A Love Story of Two Lakes

A Love Story of Two Lakes

Hidden away in the majestic valleys of Bunyaruguru lie 2 beautiful crater lakes, one male and the other female. The love between these 2 lakes runs so deep in that one of the lakes literally wears its heart on its sleeves.

Out of the 32 crater lakes located in Bunyaruguru, Western Uganda, no other lake has a similar story like that of Lake Katinda (male) and Lake Murambi (female).

Thousands of years ago, these two lakes found each other but unfortunately for Katinda, he couldn’t easily see Murambi because he was the lower side of the valley, so he thought long and hard about how to attract her.  

Heart on Sleeve

I have seen and read stories of people who do the craziest things for love and to my amusement, it looks like Katinda tore a page out of the playbook. He elegantly wore his heart on his sleeves and put it out there for the whole world to see.

At first glance, I didn’t notice the love shape but after going around the lake, there it was in its glory. The sight was so calming, so beautiful, so magical and the reflection of the sky was just a cherry on top.

But like the grandmaster, Katinda had more cards to play.


I had never heard of an octopus sighting in Uganda until that day. During the debrief with the mountain slayers, the guide told us that Lake Katinda has an Octopus in it and on rare occasions, it crosses over to Lake Murambi.

He further said, “when it’s crossing, the heavens open up and send a hail storm for several days.”  

As he narrated the story, my mind wandered off as I tried to figure out what this mighty Octopus looked like. Is it a man with an octopus beard like Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean or is it an Octopus with wings (after watching Dumbo, I can’t rule it out) that flies from his lake to go check out the female?

But whatever it is, Katinda had it all figured out. He foresaw the future and decided that no matter the terrain between them or the weather nothing was going to stop him from shooting his shot.

He, however, has toxic tendencies. The locals fear fishing from him because it’s believed he has poisonous snakes and only has room for one friend at a time and that’s usually a migratory bird.

Lake Murambi, on the other hand, is like that beautiful lady who everybody admires and adores.  She has cleaner water and the locals like to plant on her banks and fish there. Basically, she gets all the attention.

What’s interesting is, Katinda is believed to have better fish but the people would rather not bother. I guess it’s true what some people say, no one will take a sip of a drink if they know there is some poison in it. 

I can only hope Murambi is the antidote for Katinda. 

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Kahuma Walter

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1 year ago

Beautifully written, now I want to visit and experience this love story for myself.