Lake Nkuruba is our next stay. It is close to Fort Portal and many other crater lakes. Uganda is known for its diverse natural beauty, including its many crater lakes. These stunning lakes are formed in volcanic craters, and offer a unique and picturesque destination for tourists.
The trail winds through villages and fields, on the crater Nyahikere we stay in the Crater Valley Lodge.
We’re just in time for sunset. Golden sunlight reflected on the surface of the crater lake.
We still want to visit Lake Nkuruba. It leads through banana groves in hilly landscape. The area consists of more than 40 lakes, all of which have a different color.
At the Community Campsite we stop. The campsite is situated on the edge of the crater and allows good views into the crater. The crater rim is covered with rain forest. The lake is not very large, perhaps 100 by 100 meters. Impressive is the background noise. Crickets, birds, and occasionally you can hear the call of a colobus monkey.
From the campsite, we can observe a group of colobus monkeys. They are eager to pick the fleas from the coat. Social grooming, this is called, is a sign of confidence in monkeys and also serves to strengthen social relationships.
Funny to watch are their tassel-like tails. The black – white fur serves as camouflage. In the forest and the forest canopy, where light and shadow contrasts are hard, they are hardly exempt from the distance and well camouflaged.
We observe these fascinating creatures for a while until we are invited by the head of the campsite to watch a dance performance of the village youth.
The next day we go from here to the so-called “roof of the world”. There is a hill from which one can overlook several crater lakes.