Nestled in the serene embrace of Kibiro fishing village, the Kibiro Hot Springs Uganda grace the southern fringes of Lake Albert in the enchanting western region. This natural wonder, accompanied by the Kibiro Salt Gardens, finds its abode approximately 35 kilometers north of Hoima town, within Hoima district’s Kigorobya sub-county. Resting at the foothills of the western rift valley, Kibiro stands beneath the lofty escarpment, ascending to a height of about 100 meters. Within this backdrop, the local community engages in the rich tapestry of fishing upon Lake Albert and practicing the ancient art of salt mining in the nearby Kibiro salt gardens.
Embarking on the quest to witness the Kibiro Hot Springs entails traversing a steep footpath that descends the escarpment. This journey itself is a testament to the allure of this natural phenomenon. As you approach the springs, a mesmerizing sight greets you – water ceaselessly bubbling and gushing, reaching a boiling point of 100 degrees. The allure of these waters extends beyond their mesmerizing nature; they are believed to possess healing properties that can alleviate a variety of ailments.
The allure of Kibiro goes beyond its healing waters. As the hot water emerges from the earth, it forms natural bubbling cauldrons. These cauldrons become culinary wonders, capable of cooking bananas, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, and even fresh eggs within minutes. This phenomenon owes itself to the water’s salinity, a result of its emergence from salty rock. Remarkably, this heated water later flows into a stream that finds its way to Lake Albert.
The springs’ magnetic pull extends to both humans and animals alike. Some unsuspecting animals, perceiving the water to be akin to Lake Albert‘s temperature, have entered the springs, only to meet a tragic end. The journey of the springs continues as they traverse areas of salt mining, maintaining a moist environment that aids in this traditional practice. Miners sprinkle dry soil on the damp terrain, enabling it to dry and create a medium for salt crystallization.
Upon visiting Kibiro, local guides impart the wealth of beliefs and myths associated with these waters. Among these tales:
Beneath the surface, the springs harbor a symphony of minerals and chemicals. Potassium chloride, sodium chloride, calcium sulphate, calcium phosphate, magnesium chloride, and lithium sulphate are but a few components that imbue these waters with healing properties. This mineral composition likely contributes to the curative prowess observed.
As you set forth to explore Kibiro‘s wonders, the local climate beckons lightweight clothing, ample hydration, nourishing snacks, and sturdy closed shoes or hiking boots. With temperatures ranging from 22 to 29 degrees Celsius, these preparations ensure a comfortable excursion.
For those intrigued by the allure of Kibiro, Trek Africa Expeditions orchestrates journeys to these springs. Whether as an addendum to your Uganda safari, encompassing Murchison Falls National Park and other western parks, or as a standalone adventure, Kibiro’s healing waters await. Contact us to embark on this voyage, discovering the wonders of Kibiro and beyond, in the heart of Uganda’s western landscapes.