This is one of the long surviving manmade lakes in Africa. Dug on orders of Kabaka Mwanga in the 1880s, the Kabaka’s lake is a stunning feature one can identify in the city of Kampala. Though the past of Kabaka Mwanga has only been identified with the bad, this ancient king left something of wonder that brings out the other side of him. The five acre lake is a wonderful feature sprinkled with birds on its shore and a green lush amidst it.
The main motivation for the construction of the lake is described as the Kabaka Mwanga’s interest to create a link between his palace and Lake Victoria that would in the end serve as an escape corridor; others include the desires for fishing and swimming. The Lake is a couple of Kilometers from the city center in Rubaga area overseeing the palace, St. Lawrence University and Rubaga Miracle center.
The project for the establishment of the Lake was first headed by Musoke who proved incompetent and was relieved of the duty and then Kamya Ndikumulaga assumed the position. He mobilized enough and the work of this lake was being carried out zealously for over eleven months until it was hampered by the by the religious revolutions that forced Kabaka Mwanga into exile
What is unique about the Kabaka’s Lake is that it has no inlet and yet its waters have never gone down, partly because of the springs that serve it.