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UGANDA… is still waiting for discovery!
You don’t know Africa until you have reached Uganda to finally confirm that Uganda is beyond the pearl of Africa! Did you know that you have the opportunity to sample every African culture from within Kampala, our metropolitan, than any other city in Africa? Uganda is where all other Africans find peace; you will definitely fly to paradise if you go a little further than Kampala to the Rwenzori Mountains of the moon in western Uganda. Many people say the Rwenzori Mountain is the only a window to paradise while in Uganda and on the entire African continent.
Referred to as the mountains of the moon, the Rwenzori Mountains is where heavens and earths meet. If you have decided to go and the trek the Rwenzori mountains, you will drive your way through three different kingdoms of Buganda, Tooro and Rwenzururu with wonderful roadside encounters of various cultural displays followed by the most welcoming smiles in Africa. It is like driving in a museum of wonders.
On arrival at Ruboni community camp, while you sit at the balcony, you have right in your face the blue magical portal peaks that envelopes the Rwenzori snow peaks. Ruboni community camp is a quiet sanctuary that brings you close to nature as you listen to the natural calls from the birds and rainforest insects as you explore the unique wildlife in the Rwenzori area like the three horned chameleons.
Then you finally realize the Small traditional homes splashed on the hillsides displaying the unique architectural skills of the local Bakonzo people. You may have an opportunity to visit or spend a day with one of the homes, as one of the village walks organized for you to learn the true African life skills.
The experience of a rush as the local households flow from the hills after harvesting the day’s meal. You will see women carrying their harvest everywhere on the body. Over the head, on the shoulder, on the back dragging the log of wood or building material with the hand. You will realize the importance of the earth on learning that everything from medicine, food, building materials and tools grows from nature. You will be living a life without a supermarket where everyone can explain every process of life.
With their stomach stuck to the back during the Bakonzo traditional dance, you will realize there must be some level of spiritual power running every process of their life. The sound of the xylophone made out of logs of special trees collected from the forest, the talking drum beat and the soul tickling whistles of the Bamboo flutes will stay in your head to eternity. Wait when they invite you to show your dance and you will realize that you have just been looking at the true dance of the moon.
Besides the Rwenzori Mountains and Kampala city, Uganda is holding the richest natural heritage, with each of the five Ugandan mountains you will find a secret, as you will find out during your visit. The mountain gorillas on the virunga and Bwindi, the snow at the equator and the highest block Rwenzori mountains and as the yet to be discovered true source of the longest river Nile, Lake Victoria the largest tropical lake and the third largest fresh water lake in the world is the source of the Nile before you will prove during your trip that Rwenzori mountains is the true source. Without forgetting to look for the famous Tororo rock and you will prove that The Eiffel Tower is to Paris as the magnificent Tororo Rock is to Tororo District. The virunga ranges holding 8 mountains shared by the three countries of Cong, Uganda and Rwanda two of which are still active with the latest eruption in 2012. Mount Moroto is a catchment for a forest reserve protecting a range of habitats from arid thorn savanna to dry montane forests.
Mount Elgon, the oldest and largest solitary volcano in East Africa, covering an area of around 3500 km² and one of the largest intact calderas in the world that covers some 40 square km at the top of the mountain, one of the largest surface areas of any ancient extinct volcano in the world with cliffs, caves, gorges and waterfalls with the most notable being the romantic Sipi falls that is 100m high.
After the trip to Uganda, you will realize that you had no idea of Africa.
12 September 2012