River Katonga

The Katonga River is a river in Uganda, in East Africa.

Location

River Katonga is located in the southwestern part of Uganda. It starts from Lake Victoria and flows, first, northwards into Lake Wamala. The river then flows westwards to empty into Lake George, which connects via the Kazinga Channel with Lake Edward, on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The source of River Katonga is located in Lukaya, Kalungu District, with coordinates: Latitude:-0.1222; Longitude:31.9111. River Katonga enters Lake George at Mpanga in Kamwenge District, with coordinates: Latitude:0.0440; Longitude:30.2899. On its course westwards, the river traverses or forms the borders of the following districts : Kalungu District, Bukomansimbi District, Mpigi District, Butambala District, Gomba District, Mityana District, Mubende District, Sembabule District, Kiruhura District, Ibanda District and Kamwenge District.

The length of River Katonga is approximately 220 kilometres (140 mi) from source to end. [1]

Katonga Wildlife Reserve

The wildlife reserve measures approximately 211 square kilometres (81 sq mi) and is located along the banks of the river, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital city.

The reserve is a recent addition to Uganda's list of protected wildlife areas. It protects a network of forest-fringed wetlands along the Katonga River. It best explored by foot and by canoe. It is home to over forty (40) species of mammals and over one hundred and fifty (150) species of birds; many of them specific to wetland habitats.

Commonly sighted in the wetland reserve are elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, colobus monkeys and river otters. Also found in this habitat is the shy Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope with webbed hooves. Viewing this game from a canoe,whilst they come to the water's edge to drink is a thrilling and memorable experience.[2]

External links

  • Katonga Wildlife Reserve
  • Rivers and Lakes of Uganda

See also

References

Coordinates: 00°12′N 30°50′E / 0.200°N 30.833°E / 0.200; 30.833

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