Katwe community is one of the famous places that carry the history of the Kasese district and Uganda. Over the years, Katwe has not changed much and you’re yet to prove why during your visit. It is one of the privileged communities located inside Queen Elizabeth National park, giving visitors an opportunity to explore both the nature and culture of Uganda. The destination is rich in nature and culture. The local community guides experience of this village will be showing you around to explore the variety of holiday opportunities offered including; Traditional salt mining, fishing and boat cruises on Lake Edward, birding at Lake Munyanyange where you can find the migratory lesser flamingos in season, wildlife viewing on the shores of Lake Edward, and the local culture of the people who live in Katwe.
I know people who love culture, nature, wildlife, and great scenery would never want to leave Katwe when they visit. During the visit, the guides from Katwe Ecotourism Information center (KETIC) will take you on the tour of your choice. You can take all or choose from the following activities;
Activity 1 – Arrival in Katwe is like going out of the planet earth. all things seem different in the first place. You can arrive any time during the day. after orientation at the information center, you will head to salt mining as the main story carrying the heritage of this area. You will learn the science of salt mining from residents that have grown from slat proceeds all their life.
Activity 2 – After the salt mining tour, you can choose to pass by Lake Munyanyange. This is a national bird sanctuary. in season (August to November) you can find the lesser flamingo congregated on their seasonal visits from lake Magadi in Kenya. you will listen to the interesting flamingo migration story as you look for other unique bird species.
Activity 3 – Walk back to the community office amidst the breathtaking scenery of the landscape. this is a good time to go to the shores of Lake Edward. you will be meeting the fishermen as you look for wildlife on the shores, such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, Uganda cobs, and others that may be inside. this area is both park and community. the local people will share with you the story of how they live with wildlife, unprotected, which sounds like most people’s nightmare.
Activity 4 – After the exploration of the fishing and wildlife on the lake shores, you’re welcomed to the community. you can meet the dancer’s group, buy some handicrafts or visit one of the local homes to learn the way they cook fish freshly caught from lake Edward. after lunch and some time with the community is a good time to return to your hotel or next destination.
These tours can be charged separately or together as a package. I will quote the price of the salt mining experience. The others will be quoted on request.
Price per person: USD 10.00
- The tour experience
- The guide
- Accommodation (can be added on request)
- Water and any meals or snacks
- Transport to and from the destination (can be added on request)
Important Note: Accommodation to this holiday can be offered by the community in Katwe or any other lodges in and around Queen Elizabeth National park.
What to bring:
- Walking shoes
- Insect repellant
- Hat and sun cream is a must
- Cash for tips and gift purchases
- Drinks and snacks can be purchased
- Binoculars for bird watching (optional)
- Refillable water bottle
- Waterproof plastic bag to protect cameras etc