Lake Nabugabo is a small freshwater lake in Uganda. The lake is in Masaka district approximately 23 kilometers (14 mi), by road, east of the town of Masaka. Lake Nabugabo is a satellite lake of Lake Victoria, being only 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) away from its shores.

The area was chosen as a Ramsar Site -protected area for its importance for the people and animals. High human population densities and a reliance on subsistence agriculture are reflected in the heavy dependency of the neighboring community on the lake ecosystem. The poor agricultural practices have impacts on the water quality and food production.

Lake Nabugabo was formed as a result of sand dunes resulting from strong winds. This lake is separated from Lake Victoria by a sand bar.

An analysis of a 2.7 metres (8.9 ft) long sediment core collected near the center of the lake showed that Lake Nabugabo was isolated from Lake Victoria about 5,000 years ago.

Almost 300 plant species have been recorded. The catchment area is home to two endemic flowering plants not found elsewhere, and fourteen species in Uganda are known only in this area. The most striking character of the rare Nabugabo plants is the relative dominance of carnivorous plants.

Indigenous fish (Cichlidae) is recorded. Three other species were introduced into the lake in the 1950s; the Oreochromis niloticus, Oreochromis leucostictus and Tilapia zillii.

The fauna ecosystem consists of a wide variety of key animal communities. Hippopotamus and sitatunga are found. Among the birds, kingfishers and crested crane are also found.

Terrace View Beach is a recreation centre; a place where you can rest and also perform different Activities.The Lake in front of you is called Lake Nabugabo.

The Lake covers an area of 22,000 hectares and lies 00°24’S  031°54’E. It is a shallow freshwater lake 8.2 km long by 5 km wide. This lake is surrounded by Loudetia swamp, especially to the north and has miscanthidium papyrus and sphagnum swamps.

Lake Nabugabo is an important stop-over point for a number of species of migratory birds.

 

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