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Now that you have started planning to visit Rwenzori Mountains, you may be wondering what specific activities you can do during your visit. There are allot of activities to do in the Rwenzori area. Unlike other destinations, Rwenzori mountain is a unique destination. Here you mainly meet the people to show you their heritage; the wildlife and culture.
You will be able to find activities that last one day, giving you an overview of Rwenzori mountain off the beaten path. Despite the diversity of Rwenzori, you will be impressed to learn that three hours can be enough to do a complete experience that will give you good knowledge of the entire landscape. these are the short one-day activities you can select from;
For those who want to stay long or do multiday tours, there is great opportunities too. The area has lodges, campsites and homestays where you will comfortably spend all nights of your choice. The most popular lodge in the area is Ruboni Community Camp. You can also choose to spend multiple nights in the mountains on multiday treks ranging from 2 to 10 days; that lead you to margarita peak. Besides going to margarita, multiple trails have been opened up on the mountains giving trekkers a change to scale the lower peaks of this beautiful mountain. Theas are some of the longer experiences you can participate in;
Rwenzori is not a stand alone. It is in the middle of other attractions. A visit to Rwenzori can be well integrated with going to other National parks in the western Uganda. The nearby parks include;
Like about everywhere in the world we had to close our Camp. The positive sign, here in the Rwenzori region where Ruboni Community Camp is located, is that even uptill now not any Covid-19 case has been recorded. It is safe and will stay safe to travel as we are at the end of the road in the western and not densely populated outskirts of Uganda. Besides, to enhance the safety our staff and households have kept isolated, they continue disinfecting and they keep all global/national health precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ruboni Community Camp is prepared to open as soon as the government declares it safe for lodges and travel to re-open. For the guest the opening time will mean that they visit a totally up-dated camp. Mid last year we started planning up-grades and ameliorations of structures. Partly these were executed in the lower season and the Covid-19 lockdown gave us the possibility to complete all the efforts.
Guestrooms, restaurant, lighting in the camp, landscaping as well as the kitchen standards have been uplifted. At the same time the staff and facilities have been boosted to provide you, say, the best service in the Rwenzori area, while ensuring high level hygiene, comfort safety and standards for you, the community members and the environment.
After the re-opening of the Rwenzori tourist area, Ruboni Community Camp will offer a 50% reduction off the normal accommodation rates of the camp for a period of three months. So it will be easy and affordable to discover our area, in fact un known by many, and to make acquaintance with our total updated Camp, our services, our walks, the Bakonzo people and its culture.
For this special period, we have done the following :
The three price categories are :
|Cabins (self contained)|
|Room (none self-contained)|
|Camping (with own tent)||5$||5$||5$|
|Day hill trek||5$||7.5||10||Person|
|Mahoma trek Rwenzori||310$||390$||460$||Person|
This discount offer will run for 3 months from the date of lifting the lockdown and will not in anywayreplacing the normal rack rates or tour operator rates. All RuboniCamp rates are in USD and can be paid in both Uganda shillings (at the market exchange rate)and or US dollars, in cash or by credit card.
As the community members were hibernating to hide from convid19, the river floods came in! The villages on River Mubuku banks have been wiped by a wave of river floods that lasted about four days. This happened when the River burst its banks sweeping property worth billions including; homes, schools, gardens, bridges, household property and woodlots. The incident has broken the communication infrastructure when over five bridges crossing this river have been swept.
Since the Convid19 pandemic, Ruboni community, like the entire Rwenzori region of western Uganda, has not yet recorded any case of corona virus. This doesn’t come as a surprise since the entire Uganda (with over forty million people) has only recorded about 122 cases and no death, by now. Of the total cases, majority comes from incoming track drivers transiting from/ to the neighboring countries.
Basing on this, it is evident that Uganda will be one of the safest post-convid19 trip destinations. The government of Uganda is working tirelessly to raise awareness and empower the communities to keep the number of infections low. The health sector has also been boosted to ensure that recovery of the infected few is achieved as quickly as possible, leading to over 50% recoveries by now.
Originally, the local community members of Ruboni were dependent on tourism and agriculture. When tourism and travel was locked due to convid19, the next only option has been agriculture supplying the food and little income using the local travel infrastructure like roads and bridges used by foot. The flooding of river Mubuku floods is a fresh threat to livelihoods since the families are starving, forced to live in crowds when sharing household utensils or not capable to sale their agro-produce to get the necessary cash.
At the moment, the households need support in form of food, household utensils, temporary shelter restoration, awareness rising about Convid19 and other hygiene deficiency illnesses. As the community uses the only available opportunities of survival for the fittest, we are hopeful that the best is coming. Meanwhile, any assistance to the critically affected families is highly appreciated.
Ruboni community camp will continue to work closely with the affected members of the community to help them settle in during the floods and convid19 pandemic to ensure minimum loss and suffering during the lockdown and the effect of river Mubuku floods.
Lifting the lockdown is likely to come as a precious gift to the Ruboni community people. This will be hope for tourism to resume as another livelihood window. Through tourism, the community generates income from selling their products and services. When tourism returns to normal, it will be a new dawn for this community. Ruboni community is open and ready to hot you as soon as the lockdown is lifted. Choosing to stay at Ruboni community camp during your next trip to Rwenzori is not only an opportunity to use the favorite lodge in the area but also an opportunity to help the community recover from the multiple livelihood challenges resulting from convid19 and Mubuku River floods.
The good news is that, your lodge, Ruboni Community Camp is on the opposite hill side far from river mubuku. It has not been affected by the river Mubuku floods and it is still set to welcome guests as soon as the convid19 lockdown is lifted.
Please stay safe during this lockdown and travel tomorrow. We will be waiting to welcome you to Rwenzori, to make your memorable stay at Ruboni Community Camp as we show you around our community and the Rwenzori foothills.
The impact of the global lock-down:
Convid-19 will definitely change the way to travel. At Ruboni community camp, we have had enough of the bad side of this lock-down. We have temporarily closed based on the global and local government health regulations. We will be open as soon as this convid-19 situation ends.
During this time of lock-down, we are working hard on all good changes. We are sure the travelers who will choose to visit Rwenzori Mountains, when travel resumes, will be highly impressed by the changes that at the camp.
The good news is that, Uganda is still proving to be a safe travel destination. Based of the high level experience of managing epidemic and disease outbreak in cases of Ebola, marlburg, polio and others, Uganda has done it again with Convid19. You can look at up to date information and guidelines about the Convid19 in Uganda on the Minstry of health website. Until now, the Rwenzori region where Ruboni community camp is located has not yet registered any case and above all, Uganda has not had any fatality case. With the much effort the government and citizens have put in, we trust Uganda will remain one of the safest destinations in the region.
Looking forward to the next time of travel:
As you stay at home this season, we definitely miss welcoming you to Ruboni community camp. We understand that our guests will travel again soon, because we believe that this is not the end. We also appreciate that our guests will come with much zeal and love for unique and quality services. When that travel time comes, we will be set to offer the highest value for money to our guest, than ever before.
We have upgraded Ruboni community camp:
During this convid-19 lock-down, we have taken an opportunity to complete the upgrades of Ruboni community camp that started by the end of 2019, when we worked with an expert from PUM Neatherlands. We are sure that, when our guests come at the end of this pandemic, they will find an all-new accommodation and tour experience that will be offered by Ruboni community camp, in the Rwenzori foothills.
The time spent at home has probably gotten our guests even more ready for this new memorable experience in the rustic foothills. Being the oldest camp in the Rwenzori that was constructed in 2005, the design facilities and finishing were getting obsolete. We have redone the furnishings and fittings to make the camp cozy and up to date, based on today’s traveler demands. The summary of the improved areas include, lighting, landscaping, guest rooms, bedding, restaurant, kitchen, bathrooms and toilets, parking area, signposting and community tours enrichment.
Extra Online appearance:
We have also improved the website usability. You will find more information when you visit it at www.rubonicamp.com. From the same website you will be able to send inquiries, read our latest news and or place your booking. you can also find us on other popular Online travel directories and platforms of choice.
Easier and flexible payment systems:
Our payment is now easier as you have options of paying cash on arrival, wire transfer before arrival or credit card. Our two online payment service provider are PesaPal and TAB. These two allow you to pay either on or before arrival.
We made it easier to explore Rwenzori:
With a new option of guests exploring the Rwenzori in the shortest time, it is now possible to go for day forest walks, village cultural tours or overnight treks without entering the national park and come with memorable experience of Rwenzori mountains.
Affordable price and value for money:
The price of our services is pocket friendly. Guests can choose to buy each item separately or to select from the packages that are developed basing on the differences in time of travel, budget and other travel factors.
We eagerly wait to unveil this upgraded facility to you during your next visit.
The community in the Rwenzori foothills has introduced a unique, off the beaten path, experience of looking for wildlife in the most customized way. It is the new chameleon trail. This trail is located in a pristine area of the rich tropical rain-forest. Originally available to farmers, the community has converted this buffer into community nature reserve. The existence of the various types of chameleons in this property has turned the formally farm land into a must visit part of the Rwenzori Mountains.
The experience of spotting and studying chameleons in their natural habitat is unique to any other wildlife viewing experience. These small gentle reptiles have a story worth learning. From the way they live to the way they feed. Everyone will find a life lesson by observing the life of chameleons. Realizing how such a slow creature survives the jungles is inspiring.
In this part of Uganda, culture has played a great role towards chameleon survival. During the tour, you will learn what the Bakonzo culture believes about these small animals.
You will find the trail quite interesting learning the specific plants liked by chameleons and why these plants are so dear to them. Every time you spot a chameleon, you will have an opportunity to watch its behavior through the processes of movement marched with changes of skin colors and how they protect themselves.
Have you ever seen how chameleons hunt? Take a picture moment as the chameleon hunts for flies and other small insects. Chameleons are slow but they will never miss their targeted pray. One need less than 20 milliseconds to grab the pray. They propel the tongue that is two times their body length, punching their pray by surprise. Chameleons have a life lesson for you. These gentle creatures will inspire everyone who takes a chance to spend some time with them. You will realize that there is great power in patience and focus when you see the chameleon grabbing all sorts of fast running and flying insects.
The route and habitat:
The trail starts at Ruboni community camp where preparation and orientation is done. You will walk through the local community coffee gardens, by the homesteads until you will be immersed into the rain-forest. Special plants where chameleons stay are well known to the local guide who will be showing you around. To see the chameleons, you will have to focus and be slow in movement. This is when you will see how these local guides have mastered their game when it comes to finding chameleons in the wild.
In the Rwenzori area only, you have a chance of finding up to seven types of chameleons. These include; Tolley’s forest Chameleon, Johnston’s three-horned chameleon, Carpenter’s chameleon, strange horned chameleon, Elliot’s Groove-throated Chameleon, Montane side-striped chameleon and boulenger’s pygmy chameleon. Different chameleon’s types live in different habitats basing on their feeding and living habits. All chameleons have a tool of changing colors for various biological and environmental reasons. You will learn all these discoveries while on the chameleon trail. The trail can be taken any time of the day but it is always better in the mornings and evenings when the weather is cool and easier to trek longer.
This chameleon trail is a full habitat. The forest is neighboring Rwenzori mountains national park and you will certainly be within the national park habitat during the entire tour. During the walk, you will have many other opportunities of enjoying the rain-forests, water falls, birds, and sometimes primates that may have visited from the park.
Specifically, travelers going to queen Elizabeth or visiting Rwenzori mountains National Park will find this an ideal stopover activity. It is easy to travel from queen Elizabeth and do this experience. Better still, guests staying at the Rwenzori base camp will find it even easier. In both cases, this activity can be arranged in advance by contacting the organizers before arrival.
Please note that, the chameleons are in their natural habitat and limited contact or dislocation may be encouraged by our guides, for their safety. despite having to look for them, all our guests have had 97% chance of finding these lovely creatures as we have recorded no visitor who has failed to find them so far.
The chameleon walk is organized by Ruboni community camp. Besides this trail, Ruboni community camp offers other community trails that will give you full opportunity of exploring the Rwenzori Mountains. These include the village cultural tour, the hill climb tour, the overnight hill trek or the treks into Rwenzori Mountains that enable you to explore both the short and high peaks of the mountain of the moon.
With readily available accommodation, you can choose to stay overnight in the newly renovated guest rooms at Ruboni community camp, whose standards have been uplifted to cater for the level of comfort that you may require.
This is how to get to Ruboni community where the chameleon trail is conducted. They We can also organize the transfers from Kasese town and back. In case you want to add this chameleon on a longer Uganda trip. Please contact any tour operator and they know how to get you to Ruboni community camp, Rwenzori.
The overnight hill trek tour organized by Ruboni Community Camp is a shortcut option of the long and costly Rwenzori trekking. In a few hours of walking and one night of outdoor camping, you will be able to take the memories of the highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains. The budget is good too. Just 100$ of your trip budget 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 clearly view Margherita peak.
Margherita is the highest point on the Rwenzori Mountains standing at 5109 meters above sea level. It is also the roof of Uganda and Congo as it seats on the border of these two countries. You will also be able to view Lake George in Queen Elizabeth national park. During the stay at the top, utilize the chance to scan the surrounding lowlands, mountains, forests at different angles. This is a great opportunity to take some of the best pictures of the scenery on the Rwenzori Mountains.
Besides the mountains and scenery, this trek gives you a lot more as you learn the local life. You will be walking in residential villages and hillside farms. This is the opportunity to learn how the local people live on the Rwenzori foothills. Your guide will be interpreting everything since the local residents and fully understand the local way of life. The common sight will be the local crops, the local housing architecture, households processing local crops and or learning how the local community members manually grow and carry their produce from the farms over the hills without the need for cars and other modern machinery.
Process and tour content:
On arrival at Ruboni community camp, you will be welcomed and then make your lunch order, meet the guide and start packing your luggage. After a well-deserved lunch, you start trekking. The trek will take a maximum of three hours to the top but can take longer or shorter depending on the pace. you will have a light dinner snack at the top of the hill. After the snack, look for the best viewing moments and then bed night. Early morning you will wake up at around 5:00 am to look for the viewing moments targeting the sunrise and the Margherita views. This will go on up to 7:00 when you will prepare for your return to the camp. On arrival at the camp, you will take a good shower and a well-deserved breakfast.
This is why this trek is the cheapest and most rewarding you will find in Uganda. its price includes all the three meals, the guide, the porters, the energy, the camping gear and the entire experience of trekking.
This trek is located outside the park on the boarder and therefore no park fees are charged. It is also a good acclimatization route for the high Rwenzori peaks. Even though we know you’re strong and able to make it to the top of Rwenzori, you may reach moments when you doubt your ability to climb. This hill trek will be a suitable trial trek on the first day of arrival as you prepare for the multi-day trek to the Rwenzori peaks.
The list of what to take on this trek is simple and brief. you can refer to the longer Rwenzori packing list or you can take the following;
The rest of the gears including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, catering facilities, and energy are included in the price. Each guest goes with a minimum of two local supporters (guides/ porters)
To take this hill trek tour during your next visit to Rwenzori, please contact us and we will place your reservation.
Thank you for your support, please note that for any reservation cancellations the following policy will apply;
Optional payment systems: