The lake is located in Kisoro District in southwestern Uganda, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the town of Kisoro. This location is approximately 454 kilometres (282 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. It is nestled in the foothills of the Virunga Mountain Range, at an altitude of 1,800 metres. The three volcanoes within the range, that are partly located in Uganda, namely: Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabyinyo and Mount Gahinga, can be viewed from Lake Mutanda. There are several islands in the lake. The lake is drained by the Rutshuru River, which flows northward to Lake Edward.
The environment on the islands within the lake and the surrounding countryside includes lakeside forests and wetland habitats that provide a haven for the endangered mountain gorilla. This is the best place to relax after your gorilla trek in Bwindi National Park.
In addition to the mountain gorilla and golden monkey in the nearby Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the lakeside environment accommodates a variety of animal and plant species, unique to this area. Bird species include kingfisher birds, kites, ibis and Uganda’s national bird, the crested crane. Weaver bird nests are a common site among the reeds along the lake shore.
In addition to the abundant and varied avian species, the lake shore supports several species of snake, chameleon, monitor lizard and frog species. There is a varied and abundant supply of insect life as well. The mammals found in Lake Mutanda include the African clawless otter. Hippopotamus was also present in the area, but were last sighted at Lake Mutanda in 1994.
Mutanda Lake Resort is perched on private peninsula with stunning views on the Virunga Mountain Range. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for gorilla trackers, volcano hikers, bird lovers as well as those looking for a secluded place in nature. Water recreation possibilities are plenty, like swimming, canoeing or a boat cruise. Accommodation is in cottages, built on elevated wooden platforms, each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom.
Among the activities at the Lake include, boat cruises to different islands on the lake. Canoe tours, and swimming. Accommodation facilities around the Lake includes Chameleon hill lodge, Lake Mutanda resort and others.
The place is nicely embedded into the lake nature, water all around. From the cozy cottages of the accommodation around a nice view over the lake is granted. The restaurant terraces are offering a perfect view to the Volcano Mountains at the Border to Rwanda and Congo. Excellent food, very friendly staff and helpful management. Use the chance for a lake cruise that includes a visit to the only inhabited island on the lake.