- On October 11, 2019
- In safari
Visiting Lake Albert in Uganda
Visiting Lake Albert in Uganda
Lake Albert is located in north western Uganda between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Albertine Rift valley and is one of the Great Lakes in Africa. Lake Albert starches from Uganda to Democratic Republic of the Congo making it Africa’s seventh-largest lake and the world’s twenty –seventh largest lake sourced by Semuliki River and Victoria Nile. Lake Albert flows into the Albert Nile in its North which becomes the Bahr-el-Jebel as it enters South Sudan this has believed that between 14500 and 1200 years ago during the last glacial period, the inflow from the Victoria Nile was blocked leading to a significant drop in its water level. The famous Lake Albert was called Mwitanzige and then was renamed in 1864 by European explorers Samuel Baker and Sass Flóra after the consort of Queen Victoria Prince Albert and was later renamed as Lake Mobutu Sese Seko after by President Mobutu Sese Seko of Democratic Republic of Congo during his regime in 1965 – 16 May 1997. Lake Albert is approximately 260 km from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda which elongated body is 160 kilometers in length and has a maximum width of 30 kilometers with about 6 hours drive.
Activities in Lake Albert and around
Fishing on Lake Albert
Lake Albert acts as fishing ground in north western Uganda between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the presence of several predatory fishes, including the Nile perch (Lates niloticus), Lake Albert supports the most diverse commercial fisheries in Uganda with at least 55 species that vary markedly in size. The lake contributes at least 30% of the national fish production. Increased human activity around and within Lake Albert, such fish species caught in Lake Albert including silver fish, Tilapia as well Sprat locally known as “Enkejje” and Nile Perch. Fishing methods mostly used on Lake Albert are traditional methods such include baskets, traps and mosquito nets and also the modern methods are still used including the plank canoes and to a lesser extent, fiberglass boats and some dugout canoes, gill nets, lift-nets; scoop-nets used in light fishing, hook and line gear
Semliki River is a major river that flows from Lake Edward to Lake Albert in the Albertine Rift west of the Rwenzori Mountains with approximately 140 kilometers long in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda in Central and East Africa. River Semuliki is a major source of livelihood for neighboring farming communities as it provides water for livestock and crops. Visiting River Semliki offers you chance to explore local community that include the Bamba and Bakonjo are local people surrounded by River Semliki who are primarily cultivators and the Batuku who practice in pastoralists with small counts of the Pygmies – the Batwa thrive on the waters presented by this meandering river.
Kabwoya wildlife reserve
Kabwoya wildlife reserve is one of the nearest tourist attraction around Lake Albert in western Uganda, approximately 300km from Kampala the Capital of Uganda. Kabwoya wildlife reserve is the newest wildlife reserve areas in Uganda sites on an area of about 87 sq and is characterized by remote savannah plains along Lake Albert with spectacular views of Lake Albert and the magnificent Blue mountains of Democratic Republic of Congo. Visiting Kabwoya wildlife reserve offers you an opportunity to spot wildlife mammals which include Buffaloes, primates such as Baboons common along the Cliffs, Black and white Colobus monkeys, Chimpanzees and the Vervet monkeys mainly around the shores of River Wamababya and Hoywa, Antelopes such as Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, Bushbucks, bush duikers, Jackson’s hartebeests and Impalas among others, Hippos within Lake Albert. Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is an important birding area with over 460 species of birds including the Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Activities takes place at Kabwoya wildlife including Fishing, Fossil Hunting, Mountain Bike Riding, Quad bike rides, Bird watching, Horseback rides, and nature walks/hiking and so on.
Kibiro salt garden
Kibiro salt garden is known as a small fishing village found at the base of the Western Rift valley along the Southeastern shores of Lake Albert just 35km away and an hour out of the Hoima town. Visiting Kibiro salt garden takes you in different activities such as Salt Mining and Processing Water from a salty area and it flows over salty soils making the local people to choose as traditional ways of mining and processing salt for consumption and for resell as well, Myths and Beliefs That People Have About the Hot Springs, Minerals Combinations and so on.
Murchison Falls National Park
Visiting Murchison Falls National Park is located in the North-West of Uganda in Masindi District at the end of the Albertine Rift Valley which is the largest and oldest National Park in Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park is the home of wildlife with over 76 mammal species with the big five animals include Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo with other so many wild animals where some are mostly spots on riverbanks include Elephants, Giraffes and Buffaloes, while hippos and Nile crocodiles which offers you the most amazing experience to see while on boat cruise. Murchison Falls National hosts of about 450 birds species makes it one the best places in Africa to find the prehistoric-looking shoe-bill stork which include standard winged night jars, various kingfishers, bee-eaters the African skimmer and raptors such as the African Fish eagle and the martial eagle. Visiting Murchison Falls National Park takes you in different activities Game Drives, Boat cruise, Bird watching, Fishing, Nature walk and so on
Visiting Lake Albert takes you in traditional believes in that stay near hot springs has different beliefs and myths told to foreigners and other visitors. Some locals believe that the water in the hot springs completely cures many diseases like scabies, wounds, and measles among others. They also believe that hot springs can be visited up to 7pm because after that time spirits are in the springs and if you are there you can anger them among other myths.
The hot springs Kibiro salt garden
Hot springs in the area and the water boils at 100°C every time, most people visit this area for various reasons and one of them being healing. It is great to watch water form bubbles as it reaches its boiling point, you can place in Irish potatoes, green bananas, even eggs to experiment; and these foods get ready and can be served. This water forms a stream flowing to the west where it meanders to pour in Lake Albert, the worst part of it is some animals die, especially when they enter water thinking its temperature is like that of Lake Albert.