The overnight hill trek tour organized by Ruboni Community Camp is a shortcut option to the long and costly Rwenzori trekking. In a few hours of walking and one night of outdoor camping, you will be able to take memories of the highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains. The price is good too. Just a small budget of your trip covers everything on this trek. It is probably the cheapest trek you will find in Uganda that gives you an opportunity to experience Uganda’s highest point easily, cheaply, and affordably.
The trek involves spending a night on the community peak that is 2400 meters high. You trek through the villages, farms, and on the hills leading you to the scenic ridges, giving you one of the most rewarding views. These ridges overlook the Mountains and residential communities in the Mubuku valley. You will be amazed by this trail that is off the beaten path. The trekking is entirely clear, full of scenic picture moments. In the early morning and late evening, while on the top, you will have a chance to take a clear view of Margherita peak, if the day is clear.
Climbing Rwenzori Mountains through the Ibanda gate starts at Nyakalengijo headquarters (1615m). Through this trail (gate) one can do two optional treks. The first option is, trekking the Mahoma trail loop whose highest point is at 3515m and which takes three days two nights. The second option is trekking the central circuit that takes 7 days (central circuit) or 8 days (up to Margarita peak – 5109m)
Ruboni Community Camp will organize and provide porters, experienced interpretive guides on a trek to both the three days two nights trek on Mahoma trail or on the 7 days central circuit trail that can also go up to Margarita peak (8 days).
Other trekking options are the one-day nature walks. These can be organized by the Ruboni community camp in partnership with the National Park rangers. There are several options to choose from. Each walk will take you into the park and you return to the base camp on the same day. For those willing to enjoy the Rwenzori without entering into the park, the Ruboni community camp has three interesting village guided tours that include a forest walk, a hill-climb trek up to 2400m on the community peak, and a village walk.
The foothills of the RwenzoriMountains area have been the residence of the Bakonzo tribe for over 300 years.
Every evening in the Ruboni community, the time is to sing, dance and dine with the locals in their traditional style. This is suitable for guests who want to experience the unique culture of Uganda. You will be amazed by the opportunity to meet the local people and participate in their music, dances, food preparations, testing the local drinks, and get an insight into everything they do daily in their life.
Every evening, for two hours, starting from 5:00 to 7:00 pm the local people of all ages come together to celebrate their culture. A limited number of guests are welcome to join and practically participate in this traditional merry-making session. Here you can join the traditional workshops or just sit back to learn and appreciate the local Bakonzo culture as you view the sounds and moves of these mountain dances. During or after the function, you can shop souvenirs in the local gift shop, purchase local meals, or chat with the locals to learn more about Uganda, the Rwenzori Mountains and her people.
This 28km trail takes you to explore a cross-section of the lower slopes of the scenic Rwenzori Mountains. The trail is an alternative to longer treks that lead to the high peaks. On these three days two nights Mahoma trip, you will traverse the lower slopes of the mountains finishing at Lake Mahomato return to the park gate During this trip, you will explore some of the 70 mammals and 217 birds that are found in Rwenzori that include 19 species that are endemics to the Albertine Rift, such as the three-horned chameleon, as well as some of the world’s rarest plants. The plant life is a mixture of lush forest, bamboo forest, heather, everlasting flowers, giant lobelia, and a multitude of plant life endemic to this mountain.
This is the most joyful way of meeting people and learning their way of life. As with all other African tribes, music and dance among the Bakonzo people is for many life purposes, which include entertainment, education, healing and the transfer of cultural norms. Every evening, the elders meet the young generations to pass the cultural values through music and dance. At this time, we have a very rich display of local cultural dances. It is a selection of the different types of dances based on the different local events, such as harvesting, planting, weeding, funeral rights, circumcision ceremonies, hunting prayers, and cleansing. Along with the dances, the different musical instruments are played by the localmusicians. You will have an opportunity to attend this rich cultural dance performance. All guests are at liberty of joining the music and dancing arena. A workshop on how to play the different musical instruments will also be offered to every interested visitor. Here you can learn how to dress, play the drum, sing or dance like a local.
Meet the Bakonzo people in their village at their home or as they make their local trades. Our village walk gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique culture of the Rwenzori Mountains. Ruboni community is located at the end of the world where you can relax, roam and or unwind in a unique mountain setting as you wish.
On this tour, you will visit a number of homes and locations that showcase the local way of life, where you will be at liberty of participating yourself. The areas visited include the home of the traditional storyteller, who will share the educative stories with the guests and visitors to the area to help them internalize the local culture.
With a local guide, you will be walking to the natural forest that neighbours Rwenzori Mountains National park. The forest is home to a huge variety of local trees, plants, birds, and small mammals and reptiles. The trail takes you through the village as you meet the farmers and see the different crops being grown. Relatively simple trekking takes you to the forest: a paradise of natural sounds, the jungles and rivers flowing from the Rwenzori Mountain’s glaciers. On this trail, you have a high chance of finding the three-horned chameleons, primates crossing from the park and a long list of birds and insects. Spend time in the jungle with vines and woods as you have always dreamt of. The guide will share with you a lot of information about the crops, plants and animals to give an insight of how the local people relate with nature.
This is a perfect way to view the peaks in a very short time and low budget. On a clear day, you will be able to view Margarita and other high snow peaks of Rwenzori Mountains. The community hill trek takes you to the highest hill in the community whose peak is at 2400 meters above sea level. The trek takes you through the village farms and by the local homesteads patched on the hillsides. The trek has great views all the way to the top. When you reach the peak, you will be able to enjoy the views over Mubuku Valley on its journey from the Rwenzori glaciers to lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Beside the views, you will meet the people and will be impressed how they farm on the hillsides and establish stable homes using their great traditional building skills. On the hilltop, you also have an option of an overnight camping experience that you can easily book one day before or on arrival. This will give you high chances of viewing the sunrise shining on the Margarita peaks; the highest point of Rwenzori at 5,109 meters high.