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Lake Kikorongo

Most tourists to Uganda have ever visited the western side of the country, especially Kasese district but few have heard or explored the beautiful and endowed Lake Kikorongo during a wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Uganda. This stunning Crater Lake is found within Kasese district, at an estimated terrain elevation of 923 meters above sea level.  The Lake Kikorongo area is characterized by low precipitation and high rates of evaporation with reduced surface flow thus evaporation exceeds precipitation.

Lake Kikorongo is an extension of Lake George in the Eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park and boasts of a wide range of attractions that will make you appreciate the area more. Notably, numerous bird species call this Lake home and they include the white-winged warblers, the shoebill storks, the saddle-billed stork, Black Crake, the greater swamp warblers, Common Squacco Herons, Carruther’s Cisticola, the grey crowned cranes, the Knob-billed ducks, the African jacana, Guinea fowls, African fish eagles, Vultures, the Sacred Ibis, the lesser swamp warbler, the Papyrus gonolek, the Papyrus swamp warblers and the yellow wagtail among others.

Besides Lake Kikorongo, other Crater Lakes are found within Queen Elizabeth National Park include Lake Katwe, Lake Nyamunuka, Murumuli Crater and many others with most of them being beautiful places for spotting the migratory bird species especially the flamingoes thus the reason you have to always visit them during your safari to this destination.

It’s not only the Crater Lakes this Park is known for but other numerous attractions including over 95 species of mammals including elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, lions, leopards, warthogs, Uganda Kobs, Topis, elands, waterbucks and bushbucks among others in addition to over 600 species of birds including the African fish eagles, kingfishers and Pelicans  among others.

How to Reach Lake Kikorongo during your safari in Uganda

As earlier indicated, Lake Kikorongo is found within western Uganda in Kasese district along the Fort Portal-Kasese-Mpondwe road, at approximately 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of Kasese town and about 38 kilometers (24 miles) east of Mpondwe Town (at the International border with the Democratic Republic of Congo).

Conclusively, Lake Kikorongo is one of the spectacular Crater Lakes you can be able to explore during a tour in western Uganda and is famous for a number of beautiful species of birds including the saddle-billed stork, Black Crake, the greater swamp warblers, Common Squacco Herons, Carruther’s Cisticola, the grey crowned cranes, the Knob-billed ducks, the African jacana, Guinea fowls, African fish eagles, Vultures, the Sacred Ibis and the lesser swamp warbler among others.

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