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    Katwe Explosion Crater


    Several extinct Volcanoes of a specifically violent type called the ‘Explosion Craters’ are found within western Uganda. these Explosion craters are called so because during the long ago days these eruptions were extremely violent and instead of piling debris just about their vents similar to a number of other volcanoes, they discharged ash in addition to rock over a far as well as wide area. in the present day, they are majorly extinct craters although a few still release Sulphurous smells. Basically, there are a total of 3 major concentrations. The one that is found in the Queen Elizabeth National Park is called Katwe Explosion Craters. Second is the Bunyaraguru Crater Field which located on the Kichwamba Escarpment. The third is the beautiful Ndali-Kasenda Crater Field situated very near to Kibale National Park. Kyemengo Crater which is one of the Katwe Explosion Craters is the most alluring.

    The Explosion Craters offer beautiful views and splendid hiking area within the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the western part of Uganda.

    The crater lakes saw the light somewhat recently due to volcanic activities which date back only 8,000 or 10,000 years back. When explosion took place, it caused great damage which is even bigger than that of Mount Vesuvius which covered and destroyed Pompeii. The Explosion Craters reduced Lake Edward to a poisonous mess. The eruptions which emitted fire and brimstone continued from the Explosion Craters till the 2000 BC when the Egyptian pyramids were reportedly being constructed. Today, these are scenic and beautiful lakes.

    In stark contrast to volcanoes, the Explosion Crater actually blow ash and rock to far away distances and not pile rocks to form a conical shape as in case of volcanoes. In present day, these craters are filled with water and we know them as lakes. They possess a smell of sulphur which indicates sulphur content. A number of them are actually having great spots for Swimming, Nature Trails which can be enjoyed with frequent sights of Monkeys, resident birds, as well as magnificent sights, and exceptional viewpoints.

    As you stare below into any of the crater lakes in Uganda, which are bordered with grasslands, verdant forests as well as farms you will actually fail to notice that these lakes which will awe you because of their very picturesque sight were areas formed through very powerful explosions on the earth’s crust.

    Katwe Crater Lakes found in Queen Elizabeth Park:

    These are situated just north of the impressive Mweya Peninsula and actually are the highest elevation in this national park. Enjoy the spectacular Crater Drive that runs on 27 km which present distant sights of the stunning crater lakes while on your way. There is plenty of Wildlife to see along the drive, although commonest are sights of Buffaloes plus Elephants. Watch out for Lake Kitagata a lake fed by salty hot-springs with no wildlife around but just more than beautiful can describe. Along this drive you will be rewarded with sights of the great Western Rift Valley plus its escarpments, Lake George, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, the Kazinga Channel plus Lake Edward. You will also have the chance to visit the gorgeous Lake Katwe plus its long ago salt works.


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