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Katwe explosion crater drive at Queen Elizabeth national park

The Katwe Explosion Crater is one of the places you must visit when you are in Queen Elizabeth National park for a Safari. It is situated in the northern side of the spectacular Mweya Peninsular of Queen Elizabeth Park, in Western Uganda. The Katwe Explosion Crater is popular for its breathtaking views that make it a must-visit site for any tourist to encounter in a lifetime.

This Crater was formed by tremendous pressures that resulted into a number of excessive volcanic eruptions that left several deep hollows that were later filled with water hence forming the Crater Lakes that you will see during the safari. The area around Katwe experienced the Earth process and an explosion Crater region was created in an extinct form although some of the Lakes still produce Sulphurous gases as you will see when you visit the area. There are basically three main explosion crater concentrations in Uganda and they include the popular Lake Katwe in Queen, the nearby Banyaruguru Crater on the spectacular Kichwamba escarpment in addition to the astonishing Ndali-Kasenda crater near the Kibale Forest National Park. Of all the Katwe Explosion craters, the vast Kyemengo Crater is definitely the most breathtaking.

Exploring the Katwe Explosion Crater is not just an ordinary visit but a safari that allows you to uncover a lot that you didn’t know about the Park. The locals have stayed around the site as an enclave community within the Queen Elizabeth National Park. These communities have a rich cultural tradition and culture, than you can ever imagine, and are mainly attached to the Crater Lake’s natural offerings. Interestingly, the Lakes around the area don’t have inlets and outlets, hence have become a rich hub for the Mineral Salt consumed in Uganda.

When you visit the place, you will get to learn about the process of salt extraction and how mining plots are arranged and how they are managed. The Processing of Salt products and its eventual distribution is such as rewarding experience that you cannot afford to miss.  The Lake Katwe Explosion Crater stands at about 995 meters/3265 feet in terms of depth and the water is extreme saline with no plant or wildlife that can survive except those that need saline conditions to grow such as algae. Crater Lakes were formed by volcanic activity within Uganda at only 8000 to 10000 years ago although they appear serene, spectacular as present day. When these lakes exploded, they caused great damage at vast areas than the Mount Vesuvius at Pompeii. These craters in Uganda reduced Lake Edward to a poisonous disaster. Just as current as 2000 BC (when the Egyptian Pyramids were being built), great fire in addition to brimstone continued to erupt from the Explosion Craters. This site used to be very lucrative during the Pre-colonial period when salt was still a very valuable mineral in Uganda and beyond.

Much as the value of salt reduced, the extraction of the resource is still traditionally persistent for a long time. Most interestingly, the area is a home to several migrant bird species such as the lesser and greater flamingos. Due to its strategic location, the Explosion Crater with its rugged terrains is a favorable habitat for herds of Buffaloes, the savannah elephants and the Olive baboons among other interesting wildlife species. A game drive through the Crater track extending for 27 kilometers (17 miles) rewards tourists with the magnificent views of the area and the vast savanna plains of the Queen Elizabeth National Park especially the Kasenyi plains as well as the western rift Valley, Lake George, the Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward and the Mountains of the Moon.

In conclusion, visit to the ancient Lake Katwe is one of the interesting tourist activities not to be missed while on a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park because it rewards tourists with the views of the vast savannah Plains of the Park as well as the impressive views of the Kazinga Channel, Lake George, Lake Edward and the breathtaking Mountains of the Moon.

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Michael T 06/June/2021

Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019
Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018
I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019
My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019
Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .