Mountain Slayers Uganda is a hiking club that was formed in 2015 to promote hiking and the outdoor lifestyle among Ugandans across all demographics. Through our activities, we hope to inspire a whole generation to move from bars into the wild as their first choice of fun weekends and getaways.
Starting with six founding members, the club has grown to 80 active members and still counting. The scorecard on mountains conquered reads as follows; Rwenzori, Elgon, Moroto, Muhavura, Sabyinyo, Mgahinga, Karisimbi, Nyiragongo, Aberdare, etc but it’s those yet to come that excite us even more as the calendar events begin to fan out beyond the borders of Uganda and East Africa. Ours has been a journey of mixed attractions that include the Uganda Martyrs Trail, Samuel Baker’s trail, islands in Lake Nalubaale, West Nile to name but a few. Most of these trips come at an average of UGX 200,000-300,000 which dispels the misconception that hiking is a ‘mzungu activity’.
The club organizes a hike every six weeks but hopes to increase the frequency as the activities gain popularity. Our calendar running for 5 seasons since inception features at least one recognized mountain every year and a host of other scenic hikes that more often than not are accompanied by a tour or other fun activity to soothe the weary legs. Accommodation is usually the tented camp with a bon fire and music to dance to at night. It is such experiences that forge lasting bonds among Mountain Slayers; being in the wild and having only each other to rely on for fun and safety. As a sign of our commitment to the mission, we also run a children’s program called The Kids’ Slay that aims to leverage their natural curiosity to point them towards hiking and the outdoors from an early age. The attendance continues to amaze us all. The future looks bright.
The club has created key partnerships that are sure to help us realize our goals. Chief among these is the Uganda Wildlife Authority which has anchored transport to many hiking excursions both within and outside the borders of the country. The people who host us at their camping grounds, those who feed us on our trips, those who follow us and share our social media posts to create a buzz that delivers newbies like a conveyor belt. We are forever grateful to work with such like minded people and continue to welcome them. You could be one of them.