Why you should Visit Lake Muhele in Uganda: Lake Mulehe is located in Kisoro region in southwestern Uganda. It is a good weekend retreat from Kampala or a spot to unwind after volcano climbing or gorilla trekking in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

What Activities can you do during your visit to Lake Muhele in Uganda?

Boat Rides on Lake Mulehe.

Boat riding is the most popular activity in Lake Mulehe; tourists may go on early morning boat excursions, launch time boat trips, or sunset rides. The boat trips provide breathtaking views of the volcanic peaks and the flora and wildlife of the lakes, with aquatic birds chattering in the air.


Fishing is the most popular pastime among the lake’s residents. For those who enjoy this water sport, there are a variety of fish to catch for meals in the lake. Visitors are welcome to join the local fisherman in traditional fishing ways, but they need bring their own fishing gear.


Swimming and sunbathing are among the leisure activities available at Lake Mulehe; the lake is suitable for swimming.

Community Walks

Tourists can also take community walks to the local market or to the Bakiga people’s homesteads; the Bakiga people have a very unique culture, and you will learn a lot about their ways of life and be entertained by the local traditional African music, as well as buy handmade crafts for remembrance or to take home to your loved ones.

Cultural Tours

Why you should Visit Lake Muhele in Uganda
Why you should Visit Lake Muhele in Uganda

While visiting Lake Mulehe in Uganda, visitors can also participate in cultural tours that involve cooking a traditional meal at one of the local homesteads, preparing banana brew and local gin. While doing this, you will be exposed to the local culture and interact with the friendly locals.

Gorilla Trekking

Because Lake Mulehe is located in the gorgeous gorilla islands, travelers who visit Lake Mulehe should try to do gorilla trekking in the Nkuringo or Rushaga sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. There are several gorilla groups in Uganda that are available for tourists to trek for only 700 USD, or you may participate in Gorilla habituation for 1,500 USD.

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla national parks can take between 4 to 6 hours or even more depending on the location of the gorilla families. Sometimes when the gorillas have moved further into the forest, visitors can hike for several hours in the forest before finally getting to find the gorilla family.

Gorilla trekking tours in Uganda start at 7am every morning with a briefing from the park head ranger with actual hikes into the forest commence at 8am. Visitors are always placed in trekking groups of not more than 8 members accompanied by 2-3 park rangers.

Golden Monkey Trekking

Golden monkey trekking is an interesting sport that can be done at Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is home to about 2000-4000 golden monkeys. Golden monkey trekking is less expensive than gorilla trekking and less demanding since they reside on lower slopes than gorillas. Golden monkeys travel in groups of up to 60 people, like flash photography, and are noted for their lively personalities.

Lake Mulehe is surrounded by three volcanic ranges: Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Muhabura. These volcanic hills provide exhilarating mountain climbing opportunities with breathtaking views of neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Tourists will also see a variety of fauna, including birds, plant species, butterflies, and other insects.


Cycling or riding excursions at Lake Mulehe take place in a neighboring hamlet with a variety of routes to choose from, some suitable for leisurely rides while others provide an exciting method to shed some pounds, with the potential to burn up to 80 calories. The faster you go, the more surplus calories you will burn. The two-hour exercise moves at a leisurely but steady pace around the beaches of Lake Mulehe and on the village’s marram road. You will also have extended conversations with locals along the way, which will provide you with a local knowledge of many of the topics you encountered while cycling.

Accommodation at Lake Mulehe in Uganda.

Tourists visiting Lake Mulehe in Uganda can stay at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge or Bwindi Jungle Lodge.`

How to get to Lake Mulehe in Uganda.

Lake Mulehe in southern Uganda may be reached by car in 10-11 hours from Kampala, or by flight from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro Airstrip. Lake Mulehe is open all year, but if you want to combine your visit with a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, the ideal time to travel is from June to September or December to February, when the weather for gorilla trekking is optimal.

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