The Kitagata hot springs (also known as the Mulago hot springs) as there are in fact two adjacent springs which are natural hot springs fed by the river Ngaromwenda that reach a temperature of some 80 degrees centigrade first discovered in 1904. Widely believed to have healing powers, the hot springs are visited by many hundreds a day and first gained popularity after being frequented by the king (Omugabe) of the Ankole kingdom who attested to their healing properties. As such the locals refer to the spring as “Ekyomugabe” the kings’ spring.

If you visit these Ugandan hot springs be mindful not to take photographs as there are many nude and semi-nude people there luxuriating in the water and also remember that there is a fascination with “Muzungus” and even more so with stripped  down ones so you may experience some touching