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The African Great Lakes region, from where most Lukwata stories stem.
GroupingLegendary creature
Sub groupingLake Monster[1]
CountryUganda, African Great Lakes
HabitatLakes, rivers and swamps

Lukwata (Luganda for 'sea serpent',[2] the nominal form of kukwata, lit. 'to seize') is a legendary water-dwelling creature in Baganda folklore, said to be found in Lake Victoria of Uganda.[3] It has been described as 20–30 feet long, with dark smooth skin and a rounded head, and known to attack fishermen and boats.[4] It may have also been related in some way to spirits and deities related to canoes and fishing [3] Pieces of the Lukwata were thought to have magical properties and were revered as relics in eastern Africa.[5]


  1. ^ Pilkingont, G. L. (1892). Luganda-English and English-Luganda Vocabulary. London, England: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. p. 61 – via HathiTrust.
  2. ^ Crabtree, Willaim Arthur (1902). Elements of Luganda Grammar. London, England: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. p. 194 – via Internet Archive.
  3. ^ a b Kenny, Michael G. (1977). "The Powers of Lake Victoria". Anthropos. Anthropos-Institut [de]. 77 (5–6): 717–733.
  4. ^ Radford, Benjamin (May 5, 2006). Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures. University Press of Kentucky. p. 146. ISBN 0-8131-7130-X.
  5. ^ Hichens, William (December 1937). "African Mystery Beasts". Discovery: The Popular Journal of Knowledge. John Murray. 18: 372.