KATWE EXPLOSION CRATER ; SCENIC PLACES OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
Positioned to the north of Uganda safari site of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Katwe Explosion Crater is part of the series of explosion craters that mark the floor of the Albertine rift marked with remarkable scenery.
The violent volcanic eruptions generated a range of hollows that were later filled with water to form the crater lakes though some still stand as dry hollows. Some of these volcanic remains still emit sulphurous gases including Lake Nyamunuka as explored on the tour in the Katwe crater field during safaris in Uganda.
Katwe Explosion Crater stands among the best scenic places in Uganda as it does not only offer magical views of the crater lakes and hollows but its vantage points overlook the legendary Rwenzori Mountains rising to 5,109m above sea level making it the third highest in Africa and the majestic Kazinga Channel which connect Lake George and Lake Edward.
Among the notable crater lakes is Lake Katwe – the Uganda’s main source of salt. The series of plots appearing like ponds mark the heritage of salt extraction from this lake dating far back to the pre-colonial era. It is always exciting to visit the lake, learn about the process of salt formation, extraction and processing not forgetting interacting with the community on how they have managed to cope with the economic activity from generations to generations. This presents ultimate Uganda Safari tour memories.
Lake Katwe is 3,265 feet in depth and besides the salt extraction, the counts of bird species including the Flamingoes making the explosion area an exciting birding area to explore on Uganda birding safaris.
The Katwe Explosion crater is a common place to explore Baboons especially at the Baboon cliff and the elephants tend to be encountered in this rocky area. It can be explored during an evening game drive or during mid morning while coming in from Kibale National Park.