Lake Bujuku in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, is without doubt one of the 20 picturesque Lakes in this park. Lake Bujuku is located in the Western part of Uganda, Kasese District approximately 5 (five) hours’ drive from Kampala.
Lake Bujuku lies along the head of a deep carved glacier of a beautiful Bujuku Valley. Bujuku Valley is perched in between the 3 stunning Rwenzori Mountain chains of Mount Baker, Mount Speke and Mt. Stanley. Lake Bujuku is one of the 8 picturesque lakes formed from glacial marine creation of dams. These also includes rivers and streams whose origin is the Rwenzori Mountain ranges and at the slopes, there are unique floral and faunal species that this block mountain support.
Hiking Lake Bujuku
Lake Bujuku hiking can take visitors at least 3 days and though the trek is challenging, there is a lot to amaze you. The trail leading to Lake Bujuku is rewarding with astonishing sights of unique creatures. The routes lead visitors passed the lower bigo bogs, steep slopes then hike to the upper bigo bog to hit the boardwalk.
During the clearer day or normal weather, Mount Stanley can clearly be viewed. After hiking the glacial moraine, Lake Bujuku is reachable at its altitude on 3962m. It extends 1.37kms long and it is from 3962m where the Alpine savanna begins and expect to navigate through unique vegetation zone not far from L. Bujuku.
There is Bujuku Camp that provides accommodation facilities & services to visitors on Rwenzori safaris to Lake Bujuku or those of you who plan to visit Mount Speke. At the camp, expect the most jaw-dropping views of the peaks in the surrounding and the picturesque Lake Bujuku.
At Bujuku Camp, the areas of interest to view include Mount Baker, Scott Elliot Pass, Stanley Plateau. There is also a chance to view the elusive antelopes. Also, most hikers to Elena hut make stopover at the Bujuku camp and then proceed to the Margherita peak.
When to visit Lake Bujuku
Visits to Lake Bujuku are best done during the dry season. The drier months to book your hiking safari to Lake Bujuku are June, July, August and December, January, February. They are the best months to hike to Lake Bujuku since they experience very low rainfall amount and the trails remain drier. They are the most ideal months of the year to also hike the Rwenzori Mountains.
Other than Mount Rwenzori, other interesting places to visit for hiking include Mount Elgon, Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, Mt. Sabyinyo, Sipi Falls and many more.
Where to stay at Rwenzori Mountains
- Trekkers Hostel
- Hotel Margherita
- Equator Snow Lodge
- Mihunga Safari Lodge
Getting to Lake Bujuku in Rwenzori Mountains
Access to Lake Bujuku is possible by road or by air. All holidaymakers have to travel to Rwenzori Mountains from Kampala using a comfortable 4×4 rental car in Uganda. Take either the Mubende-Fort Portal route or Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara to Kasese then connect to the Rwenzori Mountains. By air, fly in safaris can also be arranged and all flights set off from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield to Kasese Airfield.
Lake Bujuku lies in Rwenzori Mountains National park, Western Uganda. The park houses the Rwenzori Mountains where Bujuku Lake is found.