MY WELL SPENT TWO WEEKS CHRISTIMAS HOLIDAY 2013 IN SOUTH WESTERN UGANDA
Written by; Anne Nakure Onyodi
I had always traveled to south western Uganda and even toured most of the amazing places that are pleasant to the eye. What made this trip different though was the amount of time I accorded to each destination, the warm people I traveled with and most of all the new discoveries. Below am going to share my experience from each destination and of course the bonus new discoveries that did not leave me the same.
1. Mt Mgahinga national Park.
I had been to this place many times but I had never hiked. This time round though, not only did I get to listen to the great history of these ranges (Virunga ranges), I discovered that Mt. Muhavura which appears to the biggest of them all is actually the youngest. If we were to judge by appearance like many travelers do, one would think that Mt Muhavura is the oldest yet the reverse is true.
The game ranger who escorted us for our hike was so gracious and patient enough to answer all our questions. He would explain that now we have reached the Boarder of Uganda with Rwanda and DRC while hiking. He was even kind enough to let us take pictures with him.
We got up close and personal with the imposing Virunga ranges, a sight that clearly will never leave our minds soon
2. Lake Chahafi Resort
This is a small resort in Kisoro towards Rwanda that we actually did not know existed. However while in Kisoro, we heard locals talk about it and since we had traveled with a sole purpose of touring, we decided to go visit it.
For people who have been to nice Kampala resorts like Speke resort Munyonyo, Lake Chahafi was definitely not a match. However it has got so much potential for growth and don’t be surprised if in two years’ time it is one of the leading resorts in Kisoro.
Located by the banks of Lake Chahafi which is shared with Rwanda, apart from the water, one gets to enjoy the sight of the hills of Uganda and Rwanda and of course socializing with the locals.
Even though they could not get us the fish we had wanted to snack on, the beautiful scenery filled the gap and it was worth our time.
3. Lake Murehe
This is one of the crater lakes in South Western Uganda that is not known to many despite being one of the beautiful lakes I have ever seen.
This huge and beautiful lake is bordered by many hills and decorated by many small islands that look like flowers scattered all over the water.
This lake is located in the middle of beautiful hills which are good for lonely or group hikes whereby for every stop over, one relaxes while feasting on the beauty of this lake.
If you are a traveler contemplating making a trip to Kisoro, don’t leave without visiting lake Murehe.
My friends and I had a great time there and we hope to visit it again. It was time well spent!
4. Nkuringo and the Gorillas.
Every time we traveled to Kisoro, we would visit every place there is to visit but never had we tracked Gorillas. This time round we purposed to go to Bwindi and also get a chance to visit these rare endangered species of the Mountain Gorillas that the world comes to see at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
We decided to approach the park from Nkuringo and were assisted by the smiley and welcoming staff of Nkuringo who not only gave us all the info we needed to know about Mountain Gorillas but also helped us with the entire tracking safari.
Visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the home of the world’s most rare Mountain Gorillas was the highlight of our Kisoro tour.
5. Lake Mutanda and Lake Mutanda resort
To get to Lake Mutanda and Lake Mutanda resort, we literally had to go round hills whose number I cannot remember. We actually kept wondering if we were on the right round. Meeting other tourist cars as we approached it helped calm our fears.
When we did finally get near it, it was so beautiful and literally worth all our wondering around the hills. It is also very large and clear like Lake Murehe which is typical of crater lakes.
Lake Mutanda resort is located right at the peninsular and we were relieved to see it as we envisioned having a snack as we enjoyed the amazing of Lake Mutanda.
We were however disappointed to find that Lake Mutanda resort does not cater for walk in customers. The owner was the only one bold enough to tell us that they only cater for in-house guests as other staff members just feared to look us straight in the eyes from the moment we arrived.
We thus left hastily to our warm hosts who took care of our fatigue and hunger with a mouthwatering meal and a hot coffee.
Our experience at Lake Mutanda resort did not however water down our entire experience. It still was worth our every single minute.
Thank you for reading and watch out for tales from my next travel destination.