Friday, October 12, 2018

Hiking in Uganda

HikingPlaces and Nature Walks in Uganda

Uganda has many National parks, mountains and Forest Reserves where there are opportunities for hiking and nature walks. The Rwenzori Mountains, which are found at the border with the DRC, include the snowcapped Margherita Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also one of the highest peaks. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also includes three peaks, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Muhavura, the highest peak in the national park. Mount Elgon, located in Eastern Uganda, can be used for hiking and climbing, and also has one of the largest calderas in the world of hiking and climbing enthusiasts can have an experience of a life time.

Sir Samuel Baker Trail:
The Sir Samuel Baker Trail is not yet fully developed due to the turbulence and civil war within South Sudan.  In Uganda you can see portions of the trail in and outside of Murchison Falls Park.
Further north around Gulu including Fort Patiko and in the south in the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve along Lake Albert.
Hiking can done down the Western Rift Escarpment in the Kabwoya Wildlife reserve and then further down to the lake itself which is a steep and challenging hike.

Mount Morungole Climb and the Ik People
Hike up Mount Morungole where you will find one of the smallest and unique tribes in Uganda the Ik people who leave in the remotest region of Karamoja and just outside one of the best parks in Africa, Kidepo Valley Park where there are also many hiking trails. The hike to the remote Ik people villages takes 8 hours and there are about 11,000 people that live there. There are no roads up the mountain, only the trail that you will be on. This is one of the best hikes in Uganda due to its remoteness few hiking enthusiasts come here, but those that do, are simply amazed.

Hiking Trails and Nature Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only a great destination for Gorilla trekking, it is also a fantastic place for hiking. There are hikes in the park itself, that you will not discovery in other places.

And the most popular Trail is the hike through Bwindi and beyond to Lake Mutanda and Kisoro.
This park is perfect for the outdoor adventurist and birders who will be able to experience and see unique endemic species.

Meeting the Unique Batwa Pygmy Tribe:
The Batwa People were the original people of the forest in the southwest of Uganda.  They lived in harmony with their environment leaving a small ecological footprint behind them.  They were hunters and gatherers and depended on the forest for their existence.
During the 1990’s parks were created and these people were evicted from there places such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Today their culture, ways and traditions are being kept alive through  the interactive cultural Hikes in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Buhoma area,  Buniga Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Hikes take two to five hours and are also enriched by learning their ancient ways of hunting, gathering and surviving in the rainforest.