Traditionally referred to as Mwitanzigye (the killer of locusts), Lake Edward lies to the west of Uganda and is one of the major lakes always explored on Uganda Safaris and tours.
on the floor of the Albertine rift valley at the border of Uganda and
Democratic Republic of Congo overlooking the Rwenzoris – the legendary
Mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped
peaks, Lake Edward shares very beautiful surroundings that adjoin the
savannah stretches of Queen Elizabeth National Park to provide lasting Uganda Safari tour experience.
Lake Edward, like many other remarkable Africa safari
features attracted the interest of the legendary European explorers
including Henry Morton Stanley who is recorded to be the first to
encounter it in the year 1888 during his Emin Pasha Relief Expedition.
He named the lake after the then Prince of Wales and the Son to the
Queen of England Edward VII. Lake Edward was renamed in 1973 to Lake
Idi Amin during the regime of Idi Amin but regained its name following
his downfall in 1979.
This expanse water mass covers 2,325km2 stretching to 77km in length along with a width of 40km and all these combine to rank it the Africa’s fifteenth (15th)
largest lake. The Lake inlets include; River Ishasha, River
Nyamugasani, River Rwindi, River Rutshuru and the Ntungwe River while
its only outlet is Semuliki River that empties into Lake Albert another
Rift Valley lake and the source of Albert arm of the world’s longest
Nile River as viewed by travelers on Safaris in Uganda visiting Murchison Falls National Park.
western shore of the lake features a very steep 2000m escarpment while
its southern and eastern shores give way to flat plains. The Ugandan
side is sheltered by Queen Elizabeth National Park while the Democratic
Republic of Congo side is sheltered by Virunga National Park. And as a
result of this, Lake Edward shores features no human settlement except
at Ishango where park rangers are trained.