Introduction to Lake George
Located in southwestern Uganda, Lake George is a shallow lake with an average depth of around 2.4 metres. The lake is in the western part of the Great Rift Valley and the explorer Henry M. Stanley named it after King George V.
Lake George is fed by various rivers and streams which flow down from the Rwenzori Mountains.
The lake contains three small islands: Kankuranga, Iranqara, and Akika.
Lake George and the Kazinga Channel
This 32-kilometre-long freshwater channel is a key feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippos (around 2,000).
Lake George’s 250km² surface area is almost ten times smaller than that of its larger neighbour, Lake Edward (2325km²).
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Wildlife at Lake George
Lake George is surrounded by wetland grass and this wetland habitat is home to a plethora of wildlife, including over 150 bird species. Several mammals reside around the wetlands, including Sitatunga antelope and elephant.
In March 1988, Lake George was designated as Uganda’s first Ramsar site due to its rich biodiversity.
Lake George is inhabited by many fish species, including the Nile tilapia and the Haplochromis, and it supports several fishing villages.
Things to do at Lake George
Lake George is a birder’s paradise. The lake is home to over 150 bird species, including the African jacana and the rare saddle-billed stork.
Boat trips and canoeing are perfect for adventurers who want to explore Lake George’s inviting waters.
Long nature walks around Lake George are relaxing, and they are a great way to recover after a safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Where to stay around Lake George?
Kasenyi Safari Camp
Just 5.17 miles from Lake George, Kasenyi Safari Camp is situated on the banks of Lake Bunyampaka.
The camp features 8 tents which are raised on platforms and covered by thatched roofs. Each tent features an en-suite bathroom, a king-sized bed, and a private decking area with a stunning view.
The restaurant serves delicious food and offers complimentary Wi-Fi.
In the night, you can hear the sounds of the wilderness from the comfort of your king-sized bed.
Elephant Plains Lodge
A new luxury lodge with a breath-taking location. Elephant Plains Lodge has sweeping views of Queen Elizabeth National Park’s grassland and Lake George.
The lodge offers 6 twin en-suite cottages with spacious private verandas, and family cottages with 2 en-suite bedrooms which can house up to 5 people.
Elephant Plains Lodge is designed to maximise its stunning surroundings and each room overlooks Lake Kikorongo.
The lodge’s eco-friendly swimming pool is the perfect place to relax at the end of a busy day.
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