The famous Kitagata hot springs in the western part of Uganda are an hour stop destination for tourists travelling to the western part of the country. They are situated in Kitagata center on the Ishaka road. The springs are very famous with the locals who frequent the place even up to wee hours of the night.
The Kitagatahot springs are further divided into two that is the Mulago springs to mean “Hospital” the other springs adjacent to the Mulago springs are called EkyoMugabe springs to mean “The king’s springs” It’s said that the king used to frequent the springs hence where the name EkyoMugabe is derived.
Kitagata hot springs are fed by the splendid river Ngaromwenda the springs were first discovered in 1904 the hot springs are formed due to water heating from the Earth’s bowels and emerging through the Earth’s crust.
The Kitagata hot springs are surrounded by breathtaking views of rolling hills, vast Vegetation and beautiful valleys. Most of the times the hot springs are crowded by the local people that hot springs have got two sections one section with very hot water to boil an egg and the other with warm water.
The Kitagata hot springs healing powers are scientifically proved to be as a result of mineral components found in the rocks. Some people visit the springs with jerry cansfetching water to take home, there is worry for the Kitaga hot springs due to climatical changes in the region it’s said that most times in the rainy season river Ngaromwenda floods and the water in the springs become almost cold instead of hot or warm.
The minerals found the Kitagata hot springs water are Lithium sulphate, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, magnesium chloride and calcium sulphate among the rest.
While on a tour to the great lakes region in western Uganda, tourists should include the Kitagata hot springs in their itinerary to make their safari more memorable, the locals also believe that the contraction of the new Kitagata- Kagamba road might cause the destruction of the hot springs.
Due to the springs being visited by many people in a day there used to be water pollution and a lot of Boise some rules were put up in order to keep the place in it’s natural state this rules are; babies getting in water should be dressed in diapers, people are not allowed to bath with soap, smoking is not allowed, noise making is prohibited and fighting is also not allowed.
The springs can be accessed from Kitagata center just about 1-2 kilometers from the town, in Ishaka- Kagamba road, 72 kilometers from Mbarara- town. 350 kilometers from Kampala the capital city of Uganda.
Getting to the Kitaga hot springs are free of charge no body should charge you entry fee or any fee to use the springs. All that tourists can do is get to the scene and enjoy this natural wonder.