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Rivers and Lakes

Uganda is endowed with many fresh water bodies including rivers and lakes which have potential for power generation and marine based tourism. The main rivers in Uganda include;

River Kafu  located in Western Uganda and flows through the districts of Luwero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Kyankwazi, Hoima and Masindi;

River Nile starts flowing from Uganda to the Mediterranean Sea. It is the longest in Africa and in the world.

River Semliki originates from Lake Edward found in Kasese District in Western Uganda

River Katonga with a lengh of 220 km is located in the south-western part of Uganda. It starts from Lake Victoria and flows, first, northwards into Lake Wamala.

Other Rivers

Uganda has many other small rivers across the country. These rivers are a home to different fauna and flora including crocodiles, hippopotamus, elephants, the Nile fish, Nile Monitor, frogs, turtles, tortoises, mongooses and several hundred thousand water birds. Among others include various kinds of antelopes. Tourist activities along these rivers include fishing, camping, birding, boat cruises which offer a better view of wildlife.

Among the main lakes that Uganda is endowed with include;

Lake Victoria
Lake Albert
Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Edward
Kabaka’s Lake (man-made)
Lake Katwe
Lake Kyoga
Lake George

Then the small lakes include;

Lake Kwania is in the Lira and Apac districts of the Northern Region of Uganda.
Lake Wamala located in the districts of Mubende, Mityana and Mpigi in central Uganda.
Lake Bisina located in Eastern Uganda. Formerly called Lake Salisbury.
Lake Opeta located on Katakwi-Magoro Road in Katakwi district.
Lake Kitandra located in Kanungu District next to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Lake Mutanda located in Kisoro District in southwestern Uganda.
Lake Saka located in Kabarole District in Western Uganda.
Lake Bisina Located on Kumi-Soroti Road in Kumi District.
Lake Nyabungo located in Masaka District, Central Uganda.
Lake Nkugute located along Mbarara-Kasese Highway in Rubirizi District.
Lake Nyabikere, only 13km from Fort Portal on Kamwenge Road.
Lake Mburo located in Kiruhura District in western Uganda.
Lake Kyaninga a Crater Lake situated with the Fort Portal Crater field.


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