other water animals. You will explore the different crater lakes like lake Nyabikere which is one of the easiest lakes to access located 11km from Fort portal and has different accommodation facilities.
This involves walking around the lakes for example taking a walk around lake Nkuraba going to see tye views of the crater lakes above like lake Nyamiteza. These nature walks will earn you sights of the birds, interaction with the people who live around the lakes.
From this point you can see the 3 lakes at the same time which is a good option for the nature wall in the area. There is an accommodation at the top of the view point that serves as a stopping point for eats and drinks and spending the night.
One can choose to proceed to the Rwenzori mountain while on the visit to the crater lakes in the Fort portal. Mountain Rwenzori is the highest mountain Uganda. This is one of the icons of the country with a variety of impressive landscapes. And while here you can get involved in the hiking an mountaineering.
Other activities that one can get involved in are; swimming, fishing, birdwatching, primate watching, cycling and hiking
Fort portal is very accessible and very well connected. Through the lakes there are different dirt roads that connect to different lakes. Mainly there is a main road that goes through the Fort portal to Rwakwenzi in the south passing through the top of the world Nyinambuga, lake Mwimba, Lake Kasenda, Lake Rwenjuba and finally to the tow of Rwakwenzi. This route is accessible without using 4×4 from here you can go through the different lakes that are a far kilometers from the main road.
If you are accessing Fort portal from Kampala you I’ll follow a good road (A109) travelling the most 300km that separates the city. If you are coming from the North you can get there from Masindi-Hoima Fort portal road an if your coming from south you can get there from Kasese on the same A109 road which skirts the Rwenzori mountains o through Katoma and Kibaale national park.
Its advisable while visiting the crater lakes in Fort portal to have your own vehicle or hire private driver to take you through.
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