This lake is located in Kisoro District in southwestern Uganda, approximately 20 kilometres north of the town of Kisoro, where the district headquarters are located.This location is approximately 454 kilometres by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.
This lake is nestled in the foothills of the Virunga Mountain Range. The three volcanoes within the range, that are partly located in Uganda, namely: Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga, can be viewed from Lake Mutanda. There are several islands in the lake. The lake is drained by several tributaries that flow into lake Edward.
This lake is surrounded and haboured by several flora and fauna species like lake side forests and wetland habitats that provide a haven for the endangered mountain gorilla.
In addition to the mountain gorilla and golden monkey in the nearby Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the lakeside environment accommodates a variety of animal and plant species, unique to this area. Bird species include kingfisher birds, kites, ibis and Uganda’s national bird, the crested crane. Weaver bird nests are a common site among the reeds along the lake shore.
This lake is not only home to several avian species but it supports several species of snake, chameleon, monitor lizard and frog species. There is a varied and abundant supply of insect life as well. The mammals unique to Lake Mutanda include the African clawless otter. Hippopotamus was endemic to the area but were last sighted at Lake Mutanda in 1994.