VISIT KABAKA’S LAKE
Kabaka’s lake is found in the central Uganda, Kampala, a few kilometers from the city center and it was established in 1884-1888 by the king Kabaka Mwanga ll.
It is Uganda’s biggest man made lake and it occupies around 2 square km and its around 200m deep, and this was being used by the king for swimming and fishing activities.
This lake was also used to bring water to his home, and also an escape waterway in a situation where there would be any attack by an enemy or any conflict by the British and even other territorial enemies from mengo to munyoyo.
This lake was constructed using the hoes and the hands by the servants and other people from buganda, and mostly everyone would be involved in this event everyday and it would be a must by everyone.
This lake is a home for over a big number of animals, plants and bird species like; cattle egrets, African Open Billed Stork, Long tailed cormorant, Yellow billed stork, Common Moorhen, Sacred Ibis, Black headed weaver, Great blue starling, Piapiac and many others.
This lake is surrounded by a round road in that one can make a tour and drives around this lake,
Given other economic activities, our guides managed to find young men carrying out some fishing and they could get some small fish, but for other activities, its not common due to a lot of dirt due to inflow of a lot of rubbish gathering from different parts of the city.
We also managed to site out washing bays where a lot of tucks and vehicles are washed and they also dump a lot of dirt in this lake.
COMMENTS FROM OUR GUIDE;
This lake has got a lot of dirt from different parts and gathers into this lake, making life for the animals living in this lake too bad and hard for them, like fish, birds and plants.
However, something could be done to make a better conservation around this lake, for example putting up a fence that keeps this lake safe and not exposed to anyone at any time,
Also putting up good buildings, around this lake, good hotels, accommodations, gardens and many other facilities that will always attract people but because this place is not conserved, few people will be attracted in carrying out their businesses from around.
There should also be a good conservation by monitoring every point that brings in water to this lake because much of this water is full of dirt.
REPORTED BY: H. Keneth, a Guide